The Truth About Tanning Bed Vitamin D
by Steve Mathews
Before we try to tackle whether or not tanning beds can help with a vitamin D
deficiency, it is probably best to examine the vitamin itself. Vitamin D is a fat soluble
vitamin that helps maintain strong bone structure. It does this by helping the body to
absorb calcium, and without enough vitamin D a person can experience all types of
bone and muscle ailments. In addition, it is widely
believed that vitamin D helps to prevent certain disease such as cancer, diabetes, and
Alzheimer's.

Ultraviolet Radiation

Now we can turn our attention back to the question at hand. Do tanning beds help
boost vitamin D levels? Recent studies have indeed shown this to be the case. The
reason? It is due to the ultraviolet rays that are emitted by the tanning beds. In
nature, our bodies produce vitamin D after being exposed to UV rays from the sun.
The same holds true for these tanning beds. Our bodies are able to make vitamin D
just as effectively in these indoor tanning beds. This helps to explain why many
elderly people face a vitamin D deficiency. They just do not receive the proper
exposure to sunlight. This is especially true for those people who live in the
Northeast, where the winters are long and UV rays are non-existent.

Final Word Of Caution

While tanning beds may provide you with a boost of vitamin D, there are also
drawbacks. Research is still ongoing as to the safety of such tanning methods, and
many doctors believe that they can be harmful to your health. In fact, a high
percentage of health care professionals strongly believe that the artificial UV rays
used in tanning beds may cause skin cancer.


About The Author

Dean Iggo is the webmaster of a website which reviews a
number of different supplements including
, weight
loss supplements, glucosamine and more...
For years, most researchers have
questioned the safety of most
artificial tanning beds. While the
overall opinions about tanning bed
risks tend to vary , there is a recent
line of study that suggests one
possible benefit to tanning beds; the
increased production of vitamin D. Is
there any truth to the claim that you
can boost your vitamin D levels just
by getting a tan? In this
article, we will try to answer that
question.

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