Can the sunshine vitamin reduce skin inflammation caused by damaging UV rays?
Vitamin D is a vital nutrient for overall wellness. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it helps the body absorb calcium and it boosts your immune system. The easiest way to ensure you’re meeting your daily vitamin D requirements is to spend time in the sun, but too much exposure to UV rays could cause sunburn and eventually lead to skin cancer.
But did you know that stepping away from the sunshine and taking an oral vitamin D supplement may alleviate sunburn and even aid wound healing?
Vitamin D may alleviate sunburn
Standing outside in the sun certainly won’t relieve the pain of sunburn. However, a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that taking an oral vitamin D supplement can reduce redness and inflammation. To compare the impact, 20 healthy participants were placed into two groups: placebo and oral medication. In comparison to the placebo group, those who took the oral vitamin D supplement noticed reduced inflammation in the skin 48 hours after sun exposure.
Vitamin D can aid wound healing
This essential vitamin can do more than alleviate sunburn and improve the immune system, however. According to a study conducted by researchers at Evangelical University in Brazil, oral vitamin D supplementation can aid wound healing. Patients with ulcers are more likely to experience a vitamin D deficiency, so researchers gave half of the participants an oral supplement and the other half a placebo. While the researchers found little difference in the ulcer characteristics between the control and experimental group, they saw a trend in improved healing for those taking the oral vitamin D supplement.
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