2 Common Myths about Vitamin D

Wednesday 26 March 2014

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For a Malaysian, I have very fair skin. So I stay away from the sun. However, I would tell myself sometimes it's alright to sacrifice my fair skin to the scorching sun, because I can get sufficient Vitamin D in return. Oh dear, little did I know..

I am living under the illusion of 2 common Myths about Vitamin D.

Myth 1I get plenty of Vitamin D from sunlight because I live in sunny Malaysia.

Living in tropical countries do not mean we are getting enough of the sunshine nutrient, Vitamin D3. Factors affecting Vitamin D production from sunlight include:
  • the angle of the sun's rays
  • the time of the day
  • skin type.
According to the US-based Vitamin D Council, a non-profit organisation responsible for spreading reliable information on Vitamin D, up to 50% adults are estimated to suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Although our skin makes Vitamin D3 when exposed to the sun, ageing makes the skin less productive. Also, the elderly tend to spend more time indoors.

It is found that SPF-8 sunscreen cuts Vitamin D3 production by 90%, and increases to 99% when using SPF-30 products. It is better to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to cover your face, while exposing your body to the sun. Do it for 15-20 minutes between 10 am to 2 pm, 2-3 times a week.

If you can't achieve this - it is advisable to take Vitamin D3 supplements. 

Myth 2 - I get sufficient amount of Vitamin D from my diet.

According to American translational physician-scientist Dr Michael F. Holick, it is virtually impossible to obtain an adequate amount of vitamin D from our diet. Few foods are naturally rich in Vitamin D. Natural sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, canned sardines and mackerel, egg yolks and certain mushrooms.

So where can you get your Vitamin D from?

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