Sunlight and vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease.

@article{Holick2004SunlightAV,
  title={Sunlight and vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease.},
  author={Michael F Holick},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={2004},
  volume={80 6 Suppl},
  pages={
          1678S-88S
        }
}
Most humans depend on sun exposure to satisfy their requirements for vitamin D. Solar ultraviolet B photons are absorbed by 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin, leading to its transformation to previtamin D3, which is rapidly converted to vitamin D3. Season, latitude, time of day, skin pigmentation, aging, sunscreen use, and glass all influence the cutaneous production of vitamin D3. Once formed, vitamin D3 is metabolized in the liver to 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and then in the kidney to its… CONTINUE READING
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