Sunlight Can Lower High Blood Pressure, Reduce Heart Disease & Cancer Risk
Research has shown that when Sunlight strikes your skin, nitric oxide (NO) is released into our bloodstream.
NO is a powerful blood pressure lowering compound that helps protect your cardiovascular system, cutting your risk for both heart attack and stroke.
UVB light lowers blood pressure by dilating blood vessels specifically the capillaries in your skin. This directs about 60% of our blood flow there. This then allows the Sun’s rays to easily penetrate into our blood.
Sunlight has UV rays known to be germicidal and can help kill infections in our blood. This aspect of sunlight was used to treat tuberculosis in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, even awarding a Nobel Prize to Professor Finson in Y 1903 for this work.
According to a study in Y 2013 study,for every single skin cancer death, 60 to 100 people die from stroke or heart disease related to hypertension.
While higher Vitamin D levels correlate with lower rates of cardiovascular disease, oral Vitamin D supplements do not appear to benefit blood pressure, and the fact that supplements do not increase nitric oxide may be the reason for this.
The overall health benefits of Vitamin D are so significant, a Swedish research team recently warned that “avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking.”
This certainly isn’t the first time sunlight has been shown to produce biological effects that are important for good health. Other health benefits of sun exposure include the following.
To learn more, I recommend read please read “Sunlight: For Better or For Worse? A Review of Positive and Negative Effects of Sun Exposure,” published in the journal Cancer Research Frontiers.
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