med light assoc logoThe Effect of Sunlight on Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

 Extract from Medical Light Association Study

It has been discovered that ultraviolet radiation is also an integral part in the body's cholesterol breakdown process. Sunlight exposure can have a significant effect at reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body. Cholesterol levels have been seen to rise in the winter, and the rise becomes significantly more noticeable the farther people are from the equator. A 1935 study published in the American Journal of Physiology found that ultraviolet radiation reduced blood pressure in over 60 percent of people suffering from hypertension.

sunshineEven a single exposure to sunlight will lower blood pressure. During the winter months when solar radiation is at it lowest peoples blood pressure is at its highest. Seasonal changes are clearly associated with blood pressure. There is a clear rise in blood pressure the farther a person resides from the equator.

A 1997 article published in the journal Hypertension explained why people with darker complexion living away from the equator stuffer higher incidence of hypertension than their counter parts with lighter complexion.

In summary, individuals with dark complexion require significantly more sunlight to photosynthesize vitamin D as to a person with light complexion. It is estimated that nearly 100 million people suffer from high blood pressure costing health care system billions annually.



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