We know that maintaining optimum levels of Vitamin D is absolutely essential for our general health and well being. In addition to this, many studies have shown that maintaining Vitamin D levels can reduce the risk of some cancers, maintain brain health in later life, reduce the risk of heart disease and decreases pain levels in some medical conditions

New breakthroughs in Vitamin D research show conclusively that UV exposure is significantly more effective in encouraging Vitamin D production than taking an oral supplement

In September 2012, the University of Lund in Sweden found that “full body NB-UVB three times per week is more effective in treating vitamin D deficiency than prescription of a daily oral intake of 1600 IU (40 μg) vitamin D(3)”(Bogh et al August 2012).

A similar study was conducted by Gruijl and Pavel for the Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology. They found that participants using a sunbed over 8 weeks (3 times a week) demonstrated an increase in their serum level of Vitamin D from 62 to 109 nmol, an increase of 76% which is double that of the participants taking oral supplements over the same period (58 to 93 nmol, an increase of 37%). Notably, those in the third group who had neither UV exposure or oral supplements demonstrated a large drop in their Vitamin D levels (62 nmol to 55 nmol) a decrease of 37% over just 8 weeks! (Gruijl et al, November 2012)

These results reflect the personal study conducted by Steve Gilroy in 2010 who chose to stop indoor tanning and see how it affected his Vitamin D level. Gilroy had his levels tested in February and stopped indoor tanning whilst commencing oral supplements (400 IUdaily) Sunscreen was only used when Gilroy indulged in lengthy outdoor pursuits and he went out in natural sunlight on a daily basis. Gilroy was tested again in August and his Vitamin D level had dropped from 112 nmol to 62 nmol, a significant decrease of 45% (Kelowna, BC (PRWEB) March 27, 2013)

So give yourself the best opportunity to boost your Vitamin D levels and visit your local branch of The Tanning Shop today. We use state of the art registration which in turn determines skin type and tanning history to assist our clients in designing a tailored tanning package to suit their individual needs.




Further Reading: Indoor Tanning Equipment in the Spring can make Vitamin D (Kelowna BC, March 27, 2013)



Indoor Tanning Equipment in the Spring can make Vitamin D. Kelowna, BC (PRWEB) March 27, 2013


Study Shows Effect Of Vitamin D and Skins Physiology. Boston University 2008


The effects of a mid-winter 8-week course of sub-sunburn sunbed exposures on tanning, vitamin D status and colds.Frank R de Gruijl; Stan Pavel Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences : Official Journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology 2012;11(12):1848-54.


Effect of vitamin D supplementation and ultraviolet B exposure on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in healthy volunteers: a randomized, crossover clinical trial. Lagunova Z, Porojnicu AC, Aksnes L, Holick MF, Iani V, Bruland OS, Moan J.Department of Radiation Biology, Oslo University Hospital, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello, 0310, Oslo, Norway. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Apr 1. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12349


Narrowband ultraviolet B three times per week is more effective in treating vitamin D deficiency than 1600 IU oral vitamin D₃ per day: a randomized clinical trial. Bogh MK, Gullstrand J, Svensson A, Ljunggren B, Dorkhan M.Department of Dermatology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden. Br J Dermatol. 2012 Sep;167(3):625-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2012.11069.x. Epub 2012 Aug 20