Mad Dogs Englishmen and Midday Sun -- UK health news 20050527: "Midday sun may be good for you
Source: The Guardian
Date: 27/05/2005
The Guardian and The Sun report on the news that Ann Webb, an ultraviolet radiation expert at the University of Manchester, has reported that the best time to be out in the sun to maximise vitamin D production is midday, spending 10-15 minutes outside without sunscreen. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphate from food, and is essential in the formation of bones and teeth. A deficiency leads to bones failing to grow and causes rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. Ms Webb said that she does not advocate people not protecting themselves with sunscreen, but 'if you put sunscreen on before leaving the house you will not reap the health benefits provided naturally by the sun'. Cancer Research UK however, has recommended that people stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 11am and 3pm. "