Strong D-Fense


The old-school “bodybuilding lifestyle” included regular bouts of sunbathing to earn a deep, dark tan. Of course, these days we know it’s better to get your color out of a bottle and protect yourself from harmful rays when outdoors — but there’s just one small yet important downside.

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The American Academy of Dermatology recently updated a position statement on vitamin D. It stated that individuals who regularly and properly practice sun protection, such as the daily use of sunscreen or the wearing of sun-protective clothing, while prudent, may be putting themselves at risk for vitamin D insufficiency, which they need to rectify through diet.

Meanwhile, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recently issued a position statement that recommends that vitamin D be obtained from a combination of dietary sources and supplements and not through intentional exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These reports provide ample reason to include a multivitamin in your daily supplement regimen that includes at least a good portion of vitamin D’s Recommended Daily Allowance of 400 IU.