Monday, June 02, 2008

Sunburn June 2008 Newsletter

FHN Complementary Medicine Monthly Newsletter June 2008

Sunburn…it’s summer

Well believe it or not summer is finally coming to northern Illinois, and with it spending time in the sun….You know that big bright spot in the sky that shows up occasionally. The problem is always how to protect yourself from the harmful effects of it, yet let it make some vit D for you.

Meta analysis done of seven studies showed that beta carotene (vit A precursor) has demonstrated all day, whole body protection from the harmful rays of the sun.

Dosages in the study ranged from 15mg to 180mg per day.

The problem with the timing of this newsletter is that it required a minimum of 10 weeks of supplementation to offer the protection. So if you have already been taking beta carotene, you may drop back on the number sunblock you have been using and get a better tan. If not start now and wait until the end of the summer to drop the sunblock number down.


Drs. Glenn and Julie Smith

Complementary Medicine

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