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Can Tanning beds produce Vitamin D?

I had a client ask me this week which beds (level) provided the most amount of vitamin D. See she is low in vitamin D and instead of taking a supplement has been tanning to boost her vitamin D levels. While there are ton of conflicting articles on google its hard to know what the right answer is.

The simple answer based on numerous studies are yes UV Tanning beds do deliver vitamin D similar to natural sunlight. An anti cancer research study we looked at suggests that 20 minutes in a tanning bed is similar to 30 minutes in midday sun, consuming 200-373 ml of cod liver oil or taking 10,000-20,000 IU supplement daily. So if you find yourself low in vitamin D sunbeds may be helpful. The choice is yours and you have to chose what you feel comfortable with.

Personally I find in the winter months tanning helps me to keep my vitamin D levels high which help to aid in cold prevention, SAD (seasonal Affected disorder) and mood improvement. There are other ways to boost your vitamin D levels. For example diet plays a role and you can implement foods that are higher in vitamin D. A quick google search will help you find foods higher in vitamin D.

My advice to clients is to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that is best for them and their lifestyle. I know what makes me feel best and I implement that into my daily life. I urge our clients to do the same, find what makes them feel best. Moderation is key.

An article that I found that is helpful is from I am going to link the article for you so you can take from it what you'd like.

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