What is the Best Way to Get Vitamin D? Sun or Diet?

According to the American Cancer Society, “Whenever possible, it is better to get vitamin D from your diet or vitamin supplements rather than from sun exposure because dietary sources and vitamin supplements do not increase risk for skin cancer, and are typically more reliable ways to get the amount you need.”

Vitamin D can be found in:

  • eggs
  • fish
  • fortified milk
  • fortified yogurt
  • fortified cereals
  • fortified bread


Sunscreen limits the amount of sun rays hitting your skin, so wearing sunscreen will decrease your skin’s production of vitamin D.

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There are numerous Vitamin D benefits for your skin and overall health and skin care problems such as psoriasis.

Vitamin d is a fat-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen. It exists in several forms, Calciferol is the most active form of the vitamin. Once produced or ingested, the liver and kidneys act on the vitamin d to convert it into an active form that the body can use. It helps in the formation of healthy and strong teeth, bones, skin, and nails. Calcitriol the hormonally active form of vitamin D has antimicrobial properties, that helps to prevents several skin diseases, provides protection from UV damage, and protection to the hair follicle.

Some new research associates vitamin D with helping rosacea.  Peptides known as cathelicidins and the proteolytic enzymes that activate cathelicidins in the skin are believed to be abnormal in patients with rosacea.  Cathelicidins are antimicrobial peptides and the enzymes in the skin of rosacea sufferers cause them to produce these peptides in an abnormal form.  Follow up research suggests rosacea patients’ immune systems maybe abnormal.  Enzymes in the skin of rosacea sufferers may cause them to produce antimicrobial peptides in an atypical form.  A study in Belgium has recently made a connection between the regulation of these peptides and vitamin D.



While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.


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