Health Tips of the week

Did you know that the application of sunscreen creams protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV B in sunlight such as skin cancer but decrease the level of vitamin D synthesis in your skin?

Exposing the bare skin to UVB in sunlight increases the synthesis of Vitamin D. Sunscreens are the chemical filters for UVB, which is the main responsible for skin cancer.

It is recommended to use vitamin D supplements even in summer time, because your skin might not be able to make enough vitamin D due to the usage of sunscreens.

Vitamin D facilitates the absorption of calcium in your gastrointestinal tract.

There are different kinds of vitamin D in the market and not all of them are the same. For choosing between the different kinds of vitamin D, consult your pharmacist.

Calcium is the main matrix of bone and must be used in adequate amount for maintaining the integrity of bones. The advisable amount of calcium depends on the age, physiological conditions and the total amount of calcium in your diet. Extra calcium intake is not recommended because it increases the chance of cardiovascular diseases.

Similar to Vitamin D, Calcium supplements are also different and in choosing the right product, your total health and age should be considered.

Remember to consult your pharmacist before choosing any calcium supplement.