Why sunlight is the best vitamin of all

A 10-minute walk outdoors is 'way better' than a pill, expert says

Suggesting a daily, ten-minute walk in the sun may be better for your patient’s health than prescribing a vitamin D supplement, one of Australia’s leading experts on vitamin D says.

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“Balanced sunlight exposure, if you can get it, is way better than a pill,” according to Rebecca Mason, professor of endocrine physiology at the University of Sydney.

"And sun exposure does other useful things besides making vitamin D."

Professor Mason says people with light skin should take a daily, ten-minute walk in the sun with their sleeves rolled up while people with darker skin

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