Sunshine could benefit health, prolong life

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Here is why you should soak up some sun! Exposing skin to sunlight may help reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack, stroke and even prolong life, a new study has claimed.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have shown that when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure. The findings suggest that exposure to sunlight improves health overall, because the benefits of reducing blood pressure far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer.

Production of this pressure-reducing compound called nitric oxide — is separate from the body’s manufacture of vitamin D, which rises after exposure to sunshine.

 

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