According to recent studies done by Edinburgh University, the health benefits of exposing skin to sunlight may far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer. Scientists are discovering a positive side to sun-worshipping and even along with the risk of skin cancer, researchers at the University suggest getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Emerging research suggests that that sunlight helps reduce blood pressure, cutting heart attack and stroke risks and even prolonging life. While UV rays were found to release a compound that lowers blood pressure, sunlight may also protect us against a wide range of lethal or disabling conditions, such as obesity, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and multiple sclerosis. It is also believed that the sunshine can boost our libidos and overall mood.
Until now, researchers have believed that vitamin D production has been considered the sole benefit of the sun to human health. Skin manufactures vitamin D from sunlight, which helps us build healthy bones and teeth and may protect against bowel cancer.
Now, new research shows that solar rays benefit our bodies in multiple other ways, such as prompting the body to produce nitric oxide, a chemical that helps protect our cardiovascular system — and the ‘feel good’ brain chemical serotonin. Production of the pressure-reducing compound, nitric oxide, is separate from the body’s manufacture of vitamin D, which rises after exposure to sunshine.
Researchers said more studies would be carried out to determine if it is time to reconsider advice on skin exposure.