My question is.. Are sunbeds a good option for getting vitamin D levels up as i know this can play a big part regarding immunity & mood. I'm not really into swallowing supplements.. i heard Robb wolf mention that supplementation isn't always effective & sunbeds are ok if used sensibly, i'm of mixed race so just a minimum therapeutic exposure is all i'm after.
Has anyone got any good solid info on sunbed useage please? I.E are some sunbeds not effective for vit D (uva,uvb,uvc)?? what type of questions should i be asking the tanning staff for safety etc??. As you can see i have no experience whatsoever with sunbeds. Any info would be massively appreciated.
P.S i live in Manchester U.K where we get about 2 weeks of sun a year so i know i'm Vit D deficient even before i get my blood test results back, the rest of the time it's cloudy/raining seriously. Sorry for the looong question but i just want to be sure i'm doing the right thing. thanks guys!
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on August 13, 2016
at 04:28 PM
@tin Hi, are you still around here? I would like to ask you some things about the sperti lamp. I hope you´re still here. I´m defficient in Vitamin D and have a lot of symptoms but I don´t tolerate supplements as you so I would like to know how much time you use the lamp. I need to keep my levels above 50 ng/ml to recover and that just with the lamp. Thanks.
on May 20, 2014
at 02:14 PM
I have changed my routines so as to be out at midday. Outdoors activities after 6pm give you no vitamin D. I can say that it works.
on May 20, 2014
at 01:39 PM
vitamindwiki gives the impression that UVB lamps may be better than the sun.
What's your opinion on this ?
Also, I don't know much about the UVC lamps. @tin and others
on May 18, 2014
at 02:18 PM
Thank you everyone that has took the time to comment. I have all the info i need. This is why i love this site. You guys are awesome!!
on May 16, 2014
at 05:26 PM
I don't tolerate vitamin D supplements well. They raise my blood pressure and make my sleep not so good. I don't take any supplements anymore, except for one 250 mg. magnesium citrate per day.
I go out into the sun every chance I can when D is available during the year. During the times no D is available, I take a trip or two to Hawaii in the winter. I also use a Sperti vitamin D lamp. Here's where I got it:
Last I checked, my D level was 58.
The Sperti D lamp generates D very fast in your body. It uses bulbs that are optimized for D production. Many tanning beds do not do this.
The vitamin D wiki is a good place for info:
This page in particular is good:
on May 16, 2014
at 06:10 AM
UV exposure in sunbeds is always a better option then supplementing Vitamin D. Sun beds can increase blood serum vitamin D levels by around 40% after six weeks. Exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from a sun bed for ten minutes three times a week for six months is better that supplementing Vitamin D
on May 15, 2014
at 08:49 AM
UV light on the skin is probably better than supplements for your bone and muscle strength
I met 3 young women with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who self-medicated by going on a sun-bed once a month
The half life of Vitamin D in the body is about 30 days, so once a month from September to April may be worthwhile
Just a very low dose is enough
Professional salons test your skin colour to set the dose
Read more about Vitamin D at: www.vitamindwiki.com
on May 15, 2014
at 08:10 AM
Hi superdad, I used to own tanning salons (many years ago I might add), and it amazed me how every easter a news report would come out how sunbeds should be banned because they cause skin cancer. They seemed to disregard the people who got skin cancer who never exposed their skin to sunbeds, or even the real sun. It turns out that you are far more likely to develop cancer if you do not gain any UVB exposure. As you are probably aware cancer is more prolific in people with bad diets, and a lack of vit D. The usual news reports are even to this day being banded about that sunbeds should be banned as skin cancer is on the rise. They should be banning McDonalds - more likely to be the cause.
Anyway, back to your question. Sunbeds are a great source of vitamin D, in fact better than the real sun, as you generally do not get the harmful UVA rays. To get the most beneficial effect, you need to be tanning on a bed with good old fashioned RUVA tubes. The latest high speed tanning tubes have a higher UVA content. These were brought in to satisfy clients demand for a faster tan. The UVA gives the skin a slighty red glow - which makes you feel as though you are getting an instant result.
I have one of my old sunbeds at home, a 32 tube Tanstar, i've still got the tubes from 15 years ago. I like the tubes week, and just stay on for longer. The best way for gaining vit D is about 30 to 60 minute session with weak UVB tubes. I am afraid you will struggle to find a tanning shop that offers this these days. I can imagine very blank expressions from the staff if you ask them for a 60 minute session, with low powered tubes. Anyway, phone around and see if you can find a salon that uses CLEO RUVA tubes, they still make them as you can see from the link. There are other makes of equivalent tube, but essentially you want 100w maximum, with high UVB output.