I moved to Boulder a few weeks ago, and we're right on the 40th parallel. I've read that for 40-degree latitudes there's a "Vitamin D Winter" from November through February (a time where the sun doesn't rise high enough in the sky for us to synthesize D in the skin). However, people I've met say it's possible to get a sunburn even in the middle of winter just walking around the city, apparently due to the altitude (5500' above sea level). If you can get a sunburn, wouldn't it stand to reason that you could make Vitamin D? I've read that there's more UVB/Vitamin D production at higher altitudes, so I'm wondering:
Can being at a higher altitude extend Vitamin D production through the winter?
asked byDan_14 (1377)
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on October 25, 2011
at 05:25 PM
Altitude does affect vitamin D production. Here's a calculator you can use to geek out on the details! http://nadir.nilu.no/~olaeng/fastrt/VitD_quartMED.html