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How many minutes should I spend in the sun to get vitamin D?

Answered on June 23, 2014
Created June 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I am in Los Angeles, and the month is June. The D-Minder iPhone app says solar noon is at 1pm, and the sun is at 80 degrees. It says this is a UV rating of 11, and it says go out in the sun for max 1-2 minutes. I am a light skinned Caucasian. There are no clouds overhead.

Is 1-2 minutes really enough to get vitamin D?

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on June 20, 2014
at 10:33 PM

My first instinct was to answer NO immediately, but I checked with a couple of docs just to be safe. Considering your light skin, you won't need quite as long as someone with an average amount of pigment; however, you'll still want to get at least 10 minutes, preferrably 15. According to these docs, if you're not burning the UV rays aren't causing you harm.

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on June 23, 2014
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In case you're as of now tan or of Hispanic birthplace, you require perhaps 15 to 20 minutes. Dark skin may oblige six times the sun presentation to make the same vitamin D levels as a reasonable cleaned individual.

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