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Photon and vitamin D

  1. May 28, 2009 #1
    they say that we get vitamin D from the sun . well obviously the vitamin D is not in the photon , so when the photon hits our skin does it start a bio-chemical reaction , what does I take and break it down into vitamin D.
  2. jcsd
  3. May 29, 2009 #2
    Well, how much detail do you want to know?

    The following is from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind.asp

    Sun exposure
    Most people meet their vitamin D needs through exposure to sunlight [6,27]. Ultraviolet (UV) B radiation with a wavelength of 290-315 nanometers penetrates uncovered skin and converts cutaneous 7-dehydrocholesterol to previtamin D3, which in turn becomes vitamin D3 [11,27-28]. Season, geographic latitude, time of day, cloud cover, smog, skin melanin content, and sunscreen are among the factors that affect UV radiation exposure and vitamin D synthesis [28]. The UV energy above 42 degrees north latitude (a line approximately between the northern border of California and Boston) is insufficient for cutaneous vitamin D synthesis from November through February [6]; in far northern latitudes, this reduced intensity lasts for up to 6 months. Latitudes below 34 degrees north (a line between Los Angeles and Columbia, South Carolina) allow for cutaneous production of vitamin D throughout the year [14]
  4. May 29, 2009 #3
    thanks for the answer , ya that was about the detail i was looking for.
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