Vitamin D dietary supplements: The rationale why redheads want MORE vitamin D

You might think that having pale skin means you’re getting less vitamin D, but that’s not true.

Less melanin in the skin means ginger people actually get adequate levels of vitamin D in low-light conditions.

However, pale skin also has a higher risk of skin cancer because there is less melanin to sunscreen.

That’s why people with auburn hair, fair skin, and maybe freckles need to use more sunscreen than others and be more careful when out in the sun.

Conversely, people with darker skin (particularly those of African, African-Caribbean, or South Asian background) may not produce enough vitamin D from sunlight.

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