Dr. Cedric Garland discusses if sunscreen decreases a woman's ability to absorb vitamin D.
Dr. Cedric Garland, Dr.P.H., F.A.C.E.:
Well, it eliminates your ability to make it. Vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin, and if sunscreen is in the mix, a person can’t make any vitamin D, and so it prevents the synthesis of vitamin D.
About Dr. Cedric Garland, Dr.P.H., F.A.C.E.:
Dr. Cedric Garland, Dr.P.H., F.A.C.E., is adjunct professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include, epidemiology of breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, melanoma, multiple sclerosis and ovarian cancer.