It’s well known that sunshine is our major source of vitamin D, the lack of rays has been associated with forms of depression and osteoporosis. Too much is the main cause of skin cancer, it’s a tricky business this sunshine thing, even in Australia where we have a pretty steady flow of the stuff.
New research out of the UK suggests that short bursts of sunlight could help lower blood pressure. According to British scientist, Professor Martin Feelisch from the University of Southampton, sunlight triggers natural stores of nitric oxide in the skin that dilate the small blood vessels.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, and high blood pressure is one of the main associated risk factors. Although Professor Feelisch admits the study was small, he’s confident the results would be replicated with a larger group :: Read the full article »»»»