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A study has found that people who live on, or spend time on the coast in England have higher levels of vitamin D than people who live and spend time further in land.Fowey Coast

Exposure to sunlight is important for vitamin D intake, and coastal areas have more levels of sunlight than areas further inland.

This is the first study of its kind; with regards to detailed geographic locations being linked with vitamin D levels. Researchers used records from over 7,000 participants based in Cornwall, and grouped people in accordance to their distance from the coast.

Researchers working together with the Met office were able to gather sunlight data by using satellites and a number of ground based measurements. After adjusting findings to account for other factors that may have affected levels; such as diet, use of sun cream and the amount of activity that is done outside, blood levels containing the major form of circulating vitamin D were compared.

Results then found a direct correlation between distance from the coast and the levels of vitamin D. It is believed that these findings could play an important part in gaining greater health and wellbeing. Of course, prolonged exposure to UV rays can be harmful, so precautions must always be taken.

With vitamin D playing an important part in many bodily functions, including keeping bones healthy and regulating the immune system, the Cornish coast is the perfect place to visit in order to gain a well-needed health boost. With our hotel in Fowey Cornwall being in a prime coastal location, why not treat yourself to a break?

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