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Are Tanning Beds Good For You?

February 9, 2010

Lately I’ve been noticing advertisements for tanning salons claiming that they are a good source of Vitamin D, in other words good for you. I felt this was a bit of a misrepresentation so I decided to do a little research of my own.

As it turns out yes indeed you can receive Vitamin D from tanning beds. However, the risks of skin cancer far out weigh any health benefits you may receive.

In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), concluded that tanning devices that emit UV radiation are more dangerous than previously thought. IARC moved these devices into the highest cancer risk category.

IARC’s conclusions and recommendations were based on it’s 2006 review of 19 studies conducted over 25 years on the use of indoor tanning equipment.


The tanning industry would like you to believe that the only way to receive Vitamin D is from UVA and UVB light. When in fact you can get all the Vitamin D you need from dairy, cereal and fish.

I would also like you to know that when I began looking into this the first thing I did was go to Google and search for information concerning Vitamin D and tanning beds. It took me 4 pages of information before I could find research that was not provided by the tanning industry. Apparently this industry has saturated the internet with enough information so that it becomes very difficult to find statistics that are presented by anyone but themselves.

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