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Health Alert: Sunny days good for your blood pressure

Updated: Monday, April 28 2014, 04:41 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report says a little sunshine might be just what the doctor orders for better blood pressure.
 
You know none of us are usually happy when it's cloudy and cool outside but this study reminds us that you get sun rays even on cloudy days.  Some of those rays may have a benefit to the body.  Local 12 stopped out in Glendale Monday to tell you more about this research.

It is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.  When it comes to the sun you have probably heard there are UVA and UVB rays.  This study looked at those with normal blood pressure exposed to the UVA kind.  They found just a small amount of time of exposure to these UVA rays opened blood vessels and upped what's called "nitrates" in the blood which lowered blood pressure.
 
The experts say that this might means it's good for those of us who don't see the sun often to get out and get a little sunshine.  But not too much. You do need to protect your skin from the sun if you are out for any length of time.  It's possible too that the vitamin D from the sun helps blood pressure levels as well.



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