When it comes to sunlight, some nations are more blessed than others for their share of this blessing from the heavens. The nations near the Equator get the most sunlight on record per year and the nations near the poles get comparatively less sunlight. Sunlight is never really appreciated for the role that it plays in Nature as no less than Einstein concluded that life without the sun would be impossible on planet Earth. The sun is a large ball of gases heated to the extreme and it is slowly but steadily burning out. Granted that this process will take thousands of years more to complete but we are already experiencing the vagaries of weather called global warming which is causing havoc in many areas of the world every year.
1) A Good Supply of Vitamin D
The sun is the best supply of Vitamin D and its presence invigorates this vitamin in the atmosphere. Every nutrient in your body is regulated by this vitamin and it helps in the absorption of calcium, neuromuscular systems and regulates the immune system. Lack of this important vitamin can cause depression and moodiness in some people.
2) Best Protection from Cancer of the Prostrate
When it comes to protection from this form of cancer, sunlight plays an important role and has even been known to prevent this cancer in people who have increased their natural exposure to the sun.
3) Lowers Formation of Cortisol
It is well recorded that exposure to sunlight dispels gloominess in the atmosphere. Cortisol is the hormone that causes stress and anxiety and as such, exposure to sunlight decreases the feelings of stress in people. This is the result of research carried out by the University of Colorado’s Department of Neuroscience.
4) Helps Sufferers of Depression
Sunlight can benefit sufferers of depression and also help patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A study by University of Milan stated that length of hospitalization in such patients was considerably reduced after exposure to the early morning sun. A disease called Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by prolonged absence of sunlight and is largely evident during winter and autumn.
5) Other Associated Benefits of Sunlight
Sunlight has been credited with helping to convert carbohydrates into energy, managing the release of insulin and maintaining blood pressure in the human body.
6) Regulates Blood Pressure and Prevents Heart Disease
It has been concluded through scientific studies that Vitamin D not only regulates your blood pressure but also that exposure to sunlight lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. The lower the exposure to the sun is; the lesser the chances of heart disease are.
7) Lowers the Risk of Diabetes
Far from jesting, it was concluded by a study of the University of Malmo in Sweden that exposure to Vitamin D provided by natural sunlight early in life led to a reduced risk of Type I diabetes later in life.
8) Reduces the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Sunlight was also beneficial in reducing the cases of multiple sclerosis, as a study of the Australian National University concluded. The study correlated the number of cases of this affliction and the latitudes the people were living at, and submitted that a large majority of these cases resulted from living at higher altitudes and the consequent absence of sunlight.
Indeed, it can be concluded that the presence of sunlight has a lot of benefits for mankind.