Cognitive impairmentExposure to sunlight

There are no studies linking solar radiation to cognitive function; however, solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) is the primary source of vitamin D for most people. 

On the other hand, the efficiency of production of vitamin D from UVB decreases dramatically with age1,  and older people, who are more likely to develop cognitive impairment, tend to spend less time out of doors than younger people.

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  1. MacLaughlin, J. Holick, M. F. Aging decreases the capacity of human skin to produce vitamin D3. J Clin Invest. 1985 Oct; 76 (4): 1536-8.