The Vitamin D Council is happy to announce a new sponsor in Sperti/KBD, Inc. Sperti/KBD make portable UV lamps for in-home use.
We have been recommending KBD products for years. As winter approaches, many people are looking for a simple lamp that can provide them with general ultraviolet B light (UVB) therapy for the skin (not eyes) and for natural skin derived vitamin D production. I have always felt KBD lamps are a good option and have recommended them for years. They are a much cheaper option than full body vitamin D sunbeds.
General light therapy for the skin, excluding vitamin D production appears to be very important for the immune system. Professor Hector DeLuca’s lab recently discovered that exposure to UVB light between wavelengths of 300 and 315 nm cured mice with an animal model of multiple sclerosis. He showed that this benefit, which peaked at 311 nm, was not due to vitamin D production. The KBD vitamin D/UV-F lamp has plenty of 300-315 nm production.
I have a KBD light, and I use it frequently in the winter even though I take oral vitamin D. I do this because we always received UVB light when we evolved around the equator and thus UVB exposure is natural.
I also like KBD/Sperti’s commitment to research in the field of UV and vitamin D. They have been committed to our understanding of vitamin D and how UV light induces production of vitamin D since the 1930s, when vitamin D-UV research began. Dr. Sperti, founder of Sperti (then called Science Laboratories, Inc.), helped produce some pioneering data in effort to show human skin could synthesize vitamin D.
More recently, they have lent their lamps and financial support to show that low-pressure UV lights are a good option for vitamin D production. In 2007, they helped support a study showing UV lamps are a viable option to raise vitamin D levels in people with malabsorption issues. Specifically, they found that sunlamps increased vitamin D levels in people with cystic fibrosis and short bowel syndrome. Children and adults with cystic fibrosis do not absorb fat-soluble nutrients very well and often have vitamin D deficiency. UV therapy could be a valuable method in raising their vitamin D levels if they can’t absorb supplements very well.
Sperti is the only brand of sunlamps that have permission from the FDA to claim that their lamps increase vitamin D status. KBD/Sperti helps us in our quest to change the way we look at sun exposure and UV light and our push to help the public recognize the benefits of UVB exposure.
This fall, KBD/Sperti generously agreed to start sponsoring the Vitamin D Council and will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Vitamin D Council. We thank them for their support, and, as we did before they started sponsoring us, we recommend the Sperti/KBD products for vitamin D production and UV skin exposure. We believe they are an excellent option for both.