Vitamin F, Sunburn, and Wheat sensitivity
There is a little know but essential nutrient that can greatly reduce
or even eliminate sunburn and that nutrient is vitamin F. Summer is a
wonderful time of fun and sun, yet often sunburn is the painful result
of over exposure to the sunís happy rays. Many people today are
concerned about having enough vitamin D in their system. Yet, most
fail to understand that there is another vitamin that is vital
especially during hot summer days and that is vitamin F. Vitamin D and
vitamin F must be in balance. Vitamin F is a companion of essential
oils such as omega 3s and omega 6s. Over exposure to the sun often
produces wheat sensitivities resulting from the sunís depletion of
vitamin F found in healthy oils. So letís take a look at some of the
wonders of vitamin F.
No discussion on healthy oils would be complete without looking at the
power of vitamin F. Vitamin F is found in essential polyunsaturated
fatty acids. It is found in quality oils. When I was in Israel, one of
my most memorable times is climbing Masada. I could not believe how
hot the Israeli sun was. That is the time to consume quality oils and
lots of water. For most of us we only experience hot days during
summer, however sunburn can occur in winter also. The blazing sun of
summer is when vitamin F is needed most.
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
How we all love summer days. As a boy I would run bare foot all day,
swim in the ocean, hike in the mountains or just lay around watching
the clouds. Summer camp also holds fond memories with all its
adventures, not to mention the 5 pound mosquitos eager to drain every
ounce of blood you have. Summer reminds us of sunburns, cold sores,
allergies and August colds that should only do business in winter.
We all love summer and summer, like a woman scorned all year, makes
most of us suffer for it. One of the most severe and dangerous of all
summer ravages is sunburn. We frolic at the lake and bathe in its
coolness all day only to find that we are scorched and in excruciating
pain due to sunburn. As a boy my mother would always ice us down after
the slightest evidence of overexposure to the sun. She rightly knew
that the sunís heat was still creating deeper and more severe damage
in the skinís tissue. Though we were no longer exposed to the sunís
harmful rays, the damage was increasing. Ice drew out the heat
reducing the damage and lessening the intensity of the coming burn.
However, this simple remedy does not address the true underlying cause
of sunburn which is the depletion of vitamin F.
Vitamin F is linoleic acid which exists in poly-unsaturated fats such
as Safflower Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil, and
Peanut Oil. The sun tends to burn up vitamin F as it increases vitamin
D which is vitamin Fís antagonist. Both vitamins are required in
balance for optimal health. When we are overexposed, the body sends
its entire vitamin F reserve to the sunburned area to correct tissue
damage. Vitamin F is a skin regenerator. Also as a result of this
depletion wheat and corn sensitivities often develop. These
sensitivities are common in summertime because of the lack of vitamin
F. This is why people put oils on their bodies when in the sun.
When you get sunburned, you should avoid wheat and corn products.
Salads, vegetable rich Chinese food and rice are much better then
buns, rolls and pasta. It is wheat sensitivity that so drains your
energy after sun exposure. Unsaturated fatty acids are important for
tissue respiration in vital organs, making it easier for oxygen to be
transported by the bloodstream to all cells, tissues, and organs.
Vitamin F is a skin rejuvenator. It has dynamic healing properties.
The loss of Vitamin F also pushes us into wheat and corn
sensitivities, which robs our energy and saps our strength. Vitamin F
is able to restore resilience and lubrication of all cells and
combines with protein and cholesterol to form living membranes that
hold the bodyís cells together. It regenerates the skin. Thus,
vitamin F is the antidote and a preventive to sunburn as well as wheat
and corn sensitivities.
When you get sunburned, cool the area with ice or cool water (some
recommend cold whole milk for a soothing cool down) then apply
safflower oil to the skin and let it absorb into the pores. This not
only will address the damaged skin with a wonderful regenerating
factor, but it will stop the development of wheat sensitivity
instantaneously. Safflower oil has the highest polyunsaturated fat
Although cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex
viruses, they usually only develop in the summer. This also is due to
the depletion of vitamin F from over exposure to the sun. By consuming
quality polyunsaturated oils to maintain ample vitamin F in our
system, summer cold sores and fever blisters will remain dormant.
Supplementation of vitamin F is available. My office recommends
Cataplex F from Standard Process. I also suggest the use of Extra
Virgin Coconut Oil which may be used both externally and internally.
Topical remedies such as Pure Emu oil have incredible healing effects.
Standard Process has two fine topical ointments with healing virtues:
USF ointment and Chlorophyll ointment.
May the Lord truly give you a joyful and safe summer.