Why tanning could be good for you.Submitted by Bob-45 on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 13:02
Does Skin Pigment Act Like A Natural Solar-Panel?
Post date: Tuesday, June 19th 2012 at 3:00 pm by Sayer Ji
While ubiquitous in nature, melanin, which provides the coloring found in hair, skin, eyes, feathers, scales, etc., is an especially important substance as far as the human condition is concerned. After all, melanin's role in determining skin color makes it the primary physiological basis for racial differentiation among humans. Entire civilizations, no doubt, have risen and fallen due to their conceptions (and misconceptions) about this pigment's effects on human behavior, to the point that the very notion of humanness itself has been called into question depending on how little or how much melanin a body possessed.
It is for this reason that melanin's lesser known, functional properties should be considered more closely. In fact, being more pigmented, i.e. darker skinned, or put oppositely, being less de-pigmented, may confer a unique set of health benefits which over the course of human history have been repressed or intentionally misrepresented in order to fuel the sociopolitical construct of race.
In biological science melanin is known to possess a diverse set of roles and functions in a wide range of organisms. These include: