Research shows that Fair-skinned individuals and those who are younger convert sunshine into vitamin D far better than those who are darker-skinned and over age 50. This means the average Black person has a greater chance of being deficient in Vitamin D and therefore susceptible to chronic illness. Ironically, while darker skin helps protect from harmful UV rays and preserve folate, it also inhibits the production of Vitamin D from the sun. As a result, Black people have unique Vitamin D needs relative to everyone else. Also, Vitamin D doesn’t occur naturally in many foods, which eliminates diet as a primary avenue for getting enough Vitamin D. Intelligent supplementation is the only answer.