U.S. and Austrian researchers suggest classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may have died from a lack of vitamin D.
According to an article in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the researchers concluded that at the latitude of Vienna, Austria–where Mozart lived–it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about six months of the year.
Mozart died in the winter of 1791 and is reported to have suffered a variety of infectious diseases over the course of his lifetime.
Did a Lack of Sunshine Cut Short the Life and Musical Career of Mozart?
If this theory is accurate–and new vitamin D research in regards to disease suggests that it is—then Mozart’s simple lack of sun exposure eventually caused his demise.
Examining these historical, medical facts about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may seem abstract in terms of relevance today. However, vitamin D deficiency is just as prevalent now as it was 300 years ago!
In fact, according to SkinHealthTech.com:
Vitamin D deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world.
Three out of every four Americans are likely to be vitamin D deficient.
The health benefits of vitamin D are universally recognized by healthcare professionals.
The most effective way to obtain this vital nutrient is to get your vitamin D from the sun. Natural sunlight is the best source of vitamin D —but how long should one stay in the sun without sun protection?
Skincare experts at SkinHealth Technology, LLC recommend exposing uncovered arms and legs to bright, mid-day sun between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. (Exposure of 25% or more of the body’s total skin surface is necessary and protection of sun sensitive areas, like the face, is recommended.)
To accurately gauge the necessary length of time on the sun, apply a Natural Vitamin D UV Activation Sensor to skin or clothing. When the sensor turns red—it’s time to apply sunscreen or get out of the sun.
Unfortunately, it’s too late for Mozart—but starting today–do your part to keep the music going in your life!