01 Sep Not All Sunscreen Pills Are Created Equal
It’s been written that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” and when a Tahoma Clinic client sent me a print-out for a sun-protection product that sounded very familiar I immediately thought of that quote. The sun screen pill is being marketed on-line as “The Natural Antioxidant Formula Designed To Help Protect Your Skin From Both UVA & UVB Rays Of The Sun,” and there’s a significant overlap in the individual ingredients between it and SunPal®.
I formulated SunPal—100% natural skin-protection formula—in 2010 after researching all the nutrients proven to significantly lower skin cancer risk. Since SunPal became available, dozens of Tahoma Clinic Dispensary customers have reported that it does what it’s supposed to do: allows them to stay in the sun for 1-4 hours longer than usual before starting to get just a little pink.
In combination with TanPal® (another 100 percent natural formula), users of these two products also get much better tans without burning, including those who typically tan little if at all. And more importantly, SunPal significantly cuts skin cancer risk at the same time.
A closer look at the imposter product reveals that despite the overlap of a large number of ingredients, there are significant differences between these two formulas.
Unlike the imitator sunscreen pill, SunPal does not contain FD&C yellow #5, FD&C yellow #6, or FD&C blue #2. Though research currently says they are “safe,” I wouldn’t be surprised if they were one day found to be carcinogenic.
The imitator’s label has a long list of “Other Ingredients” that aren’t found in SunPal either including “calcium carbonate, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, polydextrose, titanium dioxide, talc, maltodextrin, medium chain triglycerides, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, and silica.” In sharp contrast, the only “Other Ingredient” used in SunPal is the gelatin capsule that holds the formula.
SunPal contains vitamin D, folate, and mixed tocopherols (vitamin E). The imitator sunscreen pill, on the other hand doesn’t contain the vitamin D or folate, and uses only a d-alpha tocopherol form of vitamin E. It does, however, contain 1.5 millgrams per tablet of zinc oxide and an unspecified amount of fish oil, and SunPal has neither of these.
The SunPal imitator contains 30 tablets per bottle and costs $29.95 (plus shipping and handling). SunPal contains 180 tablets per bottle and is priced at $40 (plus shipping and handling).
If taken at the recommended daily amounts, SunPal’s imitator contains significantly less milligrams or IUs of nearly all of its ingredients. So, although it may be true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this particular imitator doesn’t seem to be very sincere about getting the job of skin protection done! Worse, it includes extra, totally irrelevant ingredients.
Remember, if you’re eating all of the skin-protecting components of the “Mediterranean diet,” which research has shown to protect against skin cancer, you may not need any supplementation at all to help you stay out in the sun longer. But if that’s not possible for you, then consider using all-natural SunPal for skin protection, and perhaps add TanPal for a better tan! JVW