March 31, 2015
First there were articles about the importance of Vitamin D for building healthy bones. Then later articles drew a link between Vitamin D deficiency and age-related decline. Now there seems to be a link between low Vitamin D levels and depression in healthy individuals.
The connection between sunlight exposure and production of Vitamin D is well documented. During winter months, especially in northern latitudes, sun exposure is decreased and often associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). So the it's easy to jump to conclusions that this explains the relationship.
However, in this new study:
After taking into account season, body mass index, race/ethnicity, diet, exercise, and time outside, the researchers found that lower vitamin D3 levels across the study period predicted clinically significant depressive symptoms (P < .05).
Taking a Vitamin D supplement is a low cost, low risk solution for people who may be at risk for depression. I like the 1000 IU, which are 1000IU per gel. However, other supplements offer
5000 IU per tablet. Talk with your doctor to find out if Vitamin D supplementation is right for you and how much you should take.
Posted by linda at March 31, 2015 4:04 PM
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