Vitamin D Protects Against Middle-Age Depression

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Not only is your immune system handicapped by a lack of vitamin D, but so is a person’s mood. Vitamin D must be taken in supplement form in the winter. Not ensuring your levels of vitamin D are high enough can leave you at risk for many unnecessary health problems.

The study involved 7401 British citizens born in 1958. They were evaluated for vitamin D status and mental health status at age 45 and again at age 50. There was a 43% increased risk of depression if vitamin D was low.

Adults should supplement at least 2,000 IU of D all winter and many may need 10,000 IU daily. Blood tests can be done to ensure levels are adequate and not too high, as desired. You simply don’t want to be low on vitamin D during the winter.

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