July 21, 2010

Here Comes the Sun – Vitamin D Treatment For Depression

Filed under: Depression — Tags: , , , — drwatson @ 8:49 pm

Vitamin D3, Depression SymptomsIt’s called the sunshine vitamin for a reason, and not just because it comes from the sun. If you’ve ever noticed that your mood has been drastically improved by the bright sunshine of the morning, studies have shown that it probably had something to do with the production of vitamin D in your skin, which occurs naturally when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Recent studies have concluded that there is a link between a lack of vitamin D and symptoms of depression. Although vitamin D deficiency has not been confirmed as a definite cause for depression, this new link opens up many new and inexpensive treatment options for patients with depression.

Vitamin D is not a naturally occurring vitamin in food, but it can easily be obtained through sun exposure and vitamin D3 supplements. Vitamin D rich foods include sweet potatoes, sprouts, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, salmon and other seafood products, as well as fortified milk and juice. For many patients with depression, an increased intake of vitamin D works as an effective bonus treatment, which comes free with a fresh walk outdoors. Those who enjoy a high intake of vitamin D will also experience a decreased risk of diabetes, autoimmune disorders, cancer and heart disease.

While depression isn’t likely to be caused or cured by the subtraction or addition of just one factor, the link of low levels of vitamin D to depression is a great reason to spend more time outdoors in the sunshine. If you find that you continually experience burning in the mouth or throat, constipation, dental cavities, insomnia, joint pains, muscle cramps, or frequent colds or flu; you may have a vitamin D deficiency that could increase your risk of depression along with many conditions. If you find that you aren’t able to get enough vitamin D from sun exposure and food supplement, talk to your doctor about taking a multivitamin or vitamin D3 supplement.

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    Comment by Dallas Cordwell — April 6, 2012 @ 4:09 am

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