Low Vitamin D Linked to Depression

Low Vitamin D Linked to Depression

Vitamin D is something the body needs to build and maintain bone and promote nerve, muscle and immune function. Lack of sufficient vitamin D intake presents major health concerns including depression. Learn more about the reasons low vitamin D is linked to depression and other symptoms.

How Vitamin D is Produced

Vitamin D comes in two basic forms, known as vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Only a limited number of foods contain these substances. Examples of the foods include:

Mackerel

Salmon

Tuna

Fish oil

Egg yolk

Mushroom

Cheeses

Other foods such as orange juice, milk and cereal may also contain vitamin D. In addition, the main source of vitamin D is sunshine. A form of light called ultraviolet light hits the skin producing a chemical process which results in production of the essential vitamin. This can also be augmented with daily supplements.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Between ages 1 and 70 years of age, an average person needs 15 micrograms of vitamin D each day. Newborns and infants need less while people over age 70 need a little more. Any individual can develop a deficiency if the person does not consume enough vitamins for extended periods of time or absorb them properly. Other causes which may create a deficiency include strict adherence to a vegan or ovo-vegetarian diet, intolerance to sugars in dairy (lactose) or the presence of a milk allergy.

Links to Depression

People who were studied over a four year period of time were found to have higher rates of depression when lower levels of vitamin D were noted. People with higher-than-average vitamin D levels typically have diminished chances of developing major depressive symptoms while people with higher risks include those with a past history of depression.

Nobody really knows how vitamin D levels impact depression. With current limitations on research and understanding, studies do not fully gauge the whole picture nor do recommendations for an individual remain the same due to differences in personality, body chemistry, etc. People affected by depression should never change the current treatment plan without advice from doctors.

Blueprints helps individuals who struggle with depression and other mental health concerns. If you or a loved one are finding it difficult to move past a mental health issue or addiction challenge, call us. We are here to help you.

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