Do you feel depressed especially in the winter?

We may have the answer to your winter blues…

Vitamin D may be the answer. In fact, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said that one-fourth of the population was deficient in vitamin D.

So, what’s behind this dramatic deficiency?

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of vitamin D recently. The reason for this is because we have in some cases seen the return of a disease called rickets. Rickets is a disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency and typically manifests as softening of the bones and the legs bowing.

There has been much speculation as to why we have seen the return of rickets, as this was typically something associated with Dickensian times and squalid living conditions.

But what has this to do with depression and anxiety?

We believe that because of modern living, internal lighting and technology, people are not getting outside enough. In addition, skin cancer charities advise us to stay out of the sun. High factor sun creams and some cosmetics block the penetration of U.V. light, thus preventing the assimilation of vitamin D.

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) “People with deficient levels of vitamin D are more likely to experience mood disorders such as depression and anxiety”.

Research in Canada looked at 14 studies, in which 31,424 participants took part. They found that there was a connection between low levels of vitamin D and depression. But the question still remains. Do we get depressed because of a deficiency of Vitamin D, or does depression lower Vitamin D levels?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as S.A.D is becoming more common. S.A.D is a type of recurring major depression with a seasonal pattern. The National Institute of Health comments on several studies where sunlight made an improvement to mood.

So where else can we get Vitamin D, especially in the winter?

Vitamin D can be found in foods such as fish, meat, eggs, mushrooms and fortified foods such as cereals, milk and orange juice.

Vitamin D supplements bought at most health food stores. However, if you need a higher dose, which contains 50,000 units of the vitamin and is taken once or twice a week, these can only be can only be obtained by prescription.

A prescription for 50,000 units of vitamin D could be a simple way to increase your levels of vitamin D if it is low. Of course, if you are worried you can discuss this with your doctor. Many new studies are being undertaken and we suggest if you want to know more to click this link to in by Oliver Gillie

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