Recent studies have shown that there is a strong link between Vitamin D deficiency and depression. The condition of three women suffering from depression has been significantly improved after doctors increased their daily vitamin D dose, so further researches will be conducted to determine its importance.
Researcher Sonal Pathak, MD noticed that three female patients started feeling less depressed when the doctor administered them a bigger dose of vitamin D. These findings were presented at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston. The majority of the scientists agreed with Pathak, but they all concluded that larger studies are clearly needed in order to determine whether there is a real link between the two or not.
The three women that took part in the study had ages between 42 and 66. They had been diagnosed with depression and were using antidepressants to feel better. In addition, the patients were suffering from type 2 diabetes and underactive thyroid gland.
Further medical analyses proved that the vitamin D levels contained in the women’s blood were very little, more specifically, from 8.9 to 14.5 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/mL). Given that a healthy person has to have 30 ng/mL of vitamin D, doctors recommended the three women to follow a special treatment based on the said vitamin.
The therapy lasted from eight to 12 weeks and in the end, the patients were feeling a lot better. Results have shown that the vitamin D levels in the blood increased to 32 to 38 ng/mL. Moreover, researchers noticed that the depression was either gone completely or improved to the point where only mild traces of the illness could be identified.
There are many ways one can increase the levels of vitamin D without necessarily consuming the product. Since milk, cheese, egg yolks and fish have big levels of vitamin D it is recommended to consume them as often as possible. In addition, you should spend as much time as possible in mild sun as it will enable the supplement to settle in the bone structure.
Pathuk provided another reason why she thinks depression is caused by vitamin D deficiency. She told her colleagues that people with low levels of vitamin D are usually the ones who eat unhealthy products and spend too much time indoors, which is why the two affections go hand in hand.