Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on serval systems throughout the body. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone and every single cell in the body has a receptor for it. A person makes vitamin D from cholesterol when the skin is exposed to sunlight. With winter well and truly upon us now, deficiencies in vitamin D are common.
Vitamin D deficiency occurs when the body doesn’t absorb the recommended levels.
Insufficient vitamin D levels can cause the bones to become misshapen, brittle or thin.
Having a lack of vitamin D can also affect one’s mood and leading health experts have noted a lack of vitamin D and how it can cause a person to have depression.
Researchers believe that because vitamin D is important to brain function, insufficient nutrient levels may play a role in depression and other mental illnesses.
What the studies show
Studies have shown a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and depression.
In a 2013 meta analysis, depression and its link to vitamin D deficiency was investigated.
The study noted that patients with depression also had low vitamin D levels.
The same analysis found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much greater risk of depression.
Other symptoms that could indicate a vitamin D deficiency include aching bones, fatigue and drowsiness and weakness and pain of the muscle joints.
A vitamin D deficiency can be treated by either taking vitamin D supplements, increasing sun exposure or eating foods that contain vitamin D or that are fortified with vitamin D.
Speak with your GP about your best treatment options.
Published at Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:46:00 +0000