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The Depressing Truth About Vitamin D Deficiency

If you remain skeptical at all about the beneficial effects vitamin D has on your body, researchers learned what happens to seniors when they avoid getting a healthy dose of sunshine every day.

Scientists evaluated the mental health of 80 elderly patients, half of whom were stricken with a mild case of Alzheimer's disease and the rest who had no problems with dementia. Patients with the lowest levels of vitamin D were an astounding 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who received healthy doses. Moreover, 58 percent of patients had abnormally lower vitamin D levels than the mean.

Of course, getting your vitamin D naturally from safe sunshine exposure is the best way to go, as it works just like a drug to treat all kinds of conditions apart from depression.

If you choose to boost your intake of vitamin D in the winter with cod liver oil or any other supplement, however, please be sure to have your blood checked a few times to ensure you don't overdose.

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol. 14, No. 12, December 2006: 1032-1040