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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Increased Depression Risk

The likelihood that you are depressed is significantly increased if you have deficient levels of vitamin D, according to a new study. Research revealed that people with a vitamin D deficiency were at an 85 percent increased risk of having current depressive episodes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) forecasts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem. WHO ranks depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide.

According to NutraIngredients:

“This is not the first time that vitamin D has been linked to symptoms of depression. Dutch scientists reported in 2008 ... that low levels of the vitamin and higher blood levels of the parathyroid hormone (PTH) were associated with higher rates of depression among 1,282 community residents aged between 65 and 95. Furthermore, a review ... highlighted the role of the vitamin in maintaining brain health”.

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