If you’re struggling to find happiness, maybe boosting your Vitamin D levels might help.
A new study out of Finland has found a link between low Vitamin D levels and depression.
The researchers from the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland correlated the results of 41 international studies and determined vitamin D supplementation may alleviate depressive symptoms in adults with depression.
Vitamin D is believed to regulate central nervous system functions.
The results show Vitamin D supplementation is more effective than a placebo in alleviating depressive symptoms in people with depression.
There were major differences in the vitamin D doses used, but typically the vitamin D supplement was 50-100 micrograms per day.
“These findings will encourage new, high-level clinical trials in patients with depression in order to shed more light on the possible role of vitamin D supplementation in the treatment of depression.” – Doctoral Researcher and lead author Tuomas Mikola.
How to boost your Vitamin D levels?
Harvard University says Vitamin D is often found in cereals and dairy products, as well as other foods such as Cod liver oil, Salmon, Tuna, Egg Yolk, and Orange juice fortified with Vitamin D.
The experts say Mushrooms, cheese, and milk are also good sources of Vitamin D.
There are also Vitamin D supplements available commercially, but don’t forget, Vitamin D is often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin”, so getting some sun is also a way to boost your levels.
As always, it’s a good idea to consult your GP before making any major diet or lifestyle changes, and of course, your Vitamin D levels can be easily established by way of a blood test.
So, if depression is an issue for you, Vitamin D might be an area that helps assist you in moving towards a healthier and happier place.