Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression?

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression?
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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 1:59pm

I've recently been diagnosed with a vitamin d deficiency and in while looking it up found that there is a correlation between depression and vitamin D. The only "concrete" (and I say that loosely) proof is that if you increase your vitamin d, test subjects felt better. But from what I read they don't know if depression causes lower vitamin d levels or if lower vitamin d levels causes depression. 

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here who has depression also has vitamin d deficiency. I'm going to start a Vitamin D pill (script) in a week (waiting on it from the pharmacy) so I'll follow up and let you all know how I feel after. (: 


demecafe

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Thu, 02-13-2014 - 5:29pm

Welcome to our board!!  I love the pic you have on your siggy on here :)

Interesting topic.  When I had my Vitiman D checked 2 months ago, you won't believe what it was.  The nurse told me my vitiman D level was at 20.  She said it should be close to 100, so that is real bad from what I understand.  Please correct me if I am wrong.  The doctor said it can make a person tired when their vitiman d is low, but he did not mention depression .... I wonder.

If you don't mind me asking, I was told I need to be taking 5,000 IU a day.  Is that similar to what you were prescribed?  I need to learn more about Vitiman D.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 11:58am

Thank you. (:

I am on 50,000 IU a week (1x a wk) for 13 weeks. I just got my pills on Wednesday so I have just the one dose in me. Haven't noticed a change yet, but considering I was so low, I probably won't until dose two.


demecafe

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 03-07-2014 - 4:05pm

I think there is a lot of back and forth, which came first, the chicken or the egg, when it comes to vitamin D and depression symptoms.  Here are some good articles on the topic.  When I was vitamin D deficient my doctor offered to write a script for a once a week pill of 50,000 iu or if I found a 5,000 iu over the counter to take daily and I went with a 5,000 iu daly pill that also had a probiotic in it.  The other thing is that there has been research that the "recommended daily allowance" of 400 iu per day of vitamin D is really not enough, it should be more like 1,000 iu.  So even if you are taking a multivitamin that has 100% RDA, its really not enough.

http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20120627/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-depression

http://www.naturalnews.com/039643_depression_vitamin_D_deficiency.html#

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 03-07-2014 - 4:09pm

Also remember that sunlight is the very best way to get natural vitamin D, the body processes it much better and easier compared to supplements.  And if you live in a northern state where sunlight isn't as available and you are taking supplements but still not seeing a boost, for depression, especially seasonal affective disorder, a light therapy box may be a good idea to try.

You can also get vitamin D through fortified foods, however, most of the fortified foods are fortified with the isolated vitamin (and it's usually with the cheaper and less bioavailable vitamin D2, not D3) but not with the fat needed for it to absorb. Like Vitamin D fortified orange juice or cereal for example...it's completely useless because there's not enough fat in the juice for the vitamin to be able to get absorbed. In full fat milk it would be more likely to absorb, but then you get issues with dairy--those issues are fewer with raw milk of course. I personally take D3 from Nordic Naturals--they offer it with some of their fish oils or as a separate supplement encapsulated in olive oil.

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