21 Mar 2013

LOW LEVELS OF VITAMIN D MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF DEPRESSION IN MID-LIFE, SAYS A NEW STUDY FROM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON IN THE UK.

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The study found that people with vitamin D levels of at least 75 nmol/l had a 43% lower risk of depression, compared to people with vitamin D levels lower than 25 nmol/l.

Results published in Clinical Nutrition  also indicated that the higher vitamin D levels were associated with a 67% lower risk of panic, compared to the lower levels.

“The high burden of mental and behavioral disorders and concurrent high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency (<75nmol/l) worldwide (29) highlight the potential importance of our findings,” wrote the researchers, led by Jane Maddock from the UCL Institute of Child Health.

Herbs and supplements that can be of support with depression and anxiety include St. john’s Wort, Passionflower, Magnolia, Siberian Ginseng, Vervain, Damiana, Withania and Brahmi, as well as  SAMe,             B Vitamins, fish oil, flaxseed oil, and. Bach Flowers Gentian and Gorse.

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