“D” is for Depression and Dementia
A friend recently asked me what I would choose if I could only take one supplement. Vitamin D3, I replied, without hesitation.
This raised an eyebrow from my friend, who was expecting something along the lines of vitamin C (winter’s coming) or a multi vitamin and mineral (covering all bases).
Is that for your old bones? She asked, somewhat cheekily.
No! I said. For my brain.
Vitamin D may be associated with bone health, but there is so much more to this hormone-like vitamin. When it comes to the brain, it protects neurons from damage and is involved in the transmission of messages. It is essential for the regulation of healthy mood and memory.
A broad spectrum of neurological disorders has been linked to vitamin D insufficiency. These disorders include depression, schizophrenia, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), and Parkinson’s disease.
“The likelihood of having depression in vitamin D deficient persons is significantly higher compared to those with adequate vitamin D status.” (Ganji et al)
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