5

Research: Low vitmain D levels found in chronically depressed people

Friday, April 26, 2013 by: PF Louis
Tags: vitamin D deficiency, depression, supplements

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) The most recent study that supports an association of mental health and vitamin D was conducted in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It's focus was chronic depression.

It was entitled "The association between low vitamin D and depressive disorders," was published in the April 9, 2013 edition of the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The researchers used participants from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA).

They used the standard 25(OH)D serum level measurements to compare 494 healthy control subjects against 1,102 current chronic depressive disorders (dysthymia) with 790 whose depression was reduced but not completely gone.

The evaluations were based on the DMS-IV's (Diagnosic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) symptomatic outline for dysthymia. One-third of this group had low serum vitamin D readings by their standard, which is challenged in the next section of this article.

The most severely depressed among the study's participants had lower readings than the less depressed. All this led to "suggesting that hypovitaminosis D may represent an underlying biological vulnerability for depression."

Of course, further studies were recommended to determine if treating low vitamin D "could be cost-effectively treated as part of preventive or treatment interventions for depression." Big Pharma is probably not interested.

More on the study and vitamin D3's adequate blood levels

The researchers NESDA patients used as subjects were classified with dysthymia under DMS-IV. Dysthymia and major depression have many similar symptoms.

One obvious difference is that major depression contains suicidal tendencies while dysthymia victims just remain hopeless, but they have a difficult time coping. Regardless of whether the symptomatic diagnosis is determined by committee DMS or Grimm's Fairy Tales, depressed folks are not so difficult to peg.

However, the EU standard used as the threshold of vitamin D deficiency is lower then the American standard. They use 50 nmol/L (nanomols per liter), which translates to 20 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter). American endocrinologists consider below 30 ng/ml deficient.

More progressive medical practitioners claim blood serum readings should be at around 50 ng/ml for optimum preventive health, and closer to 80 ng/ml for therapeutic purposes. But 100 ng/ml is flirting with toxicity.

So it's possible that at least minor depression, which leads many to demand those psychotropic pills, could be common among those whose 25(OH)D serum levels are below 30 or even 50 ng/ml.

How to keep your vitamin D serum levels high

Exposing bare skin to peak sunshine with its UVB (ultra-violet B) rays for around a half-hour three to four times a week is the healthiest way to boost vitamin D levels. A UVB tanning bed will do in lieu of sunshine.

It's possible to get sunburned from the sun's UVA rays, but impossible to overdose on vitamin D3 from UVB exposure. The body simply shuts down the conversion process when it senses its had enough.

Epidermal cholesterol is needed for initiating the process of converting UVB rays that create the prohormone called vitamin D3, which supports other hormonal activity.

Vitamin D3 cholecalciferol supplements as are usually created by UVB action on a type of cholesterol from sheep's wool. Ignore RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 400 to 600 iu (international units) for D3 supplements. That's only barely enough to prevent rickets. The governing medical bureaucrats think vitamin D is only for building bones.

Many experts consider it wise for adults to supplement around 5,000 iu daily if UVB exposure is not available, with one caveat: Make sure you have your 25(OH)D checked. It's possible to hit the toxic mark supplementing D3 because it bypasses the body's shut down mechanism.

Of course, vitamin D deficiency isn't the only contributing factor for depression. But it's a rare and major biological one that can be easily improved without harmful psychotropic drugs (http://www.naturalnews.com/034212_vitamin_D3_mental_health.html).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40645

http://www.unboundmedicine.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120625152358.htm

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Dysthymia.htm

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.