Vitamin D Supplement Help In Alleviating Depression

According to a new study vitamin D supplementation may alleviate depressive symptoms in adults with depression.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: Aug 15, 2022Updated at: Aug 15, 2022
Vitamin D Supplement Help In Alleviating Depression

Low levels of Vitamin D is contributed to poorly regulated mood and behavior which as a deficiency can impair cognitive function and brain health. Vitamin D is a key nutrient for our mental and physical health. Studies have also found that low vitamin D levels are linked to depression and that taking vitamin D supplements may help in improving depression symptoms in people worldwide.

According to a new study published in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition vitamin D supplementation may alleviate depressive symptoms in adults with depression and anxiety. The international team of scientists conducted a meta-analysis which included dozens of research studies from all around the world.

It is no news that the therapeutic efficacy of current antidepressants often seems to be insufficient to effectively treat or cure depression. On the other hand, vitamin D is thought to regulate the  central nervous system and its functions. 

The new meta-analysis included results from 41 studies from around the world. These studies have investigated the efficacy of vitamin D in alleviating depressive symptoms in adults by randomized placebo-controlled trials in different population around the globe. The results of this analysis show that vitamin D supplementation is more effective than a placebo in alleviating depressive symptom.

Vitamin D Supplement Help In Alleviating Depression

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“Although the broad scope of this meta-analysis, the certainty of evidence remains less because of the heterogeneity of the populations studied and  due to the risk of bias associated with a large number of other studies,” Doctoral Researcher and lead author Tuomas Mikola of the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Eastern Finland says. The meta-analysis is part of Mikola’s PhD thesis.

“These findings from our research 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 and cure of depression,” Mikola concludes.