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Vitamin D doesn't boost mood

Cover Media logo Cover Media 5/8/2020
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Vitamin D does not prevent depression, new research has found.

A large scale study has concluded the vitamin, often prescribed for the mental health disorder, does not, in fact, boost mood.

A team, led by Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist Dr Olivia Okereke, embarked on a five-year study made up of more than 18,300 men and women aged 50 or older with no history or indication of clinical depression.

Half of the group were asked to take vitamin D3 supplements for the time period, while the other half received a placebo over the same duration.

It was found the vitamin-taking group had no fewer depressive symptoms than those who had taken the placebo.

Publishing their results in JAMA, Dr Okereke wrote: "There was no significant benefit from the supplement for this purpose. It did not prevent depression or improve mood.

"It's not time to throw out your vitamin D yet though, at least not without your doctor's advice."

Vitamin D is also used by those who have bone and metabolic health concerns. It helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Natural sources of the vitamin can be found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, red meat, liver, egg yolks, and fortified foods such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals.

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