The link between vitamin D and depression
Low levels of vitamin D can have significant effects on the body, especially when considering mental health! Vitamin D has shown to be linked with depression. Multiple studies have shown that low vitamin D presents with similar symptoms to those of depression.
Currently, there are at least two areas of evidence to support this correlation:
1. Neurotransmitter regulation
Vitamin D receptors are found throughout the brain, including regions associated with mood regulation. It is believed that vitamin D plays a role in the synthesis and regulation of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which are involved in mood regulation. Low levels of vitamin D may potentially disrupt neurotransmitter function and contribute to depressive symptoms.
2. Anti-inflammatory effects
Vitamin D is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and plays a role in modulating the immune system. There is evidence to suggest that inflammation and immune system dysregulation may be involved in the development of depression. Some studies have found associations between low vitamin D levels and markers of inflammation, suggesting a possible link between vitamin D, inflammation, and depressive symptoms.
We want our vitamin D levels to be above 100! During the winter months in Melbourne, the UV radiation from the sun is generally not strong enough to produce significant amounts of vitamin D in the skin – therefore you may need to supplement with a good quality vitamin D. Be sure to check your levels before supplementing x