Low Vitamin D Levels and Depression Linked in Young Women
There may be a link between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women, according to a recent study from Oregon State University. Researchers found that young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms over the course of a five-week study. The results were consistent even when researchers took into account other possible explanations, such as time of year, exercise and time spent outside.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for bone health and muscle function. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 600 IU per day. Learn more at psy-journal.com (search for “vitamin D”).
Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.