Study shows vitamin D not helpful for depression Canadian Health Expert

Study shows vitamin D not helpful for depression  Canadian Health Expert

Study shows vitamin D not helpful for depression

Posted by : Joshua BrownTuesday, March 25th, 2014

Despite prior research that shows that vitamin D may be good for depression, a new study has shown that there is no evidence to support this.

The research was carried out at the Columbia University Medical Center and looked at a range of clinical trials conducted previously, all of which investigated the effect of vitamin D on depression.  There were a total of seven trials that included than 3,000 participants.  The scientists have determined that most of the trials had limitations and just two had participants that had been diagnosed with clinical depression at the start of the trial.

The conclusion was that taking vitamin D supplements had no impact on depression.  However, those who had clinical depression and had been given standard medication may find that a vitamin D supplement could ease the symptoms of depression.  The scientists conducting the research have called for more trials to be carried out before this connection can be confirmed, but for the time being, all they will confirm is that those with a vitamin D deficiency can benefit from the supplements.

Other research has suggested that people can take vitamin D supplements to improve other conditions such as reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer.  It is an essential vitamin for the body and most people get it from the sun.  Research has shown that taking supplements does not have the same health benefits.  Low levels of vitamin D are a general result of ill health and should not be considered a cause.

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My name is Joshua Brown. I am a 58-year old man married to Mary. We live in Beaumont, Leduc County, Alberta. We have two children who have both left home and are pursuing their own careers.

I work as a nurse at the Beaumont Public Health Centre. Enjoying the outdoors being a great passion, my wife and I spend most weekends hiking in the beautiful landscape that Alberta is renowned for. We also take canoeing vacations in the Rocky Mountain national parks whenever we can. We are both very health conscious and attend the local gym two or three times a week. We are also very interested in the holistic approach to medicine. We are both strong swimmers and I love working with weights. About two years ago I took up writing as a hobby and post regularly to my blog about anything medical that takes my interest. I also cover ways to keep fit and to fight off the effects of ageing.

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