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Decrease Depression with Vitamin D

Posted Jan 14 2009 5:57pm

A recent Dutch study of over 1200 adults indicated that those with clinical depression had 14% less vitamin D in their blood than did their non-depressed counterparts; and additional studies have identified a link between inadequate vitamin D and poor immune function, early onset age-related vision problems and bone loss. With so many health issues at risk, consider the following options to boost your vitamin D levels and increase health and wellness.

Go outdoors! Spending as little as 15 minutes twice a day, preferably in the early morning and late afternoon, will naturally boost your vitamin D levels. Remember to use sunscreen if you plan to stay out longer.

Eat an abundance of whole foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Good choices include salmon,mackerel, tuna and sardines; scallops, eggs, walnuts, flaxseed and vitamin D fortified dairy products.

Take a multivitamin every day. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about reputable brands that are readily absorbed.

Take an Omega-3 supplement. In addition to balancing moods, Omega-3’s improve the body’s inflammatory responses, memory, recall and reasoning, have a positive effect on cardiovascular health and seem to prevent the development of some cancers. (For more information on the benefits of Omega-3’s check out the Mayo Clinic trial site.)

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