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March 30, 2016

Vitamin D supports Mental Health

 

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Research has long indicated that Vitamin D plays a role in depression.  Here are some other ways that Vitamin D can benefit you:

  • Vitamin D inhibits the synthesis and biological actions of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins. Our inflammatory response is upregulated during prolonged times of stress, in autistic disorders, depression and other mood disorders.
  • Research has indicated that certain brain antibodies are associated with low Vitamin D levels.  Auto-immune illnesses like lupus, but also Autism have been associated with high brain antibodies and low Vit D levels.
  • Vitamin D upregulates neurotrophins, the family of proteins that induce the development, function, and survival of nerve and brain cells, up to 5 fold.  Again, this is important when we have been exposed to stress, trauma, and the hectic life style we are frequently engaged in.  It also assists with keeping our aging brains healthy.
  • Vitamin D stimulates production of glutathione and several other antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes.  Glutathione is the master antioxidant that occurs natural in every cell of our body and it’s production is compromised by environmental toxins, heavily processed foods, and psychological stress.  Research over the past 10 years has implicated compromised glutathione metabolism in in most major psychiatric illness, incl. Autism, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and depression.

Please make sure your physician includes a Vitamin D panel in your next blood test.  If you need to supplement with Vitamin D, make sure you obtain Vitamin D3, since it is better absorbed and have your physician recheck you after 3 months of supplementation.

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