Vitamin D for Depression

Published: September 25, 2012

We know that vitamin D is good for strong bones and to boost the immune system. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that it also might make you happier!

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts analyzed 3 years of health and diet data from more than 81,000 women, aged 50 to 79. They found that those with a daily vitamin D intake of 800 IU or greater had a 21% lower risk of being depressed than women with a daily intake of less than 100 IU. (Sunshine triggers the body’s production of vitamin D, perhaps another reason why it feels so good to be outside.) Another good reason why there are 2,000 IUs of vitamin D in a good multivitamin powder.


"Vitamin D intake from foods and supplements and depressive symptoms in a diverse population of older women." Aufust 24, 2011.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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