Vitamin D Supplementation May Help Support Mood In Women
Vitamin D is essential for many bodily functions, including bone and immune system health. The majority of vitamin D intake comes from sunlight exposure, but it can also come from supplements and foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver. A recent study suggests that vitamin D supplementation may help support mood in women.
For their study, the researchers used the results of 29 clinical trials that included 4,504 participants. The dosage of vitamin D used in the trials ranged from 200 IU to 10,714 IU daily, and the duration of the trials varied from 4 to 144 weeks. The trials evaluated the correlation between vitamin D supplementation and incidence of depression in women.
The researchers found that vitamin D supplementation was associated with a reduction in the incidence of depression. A daily dose of more than 2,800 IU and duration of supplementation of more than 8 weeks was found to be most beneficial.
The study was conducted by researchers from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. It was published on August 1, 2002 in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.
Probiotic supplementation was found to help improve mood in a previous study.