Scientists evaluated the effects of vitamin D on the mental health of 80 elderly patients, half of whom were stricken with a mild case of Alzheimer's disease and the rest of whom had no problems with dementia.
The patients were evaluated using a battery of standard tests. Those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who received healthy doses. Moreover, 58 percent of patients had abnormally lower vitamin D levels than the mean.Vitamin D deficiency is common in older adults, and has previously been implicated in both psychiatric and neurological disorders.
If you remain skeptical at all about the beneficial effects vitamin D has on your body, here's a study that shows dramatically what happens to seniors when they avoid getting a healthy dose of sunshine every day.
Getting your vitamin D naturally from safe sunshine exposure is the best way to go, as it works just like a drug to treat all kinds of conditions apart from depression. The LA Times recently called it the ultimate "wonder drug."
Diseases that vitamin D positively influences include:
Vitamin D can also strengthen bones and the immune system, provide pain relief, and prevent schizophrenia. It's truly an amazing chemical; it's actually a hormone rather than, strictly speaking, a vitamin, and the most powerful hormone in your body at that, active in quantities as small as 1/1,000,000,000,000 of a gram.
If you choose to boost your intake of vitamin D in the winter with cod liver oil or any other supplement, however, please be sure to have your blood regularly monitored to ensure you don't overdose.
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