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Vitamin D and depressive symptoms in women during the winter





Appl Nurs Res. 2009 Aug;22(3):221-5.


Vitamin D and depressive symptoms in women during the winter: a pilot study.


Shipowick CD, Moore CB, Corbett C, Bindler R. Washington State University, Richland, WA 99352, USA. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



BACKGROUND: Research indicates that vitamin D supplementation may decrease depressive symptoms during the winter months.


METHOD: In this study, nine women with serum vitamin D levels <40 ng/ml were administered the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)-II. After vitamin D3 supplementation, six of these women completed the BDI-II and had their serum vitamin D levels reassessed.


RESULTS: Vitamin D supplementation was associated not only with an increase in the serum D levels by an average of 27 ng/ml but also with a decline in the BDI-II scores of an average of 10 points.


DISCUSSION: This study suggests that supplemental vitamin D3 reduces depressive symptoms.


PMID: 19616172 [PubMed - in process]










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