Health is Wealth | Vitamin D Supplementation Relieves Depression in Adolescents

Summary: In this study, vitamin D supplementation was found to improve symptoms of depression in adolescent subjects with vitamin D deficiency. Subjects (n=54) were depressed adolescents and/ vitamin D deficient (n=48). Well-being and symptoms related to depression and vitamin D status were evaluated with WHO-5 well-being scale, The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ-S), and a vitamin D deficiency scale. Results of vitamin D supplementation included increased well-being, improvements in depressed feelings, irritability, tiredness, mood swings, sleep difficulties, weakness, concentration and pain. Findings suggest supplementation of vitamin D may be useful in ameliorating of symptoms of depression in adolescents.

Reference: “Depressed adolescents in a case-series were low in vitamin D and depression was ameliorated by vitamin D supplementation,” Högberg G, Gustafsson SA, et al, Acta Paediatr, 2012 Feb 28; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. E-mail: ).

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