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Exposure to sun lower risk to suffer from depression

Written By Betty van der Mark on Friday, January 20, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Although vitamin D is found in oily fish, and is routinely added to milk, diet accounts for very little of the nutrient that actually makes it into the bloodstream. Children with the highest levels of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ have a 10% lower risk of developing mental health problems. Those with low levels of  vitamin D are more likely to suffer from depression, claim scientists. The scientists looked at vitamin D levels in more than 2,700 children when they were aged nine and 13. Those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were more likely to show signs of depression.

The study investigated levels of two forms of the vitamin D2 and D3 and found the strongest anti-depression link with D3. Lead researcher Dr Anna-Maija Tolppanen, of Bristol University’s school of social and community medicine, said further research is needed before a change in medical practice could be recommended.
Source: DailyMail