Effectiveness of Vitamin D in the Treatment of Mood Disorders: A Literature Review

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Depression is a mood disorder that has a significant negative impact on the lives of many individuals. Since vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in the North American population, recent scientific research is investigating the connection between insufficient vitamin D and the pathogenesis of mood disorders, as well as the nutrient’s potential as a therapeutic agent. Several epidemiological studies have shown a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and the presence of depression. A small number of intervention trials have found a potential trend toward the reduction of depressive symptoms from vitamin D supplementation; however, many of the studies had limitations which restrict the conclusions that can be drawn. Further research in the field is warranted.
Title of abstract: 
Effectiveness of Vitamin D in the Treatment of Mood Disorders: A Literature Review
Author: 
Khamba B, Aucoin M, Tsirgielis D, Copeland A, Vermani M, Cameron C, Szpindel I, Laidlaw B, Epstein I, Katzman M
Affiliations: 
START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Department of Psychiatry University of Toronto, Department of Psychology Lakehead University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Citedate: 
Friday, December 31, 2010 - 19:00
Citation: 
Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2011, 26(3): 127:135
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