Vitamin D(eficiency) – Don’t Let Winter Blues Get You Down

It is estimated that approximately 1 billion people are low in vitamin D, which is also known as the sunshine vitamin. Depression is often linked to a shortage of vitamin D, although precisely how it works in the brain isn’t fully understood. It isn’t yet known whether low levels of vitamin D cause depression, or whether depression causes low levels of vitamin D.

In one study, researchers found that vitamin D deficiency was a factor in recurrent major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns, which occurs only during certain times of the year when people are generally exposed to less sun. The sun stimulates production of vitamin D, but when sunscreen is worn, it blocks this production. Vitamin D levels can be increased by going outside for approximately 15 minutes of sun without sunscreen. If exposure will be longer, it’s important to apply sunscreen in order to protect the skin against sun damage.

Additionally, certain foods have been found to be naturally high in vitamin D. These food include:

* Egg yolks

* Mackerel

* Salmon

* Tuna

* Mushrooms

* Beef

* Cheese

* Fish liver oils

Some manufacturers add or fortify certain foods such as milk, cereal, yogurt, and orange juice. Vitamin D supplements are also available, but should be taken after consultation with a doctor, as it’s possible to take too much.

So, get some vitamin D while you enjoy a little sunshine outside, and enhance both your mood and your energy. For additional tips, or for help with your health insurance needs contact Pettineo Insurance Agency today at (954) 493-9424 or visit for a free quote.

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