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Appl Nurs Res. 2009 Aug;22(3):221-5. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2007.08.001.

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

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  • 1Washington State University, Richland, WA 99352, USA. cshipowick@charter.net

Abstract

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
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