In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers found that consuming vitamin D supplements did not prevent adults from becoming depressed or improve their mood.
The Massachusetts team says its findings may finally put the popular myth to rest that a deficiency in the vitamin is associated with a higher risk of developing depression later in life. A study was published Tuesday in the journal JAMA.
“One scientific issue is that you actually need a very large number of study participants to tell whether or not a treatment is helping to prevent development of depression,” study lead author and principal investigator Dr. Olivia Okereke, a physician in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital, said in a news release. “With nearly 20,000 people, our study was statistically powered to address this issue.”
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because the skin can naturally make it when