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Vitamin D can reduce the risk of mental illness in children

By on Jan 24, 2012

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Are your children getting enough sunshine? A new study has found that children with low levels of the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D, are more likely to suffer with depression in later life. Children who had the highest levels of this vitamin were found to have a 10 per cent lower risk of developing mental illness.

vitamin D can reduce the risk of mental illness in childrenThe Daily Mail has reported the Children of the 90’s research project, which was carried out at the University of Bristol.

The researchers analysed vitamin D levels in more than 2,700 children at the age of nine, and they were followed up at the age of 13. The results found that those children with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to demonstrate signs of depression.

Children who had higher levels of vitamin Dwere less likely to show signs of depression throughout their teenage years.

This study also found that the specific type of vitamin D that you take is very important. The two types of vitamin Dthat were investigated were, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3(colecaliciferol). The study found that the D3 form had the strongestanti-depressant link.

Vitamin D is naturally formed in our bodies in response to sunlight. It is also found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel. Vitamin D is also found in milk, eggs, porridge, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and vegetable oils.