Vitamin D deficiency connected to depression in young adults

Researchers in Saudi Arabia recently published a study in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics, showing a connection between vitamin D deficiency and depression among university-age students.

The researchers recruited nearly 300 participants between the ages of 20 and 26. They collected responses from the participants using the DASS 21—a 21-question questionnaire used for measuring depression, anxiety, and stress—as well as questionnaire for health habits, including sunscreen use, diet, tanning bed use, and vitamin D supplements.

Diet was assessed specifically for the following foods:

  • Fatty fish
  • Dairy products
  • Soy milk
  • Cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

Participants who ate the above foods the most were the least likely to have a vitamin D deficiency.

Speaking of vitamin D deficiency, the researchers found that there was a significant relationship between vitamin D deficiency among participants and prevalence of depression.

This is one more study in a growing body of research showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.