Vitamin D may reduce depression in older adults

Researchers in Iran recently published a study in Clinical Nutrition, showing a connection between vitamin D supplementation and depression in older adults.

The researchers recruited nearly 80 adults over the age of 60 for their 8-week, randomized clinical trial. All participants already had moderate to severe depression and were randomly assigned to one of two groups: a vitamin D group and a placebo group. Researchers measured depression levels of participants in both groups.

What the researchers found was that the group undergoing vitamin D supplementation saw a decrease in their depression scores over the 8 weeks.. They went from a mean score of 9.25 (out of 15) to 7.48—9 is considered moderate depression, while 7 is considered mild. The placebo group did not experience a decrease in depression scores; in fact, their scores increased, although only marginally.

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 25 years.

Did you know that Truehope EMPowerplus Advanced contains vitamin D? EMPowerplus is an all-natural combination of 36 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants specifically formulated to support physical and mental well-being. Also, being the subject of over 36 clinical trials makes it the most independently researched micronutrient formula in the world.