Vitamin D to Reduce Depression

Shared by Dr. Justin Thompson

Thinking well pertains to how we handle stress both physiologically and mentally. There are many links between these two realms of stress. Vitamin D is an example! Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal health. Beyond its well-known benefits for bone health, emerging research has demonstrated that vitamin D may also have important implications for mental health. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Some studies have also found that vitamin D supplementation can have a beneficial effect on these conditions.


In a meta-analysis attached below, the effect of vitamin D on negative emotions is explored. Across 25 trials and over 7,000 participants, it was revealed that there is supporting data that vitamin d supplementation can reduce negative emotions. It was most effective in individuals with a vitamin D deficiency and major depressive disorders. Portions of the country are not exposed to enough sunlight due to the frigid temp’s half of the year. These locations are prone to vitamin d deficiency, so it is important those of us living there ensure we are getting enough.

The pooled data from trials of vitamin D supplementation lasting ≥8 weeks and dosage ≤4,000 IU/day indicated that vitamin D had an effect. This is the dosage recommended in our clinics!


At our clinics, we have a large body of research to explain the numerous benefits and its correlations to our body. I just found this relationship cool because I love reading about the different ways we can improve our mental health, and how we can support this in our practices. If you have any questions about vitamin D or ways we can improve our stress management, be sure to ask us! Eating, moving, and thinking well are the foundations to living a life of wellness!



Cheng YC, Huang YC, Huang WL. The effect of vitamin D supplement on negative emotions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Depress Anxiety. 2020 Jun;37(6):549-564. doi: 10.1002/da.23025. Epub 2020 May 4. PMID: 32365423.


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