Could the sun save your children from depression? Exposure to vitamin D can lower risk of mental health problemsBy Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:11 AM on 20th January 2012
Children with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to suffer from depression, claim scientists.
Those with the highest levels of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ have a 10 per cent lower risk of developing the mental health problem.
The findings come from the Children of the 90s research project run by the University of Bristol.
Children with higher levels were also more likely to show a decline in depressive symptoms in their teenage years.
Vitamin D is mainly made by the action of sunlight on the skin, although it can also be found in oily fish, such as tuna.
The study investigated levels of two forms of the vitamin – D2 and D3 – and found the strongest anti-depression link with D3.
Although vitamin D is found in oily fish, and is routinely added to milk, diet accounts for very little of the nutrient that actually makes it into the bloodstream.
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