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    Default Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Risk Of Depression Or Mood Changes

    Dr Ananya Mandal
    August 5 2020

    Vitamin D has been found to benefit health in various ways. As a consequence, this "sunshine" vitamin has been used as a supplement in several health conditions. There have been reports of the mental health benefits of this vitamin in reducing the risk of depression. Now, a new study shows that there may not be any specific benefit provided by vitamin D supplementation in reducing the risk of depression.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Risk Of Depression Or Mood Changes

    I wonder whether exposure to actual sunlight, as opposed to a supplement, could achieve the desired effect. I can't claim anything helpful since I do both — exposure in spring summer fall, and supplementation as needed through the dark winter months. But I can attest that a sunny day always elevate my mood, no matter the season.
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    If this study had combined vit. K2 with the vit. D3, it is highly likely the participants would have experienced greater improvement. Vit. K2 is needed for D3 to work most efficiently. When they are combined, studies show D3 and K2 improve cardiovascular, bone, skin, and lung health. More importantly, a number of recent studies show even when taken alone vit. K2 (MK-7) lowers depression risk. Here's just one PubMed study showing K2 improves mood and reduces depression risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6520944/

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    That's good to know, Mr. Wiz. Thank you!
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    Any D3 study that excludes vit. K2 (MK-7) is a huge red flag, as K2 is a major co-factor for the proper functioning of D3. To exclude major cofactors when studying the bioactivity of a particular vitamin or mineral almost always leads to negatively skewed results.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Risk Of Depression Or Mood Changes

    At a follow up appointment, I told the surgeon who did my hip replacement (nearly 3 years ago) I was taking K2, and he said " the blood-clotting vitamin?" He had no idea. Also mentioned it at a physiotherapy session - he didn't know either. The difference was the PT looked it up and told me the following week he had learned something!

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    Which seems like a revealing look at the mindset of surgeons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julieanne View Post
    At a follow up appointment, I told the surgeon who did my hip replacement (nearly 3 years ago) I was taking K2, and he said " the blood-clotting vitamin?" He had no idea. Also mentioned it at a physiotherapy session - he didn't know either. The difference was the PT looked it up and told me the following week he had learned something!
    Further confirmation that most "medical professionals" lack nutrition education--the fundamental knowledge to keep us healthy. The accrediting body for U.S. medical schools (Liaision Committee on Medical Education) recommends 25 hours--not days--25 hours of nutrition education across the entire 4 years of medical school, roughly 6 hours per year. And, a large number of med schools fall short of 25 hours because that's just a LCME recommendation, not a requirement.
    Keep Reading: https://www.tmc.edu/news/2019/09/foo...ion-education/

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    Default Re: Vitamin D Does Not Reduce Risk Of Depression Or Mood Changes

    I would love to know what they actually teach them! Probably the latest government recommended diet plan - they are still recommending low fat.
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