What to do about Depression ?

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Did you know that taking high strength Omega-3, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D can help with Depression ?  Read the article below to find out more  . . . . 

January, February and March are the worst months in the UK for Depression

Vitamin D | Depression | Vitamin D Council | Greenvits UK

The stores of Vitamin D that we had built up from the previous summer are at their lowest
The “half-life” of Vitamin D in the body is 14-30 days, so our Vitamin D from the sun is now less than 10% of what is was at the end of last summer
You may take in a small amount of Vitamin D from your food, but it is very little

Seasonal Affective Disorder shows up progressively in a number of ways, finally leading to full Depression:

  • Difficulty waking
  • Decreased Energy
  • Craving for Carbohydrates
  • Increased Appetite
  • Sleeping longer
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased libido
  • Withdrawal from family & friends
  • Depression + Anxiety + Irritability

Do you recognise any of these and do they change through the year ?

The best solution is to find some sunshine or equivalent
Alternatives that seem to help are to take supplements to boost your Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and your Omega-3.

If you can take a short break in the sunshine, that is probably the best
Sunbathing on a long weekend in North Africa, or Tenerife or Cape Verde or the Middle East would be wonderful !
Try exposing most of your body for 15-30 minutes a day in the mid-day sun without sunscreen.
If you have fair skin you might sunbathe for a shorter time and if you have dark skin for longer
But – be very careful not to burn or let your skin start becoming pink

Vitamin D | Depression | Vitamin D Council | Greenvits UK

If you can eat more oily fish like Salmon at least twice a week it may help
Some people also suggest that Vitamin B12 helps

If you are taking drugs for depression then eating oily fish may help you to take lower doses !  Researchers in Holland found that people taking SSRI drugs for Depression responded better when they also eat oily fish

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Instead of sunshine and food you might try Vitamin D capsules or high-strength Omega-3 Fish Oil
See other pages here for “How much Vitamin D do I need ?” and how to test yourself

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