Vitamin D; could it be the answer to your winter woes? The December period can be challenging even though it’s a time for festivities, celebration, and happiness. Experiencing sadness during the winter months is common and can be a real issue for many. Unchecked, these moods can develop into seasonal depression, also known as SAD. As the days become shorter and the weather gets colder and darker, it can become an effort to function. So, how can you counter this? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘the sunshine vitamin’ might be the solution. But what is vitamin D, where can we get it, and is there a link between vitamin D and beating seasonal mood changes?
What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is essential for many bodily functions. Some of its main functions include the maintenance of bones and teeth. It is also thought to be useful in the prevention of diseases, including diabetes type 1. Despite the fact that it’s called vitamin D, it isn’t actually a vitamin at all. Instead, it’s actually a pro-hormone (essentially the precursor of the hormone). Vitamins cannot be produced by the body and need to be consumed as part of the diet.
Excerpted from Longevity