Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Natural Antidepressants

Low levels of vitamin D are common and there is growing evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to depression. Vitamin D modulates immune responses to infection, including reducing inflammatory markers that are associated with depression. People with vitamin D deficiency had an 85 percent increased risk of depression. Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Adequate levels of vitamin D are also important for good mental health. A good doctor will order blood work to see if a patient is low on vitamin D before sending him off with a prescription for Prozac. Antidepressants SSRIs are anti-inflammatory, which would explain their mechanism of action if inflammation is a primary driver of depression.

Antidepressants can sometimes cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects, including:
  • nausea
  • increased appetite and weight gain
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • anxiety

How To Improve Immune System

Vitamin D has been used to treat infections before the advent of effective antibiotics. Treatment included exposure to sunlight which was thought to directly kill the infection. Cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin D has also been employed as a increased protection from infections.

People who have low vitamin D levels may have a higher chance of developing influenza. Influenza epidemics occur in the winter, and vitamin D levels are lower in the winter as well. Since influenza is seasonal, it is thought that vitamin D might be a factor that can affect your chances of getting the flu.

This year 10 times the number of Influenza cases reported compared to the 2013-2014 flu season last year.

Only one in ten children, aged six to 15 years, taking the sunshine vitamin in a clinical trial came down with flu. 50 Percent Reduction In Flu Infections Using Vitamin D 

Healthy vitamin D blood levels are between 70 and 90 ng/ml, levels obtained by fewer than 5% of Americans. 

The available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

5 Reasons You Should Take Vitamin D

1. People with lower levels of vitamin D are about 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Severely deficient are 120 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Vitamin D improves levels of serotonin, lift your spirits. In a small 1998 study, healthy people given vitamin D supplements during the winter reported greater positive feelings.
3. It is estimated that 30% to 100% of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
4. Vitamin D-deficient asthmatics 25% more likely to have an asthma attack and Asthma has increased by more than 300 percent over the last two decades
5. Vitamin D improves the immune function and provides a protective shield against cold, flu and pneumonia.