Posted by Garnet71 on February 26, 2009, at 20:26:36
In reply to Vitamin D's effect on depression, posted by Netch on February 26, 2009, at 9:30:58
Vitamin D may affect serotonin:
"Intrigued researchers conducted more studies. The sunshine vitamin became linked to so many other conditions, recalled Boston University physician and vitamin D researcher Michael Holick, that when I first heard [the claims] I thought it was kind of crazy. How can it be doing so many things?
But Holick became convinced of vitamin D's effectiveness. Heart, colon, prostate, brain, all those cells have receptors for vitamin D. We know it stimulates serotonin production [important in depression]. It is important for muscle function. It has a major role in keeping cell growth in check; it kills cells if they turn malignant.
Phillipa, yes, I've seen vitamin D supplements at the stores. I think she's prescribing me a therapeutic dose, and I'd prefer that over trying to choose among brands, but thanks.