As the days grow longer, Canadians suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) are starting to feel a bit better. New research into the use of vitamin D in the treatment of S.A.D. gives hope to the sufferers who cannot find relief from the traditional light therapy. Thats good news for Life Science Nutritionals, the makers of Adult Essentials Vitamin D gummies.
Researchers estimate that up to 35% percent of Canadians suffer from what is commonly called the winter blues, a very mild form of seasonal depression that has sufferers feeling out of sorts. Between 10 and 15% percent suffer from what doctors classify as a mild form of S.A.D. while only 2 to 5% experience a severe form of S.A.D.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depressive disorder linked to the lack of sunlight during the winter months in northern latitudes. S.A.D. is characterized by general irritability, disinterest in regular activities, increased appetite, weight gain and fatigue. The key difference between S.A.D. and depression is the symptoms disappear with regular sunlight exposure.
We are starting to understand the role diet and nutrition plays in our moods, says Jackie McKenzie, Registered Dietitian and Consultant for Life Science Nutritionals who recommends maintaining a healthy diet to combat symptoms. Choose foods high in natural mood-lifting vitamins like vitamin D, folic acid, tryptophan and Omega 3.
Common approaches to the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder include light therapy or antidepressants, which doesnt always work for people suffering from the disorder. Researchers are beginning to understand the connection between natural supplements and S.A.D, including the use of vitamin D supplements.
Studies show that many people who suffer from S.A.D. also have low levels of vitamin D. Furthermore, taking a vitamin D supplement has proven to decrease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, prompting further studies of the connection between vitamin D and mood and other mental health disorders.
People are getting a lot less vitamin D than they think. Lack of sunlight in the winter months is just one of the many causes, reminds McKenzie. Cloud cover, pollution, sunscreen, inadequate dietary intake of vitamin D rich foods and spending too much time indoors all contribute to vitamin D deficiency.
Other mood lifting supplements include folic acid, tryptophan (the amino acid used to produce serotonin) and Omega 3 fatty acids. Studies show that Omega 3 deficits are a contributing factor to mood disorders, perhaps explaining the lack of S.A.D. sufferers among the Eskimo populations who consume a high intake of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Osteoporosis Canada recommends adults take between 400 and 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Thats why Adult Essentials created an adult version of their IronKids Vitamin D gummy because kids arent the only ones who dont like to take their vitamins. Adult Essentials Vitamin D gummy vitamins contain 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 in a fruity, fun, chewable gummy that even big kids love to take!