Improving the health of people in the UK with Vitamin D

Depressed and SAD ?

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

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 30-60 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 have a little 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 throughout 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 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

See a separate page which discusses how you may be able to improve your tolerance for the sun by taking Vitamin D capsules in advance

Alternatively, many people have found that a short treatment on a professional sun-bed works for them
Some people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome find that a monthly sun-bed session makes a big difference

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

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 Do I Need ?” and how to test yourself

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Which type of Vitamin D should I take and where can I buy it ?

Where can I buy Omega-3 Fish Oil and Vitamin B12 ?

What works for you ?
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  1. ‘Sunbathing on a long weekend in North Africa, or Tenerife or Cape Verde or the Middle East’ may be wonderful but it is also killing the environment, and spreading viruses round the world. The biggest thing many could do is give up flying for selfish reasons.
    Echinacea strengthens the immune system, and I have taken it for several decades. I also take D3 in winter, 1,000IU, and have not suffered flu or even a cold for thirty years. Previously I had flu regularly and every cold going.

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