Study reveals how vitamin D benefits mental disorders, as do omega-3 fatty acids.
Serotonin regulation could explain why vitamin D benefits many brain disorders, as do marine omega-3 fatty acids, a new study finds.
Depression, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder and even schizophrenia have all been linked to low levels of vitamin D and omega-3.
Low levels of serotonin have been found to impair memory, planning, social behaviour and increase impulsiveness and aggression.
Supplementation with these essential nutrients has shown promise in improving some of these conditions.
Until now, though, scientists have been unsure of the mechanism of how omega-3 and vitamin D benefits such a wide range of conditions.
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The new study, published in the FASEB Journal, finds that the link could be how they interact with serotonin, a vital neurotransmitter (Patrick & Ames, 2015).
Dr Rhonda P. Patrick, the study’s first…
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