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Vitamin D and Depression in Women: A Mini-review

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Mohamed Said Boulkrane, Julia Fedotova*, Valentina Kolodyaznaya, Vincenzo Micale, Filippo Drago, Annemieke Johanna Maria van den Tol and Denis Baranenko   Pages 1 - 13 ( 13 )

Abstract:


Affective-related disorders, including depression are constantly rising, complicating people’s personal life style increasing disqualification and hospital care. Because of the high intensity of urbanization, our lifestyle and food altered dramatically in the last twenty years. These food modifications have been associated to scores of depression and other affective-related disorders in urbanized countries with high economic levels. Nutrients imbalance is considered as one of the critical causes enabling to the pathophysiological mechanisms for the development of psychiatric disorders. Application of additional nutritional interventions for treatment of mood deteriorations can be beneficial for both the prophylaxis and therapy of affective-related disorders. This paper will review recent research on the relation of Vitamin D levels and the epidemiology of depression in women.

In this paper we will provide an overview of the results of a variety of different studies taking on board research which both suggests and refutes an association. Based on these findings we will propose important directions for future research in relation to this topic.

Keywords:

Vitamin D, brain, depression, mood, affective-related disorders, aging, women

Affiliation:

International Research Centre "Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium", ITMO University, 9 Lomonosova Str. St. Petersburg 191002, International Research Centre "Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium", ITMO University, 9 Lomonosova Str. St. Petersburg 191002, International Research Centre "Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium", ITMO University, 9 Lomonosova Str. St. Petersburg 191002, Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, Biological Tower, School of Medicine, University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 97, Catania 95123, Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, Biological Tower, School of Medicine, University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 97, Catania 95123, University of Lincoln, School of Psychology Sarah, Swift Building 3201, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN5 7AY, , International Research Centre "Biotechnologies of the Third Millennium", ITMO University, 9 Lomonosova Str. St. Petersburg 191002



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