Emerging research suggests an association between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women.

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers found that young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms over the course of a five-week study.

The results were consistent even when other possible explanations, such as time of year, exercise, and time spent outside were considered, says lead author David Kerr, PhD.

“Depression has multiple, powerful causes and if vitamin D is part of the picture, it is just a small part,” said Kerr, an associate professor in the School of Psychological Science at OSU.

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