Vitamin D and Your Brain: More Than an Antidepressant and Can Affect Your Unborn Child’s Brain

Sunny BoyVitamin D receptors are all over the body including your brain. Vitamin D is fat soluble and it is for this reason those of us who live in locations where parts of the year there is little sun exposure, can still have normal vitamin D function from our fat stores.  It is for this reason and a diet high in fats that the Eskimo’s near the North Pole learned to survive the long winters without sunlight.  It is also for this reason that most of us (who have inadequate fat stores of vitamin D) suffer more with mood disorders and depression in the winter months or those times when we get the least sun exposure.

The brain protection of Vitamin D begins in the womb.  Mom’s to be, please start taking 5000 IU a day and/or get unprotected sun exposure (in moderation and without burning) before you get pregnant. Vitamin Councils Report

Dr Mercola summarizes these risks of low vitamin D and indeed the risks of taking statins to lower cholesterol while pregnant or considering pregnancy. Vitamin D is made from cholesterol, and cholesterol is likely not even the main issue in heart disease, etc. Read Dr Mercola’s article.

It seems that a moms’ pre-birth vitamin D status predicts bone health, cancer risk and autoimmune risks for her unborn child along with brain disorders and perhaps even autism.  This is one supplement you just cannot afford to live without.  Now, if you are a life guard in a sunny climate where you have sun most days of the year, you may be uniquely exempt from needing to take Vitamin D supplements.  For the rest of us, and especially moms who are pregnant or considering pregnancy, take Vitamin D3 and take enough of it, 5000 IU a day. If your levels are below 30 and you are not pregnant yet, consider taking 10,000 IU a day for a few months. 

Newborns can take 1-1500 IU a day, or if deficient, even 2000 IU a day. Children can take 2-3000 IU a day and teens and adults 3-5,000 IU day.  If your levels are below 30 ng/ml, I recommend you take 5000 IU a day if you are a teen or adult. 


Dr. Paul


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