More Sunshine Tied to Fewer Cases of ADHD. April 16 2014

 

 

Vitamin D doesn’t get as much credit for improving brain health as, say, Omega-3 fatty acids, Magnesium, and other nutrients.  Instead, we usually think about milk advertisements and how drinking vitamin D and calcium “does a body good.” Vitamin D, though, is much more important to overall brain and body health than just strengthening your bones like athlete-inspired milk-mustache ads suggest. 

Vitamin D plays an important part in having proper cognition, focus and concentration.  Studies have shown that “adequate vitamin D serum levels are necessary to prevent free radical damage in brain and subsequent deleterious consequences.”  Vitamin D leads to an overall healthier immune system, and specifically boosts the antioxidant glutathione in the brain.  It’s also involved with modulating genes that regulate cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, and death.  And in more good news for overall health, vitamin D is also thought to have a role in improving sleep cycles.  As we all know, better sleep = a happier you.  

Like any area of health, a deficiency doesn’t necessarily mean the nutrient deficiency is the cause of ADHD, but a nutrient deficiency and ADHD symptoms might both be secondary effects of a larger primary cause, such as enzyme deficiency.  Giving the body the nutritional precursors it needs to naturally produce neurotransmitters, hormones, and enzymes should be a top priority of your diet.  Some of the new literature on vitamin D3 suggests that it may be that a maternal vitamin D3 deficiency sets the stage for ADHD and autism, so all you expecting mamas – make sure you are loading up on vitamin D.  

Humans were built to get vitamin D through the skin, so consider spending time every day outside (and possibly wearing a bikini to soak up as much vitamin D as you can).  J  There are numerous reports of children spending less and less time outdoors in physical activity, and this could impact levels.  Other good sources of vitamin D include super foods such as wild-caught salmon, mackerel, and mushrooms. 

In addition to Vitamin D’s specific benefits, having adequate amounts of this fat-soluble vitamin enhances the intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, and magnesium.  

400 IU’s of Vitamin D3 are included in both Pure Clarity formulas.  Check out our list of other ingredient benefits here 

Written by:  Melissa Warner

 

References:
Goksugur SB et al. Vitamin D Status in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Pediatr Int. 2014 Jan 13. doi: 10.1111/ped.12286, 
Dietary vitamin D deficiency in rats from middle to old age leads to elevated tyrosine nitration and proteomics changes in levels of key proteins in brain: Implications for low vitamin D-dependent age-related cognitive decline. Jeriel T.R. Keeneya, Sarah Förstera, Rukhsana Sultanaa, Lawrence D. Brewerb, Caitlin S. Latimerb, Jian Caic, Jon B. Kleinc, Nada M. Porterb, D. Allan Butterfielda, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2 December 2013. 
Perry, Allison.  New UK Study Suggests Low Vitamin D Causes Damage to Brain.