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Seasonal Affective Disorder


Seasonal Affective Disorder 

The lack of sunlight and the time change can affect your mood.  Vitamin D levels are the primary culprit with this malady as it is a mood elevator.

Usually taking the vitamin D will pull you right out of the SAD symptoms.  When it does not work it is a dosing or absorption issue with vitamin D.

Vitamin D dosing is a factor.  I personally find I have to take quite a lot of vitamin D to pull myself out of the time change.  For about 10 days I have to double my normal dose and then I am fine.

Next is absorption.  Eighteen percent of the general population will not absorb vitamin D in pill form.  It has to do with absorption at the intestinal level.  You will find this with testing.

On testing, Vitamin D has to be between 50 and 80 to be protective to your body and at this level will help manage the lack of sunlight induced mood change.

If you suffer from any form of a sullen mood with the lack of sun have your Vitamin D levels checked.   If the levels are quite low you are not absorbing Vitamin D and in this situation we use a Vitamin D developed with research done at Boston Medical College.  The D 3 Cell Guard was designed with the head researcher on Vitamin D to allow absorption for people who cannot absorb conventional vitamin D..

The Omega 3 Oils also help and have the following additional supportive functions:  Detoxification, pain management, skin quality, mood, and it helps your memory recall. Use an Omega 3 Oil that is distilled twice to remove all of the mercury and PCB pollutants.  Make sure it is packaged in nitrogen so it will not go rancid (the yucky taste followed with burps).

I thought this was a good article on Vitamin D and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your weekend,

Dr. Brian McGuckin


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