City Research Online

Vitamin D: the role of the sunshine vitamin

Mutsatsa, S., Mushore, M., Ncube, K. & Currid, T. J. (2013). Vitamin D: the role of the sunshine vitamin. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2(4), pp. 182-187. doi: 10.12968/bjmh.2013.2.4.182


The importance of vitamin D in physical disorders has been well documented. Deficiency in this vitamin is associated with a wide range of physical and mental disorders that include, heart problems, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, various cancers, and asthma. In mental health vitamin D deficiency is associated with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease among others. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include darker skin, lack of adequate sun exposure, autoimmune diseases, influenza, old age and the use of certain medicines like anticonvulsants. Vitamin D is likely to play an important role in the management and prevention of various mental health problems. In particular, adequate vitamin D during the perinatal stage is likely to impact positively on the long term mental health of a person.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
SWORD Depositor:
[thumbnail of Vitamin D and mental Health.pdf]
Text - Accepted Version
Download (402kB) | Preview


Add to AnyAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to PinterestAdd to Email


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login