Vitamin D, cognitive function, and mental health

E. P. Cherniack, B. R. Troen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

Although it has long thought to be primarily involved in calcium regulation and bone metabolism, vitamin D is now believed to play an important role in the process of neural development, and insufficiency of vitamin D has been associated with pathology of cognition and mental illness. Vitamin D receptors are located in the brain, and vitamin D may protect neurons and promote neural growth. Some studies have suggested associations between basic and executive cognitive function, depressive symptoms, and serum vitamin D levels. However, causation has not been proved, and well-designed randomized, controlled clinical trials using sufficient doses of vitamin D to alleviate manifestations of mental and cognitive illness still need to be performed. It seems prudent for many reasons to detect and correct vitamin D insufficiency in all patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Pages420-438
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781845697525
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Mental illness
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Vitamin D, cognitive function, and mental health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Cherniack, E. P., & Troen, B. R. (2011). Vitamin D, cognitive function, and mental health. In Lifetime Nutritional Influences on Cognition, Behaviour and Psychiatric Illness (pp. 420-438). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1533/9780857092922.3.420