The number of children in mental health crisis has reached record levels in England, analysis of National Health Service (NHS) data by the mental health charity YoungMinds shows.
With around one in eight children in high-income countries now experiencing a mental health disorder, much remains unknown regarding the potential causes. While investigations are ongoing, some research already suggests that vitamin D deficiency may play a role. A recent study considered this and found that a 1200 IU daily dose of vitamin D3 given to infants up until the age of 2 years old reduced the risk of symptoms such as depressed mood, anxiety, and withdrawn behavior occurring between the ages of 6 to 8 years old.
To learn more about this study and the role of nutrition in regulating mood and behavior, see this article on our website.