If I take a multivitamin, is there a benefit to taking a supplement of a specific vitamin (ex. Vitamin D)? In the winter, I have read taking Vitamin D helps give more energy. I find myself more tired and depressed in winter months.

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    A close friend of mine has a deficiency, to what degree he declined to share but he received a diagnosis from his doctor and a direction to take vit D as a supplement. This is a core NE (non-essential) nutrient produced in the body when exposed to UV radiation. Increase in uptake or supplementation should be done so under the direction of a physician who has reviewed your blood work. Feb 2, 2015 at 18:19

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There are some studies that link low vitamin D levels with various issues, such as "winter depressions", but it should be remembered that this does NOT mean that vitamin D supplements will make you less depressed or give you more energy. It's just as plausible that the lack of light during the winter makes you both depressed AND results in lower vitamin D levels. Adding vitamin D doesn't make the sun come out, so to speak :)


Vitamin D supplementation had no overall effect on depressive symptoms (standardized mean difference [SMD], 0.14; 95% confidence interval [CI], -0.33 to 0.05, p = .16), although considerable heterogeneity was observed. Subgroup analysis showed that vitamin D supplementation for participants with clinically significant depressive symptoms or depressive disorder had a moderate, statistically significant effect...

There are some studies refered to in this link that should convince you to not waste money on Vitamin D: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/18322/do-vitamin-d-supplements-help-against-winter-depression

The same is almost definitely true about any other vitamins you are taking as well, unless you eat VERY bad, you probably don't have any deficiencies.

Winter sucks, I know, go for a walk during the lighter hours if possible, it's free, healthy and much more likely to make you feel better.

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