In the following study the researchers investigated whether low vitamin D levels were associated with gray matter volumes, whole brain volumes and hippocampus volumes (Terock J,, 2023).

Structural MRI data and vitamin D levels were obtained for the 1,865 participants, and this was what they found.

Vitamin D deficiency was significantly associated with increased brain age. Also, linear vitamin D levels were significantly associated with total brain and gray matter volumes. This was only significant for male participants.

The results suggest neuroprotective effects of vitamin D on the brain.


Jan Terock, Sarah Bonk, Stefan Frenzel, Katharina Wittfeld, Linda Garvert, Norbert Hosten, Matthias Nauck, Henry Völzke, Sandra Van der Auwera, Hans Joergen Grabe. Vitamin D deficit is associated with accelerated brain aging in the general population. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2022 Dec;327:111558.

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  • Author: Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  • Published: 2023-02-10
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