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Study: Higher Blood Vitamin D Levels Related to Lower Risk of Depression

April 15, 2015

Higher blood Vitamin D levels may be related to a lower risk of depression

 At a Glance

A new study in a large population of Finnish adults shows that higher serum vitamin D levels are related to a reduced risk of depressive disorders, especially in those with poorer health to begin with.

Read more about this research below.

Previous research has suggested that vitamin D may be helpful in protecting against depression, but the evidence is still somewhat inconclusive. In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers investigated the potential relationship between serum vitamin D levels and the prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders.
The study population consisted of a representative sample of Finnish adults between the ages of 30 and 79 years of age that participated in the Health 2000 survey. Of the 5,371 individuals in the study group, 354 were diagnosed with depressive disorders and 222 individuals were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  Serum Vitamin D concentrations were determined from frozen samples taken previously. A total of 4 indicators of depression and a single indicator of anxiety were studied as variables.

Individuals with a higher serum Vitamin D concentration showed a reduced risk of depression. After adjustments for socioeconomic, lifestyle, and metabolic factors, individuals in the highest 25% of vitamin D levels had a 35% lower risk for depression when compared to individuals with vitamin D levels in the lowest 25%. Higher Vitamin D levels had the greatest impact against depression in younger men with unhealthy lifestyles, who were divorced, or who suffered from metabolic syndrome. Based on statistical analysis, it was noted that raising the vitamin D levels above 50 nmol/L (20 ng/ml) could have avoided about 19% of the depression cases in the study. Vitamin D serum levels did not correlate significantly with anxiety disorders.

The results of this study support the theory that higher serum vitamin D concentrations may be protective against depressive disorders, especially in individuals with poor socio-economic status, diet and lifestyle choices, and metabolic health.

Tuija Jääskeläinen et al.. Higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations are related to a reduced risk of depression. British Journal of Nutrition, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S0007114515000689.

Would You Join an MLM that Does Something You Hate

Would You Join an MLM that Does Something You Hate

What is your reaction to robo dialing telemarketing calls

Patty and I include our contact information on this website and we have received calls and emails from many nice, intelligent people that are either interested in the USANA products and opportunity after reading our blog posts or they are well meaning people that call us offering a chance to try the products or opportunity they represent.

While we are feel that USANA offers not only the best products in its industry and also the best opportunity for long term residual income, we welcome calls and emails of both types. We want to connect with people that are excited about and dedicated to the network marketing profession.

What Everyone Hates

What we have a hard time with is all the people that think its ok to send us spam or worse yet, to use a robo dialer to call us. Seriously, would you join a company or even more importantly an individual who is doing something that is as universally hated as recorded telemarketing calls or robo dialing? Is that a way to build your business that:

  • Encourages people to follow your example?
  • Builds a team of people dedicated to you and your company’s vision?

Personally, I would never join a team that is doing something I dislike as much as I dislike recorded telemarketing calls and email spam.

Network Marketing is a Profession Built on Relationships

In network marketing the reason people buy your products or join your business is because of the relationship you build with them. They buy your vision for the future in the profession or the efficacy of your products because they trust you and because they trust you, they trust the information you are sharing with them.

Do You Trust People or Marketing Processes You Dont Like? 

Build Trust, Find a Need, THEN Offer a Solution

The process to follow to long term success in the network marketing profession is by building a relationship that has trust, finding out if there is a need for your product or opportunity and then offering a solution that fills their need.

When people know you care about them and trust that you are offering something you believe in and also believe will solve a problem they are experiencing, they are much more likely to use the product and join your business. And that is what you want isn’t it?

There are many great training programs to help you learn the best practices that have built long lasting, huge earning network marketing careers. Most companies have a great training system and if your companies training doesn’t resonate with you, we would highly recommend Eric Worre’s Go Pro Recruiting Mastery. You can find out more information about it at

Lets all become professional network marketers and build our businesses using methods that reflect well on the profession as a whole. 

I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure. Once that momentum kicks in, there is no telling what peaks we can climb together.

Please feel free to contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts. We appreciate the feedback.

Powerful Ways To Build Instant Influence

Powerful Ways To Build Instant Influence

Business NetworkingWe’ve all heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” But I disagree.

Its not about who you know. It’s really about who knows you. Just because you’ve met someone, doesn’t mean they’ll help you get into the job you want, or refer you to the sale you need. It takes more than a decent handshake to build good rapport with someone.

All friendships start with someone liking you. So here are the 12 most powerful ways to make people like you:

1. Be happy about who you are

In psychology, it is a well known fact that you can’t give what you don’t have. The best way to get someone to like you, is to make sure you like yourself first! When you like who you are and where you’re going, you are much more likely to maintain a good attitude, which will lead to friendships.

2. Have a good attitude

No one likes to be around someone who has a sour attitude. No one. So make sure that you don’t have a sour attitude! Attitudes are contagious, so be sure to infect people with a good one!

3. Dress well

We have definitely come a long way from judging a book by its cover in the past several years, but it is still important to present yourself well! You have less than five seconds to make a good first impression, so obviously appearance plays a large part in this.

4. Look for a way to compliment them

As soon as you meet someone, search for something you genuinely like about them. It can be as specific as their shoes, nail polish, hair, or as broad as the way they carry themselves! The key here is that you absolutely must be genuine. You should also do this within the first 15 seconds of meeting them.

5. Look for something they obviously care about

Item #5 piggybacks slightly on #4. If you want to get bonus points for your compliment, try to pick something out that your new friend cares deeply about. For a mother, you may compliment her little girl’s dress. For a young woman, it may be the red streak in her hair. For a young man, it may be how physically fit he is.

6. Give them your full attention

Make your interaction completely and fully about your new friend. Embrace the mantra, “it’s not about me” and make it, “it’s all about you.” When we give our new friend our full attention, it will be attention they may not be used to getting.

7. Ask the right questions

The trick to getting past small talk is asking the right questions. You need to ask questions that demand explanations. These types of questions start with words like: Who? What? When? Why? Where? How? These words open up the need for explanation and thus conversation is born.

8. Listen with the intent of listening

Most people participate in conversation through listening with the intent to talk again. Have you ever been talking to someone and after you spoke, you totally forgot what they said seconds before? That’s because you were focused on talking. Everyone wants someone to listen. Learning how to listen with the intent of listening will enable you to focus fully on the other person. A good way to start is by asking questions that require deeper answers or stories.

9. Find a way to encourage

Everyone feels overworked, overstressed, and underpaid. Everyone also loves to receive encouragement. If, during your conversation, you can find a way to encourage your new friend, they will love you for it.

10. Smile

In order to build friendships, you must be approachable. In order to be approachable, you must send out open body language. The easiest way to send out open body language is by smiling often. Every time you make eye contact with someone, smile. Smiles are an easy way to brighten someone’s day, and sometimes all you have to do is smile at the right people. Besides, smiling leads to longer life.

11. Watch your hands

Your hands can send all kinds of messages to those around you. For example, when someone is being honest with you, they will often show you their palms more often. However, when someone has their hands in their pocket, or has their arms crossed, they are effectively saying, “I don’t want to be here, talking to you.”

12. Remember their name

This is one of the most overlooked, and underutilized skills that can help you build friendships with others. Always remember your new friend’s name. It was the first word they learned as a child and it is the most important word in that person’s world. A nice trick to remembering peoples’ names is to make a conscious effort to say their name three times in the first 60 seconds of meeting them.

TJ McCoy