Vitamin D helps keep the immune system and the gut healthy.
In fact, 82% of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are deficient in vitamin D, research finds.
Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
A study included 51 people with IBS, 82% of whom had insufficient vitamin D levels.
Around half the world’s general population is deficient in vitamin D.
From October to March many people in northern climents do not get enough vitamin D.
Vitamin D is found in oily fish, egg yolks, fortified cereals and some margarine spreads.
Most people need around 10 micrograms per day, which can also be obtained from supplements.
IBS affects around 10-15% of people around the world.
The cause is unknown, but both diet and stress affect the symptoms.
One IBS sufferer, researcher Vicky Grant, explained:
“I read about other IBS patients experiencing success with vitamin D, via the online patient community.I wasn’t really expecting the vitamin D supplements to work as I had tried and failed with so many other treatments. I’m not cured but I have found that supplementation has dramatically improved my IBS.”
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