According to the latest research that has found vitamin D deficiency to be prevalent among people with irritable bowel syndrome.
By Francesca Rice
People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) could benefit from upping their vitamin D intake to help ease painful symptoms, according to new research.
Scientists from the University of Sheffield reviewed numerous studies and found a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among IBS sufferers.
IBS is a common condition that affects the digestive system, and can cause unpleasant symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.
While the team – whose work was published today (25 January) in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition – believe more research is needed, their findings suggest that vitamin D supplements may help ease those symptoms. Lead study author Dr Bernard Corfe, said in a release:
“The study provides an insight into the condition and, importantly, a new way to try to manage it. It is evident from the findings that all people with IBS should have their vitamin D levels tested and a large majority of them would benefit from supplements.”
“IBS is a poorly understood condition which impacts severely on the quality of life of sufferers. There is no single known cause and likewise no single known cure.”
Our bodies can make vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin outdoors, which means we should be able to get the vitamin D we need from sunlight from late March to the end of September. But during the gloomy autumn and winter months, our experts advise all adults to consider taking 10mcg of vitamin D daily.
It’s also worth noting that vitamin D is found in a small number of foods, including oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods, including some breakfast cereals.