If you have ever experienced a chronic combination of diarrhoea and constipation in alternating, erratic doses, you might want to check whether you have a vitamin D deficiency. According to a recent research study, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It may be spurred on by the lack of vitamin D in the body. IBS affects between 9% and 23% people globally. The reasons for the development of IBS are not clearly known, but dietary intake and stress have been identified as possible causes.

Role of Vitamin D in IBS patients

The study was conducted at the University of Sheffield where scientists conducted double-blind randomised controlled trials with the help of surveys and patients’ blood samples. The role of vitamin D has been documented in a study conducted on 37 IBS patients, where high dosages of the vitamin were administered. The results demonstrated significant improvements in the symptoms of IBS in 70% of these patients. There is also evidence that vitamin D can aid in the road to recovery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Patients were randomly assigned a placebo, probiotic placebo and vitamin D supplements, which they had to use over the next twelve weeks. At the end of the test window, vitamin D levels were measured and it was found that patients who had consumed vitamin D and the placebo had gone from 25% to 87.5%, those who had had only vitamin D had gone from 22.2% to 92.3%, and those who had been allotted the placebo had gone from 18.5% to 60%.

Importance of vitamin D

Though the benefits of vitamin D have been widely known in the context of neurological developments and the synthesis of serotonin, this recent finding puts the vitamin on the super-nutrient map. If the vitamin is better-integrated in our diets, an array of dietary problems can be warded off.

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