Taking vitamin D supplements daily seems to alleviate the symptoms of the dreaded irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even help with depression, a new study shows.
Vitamin D or the sunshine vitamin apparently helps bowel habits to revert to normal in IBS patients. This could have a positive effect on their mental health as well. Past studies have associated the condition with anxiety and depression.
Even though it is unclear how vitamin D supplementation can improve IBS sufferers’ lives, past studies showed that the sunshine vitamin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which could explain the many health benefits.
Around 10%-15% of people live with IBS, whose symptoms include abdominal pain and a disruption in bowel habits. It is unclear what triggers the condition.
In the U.K., one in four children and one in five adults have vitamin D deficiency.
In their study, academics at the University of Sheffield sifted through data from seven other studies to find a link between the vitamin and the syndrome. One of the study revealed that bowel habits in some participants were brought back to normal after high doses of the sunshine vitamin.
Those participants have also experienced an improvement in their mood as they no longer struggled with depression or anxiety.
A separate study revealed that 75% of the study participants had insufficient levels of vitamin D in their systems. Seventy percent of bloggers that documented their life with IBS have revealed that vitamin D has eased their IBS symptoms.
The latest research appeared in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Vitamin D’s other health benefits include a lower risk of type 1 diabetes in kids. One study found that the vitamin boosts the immune system and keeps diabetes at bay during childhood.
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