Suffer from IBS? You may have this vitamin defiency

The VITL Nutrition Team / 13 Feb 2018

According to a recent study from the University of Sheffield, people who suffer from IBS are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency.


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According to a recent study from the University of Sheffield, people who suffer from IBS are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency and recommend that those with the condition get their vitamin D levels tested (which can be done with a simple, at-home blood test).

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a digestive condition that affects about 20% of the populations. Symptoms include:

  • stomach cramps
  • bloating
  • diarrhoea 
  • constipation

IBS is a poorly understood condition; there is no single known cause or single known cure. While it’s usually a lifelong problem, this new study suggests it could be a sign of a vitamin D deficiency.

The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also suggested taking supplements to restore vitamin D levels quickly.

Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D is not mainly obtained from food. Instead, the body relies on adequate direct sun exposure which stimulates the production of the vitamin in the skin. As we don’t get much of that here in the UK (even during the sunnier months!), the most reliable way to keep your levels topped up is with a daily supplement.

If you do suffer from IBS, it’s especially important that you choose a highly absorbable vitamin D supplement as digestive upset can impact its absorption. As vitamin D is fat soluble (meaning it needs to be consumed with fat in order to be absorbed), we’ve included a little sunflower oil in each vitamin D capsule to enhance absorption.

Click here to get a month’s supply from just £4.95