A new study has found a majority of people who live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) could be deficient in Vitamin D.
Participants in this double-blind randomized controlled trial received one of the following protocols:
A Vitamin D Supplement and a Probiotic Placebo
A Vitamin D Supplement and a Probiotic
Participants provided a blood sample to assess their Vitamin D levels at the onset of the study and took their assigned protocol for 12 weeks filling in an IBS symptom questionnaire every two weeks.
70% of those individuals that received a high dose supplementation showed an improvement in their symptoms.
IBS is a debilitating chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. It is not understood how this condition develops, although it has been confirmed that both stress and diet could make symptoms worse.
Prior studies have confirmed an association between a deficiency of Vitamin D and inflammatory bowel disease. Recent studies also show a benefit in the reduction of blood pressure, risks of heart disease and kidney disease with Vitamin D supplementation.
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