Vitamin D could ease IBS symptoms

VITAMIN D: Most commonly produced when sunlight hits your skin.

VITAMIN D could be key to treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Scientists from the University of Sheffield found that 82 per cent of those with IBS also had low vitamin D levels. 

Vitamin D is most commonly produced when sunlight hits your skin, which kicks off vitamin synthesis and is naturally found in food such as milk and tuna. In a study, the scientists found that vitamin D supplements could improve the symptoms of IBS.

IBS is a chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that causes both diarrhoea and constipation, but affects each patient differently. 

Many take years to get a diagnosis due to fluctuating flare-ups and the symptoms being put down to other things.

Researchers now suggest those with an IBS diagnosis should also have their vitamin D levels tested.

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