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Up to 70% of Americans suffer from low levels of vitamin D due to low sunlight for much of the year, avoiding the sun during the summer months, and/or insufficient consumption of food sources. Without an adequate amount of this “sunshine vitamin”, you may become more prone to conditions effecting bone and muscle health but may also face digestives issues, like bloating and abdominal pain. “There are vitamin D receptors located throughout the colon that help regulate bowel inflammation – and not getting enough vitamin D could interfere with that. Vitamin D also seems to play a role in the production of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin, which may be why people with IBS are also more likely to be depressed and rate quality of life as low.” [For more information on Vitamin D, click here!]
Published in the Journal of British Society of Gastroenterology, researchers set out to investigate a link between vitamin D deficiency and gastrointestinal conditions – inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. In this small 12-week trial, 51 participants were either given a placebo or a combination of vitamin D and probiotics. Eighty-two percent of participants with irritable bowel syndrome (a disorder affecting the colon characterized by abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating) had insufficient vitamin D levels. Researchers found that the lower the vitamin D levels, the more severe the participants symptoms and quality of life. Study coauthor Bernard Corfe, PhD, stated, “Right now, it’s too early to say if vitamin D deficiency causes IBS, or if people with some of these symptoms like frequent bloating – but not full-blown IBS – are also more likely to be low in vitamin D. But there is good reason to believe that increasing vitamin D levels will improve general bowel health, as previous research shows that conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer are associated with low vitamin D levels.”
In a much earlier study published in 2007 in the October issue of the American Journal of Physiology; Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, researchers from the University of Chicago used mice to demonstate the link between inflammatory bowel disease and vitamin D deficiency. The mice were fed dextran sulfate sodium (DSS), an irritant that can cause intestinal damage. The mice that had a genetic disturbance in their ability to use vitamin D quickly developed severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and severe weight loss. The mice that could use vitamin D, were “basically resistant to the irritant effect of lower doses of DSS.”
While both studies say further testing and research is needed, Dr. Corfe suggests that “Upping vitamin D intake via sun exposure, supplements, and food may help remedy certain symptoms for those with IBS and promote good general bowel health for the average person.”
Vitamin D, commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, is naturally produced in the body through sun exposure but also can be consumed through some foods like fish and eggs and through supplementation. A vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons, which …
You can have enough vitamin D in your blood, have insufficient levels, or really lack it (deficiency). In this study from University California Davis and Rutgers University having low levels of vitamin D accelerated cognitive decline dramatically – at three times a faster rate compared …
Do you suffer from frequent asthma attacks? According to a recent study, low levels of vitamin D may factor into this common condition.
Israeli researchers studied the level of the “sunshine vitamin” in blood samples from 308,000 people. The results showed that a deficiency in this vitamin had no association with asthma at the stage when it’s first diagnosed. However, for those who already suffer from asthma, low levels may significantly impact the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. According to the study results, 21,237 people in the group who had diagnosed asthma also showed vitamin D deficiency in their blood samples.
After studying additional factors that contribute to asthma attacks, including gender, ethnicity, age, smoking, etc., researchers found that low vitamin D levels remained a definite trigger for asthma attacks in diagnosed patients. “I think that if a patient has had good treatment for asthma and is still not controlled, maybe he should be checked for his vitamin D levels before adding on more medications,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Ronit Confino-Cohen, senior lecturer at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Israel. “Maybe supplementation would do the job.” This study appeared in the journal Allergy.
According to another review in September of 2016, researchers led by Professor Adrian Martineau from Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research at Queen Mary University of London write that previous research has linked low blood levels of Vitamin D to a heightened risk of asthma attacks. The researchers, part of Cochrane, analyzed data from nine studies lasting from six to twelve months that included children and adults. Those who took Vitamin D supplements cut the incidence of asthma attacks severe enough to require hospitalization in half, from 6% of all attacks down to 3% in Vitamin D users.
More information on Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D, commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, is naturally produced in the body through sun exposure but also can be consumed through some foods like fish and eggs and through supplementation. A vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons, which include limited consumption of the vitamin and limited exposure to sunlight. For those with a vitamin D deficiency, an increased risk of heart problems, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and even asthma can arise if left to its own devices without a change in diet or proper supplementation.