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Vitamin D Insufficiency Linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Sports Injuries

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  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S. An estimated $1.6 billion is spent on treatments each year
  • Common signs and symptoms of IBS include frequent abdominal discomfort, spastic colon, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation
  • About 75 percent of people with IBS have insufficient levels of vitamin D, and about 70 percent report improvement when taking vitamin D supplements
  • Research looking at gene expression and variations in serotonin pathways also concluded that IBS patients tend to have lower vitamin D levels, and that expression of genetic biomarkers for IBS are modulated by vitamin D
  • Nearly 60 percent of NFL players have low vitamin D, placing them at increased risk for injury; 56 percent of those with insufficient levels (20 to 31 ng/mL) of vitamin D suffered lower extremity muscle strain or injury

By Dr. Mercola

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S. An estimated $1.6 billion is spent on treatments each year. Depending on the source, data suggests anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of Americans struggle with this condition.


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