Severe painful cramping, a constant uncomfortable pressure on the abdomen, nausea, sharp stabbing pains, a raw feeling in the gut, a dull ache, bloating, a deep throbbing pang, a burning feeling, something lodged in the stomach that can’t be removed, excruciating lower back pain, a razor cutting through the intestines. If these descriptions portray the turmoil in your belly, you might be a sufferer of irritable bowel syndrome. Around 40 million people suffer from IBS in the United States alone.
It’s unknown what exactly causes IBS. Therefore, the treatments usually target symptoms instead of going after the root. However, a new study published in BMJ Open Gastroenterology has found something that links the majority of IBS sufferers. They seem to have insufficient levels of vitamin D.
The study looked at 51 patients with IBS and found that of that group eighty-two percent were vitamin D insufficient. What’s even more amazing is that their levels of vitamin D correlated with their perceived quality of life in terms of how badly IBS was affecting it: The more vitamin D, the higher perceived quality of life.
The researchers believe that this insight may help doctors to better understand the mysterious condition and will hopefully give sufferers a new tool to help manage their conditions.
In the meantime, The AIM Companies offers CalciAIM for vitamin D supplementation. Every serving has 70% of the RDA for vitamin D, as well as calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Since studies have shown that most people are insufficient in both vitamin D and magnesium, CalciAIM has something for everyone.