Vitamin D’s Important Role in Digestive Health

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Researchers have demonstrated in an animal colitis model that the lack of vitamin D causes imbalanced flora to grow. This resulted in higher levels of digestive lining inflammation and less immune cells that know how to tolerate inflammation.

The type of imbalance in terms of bacterial populations was similar to those found in overweight humans.

There are many factors that contribute to imbalanced digestive flora. These include poor diet, lack of variety in the diet, antibiotics, excess alcohol, and stress. It is interesting that vitamin D can now be added to the list. It is also interesting that a majority of American children are lacking in vitamin D.

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