GastrointestinalNatural health pioneers BetterYou have welcomed researcher’s suggestions to take high-dose vitamin D3 supplements to dramatically improve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

A recent study published by the BMJ Open Gastroenterology discovered a significant association between a patient’s vitamin D levels and the severity of their IBS symptoms.

Researchers, led by Dr Bernard Corfe, from the University of Sheffield’s Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group, investigated the association between vitamin D levels and the severity of IBS symptoms — and particularly the extent to which IBS affects their quality of life. The study, which is the first of its kind, found that out of 51 IBS patients tested 82% exhibited insufficient vitamin D levels.

To dramatically improve symptoms of IBS, researchers suggested sufferers take a high-dose vitamin D3 supplement. BetterYou who are at the forefront of research into vitamin D levels are keen to educate about the importance of maintaining your vitamin D levels. They aim to inform how much of this vital vitamin you should be taking, as dosage levels are still poorly understood.

BetterYou recommends 1000 IU (International Units) of vitamin D is supplemented per 25 kg of body weight. An adult living in the Northern Hemisphere requires between 2000-3000 IU daily to maintain a healthy level.

Andrew Thomas, founder and Managing Director at BetterYou, said: “Vitamin D deficiency can be easily corrected by supplementation and simple lifestyle changes. Taking just one spray a day of one of our DLux oral sprays and spending more time outdoors can boost vitamin D levels and have a positive impact on quality of life.”

“With intraoral supplementation, the vitamin is absorbed directly into the blood stream via the rich vein system located just under the surface of the buccal membrane of the inner mouth, which is also advantageous for those individuals who may have trouble absorbing it through the digestive system. “The DLux1000 and DLux3000 sprays can provide the solution for adults looking to boost low vitamin D levels in the blood which are associated with IBS,” he added.

IBS accounts for 10%  of visits to GP surgeries and the condition has a significant and escalating burden on society as a consequence of lost work days and time spent on regular hospital appointments. BetterYou’s DLux oral vitamin D spray range is listed in the NHS recommended product guide for vitamin D supplementation and comes in different strengths for people of all ages.

Scientific research has found that intraoral vitamin sprays are much better at boosting your vitamin D levels than their tablet equivalents. Participants taking BetterYou DLux1000 vitamin D oral spray for 30 days saw a 53% greater absorption than those taking a branded vitamin D tablet supplement of the same strength. The study by scientists in Athens, also found that people with low levels of vitamin D before the study started saw much bigger increases in their levels than people who already had high vitamin D levels.