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Overview Gut and vitamin D

Did you know?
  • High level of vitamin D/UV reduces the risk of many gut problems
  • Many gut problems result in less absorption of Vitamin D & Magnesium . . .
    Not restoring Vitamin D levels increases the risk of many other diseases
  • Increasing Vitamin D reduces many inflammations - incude those of the gut
  • Several companies make gut-friendly forms of vitamin D
  • There are 203 items in the Gut category in Vitamin D Life
          (more GUT information below)

Learn how Vitamin D is essential for good health
  Watch a 5 minute video "Does Less Sun Mean more Disease?"
  Browse for other Health Problems and D in left column or here
  see also Supplementing and More in the menu at the top of every page
If you have a disease associated with low Vit D take Vit D
Raising your Vit D levels will substantially prevent other low-Vit D health problems
Proof that Vitamin D Works   Getting Vitamin D into your body

Is 50ng enough?   How to restore levels quickly  Vitamin D Life interview and transcript - Jan 2022
Books and Videos 259   Diseases that may be related via low vitamin D
Reasons for low response to vitamin D   Why are doctors reluctant
Cancer studies include:   Breast 252   Colon 141   Lung 54   Prostate 101   Pancreatic 55   Skin 120
Colds and flu   Dark Skin 463   Diabetes 537   Obesity 428   Pregnancy 886   Seniors 427
COVID-19 treated by Vitamin D - studies, reports, videos

Gut Summary

  • Gut problems result in reduced absorption of Vitamin D, Magnesium, etc.
  • Celiac disease has a strong genetic component.
    • Most, but not all, people with celiac disease have a gene variant.
    • An adequate level vitamin D seems to decrease the probability of getting celiac disease.
    • Celiac disease causes poor absorption of nutrients such as vitamin D.
    • Bringing the blood level of vitamin D back to normal in patients with celiac disease decreases symptoms.
    • The prevalence of celiac disease, not just its diagnosis, has increased 4X in the past 30 years, similar to the increase in Vitamin D deficiency.
  • Review in Nov 2013 found that Vitamin D helped
    Many intervention clinical trials with vitamin D for Gut problems (101 trials listed as of Sept 2019)
  • All items in category gut and vitamin D 203 items

See Vitamin D Life (other than Crohn's)


87% of eating disorders got worse with COVID-19 - Aug 2020

Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown on individuals with experience of eating disorders
UK study, FREE PDF

Many gut diseases will do better with gut-friendly forms of Vitamin D

Gut-friendly, Sublingual, injection, topical, UV, sunshine

Getting Vitamin D into your body has the following chart

Getting Vitamin D into your body also has the following
If poorly functioning gut
Bio-D-Mulsion Forte – especially made for those with poorly functioning guts, or perhaps lacking gallbladder
Sublingual – goes directly into the bloodstream
Fat-soluble Vitamins go thru the slow lymph system
   you can make your own sublingual by dissolving Vitamin D in water or use nano form
Oil: 1 drop typically contains 400 IU, 1,000 IU, or 4,000 IU, typically not taste good
Topical – goes directly into the bloodstream. Put oil on your skin, Use Aloe vera cream with Vitamin D, or make your own
Vaginal – goes directly into the bloodstream. Prescription-only?
Bio-Tech might be usefulit is also water-soluble
Vitamin D sprayed inside cheeks (buccal spray) - several studies
    and, those people with malabsorption problems had a larger response to spray
Inject Vitamin D quarterly into muscle, into vein, or perhaps into body cavity if quickly needed
Nanoparticles could be used to increase vitamin D getting to the gut – Oct 2015
Poor guts need different forms of vitamin D has the following
Guesses of Vitamin D response if poor gut

Bio FormSpeedDuration
10Injection ($$$)
or Calcidiol or Calcitriol
D - Slow
C -Fast
10 Sun/UVBSlowLong
(skin patch/cream, vagina)
Fast nano
9Nanoemulsion -mucosal
perhaps activates VDR
9?Inhaled (future)FastNormal
8Bio-D-Mulsion ForteNormalNormal
6Water soluble (Bio-Tech)NormalNormal
(some goes into gut)
3Coconut oil basedSlowNormal
2Food (salmon etc.)SlowNormal
2Olive oil based (majority)SlowNormal

10= best bioavailable, 0 = worst, guesses have a range of +-2
Speed: Fast ~2-6 hours, Slow ~10-30 hours
Duration: Long ~3-6 months, Normal = ~2 months

See also web


Review of IBD and Vitamin D (generally < 1,000 IU) - Feb 2014

Review of observational and intervention studies
 Download the PDF from Vitamin D Life

SBI can help Colitis - Aug 2022

SBI = Serum-Derived Bovine Immunoglobulin/Protein Isolate,
by Eugene Heyden



Colon Diseases



Celiac assocated with both low vitamin D and poor Vitamin D Receptor - meta-analsys - Feb 2023

A meta-analysis suggests the association of reduced serum level of vitamin D and T-allele of Fok1 (rs2228570) polymorphism in the vitamin D receptor gene with celiac disease
Front Nutr . 2023 Jan 19;9:996450. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2022.996450
Tanya Shree 1, Pratibha Banerjee 1, Sabyasachi Senapati 1

Purpose: As an immune-modulator, vitamin D is known to regulate immune response and is implicated in disease pathogenesis. Celiac disease (CD) is a systemic autoimmune disease and susceptibility conferred by vitamin D metabolism is under investigation. Studies on the association of vitamin D metabolism and genetic polymorphisms are expected to explain CD pathogenesis. We performed a systematic review-based meta-analysis to investigate the 25(OH)D serum levels and susceptibility conferred by the genetic variants of VDR in CD.

Methods: Systematic review was conducted through a web-based literature search following stringent study inclusion-exclusion criteria. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale and GRADE tools were used to assess the quality of evidence in studies and the study outcome. Cohen's κ value was estimated to access the reviewer's agreement. RevMan 5.4.1 was used to perform the meta-analyses. Weighted mean difference and Meta p-value was assessed for 25(OH)D serum levels. Meta-odds ratio and Z-test p-value were evaluated to estimate the allelic susceptibility of VDR variants.

Results: A total of 8 out of 12 studies were evaluated for "25(OH)D" serum level, while four studies were found eligible for SNPs (Bsm1, Apa1, Fok1, and Taq1) of VDR. Significantly higher levels [WMD = 5.49, p < 0.00001] of 25(OH)D were observed in healthy controls than in patients with CD. rs2228570-T (Fok1) [Meta-OR = 1.52, p = 0.02] was confirmed to be predisposing allele for CD.

Conclusion: Reduced serum level of 25(OH)D and association of Fok1 T-allele of VDR confirmed in this study plays a critical role in immunomodulation and maintaining barrier integrity, which is majorly implicated in CD.
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Celiac disease is the most common genetic disease in Europe.

In Italy about 1 in 250 people and in Ireland about 1 in 300 people have celiac disease.
from http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/celiac_disease/prevalence.htm

Celiac Disease is similar to Crohn's Disease in that both decrease vitamin D which can be absorbed in the gut

Celiac Disease may be similar to Crohn's Disease on the following chart

Possible Vitamin D Interactions

Does Gluten-Free Diet Protect Children with Celiac Disease from Low Bone Density? - Aug 2014

 Download the PDF from Vitamin D Life.
They believe: CD ==> poor absorption ==> low vitamin D ==> low Bone Mineral Density
They conclude that if teen with CD has bone pain should have DXA test of BMD, then might consider giving vitamin D.

8+ Vitamin D Life pages with CELIAC in title

This list is automatically updated

Items found: 11


Crohn's reduced by plant-based diet - Dr. Greger

Crohn's reactions to yeast, milk, eggs - good video review of many studies (video with transcript)- Feb 2021
Is Nutritional Yeast Healthy for Everyone? Dr. Greger

The Best Diet for Crohn’s Disease Treatment Video with transcript April 2021

Vitamin D levels OK months before Crohn's, but were low only after Crohn's

Crohn's and Colitis infographic


39+ Vitamin D Life pages with CROHN in title

This list is automatically updated

Items found: 39
Title Modified
Crohn's and Vitamin D - many studies 29 Dec, 2022
IBD (Colitis, Crohn’s) was active 6X more often if low vitamin D – June 2015 30 May, 2022
IBD and Crohn's patients need Vitamin D, even to increase drug efficacy (Vedolizumab) June 2021 29 Jun, 2021
Crohn’s disease helped when vitamin D level raised above 30 ng – RCT Feb 2015 26 Mar, 2021
Crohn’s Disease reduced for a year by 7 weeks of high dose Vitamin D – RCT March 2021 26 Mar, 2021
Crohn's Disease patients normalizing their Vitamin D levels decreased risk of surgery by 44 percent – Aug 2013 09 Feb, 2021
Crohn's Disease 4X less likely to reoccur after surgery if good level of vitamin D – Feb 2021 09 Feb, 2021
Crohn’s Disease is associated with poor Vitamin D Receptor (many solutions) – April 2020 29 Apr, 2020
Crohn's disease associated with 7.6X deactivation of Vitamin D receptor – July 2015 12 Nov, 2019
Crohn’s Disease associated with lower Vitamin D - meta-analysis Sept 2019 28 Sep, 2019
Crohn’s Disease Activity predicted by vitamin D plus 2 additional blood tests – Dec 2018 07 May, 2019
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in children is associated with low Vitamin D, Iron (also low Zinc for Crohn’s) – Aug 2018 28 Aug, 2018
Gut bacteria of Crohn's disease patients improved by Vitamin D – March 2018 15 May, 2018
Crohn's patients with Vitamin D less than 30 ng were 1.8 X more likely to be readmitted within 1 year – April 2017 13 Mar, 2018
Crohn's disease in black children is worse in 6 ways – Dec 2015 10 Dec, 2017
Crohn's Disease flares 20 percent more likely if poor Vitamin D Binding Protein – Oct 2016 09 Nov, 2017
Crohn’s Disease risk increased 3 X if inadequate vitamin D level (another form is needed) – Oct 2017 12 Oct, 2017
Crohn's Disease relapse rate of 3 in 8 with 1,0000 IU vs 0 in 12 with 10,000 IU of Vitamin D – RCT Feb 2017 16 Jul, 2017
Crohn's Disease relapse rate of 3 in 8 with 1,000 IU vs 0 in 12 with 10,000 IU of Vitamin D – RCT Feb 2017 15 Jul, 2017
Crohn's disease treated by 2000 IU Vitamin D - RCT June 2015 31 Jan, 2017
Crohn’s disease associated with vitamin D and latitude – meta-analysis Dec 2015 11 Dec, 2016
Boron and Granulomas (TB, Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's, Rheumatic Fever etc.) - 2015 14 Nov, 2016
Crohn’s disease associated with low vitamin D, unless in remission (22 vs 28ng)– Dec 2015 30 Jul, 2016
Is vitamin D supplementation a viable treatment for Crohn's disease – Nov 2015 18 Nov, 2015
Infliximab reduction of inflammation (Crohn’s) greatly aided by Vitamin D – Sept 2015 12 Sep, 2015
Crohn's disease treated by Vitamin D - RCT June 2015 07 Aug, 2015
Crohn’s disease deficient in vitamin K – IBD deficient in vitamins K and D – April 2011 17 Feb, 2015
Crohn’s helped by 5000 IU vitamin D – April 2013 17 Feb, 2015
Crohn’s Disease – strange things such as no change of vitamin D levels with season – Dec 2014 09 Dec, 2014
Surgery for Crohn's disease 2X less likely if managed to raise vitamin D above 30 ng – May 2013 06 May, 2014
Active Crohn's disease is associated with low vitamin D levels – Feb 2013 14 Feb, 2013
About 40 percent more likely to get Crohn’s Disease or UC if have low vitamin D – March 2012 03 Nov, 2012
More than half those with Crohn’s disease have less than 20ng of vitamin D – March 2012 03 Nov, 2012
Even 800 IU vitamin D improved Crohn’s disease bone density – June 2012 03 Jul, 2012
Crohn's disease kids are 2X more likely to have low vitamin D, intervention helps – April 2012 12 Jun, 2012
IBD and Crohn but not Colitis associated with low vitamin D – May 2011 05 Jun, 2012
Crohn’s Disease strongly associated with low vitamin D in South Asians – March 2012 29 Mar, 2012
Extra Vitamin D needed for Crohns 14 Mar, 2012
Crohn’s relapse reduced from 29% to 13% by taking 1200 IU of D3 – May 2010 04 Apr, 2011

15 gut questions and answers – NYT Feb 2023

The Wild World Inside Your Gut

  • 1 How can I tell if my gut is healthy? And what are some warning signs that it isn’t?
  • 2 How does my gut affect the rest of my body?
  • 3 What are some simple things I can do to improve my gut health?
  • 4 Are there any foods I should limit for the sake of my gut health?
  • 5 I often feel heartburn after I eat. Why is that and what can I do to stop it?
  • 6 Am I at risk for an ulcer if I am constantly stressed and eat a lot of spicy food?
  • 7 What is ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and how do I know if I have it?
  • 8 Can refined carbs like sugar or white flour cause an overgrowth of yeast in my gut?
  • 9 Are antibiotics bad for my gut health? And if so, what can I do to prevent the damage?
  • 10 I’ve seen a lot of ads for colon cleanses. What are they and should I do one?
  • 11 So what should I do to take care of my colon?
  • 12 What can the shape, type and frequency of my stool tell me about my health?
  • 13 If I see identifiable foods in my stool, does that mean I have a food intolerance?
  • 14 What actually works to prevent constipation?
  • 15 If I use over-the-counter laxatives, will my gut build up a tolerance or become dependent on them?

 Answers inside PDF

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5211 Poor D2 absorption if poor gut - 1987.pdf admin 22 Mar, 2015 1.29 Mb 2024
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