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Researchers Show Zinc Plays Key Role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ‘Leaky Gut’


New research, published in Nature Communications, has found a link between the important micronutrient zinc and a sensor protein in the gut in the prevention and management of a range of bowel conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease.


Zinc is one of a number of nutrients that are known to play a role in the prevention and control of a range of bowel conditions. Another key nutrient is vitamin D, for which there is growing evidence of benefit when supplemented as a treatment.

A meta-analysis published in 2018 by researchers in China recommends that vitamin D should be used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Published in the Medicine (Baltimore) journal, the analysis examines a total of 18 randomized controlled trials involving 908 patients. Noting that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, the researchers cite studies showing that supplementation with this nutrient can induce and maintain remission.

Deficiency of vitamin D is also now believed to be a key factor in irritable bowel syndrome, with research showing that supplementation can improve patients’ quality of life.

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