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Vitamin D May Ease Crohn's Disease Symptoms

Posted: 08.29.2013

Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.  Symptoms may include persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps, pain, constipation and rectal bleeding, as well as fatigue and muscle weakness.  In a new study, patients were assigned to take a daily vitamin D supplement or a placebo for 3 months.  Researchers measured participants before and after the study and found that the vitamin D group showed improved muscle strength, less fatigue, higher vitamin D blood levels and better quality of life.  If you have Crohn's, talk with your physician or pharmacist before starting supplementation.

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