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How can vitamin D help ulcerative colitis?

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You need vitamin D to keep your bones strong. It also plays a role in how your immune system -- your body's defense against germs -- works.

If you have ulcerative colitis, especially if you need steroids, you may be at risk for having low levels of vitamin D.

A good source of vitamin D is dairy foods, but a lot of people with UC cut back on dairy to help them curb symptoms of diarrhea.

Experts have different views on vitamin D supplements, so ask your doctor if it it's a good idea for you to take them.

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ulcerative Colitis."

National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease: "IBD basics."

University of Virginia Health System: "Nutrition and Ulcerative Colitis (UC)," "Nutritional Considerations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Colitis UK: "Food Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ulcerative Colitis."

National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease: "IBD basics."

University of Virginia Health System: "Nutrition and Ulcerative Colitis (UC)," "Nutritional Considerations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Colitis UK: "Food Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 07, 2019

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