Top 2 Supplements For Improving Digestion

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body synthesizes when sunlight hits your skin. You can also get vitamin D from foods such as:

  • Fatty fish
  • Fish oil
  • Beef liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms

Recent research shows that vitamin D plays a vital role in digestive health and digestive health supplements may regulate gastrointestinal inflammation. Interestingly, people who have higher vitamin D levels have a lower incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). What’s more, a deficiency of vitamin D can disrupt the gut microbiome and lead to colitis.

The recommended daily vitamin D intake is 600 IU between 1 and 70 years old. In some circumstances, people may need higher doses. In people with IBD, malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins and bowel resection can limit vitamin D absorption.

Essential B Vitamins (B1, B3, B6, Biotin, B12)

Essential B vitamins help give your body the energy it needs. Foods that contain essential B vitamins include:

  • Salmon
  • Organ meats
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Legumes
  • Yogurt
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Sunflower seeds

The small intestine absorbs B vitamins from food or supplements. But the gut microbiome also produces these vitamins. The B vitamins in the distal colon improve digestion by:

  • Providing nutrients for the host and microbiome
  • Regulating immune cell activity
  • Mediating drug efficacy
  • Suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria
  • Reducing colitis