Symptoms, conditions and causes

What is the nutrient deficiency in IBD?

The most common nutrient deficiencies in those with IBD are:

#1 - Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency occurs in those with IBD because of blood loss and decreased iron absorption due to inflammation. You can develop anemia if your iron drops too low. The best sources of iron are animal products (especially beef and organ meats) and spirulina. Always get your iron from the foods you eat, not supplements. It can be easy to build up too much iron with supplements. 80% of those with IBD are iron deficient.

#2 - Vitamin D deficiency 70% of those with IBD have vitamin D deficiency because IBD-related inflammation blocks the absorption of dietary vitamin D. Additionally, your age, weight, skin tone, and location can affect your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption, small intestine lining repair, and reducing inflammation. 10,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily is ideal for normal vitamin D levels.

#3 - Vitamin B12 and B9 (folate) Vitamin B12 and B9 come from your healthy foods and gut microbes. When you have gut inflammation, your microbiome often lacks important bacteria. This can limit your ability to produce and absorb B vitamins. Low vitamin B12 and B9 can cause fatigue, anemia, and many other issues.

#4 - Vitamin K1 and K2 Vitamin K1 and K2 are also made by your microbes. An unhealthy gut can decrease your levels of these two nutrients. Vitamin K1 helps prevent bleeding by causing your blood to clot, and vitamin K2 supports the strength of your bones and helps keep calcium out of your arteries and joints. If you have IBD, make sure you replenish these nutrients.

Last updated: Feb 26, 2024 16:19 PM