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Vitamin D for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Vitamin D (VitD) deficiency is prevalent in patient with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Recent studies have found that VitD can induce and maintain IBD remission through antibiosis, anti-inflammatory, and repair of intestinal mucosal barriers, thus improving the patient's disease activity and quality-of-life. This meta-analysis evaluated the therapeutic effect and safety of VitD in the treatment of IBD (1). The results showed that eighteen RCTs involved 908 patients were included. The authors conclude that the treatment of VitD in patients with IBD can improve the level of 25(OH)D3 and control the relapse rate of the disease, whose clinical curative effect is more accurate. Thus VitD should be recommended for the treatment of IBD, at least as an adjunctive treatment.