During the autumn and winter periods, you need to get vitamin D from your diet, because there isn’t enough sunlight hours in the day for the body to make its own.
Alternatively, supplements could help to give your body a boost in the vitamin.
It’s now also been revealed that vitamin D could help to ward off the painful symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Vitamin D supplements could help to ease abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation in IBS patients, according to University of Sheffield scientists.
“The study provides an insight into the condition and, importantly, a new way to try to manage it,” said lead research Dr Bernard Corfe.
“It is evident from the findings that all people with IBS should have their vitamin D levels tested, and a large majority of them would benefit from supplements.
“IBS is a poorly understood condition which impacts severely on the quality of life of sufferers. There is no single known cause and likewise no single known cure.”
A high number of IBS patients showed signs of vitamin D deficiency, the scientists also claimed.
The vitamin is essential for general wellbeing, including bone health, immune system function, mental health and gut health, they added.
If you do choose to take vitamin D supplements, you shouldn’t take more than 10mg a day, the NHS recommends.
Don’t take more than 100mg of vitamin D in a single day, as it could have deadly consequences.
IBS is a common condition that affects the digestive system.
About 20 per cent of UK adults suffer from the condition, according to researchers.
Signs of the condition include stomach cramps, diarrhoea and constipation.
The symptoms tend to come and go, but can last for months at a time.