Norwegian researchers have demonstrated an association between vitamin B6 and Irritable bowel syndrome. Data generated on nutrient intake from the analysis of IBS sufferers food diaries revealed significant associations between symptom severity and low B6 levels.
Ligaarden SC, Farup PG (2011). Low intake of vitamin B6 is associated with irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Nutr Res. 2011 May;31(5):356-61.
I suspect that constipation may be the most likely outcome of low B6 levels. Low B6 status may lead to lower levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, potentially leading to slower gut function.
Good quality B6 supplements are readily available as a single nutrient or as part of a B-complex. P5P would seem to be the best form of B6; this is the active, easily utilisable form.
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