Vitamins and Minerals for Digestion

Calcium may help to ease diarrhoea type symptoms in IBS-D sufferers.

Magnesium has an association with constipation. A research paper ( Murakami et al, 2007) demonstrates a link between low magnesium intake and constipation in Japanese women. So if you suffer from constipation or IBS-C it may be advisable to take a magnesium supplement.

While kelp is technically a supplement it is also worth mentioning here as it contains both calcium and magnesium, along with other beneficial vitamins and minerals in a form easily absorbed by the body. For a sensitive digestion, easily digested vitamins and minerals are preferred.


Murakami K, Sasaki S, H Okubo H, Y Takahashi Y, Y Hosoi Y, M Itabashi M et al. (2007) Association between dietary fiber, water and magnesium intake and functional constipation among young Japanese women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2007) 61, 616–622. Nature Publishing Group.

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used as a digestif or tea to settle the digestion after meals for centuries.

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If you have chronic health problems, we advise you to see a medical herbalist at Napiers or through the  National Institute of Medical Herbalists


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) was traditionally used in 'gripe waters' to soothe colic and flatulence in children.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) bark powder releases a mucilage that soothes, coats and protects the walls of the intestinal tract.

Psyllium husks

Psyllium husks (Plantago ovata) act as a gentle dietary fibre. Remember to follow psyllium with a full glass of water.

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