5 Best Vitamins for Constipation Relief

Although constipation is usually associated with lack of physical activities and not eating enough fiber rich foods or drinking sufficient amount of water, deficiency of certain vitamins are also found to be responsible for this condition. Vitamins that play a role in maintaining the motility of intestinal muscles can help in easing bowel movement. Furthermore, certain vitamins act as laxatives. Hence, to restore regularity you may rely on certain vitamins. However, vitamin remedies for constipation are recommended only for people who are otherwise healthy.

Here Are 5 Best Vitamins For Constipation Relief

1. Vitamin C

If you are suffering from constipation, increasing consumption of vitamin C rich foods or taking a vitamin C supplement helps in softening the stool. As vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient, excess vitamin C cannot be stored in the body. When the unabsorbed vitamin C passes through the intestines, it draws water from the intestines into the feces that helps in easing bowel movement. High dosage of vitamin C supplement can be taken daily to provide relief from constipation. However, return to the normal dose once normal bowel movement is restored. You may even taken a glass of vitamin C rich fresh orange juice daily for up to a week to ease bowel movement [1].

 Vitamin C

2. Vitamin B1

Constipation could occur if you are suffering from deficiency of vitamin B1. Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine helps in maintaining the normal motility of the smooth muscles of the large intestine. Depletion of vitamin B1 level slows down intestinal motility. It increases re-absorption of water from the stools. As a result the stool becomes dry and hard. Vitamin B1 is found in whole grains, nuts, seeds and leafy vegetables. However, if you need higher amounts of the B vitamin, you may take a supplement [2].

whole grains

3. Vitamin B9

You may become constipated when the folic acid or vitamin B9 level in your blood is low. Vitamin B9 is involved in synthesis of digestive acids that apart from promoting digestion helps in maintaining the normal movement of stool. Studies have shown that taking a high dose folic acid supplement helps in providing relief from constipation [3].

Vitamin B9

4. Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 helps in promoting rhythmic movement of the intestinal walls that helps the stool to easily pass through the colon. Although vitamin B5 is found in a wide range of foods, for constipation relief you may take vitamin B5 supplement [4].

Vitamin B5

5. Vitamin B12

People suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency are susceptible to constipation. Low levels of vitamin B12 affects the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. To restore the normal vitamin B12 level and for relief from constipation you may take a vitamin B12 supplement [5].

Vitamin B12