Micronutrient deficiencies in inflammatory bowel disease: from A to zinc

Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2012 Oct;18(10):1961-81. doi: 10.1002/ibd.22906. Epub 2012 Apr 5.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has classically been associated with malnutrition and weight loss, although this has become less common with advances in treatment and greater proportions of patients attaining clinical remission. However, micronutrient deficiencies are still relatively common, particularly in CD patients with active small bowel disease and/or multiple resections. This is an updated literature review of the prevalence of major micronutrient deficiencies in IBD patients, focusing on those associated with important extraintestinal complications, including anemia (iron, folate, vitamin B12) bone disease (calcium, vitamin D, and possibly vitamin K), hypercoagulability (folate, vitamins B6, and B12), wound healing (zinc, vitamins A and C), and colorectal cancer risk (folate and possibly vitamin D and calcium).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / etiology*
  • Micronutrients / deficiency*


  • Micronutrients