Vitamin D changes babies' gut microbiota

Infants given the supplement had potentially 'healthy' changes which merit further study: researchers

Vitamin D supplementation leads to some favourable changes in a baby's microbiome, most notably a lower abundance of Megamonas bacteria, according to a Canadian study.

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Using data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study, the research shows the gut microbe is lower in babies who had vitamin D supplements as drops or formula by three months of age.

The researchers says their previous research found the genus Megamonas to be more common in baby boys

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