Carotenoids are vital to a child’s health providing antioxidant properties to aid their growth. Lutein is a dietary carotenoid found in yellow, orange and red fruits and vegetables as well as leafy green vegetables. Lutein has been known for its strong supportive role in eye health, especially in decreasing the risk of age-related eye diseases. The presence of lutein in breastmilk and fetal retina (an eye structure) has also suggested lutein’s potential critical role in infants/children population.
Lutein (from the Latin word luteus, meaning “yellow”) is a yellow pigment that has the ability to showcase various colours. It is one of the 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids, and is referred to as ‘macular pigment’. A high amount of macular pigment is important to protect and prevent eye related damage in children and the elderly. It acts by filtering the damaging blue wavelengths of light (400 nm – 480 nm) to protect the photoreceptors in the retina. For example when your child is consumed with technology for long durations this radiates damaging blue wavelengths. A high amount of macular pigment acts as a barrier for the eye to protect and deflect these lights from harming the retina.
The need for obtaining adequate amounts of lutein is critical in today’s society due to the dramatic increase in electronic devices and technological uses in everyday scenarios (televisions, phones, tablets, computers). The usage by children in today’s age is concerning, according to the Vision Council, “Nearly one in four kids spend more than three hours a day using digital devices and more than twenty percent of parents are very concerned about their children’s screen time”. As children’s eyes are vulnerable to blue light damage, lutein supplementation could help maintain visual function and performance by filtering blue light and protect photosensitive cells in their eyes.
Interestingly, recent preliminary studies have also found lutein to be the predominant carotenoid in the brain of infants. Lutein has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and may protect the brain from free radical damage.
The human body cannot naturally create lutein so it must be consumed through dietary sources. Good sources of lutein include corn, spinach, broccoli, kale, and egg yolk. However, considering the relatively low consumption of vegetables in children, the average intakes of dietary lutein are far less than the amount recommended.
The newly introduced allKiDz® Multivitamins Plus with Lutein provides a natural, refreshing and delicious way to fill the nutritional gap! Along with the 13 essential vitamins and minerals, it offers lutein derived from the marigold-flower in the unesterified (“free”) form. This “free” form is found in majority of the food consumed in the human diet, and is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream and utilized by various organs allowing your child’s body to benefit the most from this form.
Visit your local retailers to try a sample today and allow your children to lead their lives with healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy eyesight.
- Snodderly, D. M., Brown, P. K., Delori, F. C. & Auran, J. D. The macular pigment. I. Absorbance spectra, localization, and discrimination from other yellow pigments in primate retinas. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 25, 660–673 (1984)
- Johnson, E. J., Maras, J. E., Rasmussen, H. M. & Tucker, K. L. Intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin Differ with Age, Sex, and Ethnicity. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 110, 1357–1362 (2010)
- Pérez-Gálvez, A. & Mínguez-Mosquera, M. I. Esterification of xanthophylls and its effect on chemical behavior and bioavailability of carotenoids in the human. Nutr. Res. 25, 631–640 (2005).
According to WebMD, Asthma is still the leading cause of chronic illness in children and affects about 7 million children in the United States and, for unknown reasons, is steadily increasing. These are scary facts for parents, and with the weather constantly changing your child is more prone to an asthma attack than ever before. Here are 3 home remedies that could help your little soldier.
- Ginger tea mixed with 2-3 crushed garlic cloves
Ginger and garlic both have anti-inflammatory properties and anti bacterial properties that will help to relax their airways and eliminate phlegm allowing your little soldier to breath. To mask the taste of the garlic add honey.
WARNING, your little one might feel nauseous after drinking this tea, but give it a few hours and you will see a complete 180.
- Massage the chest with warm sesame oil (dime size) with a pinch of salt and a steam inhalation
This remedy is like a natural a mentholated topical ointment to help them breath. If you do not have a face steamer, pour boiling water in a bowl, add little droplets of sesame oil in the water, and put a thick towel over your soldier’s head. Make sure your soldier is taking consecutive breaks to cool down and does not stay under the towel for longer than two minutes each turn.
WARNING, be prepared for little ones nose to run like crazy during this as the steam and oil breaks down the phlegm in their body, so have lots of tissues by their side.
- Boil a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in a glass of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Dairy products are something many doctors warn parents against with kids with asthma, but combined with ginger and turmeric powder it becomes a great way to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and anti bacterial property that helps to prevent blockage in airways, restore normal breathing patterns, and relaxes lung muscles. Give this twice a day.
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This flu season they are has been a spike in reported flu cases, and many are saying that the Influenza shot may not be enough to fight the influenza virus this year. Unfortunately the flu strikes quicker than a common cold and can have your little one stuck in bed for a few days. These are the symptoms to look out for this flu season:
- Sudden fever
- Chills and shakes
- Muscle aches
- Extreme fatigue
- Dry cough and sore throat
- Loss of appetite
In toddlers and infants they are other symptoms to watch out for such as upset stomach, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, earaches and red eyes. Here are 4 home remedies to help your little one fight the influenza virus if they are already fighting the virus.
- Make sure they get lots of rest
Their small body is working overtime, so they may experience fatigue and need lots of rest. This also gives the body time to focus on fighting the influenza virus.
- Lots of liquids and nutritional meals
Nutritional meals and liquids helps to replenish the essentials their little bodies are loosing as well gives their bodies the support it needs to fight the influenza virus.
- Gargle with warm salt water
For children 3 year and older with a sore throat, gargling with warm salt water can help to relieve some of the pain as well as kill some of the surface bacteria found on their tonsil.
- Ibuprofen for their aches and pain
If your child is over 6 months, Ibuprofen can help with their temperature as well as any muscle aches and headaches, but make sure to consult a doctor before giving them Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can have serious side effects, so it is always important to consult a doctor before giving them any kind of medication.
Also don’t forget our anti-cold liquid! it is a natural, tasty aid to give your little ones relief from their flu symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, and congestion.
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It is now widely accepted that probiotics contribute to a broad range of beneficial health effects, but did you know that probiotics also present a unique manufacturing challenge: how to keep the probiotics active and viable during manufacturing, storage, and exposure to stomach acid and bile during consumption? As live bacteria, most probiotic strains are unstable under room temperature and degrade rapidly without special storage conditions.
Thankfully, there is a notable exception in the form of Bacillus coagulans! Bacillus coagulans is highly resilient, and is able to survive without special handling to successfully proliferate in the gastrointestinal environment for maximum health benefits.
Bacillus coagulans – a trending probiotic that helps with gastrointestinal health
Bacillus coagulans is exceptionally resilient due to its protective, spore-like protein coating, which allows it to survive less-than-ideal external environments, stomach acid, and even bile salt. Upon safe arrival to the small intestine, the probiotics germinate and multiply rapidly1, contributing to a favourable gut flora and inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria at the same time.
The use of Bacillus coagulans in children’s digestive health
Bacillus coagulans has a well-documented history of use for children, with proven beneficial health effects in a safe, mild, and effective format. Some uses include:
In a 2013 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, treating diarrheic children with Bacillus coagulans reduced both incidents and duration of antibiotic-associated diarrhea to within 10 days.2
Acute rotavirus diarrhea in infants
A one-year study in 112 newborn infants suggests Bacillus coagulans supplementation has a protective effect on the frequency and duration of diarrhea caused by rotavirus infection.3
Preliminary study suggests that the use of chewable Bacillus coagulans in children prevents dental caries by inhibiting the growth of Streptococcus bacteria in the mouth.4
allKiDz® Probiotic Gummies are made with Bacillus coagulans for the greatest benefits to your child and family, and all in a chewy, deliciously yogurt-flavoured gummy! Your kids will love them for the fun texture and great taste, and you’ll love it for helping to protect your little one’s health!
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- La Rosa M, Bottaro G, Gulino N, et al. Prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea with Lactobacillus sporogenes and fructo-oligosaccharides in children. A multicentric double-blind vs placebo study. Minerva Pediatr 2003;55:447-452.
- Chandra RK. Effect of Lactobacillus on the incidence and severity of acute rotavirus diarrhea in infants. A prospective, placebo-controlled double-blind study. Nutr Res 2002;22:65-69
- Jindal G, Pandey RK, Agarwal J, Singh M. A comparative evaluation of probiotics on salivary mutans streptococci counts in Indian children.Eur Arch Paediatr Dent 2011;12:211-215
In our modern world with stresses of Modern Life, we still want to do the best for our children. We all remember that magic moment when we first held our children and the tremendous feeling of love we felt for them. We want to do the best for our children.
We are all aware that proper nutrition is extremely important for a growing child not only for physical but for brain development. Many modern ‘experts’ will tell you that babies do not need any extra supplementation – that your breast milk or formula will give them all they need. Unfortunately these ‘experts’ are not taking into account recent research, or the realities of modern life and the nutritional content of our foods.
The reality is that most of our food comes from ‘factory farms’ which has meant a significant reduction in the nutritional content of our foods – In the past 40 years, Calcium content of foods has declined 20-30%, iron 22 – 37%, vitamin A 30%, potassium 14%. Plant breeding for disease resistance and faster growth has often increased the sugar contents of foods while reducing their nutritional content. And GMO foods and trace amounts of pesticides such as glyphosate, the main ingredient of Monsanto’s round Up, which is considered a carcinogen are playing havoc with our nutrition and the nutrition of our children.
Recent research is showing that even babies need to be given Vitamin D drops, and other research has shown the need for Omega 3 oils for optimal brain development, as well as the need for additional iron, magnesium. B12 and many others.
The formulators at allKiDz have taken into account the latest research and developed a line of supplements that are ideal to help your babies and children optimize their development.
About the author:
David Chapman was the President and Founder in 1984 of Purity Life Health Products Ltd., which had grown it to be Canada's number one distributor of natural health products. David is a well-respected member of the Canadian health industry community. A committed member of the Canadian Health Food Association, he served a number of times on the CHFA Board of Directors for over 20 years. In 2007, he was awarded the CHFA’s highest honour and inducted into the CHFA Hall of Fame.
As a pharmacist, one of the most common questions that I get from parents is whether their children should take multivitamins. In most cases my response is a resounding yes!
Let’s face it – most children are picky eaters. They have their favourite foods and often that doesn't include broccoli, spinach, and kale. Greens aside, getting kids to eat nutrient dense healthful foods is not always easy. Fast food like hot dogs, mac and cheese and chicken fingers are part of the typical kid’s diet and these foods are typically devoid of nutrients. Targeted marketing of junk food to kids, fast food meals with toy incentives, along with busy family lifestyles are a reality in society today. Adding to the nutritional dilemma is the fact that our food supply today has lower levels of nutrients. Crops are grown in nutrient-depleted soil, produce is picked before it is ripe and shipped in from foreign countries and pesticides are widely used. All of these factors can reduce the nutrient levels in produce.
So to bridge the nutritional gaps and to ensure that your kids are getting all of the essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that their bodies require to grow and flourish, a multivitamin and mineral complex is an important consideration.
When it comes to choosing supplements for your child, there are a several attributes to look for in a product.
Purity: look for a product that is free of dyes, artificial flavourings and unnecessary fillers and potential allergens, such as lactose, soy, yeast and gluten.
Format: children’s multivitamins come in various formats, including chewable tablets, gummies, liquids and powders. Many tablets contain dyes and fillers. Gummies can be hard on the teeth (especially if they contain sugar) and liquid products can be expensive and unpalatable.
Taste: it goes without saying that if the product doesn’t taste good then it is going to be a challenge to get the child to take it. This is a battle no parent wants to have each day. New powder formulations, such as those offered by allKiDz® offer advantages in that they are convenient, taste great (natural strawberry flavour) and they contain xylitol as a sweetener, which helps to fight bacteria in the mouth.
When it comes to keeping your child healthy and well nourished, encourage a whole foods diet, eating foods as close to their natural form as possible and consider supplements to complement their diet.
About the author:
is a pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor and health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. As a leading health expert, she has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. Sherry is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad on health matters. Sherry has authored 18 books and booklets, including The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Saving Women’s Hearts, and The Glycemic Index Made Simple.
For more information visit: http://www.sherrytorkos.com