International Pharmacy Graduate and Natural Health Practitioner
The black elderberry plant is a deciduous shrub found mostly in North America and Europe. Most of the scientific research on the medicinal benefits of the plant has been conducted on the European species, Sambucus nigra. The plant produces white flowers that are used for both health and flavor applications and dark purple-black berries that are packed with phytonutrients. Elderberries have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat everything from skin disorders to colds and flus. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, even referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest”.
Elderberry is an easy, safe and tasty way to boost children’s health. Elderberry has been proven to be a natural, reliable treatment for common illnesses such as the cold and flu (influenza). Studies have shown that concentrated, membrane filtered elderberry extract (ElderCraft®) is active against viruses and bacteria that cause upper respiratory symptoms, and can significantly shorten the duration of symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, congestion), reducing the severity of colds and flu significantly.
Elderberry is thought to deactivate the glycoprotein spikes (haemagglutinin) on the surface of viruses. This prevents the virus from attaching itself to the cell membrane and makes it impossible for the virus to enter the cell. In addition, packed with substances (anthocyanins, Vitamin C etc.) that contain powerful healing abilities, elderberry has also been shown to elevate immunity by increasing the production of vital proteins in immune cells.
Overall, elderberry provides potent protection, a natural tool for keeping children functioning at their best. And parents, elderberry is not just for kids! Your own immune system is also critical because chances are, your little ones are bringing it all home with them.
Would Elderberry Inhibit Coronaviruses?
Elderberry has been shown to inhibit multiple kinds of common cold and flu-like viruses because it sticks to the outside of the virus and makes it somewhat harder for it to replicate. It doesn’t destroy it; however, it may cut down your recovery time by 50%.
Although there is yet no published study on the effect of elderberry against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), there is an in vitro study posted in a veterinary journal that shows that it specifically inhibits chicken coronavirus. Just in case, it would still be helpful to stock some elderberry on the side if you need an extra boost in immunity.
allKiDz® Anti-cold Liquid features ElderCraft® – an organic, standardized European black elderberry extract that has been clinically proven to relieve cold & flu symptoms. The unique membrane filtration technique ensures no chemical solvent has been employed in the extraction process, while enriches immune-boosting natural flavonoids (anthocyanin), minerals (Zinc) and vitamins (Vitamin C etc.).
Krawitz et al. Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:16
Chen et al. Sambucus nigra extracts inhibit infectious bronchitis virus at an early point during replication. BMC Veterinary Research 2014, 10:24
International Pharmacy Graduate and Natural Health Practitioner
Common cold, Flu, and Coronaviruses are all respiratory illnesses; however, they are caused by different viruses. Because these three types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference based on the symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and the symptoms are more intense.
On the other hand, a coronavirus is a common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous.
In early 2020, following a December 2019 outbreak in China, the World Health Organization identified a new type of coronavirus called 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
All three diseases can spread through the coughing and sneezing of an infected person, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched.
How To Spot the Difference?
Common Cold Symptoms:
- runny or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- headache or body aches
- mild tiredness
- dry, hacking cough
- moderate to high fever (although not everyone with the flu will run a fever)
- sore throat
- shaking chills
- severe muscle or body aches
- stuffy and runny nose
- severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks
- nausea and vomiting, as well as diarrhea (most common in children)
- runny nose
- sore throat
To find out whether your cold was caused by a coronavirus, you could get lab tests done, which can include nose and throat cultures and blood work. The test results do not change how you will treat your symptoms, which typically go away in a few days.
But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can cause pneumonia, especially in children, older people, people with heart disease, or people with weakened immune systems.
How to Avoid a Common Cold, Flu, or Coronavirus?
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are infected
How to Treat a Common Cold, Flu, or Coronavirus?
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink fluids
- A humidifier or steamy shower can also help ease a sore and scratchy throat
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.
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- 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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- 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
Probiotics are all the buzz right now. But, what exactly is a probiotic? Let’s break it down, the word probiotic comes from the Greek word pro meaning “promoting” and biotic meaning “life.”
They are known as friendly microorganisms that live mainly inside our gut. We often associate bacteria as causing disease, but what if we told you that probiotics are GOOD bacteria that can be beneficial to our bodies!
Probiotics work to balance the number of good microorganisms versus the not so good microorganisms that live in your body. By establishing a good balance of microorganisms – your immune system and digestive system are able to maintain a healthy environment. This healthy balance reduces your child’s susceptibility to colds, digestive concerns, allergies, and more.
Probiotics - PROTECT, PREVENT AND PLAY!
They help us to:
- Have a healthy digestive system9
- Have a strong immune system (more than 70% of your immune system lives in your gut!)8, 11
- Create a friendly and healthy gut environment by outnumbering bad bacteria
- Protective us from invading pathogens
Probiotics can help children with:
- Negative effects from antibiotic exposure7
- Common colds6
- And more!
So, you can see how probiotics are friendly and can help our children have a
- Happy tummy
- Happy skin
- Happy immune system
- Happy development
To increase the number of good bacteria that your child receives, you can supplement with a good quality probiotic. Alternatively, probiotics are present in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut. In order to get enough probiotics into your system a supplement can be the best option! Be sure your child consumes the probiotic supplement with food to ensure optimal absorption!
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