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).
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.
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Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for our babies! We as humans absorb UVB rays from the sun in order to produce Vitamin D naturally in our skin! Our babies are very gentle, especially in the early stages of their lives and exposure to the sun is not recommended. So, how do babies get Vitamin D and why is it really an essential vitamin to be given so early on? Below we will go through my ultimate guide on Vitamin D and babies!
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is actually a hormone that is produced naturally in our bodies when we are exposed to the UVB rays of the sun. However, exposure to the sun has been controversial over the years. This has led to covering our skin with clothing, sunscreen, shade, etc. But the less exposure we have to the sun the less Vitamin D we produce. Therefore, supplementing with Vitamin D can be very helpful!
Should you give your child a Vitamin D supplement?
A Vitamin D supplement can be very beneficial to our babies especially under the age of 6 months when they should not be exposed to the sun. A deficiency in Vitamin D has been known throughout history to cause Rickets, which is a weakening or softening of our bones. This is due to the role Vitamin D has in the absorption of calcium.
As your child ages, you may feel like they are exposed to enough sun. However, there are some other factors to consider. For example, our latitude, cloudy days, their complexion, time of day, smog and the season. Those with darker skin tones have a harder time in producing Vitamin D than those with lighter skin tones.
Even if a mother takes a supplement and eats Vitamin D rich foods and breastfeeds, their child will still not get enough Vitamin D. Therefore, it is important to give your child some sort of Vitamin D supplement to ensure they are getting their recommended daily requirement.
How do I know if my child has a deficiency in Vitamin D?
• The child is breastfed
• The child is not exposed to sunlight
• The child lives in the northern hemisphere (includes Canada – since fewer UVB rays can reach us here!)
At what age, should your baby start taking Vitamin D?
You can start as early as a few days after they are born. If you are breastfeeding, your child needs to supplement since there is not enough Vitamin D in breastmilk. If you are giving your child less than 32 ounces of Vitamin D fortified formula daily, you can also supplement with Vitamin D. Please consult your doctor before giving your child any supplement.
What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
The biggest benefit of Vitamin D for our children is the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D is also beneficial in supporting our immune system!Therefore, it is important our children get enough Vitamin D as their immune system is constantly developing.
How do you know what supplement is best?
Ensure you obtain a Vitamin D3 supplement and NOT Vitamin D2. Vitamin D3 is the active form. Since Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, make sure your child takes their supplement around the time of feeding. This will ensure it is absorbed properly.
Are there food sources of Vitamin D?
Some foods are fortified with Vitamin D such as cereal and milk. There are also some foods that naturally contain Vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, and liver.
As you can see, Vitamin D is one of the most important supplements we can give to our children. So, if you are thinking about providing your child with any supplements, Vitamin D can be the best place to start! As always, speak to your healthcare provider before giving your child any supplements.
Johnson, Lana R. “Vitamin D Insufficiency Due To Insufficient Exposure To Sunlight And Related Pathology”. Inquiries Journal. N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.
“Vitamin D Supplementation | Breastfeeding | CDC”. Cdc.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.
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