Supplements For Children

9. December 2011 10:07 by IKE in Body Health, Children' Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Children need good food and excellent supplemental nutrition to achieve their full potential. Nature’s Sunshine Products provides high potency supplements that are safe and effective for children. Sunshine Heroes ensure maximum nutrition in a chewable product line formulated specifically for children.

Omega-3 with DHA

Since 2004, the FDA has allowed qualified health claims for omega-3 fatty acids in food supplements. These health claims are based on the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to promote cardiovascular health. Prior to the FDA approval of these claims, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) had already been added to infant formulas. Since DHA is poorly synthesized in the body, it must be obtained from the diet or from mother’s milk. Even then it is only found in breast milk when a nursing mother consumes a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. There is no current recommended daily intake (RDI) for these fats, so the savvy consumer must find them in the diet or in supplements.

So why are EPA and DHA being discussed in children’s health? These essential fatty acids are highly valued for their support of nervous tissues. DHA is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the brain and is required for normal growth and development of the nervous system.(1) DHA is also found in the eye and in nerve synapses, which suggests that it may play a role in nerve transmission.(1) In summary, EPA and DHA are beneficial to children as well as adults who want to promote proper nervous system development and function.

Nature’s Sunshine Products has valued these essential fatty acids for years knowing that they support both the nervous system and cardiovascular health. Sunshine Heroes Omega-3 with DHA makes ingesting omega-3 fatty acids easy and fun. Each serving of Omega-3 with DHA provides 140 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (100 mg DHA and 20 mg EPA). This product gives children the benefit of these healthy fats in addition to the amounts found naturally in their diet.

Probiotic Power

Probiotic supplements are commonly known as “friendly flora.” These microbes live naturally in our intestinal tract and perform three main functions. They metabolize foods, aid in the absorption of nutrients and help maintain intestinal flora. This translates to better digestive performance and improved immune and intestinal health. Probiotics have been researched extensively with regard to addressing gastro-intestinal issues. Bifidobacterium infantis (found in Probiotic Power) is the most common bacteria found in breast-fed infants. It is believed that this specific strain of bacteria helps provide immune support to infants as they enter a world surrounded by microbes. Much like DHA (mentioned above), it is another gift from mother to child that can be added to the diet in supplement form.

Probiotics should be supplemented regularly, because over time healthy bacteria populations can dwindle. Nature’s Sunshine Probiotic Power provides 11 different strains of bacteria (1 billion organisms per tablet) in an appealing chewable tablet for children. Astute users may note that the tablet is chewable and not enteric coated. While enteric coating helps protect the probiotic bacteria as they pass through the acidic environment of the stomach, it is not required. These bacteria are extremely hearty and will survive the acidity of the stomach and continue on to thrive in the intestines. Probiotics should be stored in a freezer or refrigerator to ensure potency. Shipping probiotics in heat and humidity does not destroy the bacteria. But to maintain a long shelf life they should be refrigerated.

Calcium Plus D3

Growing children need calcium to form healthy teeth and bones. Calcium is also required for nerve transmissions, muscle contractions, and hormone secretion. Calcium is readily available in the diet from dairy foods and to a lesser extent, green leafy vegetables. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium in children has slowly increased over the years. This helps demonstrate the importance of calcium in the diet of children. The current RDA for calcium is as follows: Age 1-3 years, 700 mg; 4-8 years, 1,000 mg; 9-18 years, 1,300 mg.(2) The body is limited in the amount of calcium it can absorb during a meal. To insure maximum absorption of calcium, it is best to take supplements periodically throughout the day with meals and with vitamin D. Chewable calcium supplements are not new, they have been on the market for years to address stomach discomfort and bone mineral density. But now calcium supplements have added vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the active form of vitamin D. The body makes vitamin D from cholesterol and requires exposure to sunlight. Sunlight is important in this conversion, which is why children need extra vitamin D3 supplements throughout the winter months when daylight is short and skin exposure is brief.(3) Vitamin D3 promotes the absorption of it from the diet and deposits calcium into the bones. It makes good sense to add vitamin D3 to all calcium supplements.

Vitamin D3 supplements have been hot in the supplement market for several years now due to a large body of evidence that suggests higher levels of vitamin D3 offers immune system support not observed with other forms of vitamin D. While larger doses of vitamin D3 may be beneficial, we recommend following the RDA for the specific age group. Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 contains 300 mg of calcium and 300 IU of vitamin D3 per serving. This is a safe and effective dose of both vitamin D and calcium for children.

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Tips for Raising Healthy Children

15. September 2010 18:03 by IKE in Children' Health, Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

As parents, we know that doing what’s best for our child includes more than giving them a house to live in and food to eat.  But still, it’s hard to know exactly what to do so a child stays smart, active and happy.  With all of life’s responsibilities sitting on our shoulders, it’s crucial that we make a conscious effort to help our children learn and grow.  Here are five parenting tips you can follow to encourage your child to reach his or her full potential:

 

Children's Health

Nutrition
Providing your child with a healthy diet is critical when it comes to developing a strong, able body.  Because vitamin deficiencies cause many health problems that could last a lifetime, it’s important to limit your child’s consumption of junk food.  The first 18 years of a person’s life are most crucial when it comes to developing healthy bodies—so help your child make those years count! Consider vitamin supplements to better ensure that your child stays nourished with the nutrients they need.

Activity
The importance of physical activity in a child’s life cannot be stressed enough.  This can be accomplished by going to the playground, riding a bike, dancing, or playing tag.  Activities such as these will help your child develop strong bones and muscles as well as avoid the ever-increasing problem of childhood obesity.

Creativity
While adults are bombarded with reality, children are blessed with boundless imaginations.  In a child’s mind, fairies exist, reindeer can fly and your living room floor is a pool of hot lava.  This magic only lasts for a short time, so don’t discourage them from playing pretend. Your child could even exercise creativity with supplies like empty paper towel rolls, string and glue.  Encourage them to use their imaginations and let their creative minds run!  Creativity is what makes people good innovative problem solvers.

Education
In the first few years of life, children most rapidly learn from observation. So the best way to teach the essentials of life is by example.  Since the majority of a child’s life is spent in the home, some of the most important steps in a child’s education happen there. Encourage them to ask questions.  And when these questions come, be patient and help them understand.

Safety
Childproof your house to the age of your child.  If you have a baby, frequently get on your hands and knees to check the floor and any other place they might find small, swallowable items.  And while you’re down there, cover all open electrical outlets. When it comes to preventing drowning, remember to never leave your baby near water, even if it’s only an inch deep.  One inch of water is all it takes for a baby to drown. 

Before you strap your child into a car seat, make sure you know the proper weight requirements.  And don’t install a car seat without thoroughly reading the instructions.  Even if it’s for a short time, avoid leaving your baby alone in hot places.  Your child’s body heat can increase five times more quickly than the average adult.  Extreme heat can injure your baby or even result in death.  As your child becomes more independent, make sure you teach him/her the safe way to cross the street.  And don’t forget to require helmets whenever they are on bikes and scooters.

New products for kids (USA only)

1. November 2009 04:25 by IKE in Children' Health, Nature's Sunshine Products news  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

LaughingNature's sunshine new products

Nature's sunshine anounced and released new products for kids on their anually conference in Las Vegas in September.

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Theare called Sunshine Heroes and they are 6 new or improved products for kids as follow:

SUNSHINE HEROES CALCIUM PLUS D3 (90 SOFT CHEWS)

SUNSHINE HEROES MULTIPLE VITAMIN & MINERAL (90 SOFT CHEWS)

SUNSHINE HEROES OMEGA 3 WITH DHA (90 SOFT CHEWS)

SUNSHINE HEROES PROBIOTIC POWER (90 CHEWABLE TABLETS)

SUNSHINE HEROES WHOLE FOOD-ANTIOXIDANT (90 SOFT CHEWS)

SUNSHINE HEROES WHOLE FOODS-PAPAYAZYME (90 CHEWABLE TABLETS)

 

For more info on all new products please go to New Products

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