“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – a quote by one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, is a great guide by which to live our lives. So we try to eat healthy, get regular exercise, sleep 8 hours a day, manage our stress and maintain our healthy relationships. Whew ! That is a lot of stuff to cram into a day along with working, cleaning house, taking care of the family….. Some days it’s hard to do everything, right? Right.
So on the days when our diet may be less than nutritious, most of us take supplements to bridge the gap between what our bodies need and what we are actually providing them. There is no better example of this than trying to do damage control with our children’s frequent poor dietary choices. So you pick your battles and make sure they take a daily vitamin. But what is ACTUALLY in your children’s vitamins?
The worst children’s vitamin
The #1 children’s vitamin brand in the U.S. contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to. The worst offender, Flintstones Vitamins, proudly claims to be “Pediatricians’ #1 Choice.” Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation, Bayer, this brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:
Aspartame: known to convert into highly toxic methanol and formaldehyde in the body and has been linked to over 40 adverse health effects in the biomedical literature.
Cupric Oxide: listed as a hazardous substance, classified as both “Harmful” and “Dangerous for the Environment.” It is used in industrial applications as a pigment in ceramics and as a chemical in the production of rayon fabric and dry cell batteries.
Coal tar: artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
A well-known side effect of using synthetic dyes is attention-deficit- hyperactivity disorder. There is also indication that the neurotoxicity of artificial food coloring agents increases when combined with aspartame, making the combination of ingredients in Flintstones Vitamins even more concerning. WOW, Bayer, what were you thinking?
Children’s Vitamins and the research:
In 2013, the National Institutes of Health noted that about one in four children take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement and that adolescents are least likely to take them. This is disturbing since the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine recommend a daily intake of 400 IU per day of vitamin D during the first year of life beginning in the first few days after birth, and 600 IU for everyone over age one.
We recommend that children take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement because so many of them eat mainly processed and refined foods and don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables. There’s no harm in the occasional ice cream, pizza or candy bar in the context of a well-balanced diet, but we should encourage kids to snack on healthier foods like fresh or dried fruit, a small handful of raw, unsalted nuts such as cashews and walnuts, a small chunk of flavorful, natural cheese or a piece of dark chocolate.
What are “good” children’s vitamins?
Good children’s vitamins do not contain sugar or artificial colorings, flavorings or sweeteners. Additionally, they should NOT be gummy-type vitamins that stick to the teeth and can cause dental decay due to the acidic nature of many of the minerals contained in them. Pediatricians also caution that supplements for children between the ages of four and 12 should provide no more than 50 percent of the adult RDA of the major vitamins and minerals, especially the fat-soluble ones (A, D, E, and K). After age 12, kids can safely take the adult dosage.
Thanks to the Internet and Google, savvy moms can research and find healthy supplements for their children. One such children’s vitamin product, Ju
ngamals, has been clinically tested for safety and efficacy and has the following proven benefits:
- Protects young bodies with the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin D,vitamin E, beta-carotene, lycopene, resveratrol, lutein, zeaxanthin, selenium, and copper.*
- Supports healthy bones by providing calcium and other nutrients necessary for strong, healthy bones.*
- Promotes healthy immune function.*
- Provides key vitamins and minerals important for young growing bodies.*
- Includes 90 tablets in every bottle, making it easy to deliver optimal nutrition to every child at every stage of development.*
Just as important as what IS in Jungamals, is what is NOT in Jugnamals. There are no artificial colors or flavorings, fillers, sugar or artificial sweeteners ever used in Jungamals. At a price of only $24 for 90 chewables, Jungamals is a great, safe option for your kids.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.