The BIG story in the TINY print on vitamin labels

In last week’s blog, I discussed the critical need for vitamin D for immune function, maintaining normal weight and lung function, avoiding mood problems, and preventing both diabetes and dental cavities in children as well as adults.

Zinc is key to most aspects of health but too often overlooked

  • Parents who want to keep their child from getting whatever is going around (surely, they all do) may think of Vitamin C. That is good, but as noted last week, vitamin D might be even more critical. So is the mineral zinc. Zinc not only aids our immune systems, it makes vaccines work better. Hundreds of enzymes in the body use zinc for crucial functions like building the brain and maintaining normal function of the nervous system. This linked study associated dyslexia with a shortage of zinc. This linked Bill Sardi article shows that zinc helps with ADD/ADHD*. Zinc is needed for the normal growth of muscles and clear skin. (Teens often need more zinc.)
  • The safety range of doses for minerals is less flexible than that for vitamins. The recommended levels of zinc range from 3 mg for a 1-year-old to 8 mg for a 13-year-old. The richest food sources of zinc (like oysters and crab) are not popular with kids, but breakfast cereals are fortified with zinc, even if it is in an inferior form. Vegetarians eat a lot of foods (like beans) that bind up zinc making it unusable. And so, they may need more zinc.
  • Popular children’s multivitamin/mineral pills use sugar, artificial colors and cartoon characters to distract from their inferior ingredients. Flintstones is typical in that it uses zinc oxide which is difficult to absorb and utilize. The product also suffers by inclusion of sugar, cornstarch, and aspartame (a.k.a. Nutrasweet, the scary chemical sweetener). The parents that made this brand a top-seller must not be reading the fine print where they would also find several artificial colors that are linked to behavior problems. Note that those colors also contain aluminum which is increasingly showing up as a toxic overload in testing. The quote in this week’s newsletter is from musician, Pete Seeger: “Education is when you read the fine print. Experience [often a bad one ] is what you get if you don’t.”
  • As a big fan of Bill Sardi’s Molecular Multi for adults, I was relieved that he formulated a multiple for kids, “First in Class”. As expected, it has the nutrients children need and in the right doses and forms that are best utilized. Of course, it is free of the artificial junk mentioned above. What wouldn’t have been expected is that it also contains nutrients (vitamins A, vitamin D and IP6 a factor in bran) that have been found lacking in children who develop peanut allergy. The capsules are tiny and easy to swallow. Although many kids can swallow a hamburger in 3 bites, some resist taking a capsule. If so, the contents can be mixed into food. Fortunately, his priceless product is very affordable—as low as twenty cents a day when you buy three bottles. LINK.

 

Teachers really appreciate well-nourished students because those kids behave and learn better.

* Our sponsor MindWrks Wellness has had great positive responses with ADD/ADHD using their non-drug microcurrent neurofeedback treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

As a big fan of Bill Sardi’s Molecular Multi for adults, I was relieved that he formulated a multiple for kids, “First in Class”. As expected, it has the nutrients children need and in the right doses and forms that are best utilized. Of course, it is free of the artificial junk mentioned above. What wouldn’t have been expected is that it also contains nutrients (vitamins A, vitamin D and IP6 a factor in bran) that have been found lacking in children who develop peanut allergy. The capsules are tiny and easy to swallow. Although many kids can swallow a hamburger in 3 bites, some resist taking a capsule. If so, the contents can be mixed into food. Fortunately, his priceless product is very affordable—as low as twenty cents a day when you buy three bottles. LINK.

Teachers will really appreciate well-nourished students because they behave and learn better.

* Our sponsor MindWrks Wellness has had great positive responses with ADD/ADHD using their non-drug microcurrent neurofeedback treatments.

 

 

 

 



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