Wachters' Weekly Special: 3/26/12 - 3/30/12 Vitamins for the Kids and Teens
#40 Multi Vitamin Mineral
well is often hard for teens. Hanging around with friends,
frequenting fast food outlets and snacking can lead to excessive
intake of fat, sugar and calories and insufficient intake of
important vitamins and minerals. Adolescence is a time of
increased nutrient needs. During the rapid growth of puberty, the
body has increased need for calories and key nutrients including
protein, calcium, iron, folate and zinc. Iron and calcium are
particularly important nutrients for your body during
Iron helps your blood carry oxygen to all your muscles. It helps your brain function and helps your immune system fight disease. Menstruation increases a girl's need for iron. Choosing iron-rich food sources can help keep your body working optimally.
Also, recent studies have shown that iron deficiency has been found in past studies to cause abnormal dopaminergic neurotransmission and may contribute to the physiopathology of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In a recent study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (158, 12:1113-15, 2004), researchers evaluated the effects of iron deficiency in children diagnosed with ADHD versus iron deficiency in an age- and sex matched control group.
In the controlled group comparison study, 53 children with ADHD, aged 4 – 14 years and 27 controls were evaluated for serum ferritin levels to examine iron stores. Conners’ Parent Rating Scale (CPRS) scores were used to measure severity of ADHS symptoms. Mean serum ferritin levels were lower in the children with ADHD than in the controls, and serum ferritin levels were found to be abnormal in 84 percent of the children with ADHD and 18 percent of controls. Moreover, low serum ferritin levels correlated with more severe general ADHD symptoms as measure with CPRS, and greater cognitive deficits.
concluded ADHD diagnosed children may benefit from iron
supplementation because low iron stores contribute to ADHD>
Your body will actually absorb more calcium from the foods you eat during puberty. The increased need for skeletal growth signals your body to "grab" all the calcium it can. The problem is most adolescents simply are not eating enough calcium-rich foods to meet their needs. If you do not meet your calcium needs during this critical time when your bones are growing, you may end up with weaker bones that are more prone to fractures.
Experts estimate that for every 5 percent increase in adolescent bone mass, there is a 40 percent decrease in the risk of bone fractures later in life. There is a limited time window to deposit calcium into bone. Bones grow and incorporate calcium rapidly during teen years. By the time you reach your early twenties, however, calcium is no longer added to bone. Worse yet, when you get a little older, you actually start losing calcium from your bones. Currently most teen girls are getting far less than the recommended 700 milligrams of calcium per day. So, reach for foods rich in calcium now.
Vitamin C may be the most famous vitamin. Tens of thousands of British sailors were dying of the disease scurvy until they began taking limes and other citrus fruit along on voyages. The vitamin C in the citrus prevented the disease. Vitamin C also works as an anti-oxidant and supports the synthesis of collagen, which helps keep the skin healthy and youthful. A good way to get some daily vitamin C is to drink a glass of orange juice with breakfast.
Vitamin D is famous for saving children from the bone disease called rickets. This vitamin was so important to health it was added to milk. All milk products are now enriched with Vitamin D and the disease of rickets has been eradicated. This vitamin is important to maintain strong bones and joints.
Vitamin B became well known when it was discovered to stop the disease beriberi. Vitamin B actually includes a complex of the vitamins thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), cyanocobalamin (B12) pantothetic acid, choline and biotin. B vitamins help the body to breakdown carbohydrates. Choline is thought to help with fat metabolism. Vegetarians may not get enough of the B vitamins since they don’t eat meat, and may want to take a multi-vitamin supplement.
Vitamin A is believed to help your membranes including your eyes. This may be why folklore has said to eat carrots for good eyesight. Carrots have beta-carotene in them, which your body converts to Vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A supports healthy cells, immune function, growth hormone and healing.
Vitamin E is believed to support the heart, skin, hair, muscles, nerves and joints. It is a natural anti-oxidant. This vitamin was discovered when laboratory rats were not given a balanced diet. They were only fed one kind of food at a time. It was found that they could stay alive but could not breed. The missing factor was Vitamin E. It was named after “E” for Eros because a lack of this vitamin caused a lack of the ability to breed. This doesn’t mean Vitamin E is an aphrodisiac of any kind. It simply shows that a lack of this important vitamin can cause health problems.
Vitamin K is known for helping blood to clot properly. Some patients receive this vitamin prior to surgery to help with this function. A doctor should always be consulted prior to taking Vitamin K by anyone who is on anti-coagulant medications of any kind.
Medical studies continue to find new vitamin information every year, and new ways in which vitamins contribute to our health.
#34 Children’s Chewies
Children in particular have special dietary needs. Growth spurts, bone,teeth and hair development as well as internal changes that prepare youngsters for adulthood may leave them at a greater risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. And when your children are away from home, you can't always be certain they are eating wholesome foods. Just as you protect your family from environmental conditions, you can help safeguard their nutrition as well. Give your children a nutritional "smart start" with Wachters’ Children’s Chewy’s. They're formulated with just the right amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients a growing body needs.
Secondhand Smoke Robs Vitamin C from Children
Children exposed to the most cigarette smoke have the lowest levels of vitamin C in their blood - regardless of how much fruit and vegetables they eat or the vitamins they take - according to a study of nearly 3000 children published in the March 2001 issue of Pediatrics. Tobacco smoke contains free radicals - a cause of both disease and aging. Here, "an apple a day" doesn't do the trick. Kids use up their stores of vitamin C trying to protect themselves from the smoke. But it is not enough. Secondhand smoke is implicated in sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, heart disease, cancer, and many infections (2 million ear infections alone, each year in the US). Most parents understand that smoke harms kids, but one-fifth of parents surveyed still allow people to smoke around their children!
Enjoyable Nutrition for Youngsters. This ideal supplement for children - from toddler to pre-teen that can help supplement any child`s diet. Children need a well-rounded nutritional intake in order to provide proper nutrients and building materials for growth, supply energy for rigorous physical activity and to help resist infection. No. 34: Children`s Chewable multiple vitamin and mineral is flavored like a sweet tart (without the refined sugar) making it appealing to all ages. It contains vitamins, minerals, Ester C®and Wachters Exclusive Blend of Sea Vegetation®. Additionally, it contains Xylitol which aids with dental health. » more info
Size: 60 tab
Price USD: $20.95Member Price: $15.71Weight: 0.28lbs
Multi-Vitamin Mineral in a Low Dose Formula. The original multiple vitamin in Wachters' product line, this is a smaller tablet for ease of swallowing. This product meets 100% of the U.S. RDA for six essential vitamins and minerals. Five tablets can be taken throughout the day maximizing absorption. This product ideal for teenagers, the elderly, or people simply desiring to have more control over the levels of each vitamin and mineral they consume. Among the ingredients are: Vitamin A, C, D, Natural E, B1, B2, B6 and B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, PABA, Choline Bitartrate, Inositol in a base of Wachters' Exclusive Blend of Sea Vegetation, Alfalfa Leaf, Chlorophyll, Acerola, Rosehips, Sodium Alginate, Papain and Lecithin. » more info
Size: 300 tab
Price USD: $27.95Member Price: $20.96Weight: 0.63lbs