Ultivit™ Kids - Research Brief

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Indication: prevention of hypovitaminosis, hyperexcitability and undue fatiguability in children; intense mental and physical activity.

Actions: provides vitally essential combination of vitamins and minerals, prevents hypovitaminosis in children, promotes overall health, strengthens musculoskeletal system, contains antioxidants, prevents damage caused by free radicals, normalizes metabolism, enhances the immune system, contains iron to prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Ingredients (per 1 tablet):

Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) - 2400 IU, Vitamin B1 (as thiamin HCL) – 1.4 mg, Vitamin B2 (as riboflavin) – 1.6 mg, Niacin (as niacinamide) - 10 mg, Pantothenic Acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) – 3.3 mg, Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCL) - 2.0 mg, Folic Acid - 200 mcg, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) – 3.0 mcg, Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate) - 50 mg, Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) - 100 IU, Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopheryl succinate) - 10 IU, Iron (as carbonyl iron) - 9 mg, Magnesium (as magnesium citrate) - 5 mg, Manganese (as manganese gluconate) - 1 mg, Zinc (as zinc citrate) - 1 mg, Iodine (as potassium iodide) - 50 mcg, Potassium (as potassium citrate) - 1.5 mg.

Ultivit™ Kids - Research Brief:

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies afflicts over two billion people worldwide. The highest prevalence is in regions where diets are poor and chronic hunger is widespread. Vitamin and mineral deficiency often has no visible warning signs. The effects, however, are devastating – resulting in decreased immune system functioning, impaired brain and physical development, preventable blindness, and severe birth defects.

 

The best way for the children to get essential vitamins and minerals is eating a variety of healthy foods. That means eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meat, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and milk.

The problem is that children don't always eat the way we would like them to eat! Picky eaters might not get all the vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients they need.

Kids often prefer sweets, processed and junk food that do not contain much nutritional value, just unhealthy fats, sugar and calories.

Some experts believe that minerals are depleted in our soil, and therefore much of our produce may be deficient of minerals.

 

The report of the World Health Organization summarizes results from nutritional status studies undertaken in 80 countries and identifies four target nutrients crucial to health and development both in utero and in childhood: iron, vitamin A, iodine and folate.

 

Lack of vitamin A has left up to 40% of children less than 5 years old in the developing world with compromised immune systems, leading to the early deaths of one million young children every year.

Vitamin A deficiency affects 140 million preschool children. It weakens the immune system and increases vulnerability to different diseases. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of child blindness in developing countries.

 

Folate deficiency results in about 200 000 severe birth defects annually. (2)

 

Iron deficiency causes iron deficiency anemia, impairs mental development in young children and results in a lowering of national intelligence quotients.

Iron deficiency affects two billion people worldwide — more than 60% are children ages 6-24 months – impeding cognitive development, causing poor learning and school performance.

 

Iodine deficiencies cause up to 20 million babies to be born with mental defects every year.

Iodine deficiency affects 780 million people worldwide. Every year, 20 million children are born mentally impaired because their mothers did not consume enough iodine while pregnant. It is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation.

 

Pediatricians have begun to look harder at Vitamin D levels in children because this vitamin, once thought to be primarily involved in calcium absorption, is now being shown to have significant implications for a variety of health conditions which manifest in later life. (3)

And while parents and doctors have assumed that children took in enough Vitamin D from sunshine exposure, supplemented foods, or vitamin supplements, a recent study has found that 12% of American infants and toddlers are deficient in vitamin D, and another 28% are at risk for it. (4)

Recent research has been showing Vitamin D has a potential impact on the development of some chronic diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and cancer. (5)

 

Kids who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables are at risk of vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is important for the immune system, for the connective tissues, and protects from damaging free radicals.

 

The B complex vitamins work together synergistically to provide a number of benefits. B vitamins are involved with carbohydrate metabolism, serve to produce energy, help maintain the nervous system, are necessary for proper brain functioning.

 

Zinc deficiency is linked to nearly one million child deaths a year from diarrhea and pneumonia.

 

Essential Mineral and Vitamin Facts

 

 

Function

Deficiency problem

Food sources

Minerals

Iodine

Thyroid functions,

regulation of gene expression.

Impairs cognitive development and mental capacity.

Seafood, iodized salt.

Iron

Hemoglobin formation, oxygen transport, important for the immune system.

Impaired development, and mental and physical work capacity, irritability, listlessness, and an increased susceptibility to infection.

Liver, fortified ready-to-eat cereals, soybeans, spinach, and meat.

Zink

Growth, wound healing,

taste acuity, immune functions.

Retarded growth, reduced resistance to disease.

Meats, shellfish, grains, beans, peas.

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Aids in night and color vision, gene expression,

growth and maintenance of immune function, promotes healthy skin, and tissue repair.

Night blindness, immunological compromise.

Organ meats, carrot (cooked from fresh), sweet potato, pumpkin, and spinach.

B vitamins

Promote red blood cell formation; assist in a variety of metabolic activities, important for the nervous system, and brain function.

Mental problems, indigestion, chronic fatigue, nervousness, attention deficiency, inability to concentrate, irritability, restlessness, rashes, crying spells.

Meat, liver, poultry, fish, soybeans, milk, eggs, whole grains, enriched breads and cereals.

Folate

Synthesis of RNA, DNA and proteins.

Birth defects, anemia, associated with heart disease.

Green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains and cereals.

Vitamin C

Strengthens connective tissue, muscles, and skin, fastens the healing of wounds and bones, and increases resistance to infection.

Increased fragility of the capillaries, easy bruising, gum disease, poor wound healing, increased susceptibility to infection.

Amla, citrus fruits, strawberries, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, spinach and broccoli.

Vitamin D

Promotes tooth and bone formation, and regulates the absorption of minerals like calcium.

Muscle pain, weak bones/fractures, low energy, lowered immunity, mood swings; potential impact on the development of some chronic diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and cancer.

Fortified dairy products, fish oil, egg yolks, shiitake mushroom.

 

Vitamins and minerals are important elements of the total nutritional requirements of your child. Because the human body itself is unable to produce adequate amounts of many vitamins, they must be obtained from the diet.

Kids who don't get all the nutrition they need from their diets should take children's vitamins as a good way to ensure that they get enough vitamins and minerals.