Raising Healthy Kids

I found it funny that just after writing my little ditty about sublingual vitamins, I see a headline on Yahoo!Health about “pixy stix” vitamins – I just had to read the article. Now, I am all for doing everything we can to raise healthy kids, but I don’t think making their vitamins seem like candy is a good way to do it. Here’s the skinny on these new vitamins: a company called alternatives developed a powdered vitamin that “melts quickly in your mouth” as an alternative for people who have a hard time swallowing pills. There is an adult and child version available and they come in multiple flavors.

While I agree that taking any vitamin is better than none, I still don’t think we should be “tricking” our kids into taking them. I’ve never been a fan of the gummy vitamins either, for that matter. It seemed like every time I gave one to my son he always asked for more, and it’s hard to explain to a 2 year old that this particular gummy thing he was eating is different from all the other gummy candies he has encountered in his life. Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN, a Westchester, NY registered dietician, who was quoted in the Yahoo! article says, it is “possible for kids to get all the nutrients they need from a healthy diet” – but with the busy and fast paced lives most of us lead, I can’t imagine that really happening for a large number of families.

There are lots of things we can do to help ensure we are raising healthy kids, and taking vitamins is certainly one of those things, but I don’t think we need to resort to “pixy stix” vitamins or vitamins shaped like your child’s favorite cartoon character to teach our kids how to be healthy and make good choices. I think the most important thing we can do to help our kids make healthier choices is to lead by example. I say this as a bit of a personal challenge because I know from experience that sometimes it’s easier to drive through somewhere on your way home rather than going through the hassle of cooking dinner after a long day, but we don’t want to raise kids who don’t know how to cook for themselves and come to rely on take out and premade meals to get them through life. I have a friend whose kids will not eat a cooked chicken breast, but will down chicken nuggets from just about any fast food place by the handful. Healthy kids should know what real food looks like and most importantly tastes like.

Raising Healthy Kids

Another facet of leading by example is to encourage our children to be more active. Healthy kids are active kids! I don’t necessarily think the TV is evil (I don’t think my son wouldn’t know his ABCs so well if it weren’t for LeapFrog) but it’s all in how we use it. I think we could all stand to turn off the tv, computer, ipod, ipad, etc and spend a little more time interacting and playing with each other! It will do our body, minds and spirits good! Another article on Yahoo! states: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which includes recommendations for exercise as well as for nutrition, says that children should get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily.” While an hour may SOUND like a long time to keep your child active, just remember it doesn’t necessarily need to be in one big block. Playing tag with your child, going on a bike ride or walking to a nearby park are all ways you can be a part of your child’s physical activity.

There are lots of little things we can do to make sure we’re raising healthy kids, but in the end it all starts with you, as the adult, you are the example. Kids are far more likely to do what we do and not what we say, if those two things aren’t the same. Decide today to be a positive role model for healthy habits in the lives of the children you’re around. Choosing a carrot over a cookie, or going for a walk instead of watching another TV show are the little choices that can add up to a whole generation of healthy kids.

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Vitamin B-12: Better As a Liquid

Recently Vitamin B12 has been all over the news with recent studies being released about the effectiveness of vitamin b12 and how good it is for your overall health. Even Dr. Oz has gotten in on the fun by recommending vitamin B12 supplementation.

Also known as Vitamin B12 or vitamin B-12, B12 is a water soluble vitamin that has an important role in the normal function of your body and brain.
Why do you need B12? What is B12 good for?
B12 has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, and for the formation of blood. Vitamin B-12 is said to be involved in the metabolism of every cell in the body. B12 is said to be good for energy production as well as proper DNA synthesis.
Vitamin B12 has been said to be good for eyesight, growth, appetite and taste. Some signs of B12 deficiency is night-blindness.

Where can you find B12?
Vitamin B-12 is one of eight different B vitamins and can normally be found in B vitamin complexes (although it is usually in small amounts). It can be found in clams, liver, beef, fortified breakfast cereals, trout, salmon, Tuna fish, eggs, beef, milk, chicken, and many more.

Vitamin B-12 Liquid Vitamins

The nih.gov website shows this table for the selected food sources of Vitamin B12

Table 2: Selected Food Sources of Vitamin B12

Food
Micrograms (mcg)
per serving
Percent DV*
Clams, cooked, 3 ounces

84.1

1,402

Liver, beef, cooked, 3 ounces

70.7

1,178

Breakfast cereals, fortified with 100% of the DV for vitamin B12, 1 serving

6.0

100

Trout, rainbow, wild, cooked, 3 ounces

5.4

90

Salmon, sockeye, cooked, 3 ounces

4.8

80

Trout, rainbow, farmed, cooked, 3 ounces

3.5

58

Tuna fish, light, canned in water, 3 ounces

2.5

42

Cheeseburger, double patty and bun, 1 sandwich

2.1

35

Haddock, cooked, 3 ounces

1.8

30

Breakfast cereals, fortified with 25% of the DV for vitamin B12, 1 serving

1.5

25

Beef, top sirloin, broiled, 3 ounces

1.4

23

Milk, low-fat, 1 cup

1.2

18

Yogurt, fruit, low-fat, 8 ounces

1.1

18

Cheese, Swiss, 1 ounce

0.9

15

Beef taco, 1 soft taco

0.9

15

Ham, cured, roasted, 3 ounces

0.6

10

Egg, whole, hard boiled, 1 large

0.6

10

Chicken, breast meat, roasted, 3 ounces

0.3

5

*DV = Daily Value. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers determine the level of various nutrients in a standard serving of food in relation to their approximate requirement for it. The DV for vitamin B12 is 6.0 mcg. However, the FDA does not require food labels to list vitamin B12 content unless a food has been fortified with this nutrient. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are considered to be high sources of a nutrient, but foods providing lower percentages of the DV also contribute to a healthful diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Database Web site lists the nutrient content of many foods and provides a comprehensive list of foods containing vitamin B12.

What is the best form of B12?
Cyanocobalamin is a common synthetic form of Vitamin B12 that is not found in nature. It is very stable in water and is generally a cheaper form of vitamin B12. Methylcobalamin is known as the higher grade of Vitamin B-12.
What is the RDI of B12?
The dietary reference intake or recommended daily intake of B12 for adults ranges between 2-3 micrograms per day. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for B12 in pregnant women is 2.6 micrograms per day and 2.8 micrograms during lactation.

Vegans and Vegetarians are recommended to consistently eat foods that are fortified in Vitamin B-12 or supplement with dietary supplements.

According to ods.od.nih.gov

Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin B12

Age

Male

Female

Pregnancy

Lactation

0–6 months*

0.4 mcg

0.4 mcg

7–12 months*

0.5 mcg

0.5 mcg

1–3 years

0.9 mcg

0.9 mcg

4–8 years

1.2 mcg

1.2 mcg

9–13 years

1.8 mcg

1.8 mcg

14+ years

2.4 mcg

2.4 mcg

2.6 mcg

2.8 mcg

* Adequate Intake

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What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 plays an important role in the electron transport chain also known as (ETC). Discovered by Prof. Fredrick L. crane et al at the University of Wisconsin, Madison enzyme institute in 1957, finding out that its primary function is to generate energy in the cells in our body. CoQ10 is found in the highest concentration in the inner membrane of the mitochondria which is responsible for generating 95 percent of the human’s body energy.

CoQ10 is a Fat-soluble vitamin like substance which occurs primarily in the mitochondria of practically every cell in the body. Being found in many foods it is in high concentration in organ meats, which when consumed makes it easier to receive C0Q10. Scientifically proven CoQ10 supplementation can also counter angina, heart attacks, and hypertension. C0Q10 is becoming popular each and every day. CoQ10 has also been found to help men & women as an anti-aging topical supplement.

Helping to Improve Healthy Kids’ Lives

Healthy Kids is not a phrase that you hear very often today. Kid’s health is major problem here in the United States. Now affecting 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – tripling the rate from just one generation ago. Yes we all believe it is best to give kids natural vitamins through food, but why give them the risk of obesity or diabetes? By formulating vitamins in a liquid substance Liquid Health Inc. has made it ten times better to give to children rather than forcing them to swallow a pill or capsule. Children are afraid of shots or having to swallow medicine so why not give children an excellent tasting liquid vitamin which parents can also take.

Liquid Health Inc. has created a product which hit the market ten years ago and has continued to be strong seller ever since. It was designed to help your healthy kids stay healthy. By adding the main vitamins necessary to maintain your child’s health in one formulation, Children’s Multiple has been a great addition to the Liquid Health family. Essential Fatty Acids are added for brain growth, along with Elderberry and Vitamin C for the immune system.

Helping to Improve Healthy Kids' Lives

Kids will love this great tasting formula because Children’s Multiple is an amazing blend of whole foods with great taste designed to provide the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and amino acids for growing bodies. Children’s multivitamin is based in pure aloe vera juice and is loaded with digestive enzymes. Sea vegetables, dubbed nature’s perfect food, provide most of your daily recommended nutrients in this well-rounded formula. Great tasting vitamins and supplements is what children want, creating the habit of taking vitamins on a regular basis will help to be healthier and happier.

Take CoQ10 if You Take Statins

A deficiency of coenzyme Q10 has been linked or associated with impairment of myocardial function, liver dysfunction and with myopathies (which includes cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure). If you are taking HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (aka Statins) then you are advised to take 100 to 200 mg per day of supplemental coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

There are been numerous studies that report and conclude that even a minor exposure to atorvastatin can cause a significant decrease in blood CoQ10 concentration. This can lead to a lack of energy, or a feeling of being tired. This could be an explanation for some of the common reported adverse effects of statins. Most studies indicate that CoQ10 depletion can occur within 14 days of using statin therapy. It is for this reason that many physicians recommend CoQ10 after their patients report that they are experiencing the side effects of statins.

Take CoQ10 if You Take Statins

The nutrition website newhope360 has reported that CoQ10 lowers cholesterol by 12.7 percent. They reported on a new study that found,

“150 mg per day of coenzyme Q10 lowered LDL cholesterol levels, begging the question: Are statin drugs really necessary? And what does the Canadian health care system know about the nexus of statin drugs and coQ10 that the American system refuses to acknowledge?”

CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q10 was given to 53 healthy young males at a serving size of 150 mg per day for two weeks. The results led to a 4.8-fold increase in CoQ10 levels in the blood and a very significant 12.7 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol. These were the findings of a study published in the journal IUBMB Life on August 29th.

The coQ10 “induces characteristic gene expression patterns, which are translated into reduced LDL cholesterol levels and altered parameters of [red blood cell production or] erythropoiesis in humans,” the scientists concluded.

CoQ10 is said to have several benefits for your body. One benefit is that Coenzyme Q10 can help to prevent free-radical damage of the mitochondria which is the power plant for your cells. CoQ10 also helps to fuel the mitochondria which is particularly present in your heart.

There have been several other articles published in the European Journal of Pharmacology and other well known journals that help to corroborate the findings for CoQ10.

Benefits of Liquid Niacin and What Is The Function of Niacin?

So what is Niacin and what are the Benefits of Niacin?

There are many benefits associated with niacin due to the function of niacin with the body. Fortunately, for those that may be deficient in niacin, liquid niacin supplements are readily available in most countries.

Niacin is one of the B Vitamins we’re always hearing about, B3 to be exact. It is water-soluble and comes in the forms niacin, niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate. The function of niacin is different for various forms of B3 and serve different purposes. Being deficient in Niacin is very rare for people living in developed countries. Most people in the United States receive adequate amounts of Niacin through diet alone. Niacin is found in a variety of foods, including chicken, eggs, avocados, sweet potatoes, legumes, and mushrooms.

One of the main functions of liquid Niacin is to help your body convert food into energy. B complex vitamins, of which Niacin is a part, are also used in a variety of other ways in your body. Some of the benefits of niacin and from B vitamins are your hair, skin, digestive and nervous systems. Niacin is also helpful in combating the symptoms of pellagra, which someone generally develops when they are deficient in Niacin. While it is rare for someone to have niacin deficiency, alcoholism is the chief reason someone in the United States would have this deficiency, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Benefits of Liquid Niacin and What Is The Function of Niacin

One of the benefits of niacin can be found regarding a person’s HDL levels. Doctors have used higher than normal amounts of liquid niacin in the treatment of a few different conditions, including high cholesterol. Niacin, and not its other forms, has proven effective in helping to raise a person’s HDL (high-density lipoprotein) levels. This “good” cholesterol helps your body get rid of the LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or “bad” cholesterol, in your bloodstream. While it would be easy to assume lowering your LDL levels would be more important, studies have shown that it’s equally as important for you to raise your HDL levels.

According to Mayoclinic.com, having low levels of HDL “is a risk factor for developing heart disease. That means even if your LDL and other risk factors are normal, having a low HDL level still increases your risk of heart disease.” Also according to Mayoclinic.com, Niacin has been shown to increase a person’s HDL levels by 15 to 35%, which makes it “the most effective drug available for raising HDL cholesterol.”

Something you should be aware of when taking additional liquid Niacin and weighing the benefits of niacin, is the possibility of developing a niacin flush. This is when your skin can become warm and itchy, mostly in the face and chest area. Your skin can also become red and splotchy with a niacin flush. While this reaction may be scary if you don’t know what it is, it is not dangerous. A few other side effects of taking too much Niacin, according to Mayoclinic.com are: abdominal paid, upset stomach, diarrhea and a rapid heartbeat. Taking too much niacin over an extended period of time can even cause severe liver damage. Always talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about any vitamins or supplements you may be taking.

Dietary Reference Intakes for Niacin
(As found on the US National Library of Medicine website):

Infants
0 – 6 months: 2* milligrams per day (mg/day)
7 – 12 months: 4* mg/day
*Adequate Intake (AI)

Children
1 – 3 years: 6 mg/day
4 – 8 years: 8 mg/day
9 – 13 years: 12 mg/day

Adolescents and Adults
Males age 14 and older: 16 mg/day
Females age 14 and older: 14 mg/day

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The Benefits of Adding Glucosamine To a Dog’s Diet

Everyone knows that a dog is widely known as a man’s best friend. A dog is an obedient and compassionate companion for anyone and one thing that is always overlooked with dogs, is their diets. If a proper diet is maintained with a dog then its possible that your buddy could live a long and prosperous life. One addition to a dog’s diet that can prove beneficial is glucosamine. There are options for liquid glucosamine on the market that are designed for dogs and it can be very helpful for their health. These liquid glucosamine for dogs is a great way to help our friends get the glucosamine that they need.

The same reason that humans use glucosamine is the same reason that it helps dogs. That reason is bone health. Dogs use their legs and joints more than a person. It is common sense. Dogs have four limbs just like their human counterparts but humans are only on two of them most of the time; dogs are on all of them. This means that there is more wear and tear on the dogs’ bones which can lead to osteoarthritis. Glucosomine is widely prescribed to combat this condition.

Some of the signs that a dog may be needing glucosomine treatments are if the dog is having problems with running and doing the activities that it was used to doing before, constantly limping, having a hard time getting up when the dog is laying down, and signs of pain when getting petted. These are usually signs of some kind of bone pain and just like in humans, glucosomine is used to combat the effects.

The Benefits of Adding Glucosamine To a Dog's Diet

When it comes to finding out what glucosamine product to get for a dog you first want to make sure that you get the liquid glucosamine. You also want to know how much the dog weighs so that the proper amount of medicine is given to the dog. The best thing to do is consult with your veterinarian and they will be able to tell you exactly what name brand to get and exactly how much dosage should be given to the dog. Doing some research on the internet is helpful as well.

Just like with anything new that you put into your dogs diet, there can be side effects and they can be found with glucosamine for dogs. The main side effect that has been reported with the use of glucosomine for dogs is vomiting and diarrhea. This does not happen to every dog and it is not always a direct result of the glucosamine supplement. If your dog displays any of these symptoms always consult a vet. Most of the time these symptoms are very mild and usually disappear when the dosage is scaled back.

All in all the reports of people who use glucosamine to help treat their dogs for bone and joint health are very positive. The reports tend to say that the dog responds very well to the supplement and that any symptoms are reduced or gone. Liquid glucosamine is the best form but again you should always give the recommended dosage.

The best thing to do is consult with a vet when it comes to using glucosomine for a dog. It has been used for decades as a viable treatment and it can be used today as long as it is used properly.

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Ashwagandha in the News

The Ayurvedic medicine Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has made recent news after trials performed at the National Brain Research Centre (NRBC) of India demonstrated ashwagandha’s potential to clean out protein deposits or amyloid plaques from vessels of the brain within 30 days. Researchers were so astonished by the results that they had a second lab in Canada repeat the trials and they experienced similar results.

The suspected mechanism of action occurs by stimulating production of special protein in the liver that once in the main bloodstream assists in the removal of damaging plaques from the brain into the blood stream Where the plaques are then excreted from the body. The results/findings appeared January 30, 2012 in the reputable US journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”. While the initial studies were on mice, this is an important discovery in the realm of circulatory and brain health as many diseases that affect neural behavior have no present cure. Researchers state that human trials will soon be under way.

Ashwagandha in the News

To your Health,

Dave Rigby Nutritionist, MS, PAC, Member of the American Society for Nutrition
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jan 30. Withania somnifera reverses Alzheimer’s disease pathology by enhancing low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein in liver. Sehgal N, Gupta A, Valli RK, Joshi SD, Mills JT, Hamel E, Khanna P, Jain SC, Thakur SS, Ravindranath V. Division of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, National Brain Research Centre, Nainwal Mode, Manesar, Haryana 122050, India.

Complete Multiple Featured in Men’s Fitness Magazine

Even health-conscious Americans struggle to get the balance of vitamins they need. Liquid Health, Inc.’s Complete Liquid Multi Vitamin was designed to support your regular diet with a Complete list of vitamins and minerals for your daily needs. Liquid Health touts that Complete Multiple covers all nutrients in a form that is easier to swallow.

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Calcium Supplementation: Why Should I?

Aside from wanting to ward off the negative side effects associated with not getting enough calcium, there are plenty of other reasons to make calcium supplementation part of your daily routine. As we all know, calcium plays is a big part of our bone make up, but did you know that our bones will continue to grow in mass until we reach the age of 30?

At this point we can start to experience bone loss which happens over time, but can be accelerated by not receiving enough calcium or not doing enough regular exercise, which can help strengthen our bones. To help avoid developing osteopenia (which is when one has low bone mass) or even worse, osteoporosis, we must get regular calcium to help keep our bones strong and healthy. The more bone mass we acquire by age 30, the longer we can keep our bones from losing enough mass to become a problem.

Calcium Supplementation: Why Should I

There have been studies that show a connection between high levels of calcium and lower overall weight and a lower weight gain over time. According to the National Institutes for Health, there are two possible reasons for this. First, it is proposed that by taking a high level of calcium you may reduce the amount of calcium stored in fat cells which can inhibit fat buildup. Secondly, it is though that calcium might prevent the absorption of fat by binding itself to small amounts of dietary fat and then being flushed out of the body in your urine. While most clinical trials to test the relationship between calcium supplementation and weight loss show no concrete connection, according to the National Institutes of Health “any apparent effects of calcium and dairy products on weight regulation and body composition are complex, inconsistent, and not well understood” – so hopefully over time the studies and clinical trials will come to a more definitive answer.

Another reason to consider calcium supplementation is to curb symptoms associated with PMS (premenstrual syndrome). According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a study of women taking 1200 mg/day of calcium reported a 50% decrease in their PMS symptoms, such as bloating, food cravings, headaches and overall moodiness. Another study claimed a reduction in menstrual pain due to an increase in calcium intake. So in addition to preventing some scary side effects from not having enough calcium, there are clearly some benefits to getting this mineral. Whether you’re getting your calcium from food sources or a supplement, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of calcium for your age and circumstances. Check RDIs and with your doctor if you have questions about your calcium intake before starting any kind of calcium supplementation.