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Monday, October 11, 2010

Vitamins for kids?

Do we let our kids take vitamins? Some months ago, I was contemplating vitamins for my eldest son. Perhaps just for the simple reason of strengthening his immunity and increasing his appetite.

Some of my findings lead me to contemplate e.excel's philosophy of nutritional immunology. I had the luxury to read the entire book, which also talked about off-the-shelves multi-vitamins. Here're some excerpts from the web - Nutritional Immunology

This article, among many talks about children NOT needing multivitamins unless they were diagnosed as having a specific deficiency. I also read about the side effects of over-dosing on multivitamins.

Another article entitled *"Fruits, vegetables not as nutritious as 50 years ago" by Seattle Health and Fitness mentioned that by the time the fruits and vegetables arrived at our wet market, its nutritional value has dipped too.

Then I discovered manna bears from manna tech, an article which supports a previous article in our intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. I extracted an excerpt;

Nutrients in Our Diets
The primary fuel for our bodies comes from nutrients in the food we eat—without them, a high quality of life stays beyond our reach. Sadly, in today’s hectic lifestyles, only 11% of Americans meet USDA guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake.

Even when we try to eat right, we find that today’s fresh produce may contain far fewer nutrients than the produce of our grandparents’ days. Modern farming techniques have shifted the focus from quality to quantity. Some scientific research indicates that you’d have to eat almost 10 oranges to get the same level of vitamin A that your grandparents got from one orange. Two peaches in 1951 supplied the RDA of vitamin A for adult women. Today, a study suggests that would take 53 peaches!*"

Today, my son take the all natural Manna bear, specially formulated for children uses all the ingredients from natural plants and fruits. He has been taking these vitamins on an average of 2 mannabears per day. He does not fall ill to any illness except for symptoms due to having sensitive lungs. He also recovers quickly in span of 2-3 days compared to a week previously. These are what ingredients of what one bottle contains:

  • The phytonutritional goodness of 11 different dehydrated fruits and vegetables
  • An excellent source of antioxidants
  • All-natural sweeteners, including cane juice and tapioca syrup
  • All the benefits of our specially formulated Ambrotose complex
  • A great-tasting alternative designed to support cell to cell communication

This product is available through manna tech representative. Give me a call and I could send you some samples too.

*Article: Fruits, vegetables not as nutritious as 50 years ago


In spite of what Mother taught you about the benefits of eating broccoli, data collected by the U.S. government show that the nutritional content of America's vegetables and fruits has declined during the past 50 years -- in some cases dramatically.

Donald Davis, a biochemist at the University of Texas, said that of 13 major nutrients in fruits and vegetables tracked by the Agriculture Department from 1950 to 1999, six showed noticeable declines -- protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C. The declines ranged from 6 percent for protein, 15 percent for iron, 20 percent for vitamin C, and 38 percent for riboflavin.

"It's an amazing thing," said Davis, adding that the decline in nutrient content has not been widely noticed.

He said an agriculture scientist appears to have been the first to pick up the disappearance of nutrients in 1981 in a paper comparing the data on nutrients on garden crops grown in the United States with those grown in England.

Davis, who discussed his findings at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in St. Louis, suspects the trend in agriculture toward encouraging crops that grow the fastest and biggest is a reason for the decline. The past five decades have been marked by the "Green Revolution," which has seen a marked increase in U.S. production and yields as farmers have turned to the fastest-growing and greatest-producing plants.

The trade off is that the faster-growing plants aren't able to acquire the nutrients that their slower-growing cousins can, either by synthesis or from the soil. He said there also are differences in the amounts of nutrients lost in differing varieties of wheat and broccoli.

Davis said he doesn't want his study to encourage people to stop eating vegetables on the grounds they lack nutrients.

"That's completely wrong," he said, contending his study shows that people need to eat more vegetables and fruits, not less. "Vegetables are extraordinarily rich in nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals. They are still there, and vegetables and fruits are our best sources for these."

Al Bushway, a food-science professor at the University of Maine and an expert with the Institute of Food Technologists, said the decline of nutrients in vegetables and fruits could be made up through other foods Americans eat.

"For vegans only using plant sources for food, this could be an issue," he said. But he said most Americans would pick up adequate quantities of calcium they need by drinking milk.

Bushway said that fruits and vegetables are still crucial to providing nutrients people need. "They are an important part of the diet -- extremely important," he said.

The Agriculture Department data that Davis used doesn't include all of the nutrients scientists today can identify in fruits and vegetables.