Article three: WHAT’S IN KIDS GOOD STUFF?

What’s in Kids Good Stuff?

Food comes first…always! But as we have seen in parts 1 and 2 of this series many Kiwis and Kiwi kids simply aren’t getting what they need to thrive, from diet alone, each and every day. Supplementation can help to ‘fill in the gaps’ in a healthy diet. But we need to make sure that the supplements that we take are helping, not hindering, our long-term health.

The best vitamin forms

The vitamin forms in KGS have been carefully selected to deliver the most bioavailable and functional forms typical of what we’d find in whole, natural food or the body.

Along with Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 B6 and Biotin essential for energy production, heart and mental health (and much more) KGS also provides methylated forms of vitamin B9 and 12, superior forms of Vitamins A, E, D and K and much more!

Vitamin B9 also know as folate, plays a critical role in many biological processes. It is involved in the crucial process of methylation and also plays a vital role in cell division (the fundamental process of growth and development). Adequate folate is needed to support heart health, prevent birth defects and support proper growth and development. In KGS we use the active methylated form of folate; L5 methyltetrahydrafolate (L5MTHF) in preference to the cheaper synthetic form often simply labeled ‘folic acid’. Many people cannot effectively convert other synthetic forms of folic acid to active folate in the body. The common syntetic form of folic acid (pteroylmonoglutamate) found in most supplements may also lead to high levels of unmetabolised folic acid in the blood3, 4 which interferes with the function of active folate5, 6 and might negatively affect immunity.7

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is required for proper functioning of nerve cells and works in conjunction with vitamin B6 and folate to reduce levels of homocysteine (high levels of homocysteine are linked to a wide range of health problems). Without adequate B12 people can suffer from a form of anaemia and ultimately lack of B12 can damage neurons. As B12 is predominantly found in animal foods, vegetarians and vegans are at greater risk of deficiency. We use a methylated form of B12 to not further tax methylation pathways in those that are at risk of poor conversion.

Vitamin C – a key antioxidant and crucial for the formation of collagen (connective tissue). A Cochrane database review of the evidence even suggests that regular vitamin C supplementation can reduce the length and severity of the common cold!8

Vitamin D – a vitamin that is involved bone calcification, immune and inflammatory regulation and mood. KGS includes the most bioavailable form of vitamin D (Cholecalciferol – Vitamin D3) that has been demonstrated in a Cochrane review to positively improve mortality. Our D3 is extracted from lichen and so is vegan and vegetarian friendly and naturally sourced.

Vitamin E – a family of fat soluble, antioxidant vitamins. A diet high in mixed vitamin E and other antioxidants is supportive for cardiovascular and general health. We use mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols to provide the broadest range of health supporting effects. Only using the common (alpha-tocopherol) form may reduce levels of other health promoting forms of vitamin E (such as gamma-tocopherol).9

Vitamin K2 – plays an important role in promoting proper coagulation and wound healing. It is also involved in regulating immunity and inflammation and in aiding proper bone construction and development.

And essential minerals

Such as copper, chromium (essential for proper regulation of blood sugar), manganese, magnesium (relaxation and cellular creation of energy), Silica (which helps to rebuild connective tissue), potassium, selenium (which nearly half of all Kiwis don’t eat in sufficient amounts due to the low levels in our soil) and zinc – which reduces symptoms of the common cold and respiratory infections,10 and reduced persistent diarrhoea in children.11 There is also preliminary evidence suggesting zinc supplementation may help to reduce symptoms of ADHD in children.12

A base of real-food.

But the benefits of KGS aren’t restricted to vitamins and minerals. KGS is built on a base of nutrient-dense whole-foods, including: Cacao, apple powder, grapeseed extract, nutrient-dense marine algae, spirulina and chlorella, beetroot, carrot root, barley leaf, wheatgrass, acerola, bilberry, pineapple and papaya, broccoli sprouts, spinach, camu-camu, kelp, Goji, ginger, dandelion, and Psyllium husk and pre- and probiotics for gut-health.

 I can’t state enough that food comes first! But for nutritional insurance, Kids Good Stuff provides the best Kids multi that money can buy (and it tastes great!)

This article written by

Cliff Harvey – ND, Dip.Fit, HbT, Adv.Psych-K, naturopath, strength coach, author

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