Saturday, February 25, 2012

Children's Vitamins
What is wrong with giving my kids Flinstones vitamins or others like it?

As parents we do everything in our power to protect our children from harm. We do what we can to ensure they are offered proper nutrition and a safe environment. Many parents understand that children require nutritional supplements to offset what their children may be missing in their diet. 
The sad thing is that as parents are attempting to do good by giving their children vitamins from the local stores, they are actually giving synthetic, possibly harmful things to their children to ingest.  
This is what is in Flinstones vitamins and mostly all the vitamins on the shelf at grocery stores and even “health food stores”:
Aspartame and other man made sweeteners are used to make the vitamins taste good for children to chew them. Aspartame and other synthetic sweeteners have been proven to cause; weight gain (as if our youth need that), cancer, alzheimer’s disease, lupus, hypertension, arthritis, neurological disorders, behavioral issues, seizures, depression and endocrine disorders. Thats alot of trouble for a little sweetness!
*Artificial sweeteners are never found in any Shaklee products, ever!
*Shaklee uses all-natural tropical punch, grape and berry flavors to sweeten things up.
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves such methods for coloring foods/vitamins, these dyes (because this is really what they are) are known to cause hyperactivity and other behaviors issues in many children. Studies have shown that children have consumed as much as three pounds of dye by age 12! Another fact is that the American companies  that produce products that are sold in Europe must reformulate their products to contain natural coloring, not artificial dyes. Why is is strict over seas but not here in the USA? Maybe those Europeans are on to something?
*Artificial colors are never found in any Shaklee products, ever!
The FDA once again gives approval for many foods/vitamins to contain an “acceptable” level of lead. This is shocking!  The government has strained about lead posioning in children over the last 20 years, but it is okay to hand them a chewable that actually contains lead? The very saddest thing about this fact is that there is not enough testing on these products to ensure that they do not exceed the maximum level of lead as described in the FDA guidelines. So my question is “who is monitoring the levels in the products that so many parents are giving to their children?” The horrible truth is that there are not enough FDA employees to test every product on the market. It is much easier to get a product on the shelf at the store than to get it yanked off the shelf. It takes a lot of money and usually multiple deaths to pull a product from the market.
*Lead is never found in any Shaklee products, ever!
This is questionable. According to the label Flintstones do not contain any added gluten, however they also state that they cannot guarantee that the raw materials they outsource to manufacture the vitamin do not contain gluten. Hmm? So, “who is monitoring and testing for the accuracy?”
*Guaranteed gluten free, always!
The best way to describe this scenario is: "would you rather eat man made food or real food from the earth?"
 This scenario is applied directly to vitamins. We are made up of cells which need to be feed to help maintain our life source. Man made synthetic vitamins cannot be properly digested. When we digest something that is dead (never been alive) it cannot feed our cells. It may give false or intermediate energy, but it cannot sustain what what we need to function at 100%. However when we digest something that is alive (or once alive) it feeds our cells. Cells need to be nourished.
*All Shaklee products are whole food, as close to nature as possible, always! 

Supernutrition for Superkids
Shakleekids Incredivites is the first children's chewable multivitamin in the U.S. with lactoferrin, which helps kids' immune systems stay supercharged.* Packed with 23 essential nutrients, it's the world's best kids' supplement-with 600 IU of vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth, and 100% of the Daily Value of all eight B vitamins and vitamin C. Just two a day and off they play. Now that's incredible!

Nutrition Your Kids Will Love
Filled with pure goodness, Vita-Lea Ocean Wonders is a kosher-certified chewable multivitamin for kids. It's packed with 19 essential nutrients and provides 100% of the Daily Value of vitamin C. Plus, Ocean Wonders now has more vitamin D - 600 IU per serving, that's 150% of the daily value! - as well as calcium, magnesium, and more to help support strong bones and a healthy body. With cool dolphin, sea horse, and fish designs in natural orange, grape, and mixed berry flavors, Vita-Lea Ocean Wonders is sure to be an ocean of fun. Just two a day and off they play!
The Smart Choice
Supertasty and supersafe, Shakleekids Mighty Smart is scientifically formulated with a power-packed blast of 100% natural, ultra-pure DHA. DHA is the most abundant omega 3 fatty acid in the brain and eyes and each great-tasting chew provides 100 mg.

Eating Right Starts Right Now
Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder delivers 23 essential nutrients that your baby may not be getting from foods. In addition to providing a healthful serving of vitamins A, C, and all eight B vitamins to support proper growth, this pow- dered mix is formulated with a unique blend of clinically proven prebiotics—nutrients that encourage the growth of friendly microflora in the digestive tract to help support a strong immune system.* Plus, it’s got 400 IU of vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth.
**Recently Shaklee has decided to recall a particular lot of this powder vitamin. During routine testing Shaklee performs, they were unhappy with the level of iodine in this product. They did this without being told, without lawsuits, without complaints. To further prove the integrity of this company, I received an email stating this issue and also that they would be contacting me shortly to issue a full refund. Within a few days a Shaklee Representative contacted me and spoke with me about how I would like the refund and questioned if I had dumped the remaining powder. I only purchased this product to try it out. I believe that before I could ever recommend any product I need to try it myself (I mixed it in yogurt and apple juice, no taste, so it was a winner!). Needless to say, I dumped it. The Representative also told me that while Shaklee is diligently trying to figure out why the levels of iodine have increased, that I could crush the incredivites into a powder and use this in place of the baby powder until the problem is resolved. I was amazed that they acted so quickly and professionally. 
 I have never heard of another nutrition company voluntarily recalling and refunding! 
I guess this is one of the many reasons Shaklee is the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the USA!

Me and my boys, Camryn & Aiden

Parents, be aware of what you are giving for children, read those labels. Do not trust that the industry is trustworthy unless they have the research to back up the claims.
Thank You SHAKLEE for healthy children!

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