Thursday, March 1, 2012

Natural Vitamins for Children (and Adults)

Parents want the best for their children and many supplement their children's nutritional needs with a daily vitamin.

If asked, many doctors will say to make sure to look for certain levels of vitamin, otherwise brand doesn't matter.  Or does it?

When we went looking for vitamins for our children, we found almost all of the chewable vitamins for children contain wood pulp (disguised as microcrystalline cellulose), many artificial colors (including those with aluminum like Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake), silicon dioxide (associated with several health risks), artificial sweeteners and flavors and lactose (milk) to name just a few.

Then we discovered Gummy Vites brand.  They contain no wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts or soy.  The colors are derived naturally from annatto extract, black carrot juice and turmeric.  The flavors (cherry, strawberry, tropical punch, orange, lemon, white grape) are also from their natural source.

I think the assumption is that vitamins are automatically healthy.  In truth, many carry the same junk as in highly processed foods.

We like the Gummy Vites brand (made by Northwest Natural Products) for the kids and the MultiVites for adults.  Our kids love the taste and they come in the traditional gummy bear shape.

What do you use and why?

1 comment:

  1. That's true that Growing children, especially those who don't eat a varied diet, sometimes don't get enough vitamins A and C. It's also difficult to get enough vitamin D through food alone. They should take vitamins in their daily diet to be healthy.

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