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"Do Your Kids Even Need Multivitamins
and Mineral Supplementation?"

The reality, however, is that your kids are growing at lightning speed both mentally and physically. To fuel their growth, they need proper nutrition and regular exercise. Without them, nourishment deficiencies and inactivity could lead to future health issues.

Healthy Boy Getting Exercise

In other words, your kids need proper nutrition and exercise as much as, if not more than YOU do.

I've been outspoken for some time about the importance of eating as much organically, biodynamically, and locally grown foods as you can. This by far is one of the best paths toward optimal health for your family.

Plus, I cannot stress enough the importance of getting daily amounts of omega-3s -- for both you and your kids. Omega-3s are essential for your kids' neurological development.*

I recommend you make every effort to plan as many wholesome meals as possible -- and do your utmost to replace soda and sugary juices with clean, fresh water.

Remember -- your kids will follow your lead.

Review Mercola.com Regularly for Important Health Topics for Your Kids

It's simply not possible in a few pages to provide you with all the details of how to keep your children in the best health possible. That's actually why I created the online newsletter and the Mercola.com Natural Health site.

Our team surveys THOUSANDS of articles every month. We find the absolute latest and best details on what you need to be concerned about for your children's health... and what you can do to take proactive steps to keep them healthy.

So please make sure you at least scan every new issue of the newsletter for crucial new updates to your children's health. And you can use the search engine to research any specific question you might have.

The best possible form of vitamins and minerals for your kids is from high-quality unprocessed organic and locally grown food. However, I realize this can be challenging for many parents.

So, the rest of this report will focus on the supplement insurance policy you might want to consider for your children. I will focus on what you need to be concerned with if you choose to give your children a supplement.

WARNING -- Proceed with Caution When Considering a Children's Multivitamin with Iron!!

As I mentioned earlier, most children's multivitamins contain some problem ingredients and may be downright risky for your kids. I've seen too many formulas that contain artificial and potentially toxic ingredients.

Here's a table showing examples of what I believe to be potential risky ingredients. It also illustrates how two of the most popular children's multivitamin formulas stack up.

Multivitamin Ingredient Description Flintstones Complete? Centrum® Kids Complete?
Iron If child consumes the entire bottle, he can overdose and die Yes Yes
Artificial flavors Term used for unknown synthetic and artificial chemicals Yes Yes
Carrageenan Food additive causing potential gastrointestinal disorders Yes Yes
Hydrogenated vegetable oil This oil is a trans fat which can weaken your kids' immune and cardiovascular systems Yes  
Aspartame Artificial sweetener (also known as NutraSweet™) linked to potential immune system and neurological problems Yes Yes
FD&C Red #40 Lake Synthetic dye shown to cause potential colon system damage Yes Yes
FD&C Yellow #6 and Blue #2 Lake Synthetic dyes linked to potential hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children Yes Yes
Magnesium stearate (or stearic acid) A potential toxic metal additive from pill production and hydrogenated oils Yes Yes

Why Iron in Your Child's Multi Can Send Them to the ER

Clearly, most children require iron and can be deficient. This is in contrast to nearly all post menopausal women and adult men where supplemental iron is typically toxic and can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.

But iron can also be toxic to children if taken in large amounts. Tragically, this happens every day as children's chewable multivitamins taste so good. It's common for kids to consume an entire bottle at once, thinking they are candy.

Every day, children are rushed to the ER with iron overdose from this scenario and many of them die.

When it comes to iron, I see three options for your children:

  • Good -- Find out if the supplement has iron. If it does, make sure the bottle has a child-proof cap and keep it away from your children.
  • Better -- Make sure the supplement does NOT have iron in the form of ferrous sulfate. It should be in the form of carbonyl iron. There has never been a reported fatality from this type of iron. It is very safe.
  • Best -- Provide your children with a multivitamin without any iron in it at all. Make sure your children obtain regular iron sources from their food.

Why Some Sugar Is Not All That Bad for Your Kids

Healthy Boy

Let's face it. Your kids will not consume anything, much less a multivitamin, unless it tastes really good.

So, some sort of safe, sweetener needs to be included as an ingredient. Or you'll never have any success trying to get your kids to take them.

Well, what about natural sugar?

Natural sugars, like the sucrose found in fruits and vegetables, are your healthiest sweeteners. However, I didn't find evidence of sugar from fruits and vegetables in the children's multivitamins I researched.

Instead, many of them contained aspartame or high fructose corn syrup -- two unhealthy choices.

And when I say sugar from fruits and vegetables is okay for your kids, of course I mean in moderation. I would recommend 1 g (gram) or less per multivitamin serving for your kids.

Yet, I found some multivitamins with as much as 3 g of sugar or more.

I realize multivitamins for your kids need to taste good, but 3 g of sugar, is too much.

Make Sure Your Kids' Supplement Is Allergen-Free

Allergens can cause you and your children potential health challenges.

Double-check your children's multivitamin to ensure it is free from the following potential risky ingredients and allergens:*

  • Yeast and wheat gluten
  • Soy protein
  • Milk and dairy
  • Corn
  • Sodium and starch
  • Artificial colors, preservatives, and flavorings
  • Sweeteners will need to be used in a chewable -- Make sure the sweetener has one gram or less of sugar per serving and does not have any high fructose corn syrup

Look for Chelated Minerals as Part of Your Kids' Multivitamin Nutrients

In your digestive process, when an inorganic mineral presents itself to your digestive system, a chemical conversion process starts to work -- chemically bonding the inorganic molecule to an organic molecule.

Healthy Girl

Chelation is the name of this process, and it creates an end product called a chelate.

This chelate can be seen on a cellular level as an organic compound that can now be absorbed and used in your child's body.*

But it is not a perfect biological world in your kids' digestive systems.

Many things can affect the efficiency of the chelation process. The mineral may come into contact with what are called "antagonists," and then get passed through your children's systems without being absorbed.

So select a supplement that has the minerals bonded to an organic molecule already in a form your kids' bodies can absorb.

The organic molecule used is typically an amino acid so the complexed mineral is called an amino acid chelate.

Verify Your Children's Multivitamin Is Produced
by a Certified High-Quality Manufacturer

You can start to feel good if your children's multivitamin avoids risky ingredients and includes those I recommend.

But if the multi is not made by a manufacturer committed to proven high-quality processes and practices, how consistent will it be for your children?

So, make sure your multivitamin manufacturer is highly certified and adheres to strict quality practices...

  • Ensures top-quality raw materials used in the product -- Vendor Certification Program (VCP)
  • Complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) -- written Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Maintains the highest health standards -- GMP certification
  • Supports the highest level of manufacturing quality standards -- ISO 9001 certification
  • Complies with a rigorous third-party certification of in-house lab performance -- ISO 17025 certification
  • Ensures finished products meet and exceed quality standards -- adherence to United States Pharmacopeia (USP30) specifications
  • Complies with health and safety measures -- Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.

Don't Stop Searching Until You Find a Multivitamin
for Your Children that Meets These Criteria

Here's a summary table that defines my extensive selection criteria you should use when selecting a children's multivitamin.

If your kids' multivitamin doesn't match up well with this, please keep searching. I'm sure you agree that settling for 2nd best is not an option for your children.

Multivitamin Selection Criteria
Benefits
  • Must taste good but contain less than 1g of sugar per serving -- chewable form is recommended
  • Keeps sugar to a minimum and avoids artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup
  • Avoid artificial flavors, food additives, hydrogenated oils, magnesium stearate, and synthetic dyes
  • Keeps your kids from being exposed to these risky, unhealthy ingredients
  • Choose a multivitamin without iron
  • Protects your kids from potential iron toxicity
  • Make sure the formula is free from allergens
  • Helps minimize allergic reactions from your kids when they take the multivitamin
  • Ensure the multivitamin comes rich in essential minerals and trace minerals: calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, boron, and vanadium... and look for chelated mineral forms (will show as amino acid chelates) in the formula
  • Don't stop with just vitamin ingredients. Your kids need minerals for everything from healthy bone growth to heart and immune system support.*
  • Chelated forms provide your kids with highly absorbable forms of specific minerals.*
  • Contains beta-carotene form of vitamin A
  • Essential to support your children's healthy vision and immune systems*
  • Contains 100% Daily Value (DV) of B complex vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid, and B12)
  • Important for your kids' heart, teeth, bones, skin, gastrointestinal system, and overall cellular health*
  • Comes with optimal amount of Vitamin C -- I recommend over 400% of DV
  • Promotes tissue growth and repair, and healthy gums for your children*
  • Includes non-synthetic vitamin E (look for d-alpha forms of tocopherols)
  • Helps support your children's healthy muscular systems*
  • Ensure the multivitamin is produced by a certified high-quality manufacturer who carefully balances desirable taste with generous amounts of vitamins and minerals
  • Helps guarantee consistent nutrient quality for your children

Here Is the Supplement I Created That Meets
ALL of the Above Important Criteria

I spent the last two years tweaking the taste and formula to create a supplement that not only tastes good but meets the rigorous selection criteria.

The Children's Chewable Multivitamin formula I recently finalized meets or exceeds ALL of the important criteria considerations I specified above and...

  • Delivers an absolutely delicious orange-mango flavor your kids with love -- while limiting the amount of sugar to only 1g per serving
  • Avoids artificial colors, preservatives, flavorings, synthetic toxins, and allergens potentially risky to your kids
  • Provides extensive ingredients to help you manage your children's potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies*
  • Comes with a patented chelation formula to help maximize your children's mineral absorption*
  • Helps prevent risky kids' overuse issues by NOT including iron in the formula
  • Benefits from a manufacturer's extensive commitment to high-quality measures and certifications
  • Is an exclusive formula only available on Mercola.com

I think you'll agree, this high-quality formula is just what you need to complement your kids' diets.

Nutritional 'Insurance' for Your Kids = Peace of Mind for YOU

Please take the time to implement my 6-step guide designed to help you improve your family's nutrition and overall health. Remember, there's no better time to start than right NOW!

Healthy Child
  • Lead by example by taking the time to plan family meals using wholesome, unprocessed foods
  • Replace soda and sugary juices with clean, fresh water
  • Limit your time in front of the TV and get out and exercise more
  • Make sure you receive daily amounts of omega-3s
  • Get plenty of sunshine
  • Complement your family's diet with a high-quality multivitamin with essential minerals

Remember, your kids will follow your lead and need your help in getting the proper nutrition.

So, just like you should consider taking a multivitamin to complement your diet, you should insist they do the same.

At only $16.97 for a month supply, help give your kids the nutritional "insurance" they need and the peace of mind you deserve. Order the Children's Chewable Multivitamin today.

Keep in mind, as your kids are growing every day, they need healthy nutrition to promote and support that growth -- even more so than you do!*

Give them the exclusive multivitamin designed to help you and them do just that. Order Children's Chewable Multivitamin with full confidence it will help complement your children's diets.*

Label Snapshot for Children's Chewables Multivitamin

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving
View product label for complete ingredient list.
* Daily Value not established.
† Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
***Krebs = Citrate, Fumarate, Malate, Glutarate and Succinate Complex
Other Ingredients: Xylitol, Cellulose, Natural orange flavor, Citric acid, Silica, and Organic stevia extract.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, children take 2 tablets daily or as directed by your healthcare professional.
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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 8 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving
View product label for complete ingredient list.
* Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose.
† Krebs = Citrate, Fumarate, Malate, Glutarate and Succinate Complex.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take 4 tablets two times daily with food or as directed by your healthcare professional. This product is best taken once in the morning and once at night.
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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Licaps™ capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving

Calories

3  

Calories form Fat

3  

Total Fat

0.3 g 1%*

Pure Krill Oil

320 mg **

Phospholipids

125 mg **

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)

33 mg **

Docosahexaenoic (DHA)

16 mg **

Omega-3 fatty acids

64 mg **

Omega-6 fatty acids

9 mg **

Astaxanthin (as astaxanthin esters)

16 mcg **
*Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.
Other ingredients: Fish gelatin capsule (from tilapia). Contains shellfish (krill).

Suggested use: 2 gelatin Licaps™ capsules daily with the first meal.
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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving

Vitamin C (from Organic Acerola)

60 mg 100%

Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)

2,500 IU 625%

Boneset Leaf Powder

200 mg **

Yarrow Root Powder

200 mg **

Peppermint Leaf Powder

195 mg **

European Elder Flower Extract

160 mg **

Dimethylglycine

150 mg **

Oregano Oil Extract

50 mg **

Propolis gum EEP

50 mg **

Olive leaf extract

25 mg **
**Daily Value not established.
Other ingredients: Vcaps™ Cellulose Capsule, Water, Cassava Starch, Maltodextrin

Suggested use: As a dietary supplement, adults take 2 capsules twice a day for up to 10 days. Children and pregnant women should consult a physician.
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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules (800 mg)
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving
A proprietary probiotic blend containing: (800 mg)  
Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1
Bifidobacterium lactis  
Lactobacillus plantarum  
Lactobacillus casei  
Lactobacillus rhamnosus  
Lactobacillus brevis  
Bifidobacterium longum  
Streptococcus thermophilus  
Lactobacillus salivarius  
Bifidobacterium bifidum  
Contains 70 billion CFU †† active probiotics strains
† Daily Value not established.
†† At the time of manufacture

Other Ingredients: Vegetable cellulose, Microcrystalline cellulose, Fructooligosaccharide, Silica.

This product contains no dairy, lactose, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, eggs, yeast, sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives, or GM ingredients.
Suggested Use: Take 2 capsules before meal, preferably in the morning as a dietary supplement.
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Label Snapshot for Children's Chewables Multivitamin

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving
View product label for complete ingredient list.
* Daily Value not established.
† Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
***Krebs = Citrate, Fumarate, Malate, Glutarate and Succinate Complex
Other Ingredients: Xylitol, Cellulose, Natural orange flavor, Citric acid, Silica, and Organic stevia extract.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, children take 2 tablets daily or as directed by your healthcare professional.
View Complete Product Label
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 8 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving
View product label for complete ingredient list.
* Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose.
† Krebs = Citrate, Fumarate, Malate, Glutarate and Succinate Complex.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take 4 tablets two times daily with food or as directed by your healthcare professional. This product is best taken once in the morning and once at night.
View Complete Product Label
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Licaps™ capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
% Daily Value
Amt. Per Serving

Calories

3  

Calories form Fat

3  

Total Fat

0.3 g 1%*

Pure Krill Oil

320 mg **

Phospholipids

125 mg **

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)

33 mg **

Docosahexaenoic (DHA)

16 mg **

Omega-3 fatty acids

64 mg **

Omega-6 fatty acids

9 mg **

Astaxanthin (as astaxanthin esters)

16 mcg **
*Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value not established.
Other ingredients: Fish gelatin capsule (from tilapia). Contains shellfish (krill).

Suggested use: 2 gelatin Licaps™ capsules daily with the first meal.
View Complete Product Label
 

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