Avoid inferior quality supplements

Recently in clinic I discussed supplements with a mum. She told me that she gave her children multi-vitamin and fish oil gummies.  I decided to check these out and here’s what I found:  Over-the-counter, ‘cheap’ brands are often not the most economical solution.

Omega 3

Omega3 gummiesChildren’s Omega 3 Gummies

The recommended daily dose for children aged 2+ is 2 gummies.  Two of these gummies contain nearly 1 teaspoon of sugar. The additive 330, Citric Acid is known to cause tooth erosion (consider these are chewable gummies) and aggravate Coeliac Disease.

The amount of actual EPA – 10 mg and DHA  – 32mg is negligible when compared to quality supplements prescribed by qualified Naturopaths:

For children: EPA  –  162.5mg;  DHA – 112.5 mg

For infants: EPA – 350mg; DHA – 485mg (as well as Vitamins A & D)

The cost for the Supermarket brand: $14.50 for 60 gummies.  Taking the recommended dose of 2 gummies/day = $.48c/day

To achieve the therapeutic dose, your child would need to take 16 gummies a day costing $3.84/day but also giving your child 8 teaspoons of sugar!!!

The high quality brand would cost you $0.50/day giving your child a balanced Omega 3 intake supporting healthy brain and body function.

 

Multivitamin gummies

The cost of the supermarket brand is $14.50 for 60 gummies @ 2/day = $0.48c daily

Comparison of quantities between the Gummies and quality supplements highlights the difference in quality:

Gummies Therapeutic quality
Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate)  #                     200 mcg Betacarotene                                     600 mcg
None Thiamine B1                                          2 mg
None Riboflavin B2                                          1mg
Nicotinamide B3                                               4.5mg Nicotinamide B3                                   12mg
None Calcium Pantothenate B5                      15mg
None Pyridoxine hydrochloride B6                   3mg
Cynocobalamin B12                                        0.25mcg Cynocobalamin B12                            10mcg
None Folinic Acid B9                                    50mcg 
Biotin                                                            37.5mcg Biotin                                                 50mcg
Ascorbic Acid                                                      15mg Ascorbic Acid                                       80mg
Cholecalciferol Vit D3 **                                  1.25mcg Not included here
dl-alpha Tocopheryl acetate Vit E  #                  2.5mg d-alpha Tocopheryl acid succinate          25mg
Various powders – spinach, tomato, artichoke, carrot & beetroot – each                                      5mg Not included in this product
None Calcium citrate                                   200mg
None Iron amino acid chelate                          6mg
None Zinc amino acid chelate                        15mg
None Magnesium amino acid chelate            100mg    
None Manganese amino acid chelate              3mg
None Potassium citrate                               55mg

MultigummiesThe above product is not a balanced supplement as it is missing several of the B-vitamins which should always be taken as a complex. Furthermore, you will note the significantly lower quantities contained in the gummy brand. 

A balanced ‘multi’ should include minerals to assist absorption and metabolism of all nutrients.

Interestingly, the label did not provide any information about sugar content.

The price of the supermarket gummies is $14.50 for 60 gummies @ 2/day = $0.48c daily

Supermarket gummies: taking 6/day to reach therapeutic doses on most vitamins = $1.44 a day

Quality brand: $.80c/day

 

Recommendation:

It is both more economical and beneficial to your child’s health to have them:

  1. assessed by a qualified naturopath and, should supplementation be recommended,
  2. to purchase quality products which provide therapeutic dosages of easily metabolised ingredients

 

** Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and is best taken with other fats such as Omega 3 and Vitamin A

# The form of Vitamin A used (Retinyl Palmitate) and Vitamin E are both synthetic and not readily metabolised by the body.

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