Improving Children's Brain Health
Luckily, there is something we can do to give our children the nutrients they need for optimal brain function. Metagenics, a doctor’s nutrition line, has created the one-two punch for children’s brain health.
The “One” of the one-two punch is Metagenic’s Phytomulti Kids. It is a complete multivitamin/multimineral supplement with the addition of 9 different fruit and vegetable powders and extracts, including broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale, brussel sprouts and blueberries, all in a great tasting chewable tablet.
In addition to using only the highest quality ingredients in Phytomulti kids, Metagenics also takes it to the next level for your child. In typical multivitamins, companies us a B vitamin called cyanocobalamin. It is a very cheaply made form of B12. It is so cheap in fact, that it is made using charcoal, and as a result actually has a cyanide molecule attached the cobalamin, or B12 molecule. That is why it is called cyanocobalamin. Now, of course this is not enough cyanide to cause widespread damage to the body, but it is also not optimal for the body to have to divert resources to trap it, filter it out and eliminate it. Instead of giving the body more detoxification to do, why not leave the cyanide out altogether? That’s what Metagenics has done.
Instead of using cyanocobalamin for their B12, Metagenics uses methylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is a B12 molecule attached to a methyl group, which is a necessary nutrient actually used in many other processes in the body. So instead of producing toxic waste like many multivitamins do in the name of profit, Phytomulti Kids gives extra methyl molecules in addition to all of the phytochemicals and antioxidants your child’s brain needs.
The “Two” of the One-Two punch for your child’s brain health is Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These are the “good fats” that make up the majority of our brain cells. There are 2 main types of Omega 3s in our brains; EPA and DHA. DHA makes up far more of our brain cells than does EPA, and supplementation with DHA has been shown in scientific studies to have a positive effect on brain function. Metagenic’s MetaKids DHA has been specifically designed to give your child the proper ratio of DHA/EPA for maximum brain building. More brain cells (neurons) means more connections, and more connections equals smarter kids. With 80% DHA and 20% EPA per softgel, your child not only gets the cell building blocks from the DHA, but also the anti-inflammatory effects of the EPA.