As mother of a picky eater, I worry whether my son gets enough nutrition or vitamins from whatever food he eats for that day. Born exactly at 37 weeks, he was only 2.525kg as I had controlled my food intake (as well as taking insulin and exercise) too much due to gestational diabetes.
Fast forward to almost 2 years old, his weight has remained stagnant around 10kg for the past few months. Although everyone keeps saying that as long as your child is active and happy, that is enough I wonder how true that is. And I still worry.
His father must have read my mind because one day, a parcel arrived. In it was a bottle of Nature’s Plus The Energy Supplements: Animal Parade Gold. A bottle of 120 pieces of Children’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Supplement.
For a 23-month-old, what first attracted him was the animal-shaped multi-vitamins. So far, we have seen hippopotamus, lion and elephant. The fun part is the anticipation of which animal would be chosen the next time the bottle is opened. The healthy part is consuming vegetarian, gluten free, hypo-allergenic, multi-vitamins packed with Vitamin D3, K2, probiotics and organic gold standard whole foods.
In fact, I was amazed at the list of certified organic gold standard whole food blend contained in each tablet. Some of the ingredients are organic acerola extract, apple fruit, broccoli sprout, cauliflower sprout, cordyceps mushroom mycelia, kale, maitake mushroom mycelia, nettle, parsley, pure beet juice, pure carrot juice, pure spirulina among others. Therefore, if your child is not into vegetables, this is one way to do it.
Please note that although this is a product for children, just like any vitamin supplements or medicines, they should be kept out of the reach of children. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Luckily, the bottle comes with a safety feature where it would be difficult for children to open the lid.
Each serving of these fun, animal-shaped chewables is packed with 500 IU of Vitamin D3. They are free from artificial colors, preservatives and the common allergens yeast, wheat and soy. It is also sweetened with xylitol, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay.
As a dietary supplement for safe-chewing age children, the recommended dosage is two tablets. If your little one is still unable to chew, you might consider crushing it and mixing it in yoghurt. After the bottle is opened, it should be kept tightly closed in a cool, dry place.
For those still skeptical, included is a letter of guarantee of quality by independent FDA-approved testing laboratory. The certificate of analysis states that from the over 20 ingredients (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Calcium, Iodine, etc.) claimed to be in the tablets, the result shows that all the ratings were better than being claimed.
Therefore, though it would be impossible to see the result immediately, I have at least quietened the nagging worry in my mind … for now.