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ChildLife Essentials® – Featured Brand

ChildLife EssentialSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center offers ChildLife Essentials®, a complete line of award winning supplements formulated for the unique daily nutritional requirements of infants, toddlers and children. After decades of clinical practice, ChildLife Essentials® was founded in 2002 by Dr. Murray C. Clarke, renowned holistic pediatrician, naturopath and Chinese medicine physician. With an emphasis on proper nutrition, homeopathy and nutritional supplements, as well as a lifelong dedication to the promotion and maintenance of children’s health, Dr. Clarke’s steadfast principle remains to treat conditions in the safest and most effective manner to generate consistent results.

Necessary for proper bone, muscle, organ, immune, neuronal and brain development, ChildLife Essentials’ tried and true formulations provide meticulously chosen, pure, high quality vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Imbalances or deficiencies of nutrients are eventually expressed as compromised immune, physical, mental or emotional function. In the course of knowing and treating thousands of children, Dr. Clarke has observed that a healthy diet, careful nurturing, love and nutritional supplements are cornerstones for enhanced development, protection and maintenance of wellness from birth and throughout childhood.

To view more products from ChildLife Essentials®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com.

Multi-Vitamin and...Multi Vitamin & Mineral: This liquid full spectrum formula provides 16 essential vitamins along with primary minerals that support proper nutrition, as children develop physically, mentally and emotionally. These nutrients support ongoing maintenance, healthy growth, brain development and strong immune function, as well as the body’s natural cleansing ability. Suitable for infants and children aged 6 months through the teen years. Natural orange/mango flavor. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, yeast, alcohol and artificial colorings, flavorings and sweeteners. Non-GMO formulation.

First Defense Immune...First Defense Immune Formula: This well-researched liquid nutritional formulation provides hand-selected herbs and minerals known to help support the body’s natural immune response. This formula may be used daily short or long term after 6 months of age. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, yeast, alcohol and artificial colorings, flavorings and sweeteners. Non-GMO formulation.

Vitamin D3 Liquid...Vitamin D3: One serving provides the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended daily requirement of vitamin D3 in support of respiratory and heart health and a healthy functioning immune system. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, yeast, alcohol and artificial colorings, flavorings and sweeteners. Non-GMO formulation.

Flu Season – It’s Not Over Yet!

FluNotOverJacquie Eubanks RN BSNAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly flu report, flu activity remains elevated with 36 states reporting widespread influenza activity, mainly in the southern and southeastern states. While overall activity is declining, we are clearly not out of the woods, and can expect to see several more weeks of seasonal flu activity. Influenza, a highly contagious viral respiratory illness, causes mild to severe symptoms and can result in complications for young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Largely an airborne virus, the flu easily spreads from one person to another through droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or talking. Flu viruses can survive on hands for up to an hour, and can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours, potentially transferring the virus through touch.

Those with the flu are infectious 24 hours before their own symptoms develop, and up to a week after symptoms appear. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on suddenly and tends to linger longer. Symptoms are often more severe than a typical cold and can include a runny nose, sore throat and dry cough, as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, and body aches. Surprisingly, the body’s immune defense system is responsible for some of the symptoms. A fever, for example, is the immune system’s way of making the body a less favorable host for bacteria and viruses, which thrive at 98.6° F. Although not everyone will feel feverish, the influenza virus causes a general feeling of exhaustion and malaise, that often requires bedrest.

You can help stop the spread of the flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with others when you are ill, completely covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, getting plenty of rest, and staying warm and well hydrated. To help prevent the flu, avoid close contact with someone who is sick, wash your hands frequently, disinfect surfaces regularly and refrain from touching your face, eyes, and mouth. Be sure to support immune and overall health by getting sufficient sleep, eating nutritiously and participating in physical activity. General healthy-living strategies help to naturally strengthen the immune system, while supporting optimal health and overall function.

Over the counter remedies can temporarily suppress symptoms, but may actually impede healing. While annoying, coughing is a productive symptom that helps clear breathing passages. Decongestants restrict flow to blood vessels in the nose and throat, but allowing the blood to flow helps to warm the infected area, enabling secretions to carry away germs. Although symptoms of fever, stuffy nose and coughing are sometimes hard to endure, they are part of the natural healing process, evidence that the immune system is battling the virus. Natural remedies that support the immune system are often helpful either for the prevention of influenza or the recovery from it.

Oscillococcinum® – Though hard to pronounce, this homeopathic taken at the first sign of illness has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, including body aches, fever, chills, headache and fatigue. As flu comes on quickly, and Oscillo works best when taken early, it’s helpful to keep this on hand to take as quickly as possible when symptoms begin to appear.

Echinacea – This popular medicinal plant has been used for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds. Laboratory studies suggest that echinacea contains active antiviral and antioxidant substances that support and stimulate the immune system to help fight viruses, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

Elderberry – Used for centuries to treat respiratory illnesses and heal wounds, evidence suggests that elderberry has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-influenza properties. High in flavonols, elderberry may help to reduce sinus mucous membrane inflammation and relieve nasal congestion.

Garlic – Supported by modern science and known since ancient times for its therapeutic properties, garlic has been shown to be beneficial for respiratory, circulatory, cardiac, and immune health. Consumed regularly, garlic may aid in the prevention of the common cold or may expedite the recovery process.

Oregano Oil – Very high in antioxidants, oregano oil has been shown to combat certain strains of bacteria and microorganisms, and prevent them from proliferating. Oregano oil has been used traditionally for centuries as a natural remedy to treat symptoms of respiratory illness, including coughs, colds, and sore throats. Effective as a natural infection fighter, oregano oil has strong antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

NAC – N-acetyl-L-cysteine, an amino acid derivative with mucous thinning properties, has been used in conventional medicine for over three decades. NAC has been shown to reduce both the severity and the duration of the flu by supporting the production and activity of white blood cells, helping to boost the body’s natural immune response.

Vitamin D3 – Research indicates that vitamin D3 taken prophylactically is effective in prevention of common upper respiratory infections, including colds and flu. Vitamin D3 supports the immune system by reducing levels of inflammatory proteins, and increasing levels of antimicrobial proteins, naturally occurring antibiotics that destroy invading pathogens and viruses. Studies show that those with lower levels of vitamin D3 are more likely to develop influenza when compared to those with high levels of vitamin D3.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products to support immune and overall heath:

Oscillococcinum®Oscillococcinum® by Boiron: These highly effective homeopathic pellets work with your body to reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, including body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Non-drowsy formula. Children’s formula also available.

 

ACF Fast Relief...ACF Fast Relief Immune Support High Potency by Buried Treasure Nutritionals: This high potency, fast acting liquid immune support formula provides high quality botanicals and nutrients for cold and flu symptom relief. This naturally preserved formulation is gluten, wheat, yeast and dairy free.

 

NAC 600 mgNAC 600 mg by Pure Encapsulations: NAC provides powerful cellular nutritional support, specifically supporting healthy lung function though its mucolytic activity. In addition to its antioxidant properties, NAC supports glutathione production, ramping up antioxidant protection. Gluten-free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

A.D.P.A.D.P.® by Biotics Research: This patented, proven effective formula supplies delayed release standardized oregano oil delivered to the intestinal tract to defend against pathogens and bacteria. Gluten free formulation.

 

Vitamin D 5,000 IU ...Vitamin D 5000 IU by Douglas Laboratories: This product supplies 5000 IU of highly bioavailable natural vitamin D3 in support of overall health. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast and dairy free vegetarian formulation.

 

References:
Flu. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Here’s why you feel so crummy when you’re sick. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Why Do We Get Chills With a Fever? http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-and-flu/why-do-we-get-chills-with-a-fever.aspx
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm
Echinacea. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/echinacea
Elderberry. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/elderberry
Garlic. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/garlic
11 Best Home Remedies for Flu: Treatments Backed by Scientific Studies. http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/eyes-ears-nose-throat/5-best-home-remedies-for-flu-treatment-backed-by-scientific-studies/
Vitamin D for influenza. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463890/

Why We Need Vitamin D3

D3By Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Vitamin D3 is so vital to the health and function of the human body that is the only vitamin the body can manufacture on its own.  The body has the potential to produce enough vitamin D3 to meet 90% of its needs.  However, because exposure to sufficient sunlight is required for vitamin D3 production, this can pose a problem for darker skinned people, for people who live in northern climates and for those of us worried about ultra violet radiation from sun exposure.  Known as the Sunshine Vitamin, vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is produced photochemically when cholesterol, naturally present in the superficial layers of the skin, is exposed to UV-B radiation. 

For your skin to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D3, you need direct midday summer sunlight on a large portion of your body for about 15 minutes several times per week.  Sunscreen, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8, blocks UV-B radiation and can decrease synthetic capacity of vitamin D3 by 95%.  A light skinned person wearing a bathing suit and without the use of sunscreen will make approximately 15,000 IU of vitamin D3 within 15 – 20 minutes of exposure.  Darker skinned individuals may require twice the exposure time as melanin in the skin hinders vitamin D3 synthesis. 

Vitamin D3 is responsible for enhancing intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate, helping to build strong teeth and promoting healthy growth and remodeling of bone.  Research suggests that many types of cells use vitamin D3 to help regulate critical cellular functions, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation.  Vitamin D3 helps to keep insulin, calcium, and phosphorus levels in balance.   Emerging research shows an association between vitamin D3 consumption and a decreased risk of developing a variety of health conditions including autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, diabetes and hypertension.

According to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, as many as 77% of Americans are vitamin D3 deficient.  This is likely the result of too little sun exposure as well as dietary deficiencies due to the fact that few foods contain naturally occurring vitamin D3.  A vitamin D deficiency can lead to soft, thin and brittle bones in children, and bone loss, low bone density, and a higher rate of broken bones, due to falls, in adults. 

The Vitamin D Council considers the ideal blood level of vitamin D3 to be between 40 ng/ml and 70 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter).  The majority of Americans have blood levels of vitamin D3 below 30 ng/ml, which is considered too low for bone and overall health.  Low vitamin D3 levels result in the body working at far below its potential.  Groups at risk for vitamin D3 deficiency include:

  • Breastfed infants as human milk is a poor source for the nutrient.  Baby formula is fortified with vitamin D.  The National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfed infants receive a supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D each day until they are weaned. 
  • Adults aged 50 and older whose skin no longer makes vitamin D3 as efficiently, and whose kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D3 to its active form.
  • People with darker skin as their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D3 from sunlight exposure.
  • People with Crohn’s disease or celiac disease whose bodies don’t allow for proper absorption of fats.
  • Obese people because body fat binds to the vitamin D3 preventing absorption into the blood stream. 
  • People who live in northern latitudes, such as the northern U.S. and Canada,  who don’t get enough sunlight during winter months. 

There are limited food sources containing naturally occurring vitamin D3.  These include:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel, as well as cod liver oil and other fish oils,  are the top dietary sources with naturally occurring vitamin D3.
  • Beef liver, cheese and egg yolks provide small amounts.
  • Mushrooms, whose vitamin D3 content is boosted by exposure to ultraviolet light.
  • Almost all of the U.S. milk supply is fortified with vitamin D.  A glass of fortified milk will contain between 50 – 100 IU of vitamin D.
  • Other fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals, orange juice and yogurts.  Be sure to read labels as not all of these foods are fortified with vitamin D.

Basically , we can get our vitamin D3 in only three ways: sunlight, fortified foods and supplements.  Due to the risk of developing skin cancer from too much sun exposure and the limited amount of foods with naturally occurring vitamin D3, many people choose to safely increase their vitamin D3 intake with supplements. 

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends adult men and women under age 50 get 400 – 800 IU of vitamin D daily.  For men and women age 50 and older, 800 – 1,000 IU daily.  According to the Harvard School of Public Health, most experts conclude that 1,000 -2,000 IU of vitamin D daily may be the amount we need for optimal health, more if you get little or no sun exposure.  According to the Institute of Medicine, the safe upper limit of vitamin D intake is 4,000 IU per day for most adults.  Check labels to see if any multivitamins or other supplements you are currently taking contain vitamin D3 and supplement accordingly. 

Vitamin D3 2000 I.U.
 
Vitamin D3 2000 IU by Vital Nutrients –  Vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol supports calcium absorption and helps maintain healthy serum calcium levels to promote bone health.  Suitable for vegetarians. 
 
 
 
Vitamin D3 Liquid
 
 
 
Vitamin D3 Liquid by Pure Encapsulations –  Each drop contains 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3 in an easily absorbable liquid form. 
 
 
 
Vitamin D 5000 iu
 
 
Vitamin D 5000 IU by Ortho Molecular –  Each easy to swallow capsule contains 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol.