It is well known that adequate levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are essential for optimal neural functioning. A significant percentage of individuals, including children, suffer from deficiencies in one or more vitamins or minerals. This study investigated whether daily supplementation with a multivitamin could alter cognitive performance and mood in healthy children.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study included 81 healthy children aged 8-14. The children were reportedly all healthy and free from food allergies. None of the children used other dietary supplements during the three months prior to the study. Participants were randomly assigned to daily multivitamin and mineral supplements or placebo for 12 weeks.
The children underwent laboratory assessments of their cognitive performance and mood pre-dose and at 1 and 3 h post-dose on the first and last days of the trial. Assessments were also completed at home after 4 and 8 weeks at 3 hours post-dose. Cognitive performance was measured using a battery of laboratory assessments, which included tasks assessing mood and the speed and accuracy of attention and aspects of memory. The children in the vitamin/mineral group performed more accurately on two tests of attention. No effects were observed on measures of the children’s mood.
Although the results of this study require further investigation, it suggests that vitamin/mineral supplementation has the potential to improve brain function in healthy children.
Haskell CF et al. Cognitive and mood effects in healthy children during 12 weeks’ supplementation with multi-vitamin/minerals. Br J Nutr 2008 Nov;100(5):1086-96.
FH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, of Neptune, NJ is recalling one lot of its 1.69 oz. package of the Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals ingesting the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products….
The product comes in a 1.69 oz. package marked with Lot #21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, located on the back of the package, and with an expiration date of 3/22/18 also stamped on the back of the package.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit from affected Lot 21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, Expiration date of 3/22/18, should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time (after hours/weekends covered by third-party poison control center).
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Beech-Nut is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The baby food product was produced on December 12, 2014. The following product is subject to recall:
4-oz. glass jars containing “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS Sweet Potato & Chicken”
The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-68A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The affected product expires in “DEC 2016” and includes product numbers “12395750815” through “12395750821”. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Beech-Nut Consumer Hotline at (866) 674-4446.
The Mediterranean diet has been touted in recent years as one that helps improve overall health.
So, what is this diet? It calls for consuming plenty of fresh produce, seafood, olive oil, and an occasional glass of red wine, which are common staples among those living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Plan on eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, herbs, spices, beans, and nuts with nearly every meal as part of this diet. Fish and seafood should be consumed at least twice a week. Poultry, eggs and dairy should be incorporated in moderate portions while red meat – lean cuts, not bacon or high-processed meats – and sweets like chocolate should be limited to just a few times per month.
It’s a great goal to eat fresh, healthy foods for each meal and allow our bodies to reap the benefits. But sometimes life gets in the way! Fortunately, USANA Health Science has created a supplement called Mega Antioxidant that helps furnish some of the health benefits, including antioxidants, of the Mediterranean diet. Mega Antioxidant includes Olivol® olive extract, a patented ingredient exclusive to USANA that provides unique antioxidants found in olives.
Mega Antioxidant is a safe and advanced formula of powerful antioxidants in tablet form. It provides an unparalleled range of free-radical fighting antioxidants that can easily be added to your daily diet. You’ll feel better knowing you are getting important antioxidants that are critical to healthy living—every day.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This blog was written for “What’s Up, USANA?” by Camille Fletcher. It was so great, I had to pass it on. Enjoy!
They’re heeeeeeeeerrrrreeee. I’m not talking poltergeists. I’m talking the holidays, people, which, if we’re being honest, can sometimes cause as much dread as a poltergeist. Here are 15 tips to help you survive the season and make it to January in one piece!
via HD Beginnings, LLC – Winnie Bernard, Manager » 15 tips to survive and thrive during the holidays.