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.
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.
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We often hear people bemoaning the emergence of a new generation of couch potatoes. Most adults – parents and nonparents – seem to agree that our kids are spending too much time online or playing video games, not enough time outside, and are eating waaaay too much junk. There may be hope – a study released last week in the journal Pediatrics shows a moderate improvement in both diet and the amount of physical activity of adolescents between ages 11 and 16, and seems to agree with other studies that show a plateau in childhood obesity rates.
From the study:
Across the quadrennial surveys, significant increases were identified in number of days with at least 60 minutes of [physical activity], daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, eating breakfast on weekdays and weekends, and BMI. Television viewing and consumption of sweets and sweetened beverages decreased across this same period. These same patterns were seen in all racial/ethnic groups.
Now, the improvements may not be dramatic, but they definitely seem to be trending in the right direction. Read more here