Prenatal & Pediatric
By Alan Greene, MD, FAAP
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled their recommended daily amount of vitamin D for our kids – and many kids weren’t getting enough even before this change. The more closely we look at vitamin D, the more we learn about how important this sunshine vitamin is to both short- and long-term health for children. I’m happy to see the new level at 400 IU.
A preliminary study presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology found that children with low levels of vitamin D have a higher chance of respiratory problems. The results support other research that looks at how vitamin D might help support better respiratory health. Other studies suggest that adequate vitamin D helps maintain health for many body systems.
But parents are going to have to work a little harder to meet these new levels, as it has become more difficult to get enough vitamin D in recent years. Kids are consuming less vitamin D-rich foods such as tuna and vitamin D-fortified milk (in favor of sweetened drinks with less nutrition). A study released in 2008 showed that forty percent of healthy babies and toddlers were not getting enough vitamin D – and an earlier report said the same about American teens.
Kids get their vitamin D from three sources: the sun, food, and supplements. Getting the sunshine vitamin from the sun itself was the primary way through most of human history, when most of us spent most of our days outdoors. Today, even when we are outside, the (wise) use of sunscreen blocks the UVB rays that trigger vitamin D production. During the winter months, winter clothing restricts sun exposure even more. Plus, in the winter, the decrease in daylight hours and the change in the angle of the sun’s rays make it more difficult.
How much sun exposure does it take to get the vitamin D you need to thrive? The answer depends on your skin color, clothing, location, time of year, and time of day. Because of the angle of the sun’s rays, kids only make significant vitamin D after 10 am and before 3 pm in most of the US -- the hours that kids may be in school or daycare.
During the middle of the day, the amount of sunshine needed is a fraction of something called the minimal erythema dose (MED) – or the amount of sunshine it would take for the skin to turn slightly pink. In Florida at noon in the summer, the MED might be 4 to 10 minutes for people with pale skin and 60 to 80 minutes for people with dark skin. It could be much longer in the winter or in Maine. To get optimal vitamin D, if 40 percent of the skin is exposed (e.g., wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt with no hat), all you need is a quarter of your MED every day. In a bathing suit it may only take 1/8th MED.
Most foods do not contain a significant amount of vitamin D, but you can find vitamin D-fortified milk, yogurt, cereals, breads, and infant formula. Fatty fishes such as tuna and salmon might contain almost all the recommended amount of vitamin D in just one serving. In comparison, a child would have to drink a quart of fortified milk to get the same amount.
One reliable way to ensure your children are getting the recommended daily amount of vitamin D is to add the vitamin to their daily routines. Breastfed babies should start getting drops containing 400 IU shortly after birth. Another way to accomplish this could be for nursing mothers to take 4000 to 6000 IU daily. Formula-fed babies and toddlers should start taking vitamin D also, but not until months later when they start drinking less than 32 ounces a day of formula or milk. Older children may also benefit from a multivitamin containing 400 IU of vitamin D.
For the second straight year, a Twinlab Corporation manufactured product has been recognized for innovation in the natural products industry
NEW YORK – April 22, 2014 – After winning a 2013 Expo West NEXTy award for Twinlab’s launch of the standard-setting CleanSeries “super-certified” sports nutrition line, the company has again been recognized as an industry trendsetter after this year’s NEXTy award nominations.
For 2014, Mommi 3-in-1, a prenatal protein and vitamin supplement containing DHA developed to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant women, has been nominated for the Expo West NEXTy Award. Mommi 3-in-1 is manufactured by Twinlab Corporation for Mommi, LLC, and Twinlab is the exclusive retail distributor of Mommi 3-in-1. Twinlab played an early role in helping to develop the formula based on Mommi 3-in-1’s business model and is a part owner of the company.
The coveted NEXTy Award nominations are bestowed upon select exhibitors identified by New Hope Natural Media as key leaders and influencers in elevating dietary supplements and health food products to new, higher levels. Nominees are also cited for “being poised to bring change” to the industry with innovative ideas and strong leadership.
“This latest nomination marks yet another Twinlab milestone – strengthening our reputation in the natural products industry as a company that brings innovative, trendsetting product lines to market,” says Tom Tolworthy, CEO of Twinlab. “We are honored that a product we manufacture is being nominated for a second straight year. This is the type of recognition that really drives home our mission of being industry leaders, providing innovations and superior products.”
One of the first supplements of its kind to deliver this combination of essential prenatal vitamins to pregnant women, Mommi 3-in-1 includes 15 grams of premium whey protein, 200 milligrams of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and 14 essential prenatal vitamins in every serving. DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid and is important for the nerve- and brain-cell development of developing babies.*
Created by Erin Schurtz with the design and development support of Dr. Yvonne Bohn OB/GYN, nutritionist Rachel Jones and Twinlab “sciences,” Mommi 3-in-1 offers additional advantages over competing supplements for new or soon-to-be mothers:
- Mommi 3-in-1 uses a whey protein blend because it is more easily digestible and has a better amino acid profile and is a higher quality protein than most vegetable based proteins;
- Mommi 3-in-1 is backed by Twinlab in its development;
- Mommi 3-in-1 is non-GMO tested and certified gluten-free by NSF International;
- Mommi 3-in-1 is economically sold in single-serving bags for $2.99 (MSRP) or 15-serving bags for $36.99 (MRSP)
“As a fit and active woman, I had always supplemented my diet with a protein shake – but in all my research I could not find a protein supplement without a warning label advising against the use by pregnant or nursing women,” says Erin Schurtz, Mommi creator and CEO. “I developed Mommi 3-in-1 so it is easier for active, healthy mothers such as myself to achieve the recommended daily intake of protein, which also included the essential prenatals and DHA needed during pregnancy.”
More About the NEXTy Award:
Throughout the month of April, both industry insiders and consumers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite NEXTy nominees. New Hope editors then will announce a select number of Editors' Choice winners. Please vote online at: www.nextforecast.com/nexty.
Inspired by founder Erin Schurtz’s struggle to find a simple nutritional solution during her own pregnancy, the Mommi 3-in-1 prenatal supplement was created by an OB/GYN and top nutritional scientists to ensure women get the best nutrition possible during pregnancy. In harmony with the FDA’s recommended daily intake levels, Mommi 3-in-1 combines all three beneficial components to support a healthy pregnancy into a single, great-tasting product. When prepared with 10 ounces of milk, each serving contains 25 g of protein, 100% daily value of 14 essential prenatal vitamins and 200 mg of DHA, helping provide for the extra nutrition a woman needs during a typical pregnancy. For more information, please visit www.mommi.com.
Twinlab Corporation is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality, science-based, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition products. Since 1968, the Twinlab brand has manufactured and marketed nutritional supplements in both the vitamin and sports nutrition categories. In addition to its namesake brand, Twinlab Corporation also manufactures and sells other well-known category leaders including the Metabolife® line of diet and energy products; Twinlab Fuel® line of sports supplement products; Alvita® teas, established in 1922 as a single-herb tea line; Trigosamine® joint support products as well other health and wellness brands. Twinlab’s manufacturing facility in American Fork, Utah is an NSF GMP registered facility. Twinlab also runs a scientific and regulatory facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and has its corporate headquarters in New York, NY. Visit www.twinlab.com for more information.
• Delivers 100% of the daily value for 14 essential prenatal vitamins and minerals including iron and folic acid
• Contains 15 grams of premium whey protein per serving
• Contains 200 mg of DHA to help support baby’s brain and eye development*
• Only 130 calories per serving
• Gluten free, MSG Free and Non-GMO tested**
Mommi 3-in-1 was developed by OB/GYN Dr. Yvonne Bohn and top nutritional scientists specifically for pregnant and nursing mothers. Formulated to combine 3 key components of healthy baby development into a single, great tasting product, Mommi 3-in-1 combines 15 grams of premium whey protein with 14 essential prenatal vitamins and 200 mg of DHA in every serving.
Whey protein is a complete protein and features a high quality amino acid profile to help you get the protein you need to help support your baby’s development. It is also one of the most bioavailable protein sources, giving you a quick, convenient source of protein.
**Independently PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tested by a third party lab for genetically modified DNA to a limit of 0.9%.
Add 2 scoops of Mommi 3-in-1 to 10 ounces of cold 1% milk. This product is not a meal replacement and should be consumed in addition to a healthy diet.
Size/Count: 1.08 lbs (489 grams)
Proudly manufactured in our NSF® GMP registered facility.