| USANAs Essentials for children.
A complete and balanced formula containing the vitamins, minerals
and antioxidants needed by children aged 13 months to 12 years.
In attractive animal shapes with improved, kid-tested flavor.
Usanimals, USANAs Essentials for kids, is an advanced formulation containing the nutrients necessary for a healthy childhood. Good nutrition plays a critical role in everyones health, and its especially important for children. Children never stop growing from birth to the end of adolescence. Pound for pound, a 5-year-old needs twice as much thiamin, riboflavin niacin, and vitamins A and C and three times as much B6 and B12 as a 25-year-old man (1).
Nutrition for growth
Growth in the human body is much more complex than our body parts simply becoming larger. It is an incredibly intricate balance of varying anatomical growth rates, physiological changes, and shifting hormone status. While growth in childhood is slower than in infancy or adolescence, energy output is high, with hard play periods that include plenty of running, jumping and testing of new physical skills.
In addition to fueling growth and normal activity levels, the diets of children must provide for the accumulation of stores of nutrients in preparation for the accelerated growth spurts of the teen years. Children, especially girls, also need good nutrition to prepare their bodies for puberty.
Todays Childhood Nutrition
Unfortunately, one survey after another shows that our children do not receive the nutrition they need from their diets. In addition to problems caused by high intake of fat and saturated fat, many children are simply not getting enough of the essential nutrients. (4) Less than 30% of young people eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day (5) Adequate amounts of key nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B-6, magnesium, and calcium are missing from the diets of more than 50% of children from two to 10 years old (6,7).
Essentials for Children
Usanimals contains a full array of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in amounts designed especially for active, growing children, including advanced amounts of vitamins E and C, two of the most powerful antioxidants needed by the human body.* Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants because it helps to maintain strong cell membranes. (8-10)*
The Best Sources
A balanced blend of nutrients is only the beginning. At USANA, we believe that the quality of the raw ingredients is of the utmost importance. Every ingredient must be in a highly bioavailable form which can be easily absorbed and used by the cells. USANA uses only the highest quality ingredients in
Being Healthy Can Be Fun
Children love the natural fruit flavor of Usanimals. Parents love them too, because xylitol, a natural sweetener, is used instead of sugar. Xylitol is not absorbed by the body as readily as other sugars and may even reduce the risk of tooth decay.* (11) Fun animal shapes add to the tablets appeal and the bottle has a place for your childs name, so they can make Usanimals their own vitamins.
Children 13 to 47 months old take one tablet daily. Children four years and older take two tablets daily. Usanimals are laboratory tested, and USANA guarantees their potency.
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