Blackcurrant Seed Oil for Atopic Dermatitis in Young Children – Director’s Choice

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Three grams of blackcurrant seed oil, when given to pregnant women at 8-16 weeks gestation, later through their breastfeeding cycle, and then to their infants until age 2 years, significantly improved atopic dermatitis in 12 month old infants compared to the olive oil placebo.  (more…)

Fish Oil in Pregnancy Shown to Lessen Asthma in Children – Director’s Choice

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Analysis of 695 children (3 years post-delivery) revealed that children of mothers who supplemented with fish oil in the third trimester of their pregnancies had a 16.9% reduction in persistent wheeze and asthma compared to 23.7% in the control group, corresponding to a relative reduction of 30.7%.
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Food Additives Shown to Increase Hyperactive Behavior in Children

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Artificial food additives and the preservative, sodium benzoate, increased symptoms of hyperactivity when given to a population of (153) 3 –year and (144) 8-9 year old children. The amount of artificial food colorings and sodium benzoate consumed daily by children in this study was equivalent to consuming 2 bags of sweets for the 3 year olds and up to 4 bags of sweets for the 8-9 year olds.
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Coenzyme Q10 may Benefit Children with Down Syndrome – Director’s Choice

Written by Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS. According to this study, children with Downs Syndrome had higher BMI, blood glucose levels, and IL 6 and TNF-alpha when compared to healthy controls. These children also had lower levels of CoQ10, suggesting that young Downs Syndrome children could potentially benefit from supplementation with CoQ10.
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Probiotic Supplement Benefits Preterm Infant Health – Director’s Choice

Written by Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS. A 2016 study demonstrated that of the 10,890 infants, those who were given a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis had a significant 52 % reduced risk of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC); a 49% reduced risk of death after contacting NEC and an 11% reduced risk of blood stream infections compared to preterm infants who did not receive probiotics.   (more…)

Megadose of Vitamin A Lowers Vitamin E in Colostrum

Written by Jessica Patella, ND. Participating mothers, who received 200,000 IU injections of Vitamin A just 24 hours postpartum, had a significant 134 % Vitamin A increase in colostrum and a 16.4 % decrease in Vitamin E. Researchers suggested that Vitamin E be added to the Vitamin A injections to compensate for this decrease.

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