SUPPLEMENTS

Our  supplement needs are ever changing, but I have noted the ones we take consistently below. There are also a number of new products that I was not aware of when my kids were infants, so I have listed alternatives to what we use/used. I advise everyone to consult with a healthcare professional before giving supplements to infants/children and even taking any supplement yourself. I am NOT a health care professional. 

PROBIOTICS

Gut health is extremely important to me. While we try to eat a vegetable heavy diet, those convenience foods add up and and we can use some reliable probiotics.

MARY RUTH'S LIQUID PROBIOTIC

We recently switched to Mary Ruth's liquid probiotics because I have been  reading that they are better absorbed by the body. I am slowly trying to transition to liquid versions of all our supplements. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order

TODDLER PROBIOTIC

I used this Garden of Life powdered infant probiotic - it can be added to water or even sprinkled on cold foods. I would just sprinkle some into  their straw Zoli cups with water and it didn't matter if they got shaken around. 

KLAIRE LABS INFANT PROBIOTICS

I really wish I knew about this Klaire Labs Infant Probiotic Powder when mine were infants. While it is available on Amazon, some of the reviews expressed concerns about valid distributors. The Klaire labs website also states that third-party websites are not authorized distributors. I would suggest asking your pediatrician about this probiotic. 

 

SEED PEDIATRIC PROBIOTIC

My favorite probiotic, Seed, recently launched their pediatric formula. It is a powder you mix into cold liquid and shake up. You can use code: PARULD15 for 15% off your first order. 

GARDEN OF LIFE KIDS' PROBIOTIC

This Garden of LIfe Kids' Probiotic is available at most health food stores (Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods). When Sprouts has its 25% off Multivitamins sale, it is a great time to stock on up these boxes (they can be kept in the refrigerator).  

KLAIRE LABS CHILDREN'S PROBIOTIC

I definitely plan to ask our pediatrician if she knows of a distributor for this Klaire Labs Children's Probiotic at our next appointment.  Again, although I see it on Amazon, the reviews are mixed about whether it needs to arrive cold. 

SEED PROBIOTIC + PREBIOTIC

I have been using Seed probiotics since January 2020. I not only love the sustainable packaging, but the combination of probiotics and prebiotics has helped my gut, response to allergies and skin health. You can use CODE: PARULD15 for 15% off your first month if you would like to try it out. 

MEGAFOOD

Every few months, I alternative my usual probiotic (Seed) out and use this MegaFood probiotic with turmeric. 

GARDEN OF LIFE ONCE DAILY ADULT PROBIOTIC

This Garden of Life Once Daily Probiotic is readily available at most health food stores. My mom likes this one and the one for Women over 50. 

ELDERBERRY SYRUP

All of these elderberry syrups should be available and most natural food stores or vitamin retailers. We especially use elderberry during flu season for an added boost of immunity. It can get expensive, so making your is much more affordable and it allows you to control sugars and additives.

GARDEN OF LIFE ELDERBERRY SYRUP

I like Garden of Life Elderberry Syrup because there are no added sugars in this one. 

Organic Sambucus Blend
Organic Black Elderberry Fruit (Sambucus nigra L.) Extract and Juice Concentrate

Organic Immune Blend
Organic Aronia melanocarpa (Aronia Berry), Organic Emblic (Amla, Phyllanthus emblica) (fruit) Extract, Organic Psidium guajava (Guava fruit and leaf) Extract

Organic Echinacea purpurea Extract (root)

Organic Rosemary Extract (leaf)

Other Ingredients

Organic tapioca fiber syrup, organic vegetable glycerin from non-GMO corn, purified water, organic elderberry flavor, organic lemon juice concentrate, mandarin peel flavor, organic citrus extract (to preserve freshness).

GAIA HERBS ELDERBERRY NIGHTTIME SYRUP

Gaia Herbs Elderberry Nighttime Syrup is ALWAYS sold out in stores during the winter, so I suggest you stock up! I am pretty consistent about taking this in the winter. I take this one at night for more restful sleep, especially if I feel a sore throat or runny nose coming.  

Be aware that various versions of this product are labeled for ages 2 and older, but some are labeled safe for ages 6 and older.

Vitamin C (from Organic Acerola)

Organic Black Elderberry  (Sambucus nigra) juice concentrate

Organic Acerola fruit (Malpighia glabra) extract

Organic Proprietary Blend
Freeze-dried extracts of Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis), Grindelia flowering tops(Grindelia robusta), California Poppy tops (Eschscholzia californica)

Other Ingredients: Organic sugar cane, water, natural flavor from lemon juice.

 

MARY RUTH'S ELDERBERRY SYRUP

Mary Ruth's Elderberry Syrup is free of added sugars and a  great option for those who wish to stay away from animal sources. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order

Per Serving: 150mg Black Elderberry

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Non-GMO Vegan Vegetable Glycerin (sourced from Vegetable and/or Coconut Oil), Organic Non-GMO Vegan Citric Acid (from citrus), Organic Non-GMO Vegan Natural Raspberry and Blueberry Flavors (from Raspberry and Blueberry fruits).

GAIA KIDS ELDERBERRY SYRUP

This Gaia Kids Alcohol-Free Elderberry Syrup is safe for kids ages 12 months and older. 

Organic Black Elderberry
[Sambucus nigra] fruit juice

Organic Acerola 
[Malpighia glabra] fruit extract

Vitamin C

Other Ingredients: Organic sugar cane, water, organic honey and lemon juice.

MAKE YOUR OWN!

You can buy your own dried elderberries and make your own elderberry syrup! 

There are many recipes online and you can control the sweetener. Just be sure NOT to use honey for babies less than 12 months old. 

If using honey for age 1 and older, you need to be sure to add it AFTER the syrup has cooled down. Raw honey should not be heated. 

TASHA ROSE REMEDIES

There are a few small-batch elderberry syrup options made by local health enthusiasts. Tasha Rose Remedies is based in California, but ships via her Etsy shop. 

CASSIE GREEN HEALTH

Cassie Green Health Elderberry Syrup is available at a few Dallas, TX retailers and available to ship online. 

EARTHLEY WELLNESS

Earthley Wellness has an elderberry syrup that is safe for babies 6 months and older. 

MULTIVITAMINS

I don't always give the kids a multivitamin, and they do eat a pretty well-balanced diet, which I believe is more important. I cannot recommend a gummy vitamin because I cringe at the thought of it sticking to teeth, as well as the amount of sugar they contain. Finally, my main reason for avoiding them is that psychologically, they look and taste like candy and I don't like the idea of them associating a supplement with candy. If I ever need them to take another pill or supplement, nothing will taste like that "candy one." Finally, I do not give/take ALL of the supplements listed below. I have listed 3 options per row to give options for a particular age group/individual. Please review these options with your trusted healthcare professional before beginning any supplement.

GARDEN OF LIFE VITAMIN CODE KIDS

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids is a chewable tablet. The things I am mainly looking for in a vitamin is folate (vs folic acid) and sugar. This one has 1g per serving, which is okay, but the sources of sugar include things I don't particularly care for. This is probably one of the reasons I'm not so consistent with giving the kids a multivitamin. For example, the bottom of the nutrition label states:

Other Ingredients: Clean Tablet Technoloy™ Blend: Organic tapioca dextrose, organic gum arabic, organic sucanat cane sugar, organic erythritol, natural flavors, organic stevia (leaf), citric acid, organic coating.

KLAIRE LABS VITASPECTRUM

I came across this Klaire Labs Vitaspectrum multivitamin powder when taking a closer look at Klaire Labs. I am going to give this one a try since it does not include a laundry list of sweeteners. It also comes in a Berry flavor and Citrus Flavor that I believe I can mix into water easily. 

 

MARY RUTH'S MULTIVITAMIN

Mary Ruth's liquid multivitamin is easy to swallow and I can add in probiotic drops, D3-K2 drops and basically anything else we need to in  a day, which is why I've been using the combination of liquid supplements for over a year. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order

THORNE MULTI-VITAMIN AM / PM

This Thorne Multivitamin comes with an AM dose and PM dose, which I like because the magnesium in the PM dose is what helps with better sleep. 

KLAIRE LABS MULTITHERA 1

Klaire Labs has numerous options for Multivitamins, depending on your needs. This MultiThera 1 is Iron-Free, but they also offer MultiThera 2 with iron. 

CALCIUM

I have not been consistent with taking a calcium supplement or giving the kids a calcium supplement. I try to include a variety of foods like broccoli, seeds, bok choy, kale, beans, lentils, salmon and yogurt with a Vitamin D supplement. However, if you are looking for a calcium supplement, these are the ones I have used in the past.

MARY RUTH'S CALCIUM GUMMIES

These Mary Ruth Calcium Gummies are lower in sugar than most gummies. Yes, I know I don't like gummies, but I still cannot find a non-gummy calcium that is perfect, so we've tried a few. I DO like that these have D3+K2 in them, for better absorption. 

NATURE'S PLUS CALCIUM

I used to give the kids on these Nature's Plus calcium tablets since they don't drink milk daily. I would love to find one with less sugar (this one has 2g per serving). However, most other options require me to mix powder and that's one more step that I will likely skip. 

KLAIRE LABS CAL-MAG 2:1 PLUS D

I've taken this supplement and I like that it has magnesium and Vitamin D for absorption, but I have been focusing more on my diet and including weight bearing exercise to preserve my bone density, since my mom has osteoporosis. 

DHA

We don't eat nearly as much salmon and omega-3 foods as we should. I have given both kids fish oil since they were babies (age 6m+). DHA is crucial for brain development and clearly it works, because they are both applying to Mensa next year. J/K

NORDIC NATURALS BABY'S DHA

Nordic Naturals Baby's DHA is what I gave my kids starting at 6 months, even though I was breastfeeding/pumping. 

NORDIC NATURALS CHILDREN'S DHA

I started this Nordic Naturals Children's DHA at twelve months (ages 1-6). 

NORDIC NATURALS ULTIMATE OMEGA JR.

Kapil just started this Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Jr. when he turned 6. It is a capsule, but it is chewable and he has had no issues taking it. 

THORNE SUPER EPA & DHA

I take this Thorne DHA/EPA.  I also try to  sprinkle hemp seeds on my morning salad (which are full of omega's, so that's a great start)...Mensa, here I come! 

FLORA UDO'S OIL 3-6-9 BLEND

Flora's Udo's 3-6-9 Blend is  a vegan alternative to fish oil. While I alternate between brands, I like to take the liquid form of supplements whenever possible for optimal absorption. 

Ingredients: Organic flaxseed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic sesame seed oil, organic coconut oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic soy lecithin, organic rice bran oil, organic oat bran oil, mixed tocopherols (non-GMO).

VITAMIN D + ZINC

Vitamin D and Zinc have been shown to help prevent the spread of viruses, so I have been taking extra Vitamin D and including zinc in our daily regimen.

MARY RUTH'S ORGANIC VITAMIN D3 K2

Mary Ruth's Vitamin  D3 K2 is what I have been using. I combine this with the Mary Ruth's liquid multivitamin, and 2 drops of liquid zinc. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order

CARLSON D3+K2 DROPS

I like that these Carlson's D3K2 drops have 2000 IU (stronger dose of D3) than the Mary Ruth's. I can add this to my water and not really taste a thing. 

MARY RUTH's IONIC ZINC

I don't really recommend giving kids zinc supplements, but if your primary care physician has recommended it, I like using Mary Ruth's liquid zinc because I can hide it with the other liquid vitamins. Just be sure to have the kids take it AFTER they have food in their tummy and start with just 1 drop. Zinc is strong and can cause nausea, diarrhea and many side effects. I prefer to give kids foods that have zinc (they don't need much daily!)

TRACE MINERALS ZINC

I use Trace Minerals Liquid Zinc for myself. Some days, I add this to my Mary Ruth's Liquid Multivitamin, and Flora's Omega Blend (if I am  using a liquid Omega). Some days, I add it to my water bottle and sip throughout the day. Just be sure you add it after you've had a meal. 

Health Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. The ideas and opinions on this website are my own and not intended to be perceived nore acted upon as medical advice. I have listed these supplements in an attempt to provide information about the brands and products I use and/or recommend. Please seek the advice of a healthcare professional before giving supplements to a child or taking supplements yourself. 

 

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