Thursday, July 16, 2009

Questions about Shakleebaby and Kids

Here is a question that I had emailed to me from Kathy A. in LA.

Hi Patty,
I have heard about your Shaklee baby and kid products. What ages can I start my children on them? Are they safe? I have never tried these products before. All I have ever used is what I buy at my local store. What makes these different? I’m not sure where to even start on these types of products.

This is a very good question. I know parents are concerned about the products they purchase for their children. And you have to be cautious today on products we buy. Now more than ever we are looking for safe products that are not laced with synthetics, chemicals, preservatives and dyes. So much awareness is out here today about what is going into every thing we purchase.

My suggestion is to start out with the multi-vitamins for your children. Then work your way through the different products. For older children you may want to go to Meal Shakes along with the vitamins. Gives them a well-rounded start to each day.

Here are some answers that you may find helpful about the products.

Shakleebaby™ and Shakleekids™ Dietary Supplements FAQs

Q. Who can take Shakleebaby and Shakleekids nutrition products?
A. Shakleekids Mighty Smart™ DHA chews are intended for children ages 4 years and older and also can be consumed by adults. Shakleekids Incredivites™ is intended for children ages 4-12. Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder is intended for infants older than 6 months and toddlers 1-4 years of age.

Q. DHA is a key ingredient in Shakleekids Mighty Smart chews. What is DHA? What are the health benefits for my child?
A. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid and is a major building block of brain and eye tissue.Adequate intake early in life is vital to proper brain and visual development and to ensure the cells of the brain,retina, and other parts of the nervous system develop and function properly.*

Q. I am concerned that my child isn’t getting enough vitamin D. Do Shakleekids and Shakleebaby multivitamin/multimineral products provide sufficient amounts of vitamin D?
A. To address the growing concern about inadequate intake and deficiency of vitamin D in young children, both the Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder for Infant and Toddlers and Shakleekids Incredivites provide essential bone health nutrients, with a special focus on delivering vitamin D in amounts known to be beneficial to infants and children. A serving of Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder delivers 400 IU of vitamin D. A serving of Shakleekids Incredivites delivers 600 IU of vitamin D. The amount of vitamin D in both products is
considered to be very safe and well below the current, upper limit of safety which has been set at 2,000 IU per day.

Q. What is lactoferrin?
A. Lactoferrin is a unique, biologically active milk protein. Also found naturally in breast milk, it is believed to provide one of the immuno-protective effects associated with breast-feeding. Lactoferrin has been shown to act as a prebiotic–it fuels the growth of beneficial microflora, which in turn supports digestive health. Studies also indicate lactoferrin activates other components of the immune system.*

Q. What is oligofructose-enriched inulin?
A. Oligofructose-enriched inulin is a type of fiber, specifically a uniquely processed blend of inulin and oligofructose (fructooligosaccharides) that has been derived from the root of the chicory plant. It is made using a proprietary process that results in a specific combination of long and short chained fibers. These fibers are not broken down by the stomach or intestines and remain intact when they reach the large intestines, where they are metabolized by and promote the growth of beneficial microflora. The particular oligfructose-enriched inulin used in Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder has been clinically tested to promote digestive and immune
health benefits in infants and toddlers.*

Q. What are the health benefits of prebiotics?
A. By promoting the growth of benefical microflora, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, prebiotics help promote a healthy digestive system, which in turn also supports immune function. Studies have shown that when infants, toddlers, and young children consume infant formula or foods enriched with prebiotics they experience better digestive and immune health.*

Q. Are the products gluten free?
A. Yes, the products are gluten free.

Q. Are the products kosher?
A. Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder and Mighty Smart DHA chews are kosher. Incredivites is not kosher; the product contains lactoferrin, a dairy-based, nonkosher ingredient. Shaklee Vita-Lea® Ocean Wonders® is available as a kosher option.

Q. How do I store the products?
A. We recommend storing Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder and Mighty Smart DHA chews in a cool, dry place. Incredivites can be stored at room temperature.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
©2009 Shaklee Corporation. Distributed by Shaklee Corporation, Pleasanton, CA 94588. 09-252 (New 4/09)


  1. Anyone interested in cancer prevention should know about vitamin D. Take a look at for some good summaries of the data. The Canadian Cancer Society now recommends that everyone take vitamin D to prevent cancer. This site has good summaries of the data and offers a new preparation of vitamin D in a micro-pill formulation. The pills have been formulated with cellulose which absorbs water very quickly. This ensures that the pill breaks up very quickly to provide for maximum absorption. The micro pill is tiny and tasteless. Many vitamin D pills on the market have very poor dissolution properties resulting in poor absorption.
    The site also offers to supply customers with a free supply of 400IU for their children and it also has a good newsletter.

  2. Good Insights!! I would suggest mom's of picky eaters to try some nutritional health drink.
    Toddler Nutrition Drink.