There are many benefits to boosting immunity in young children. While everyone is born with innate immunity, acquired immunity develops over a period of years through exposure to and memory of germs. This makes childhood a particularly important time to augment the diet with immune support. Just as children master a host of new skills as they grow and evolve, the body’s acquired immune system develops its ability to keep us well over time.
Consider that preschool-aged children have around nine colds per year, kindergartners can have 12 colds per year, and adolescents and adults have about seven colds per year. Adults and teens tend to get fewer colds than children because their bodies have learned to recognize and immediately attack many of the viruses that cause colds.
The need for adding immune support to the diet of children is further underscored given today’s unprecedented incidence of allergies and arthritis and other inflammatory diseases that are starting at younger and younger ages.
Is a Well-Rounded Diet Enough?
There can be confusion about the need for immune support in childhood. For example, among the conclusions of a recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published online by The Journal of Pediatrics, June 20, 2012, was that most kids under age 8 get the nutrients they need from the food they eat. In my many years as a practicing pediatrician I must disagree, particularly when it comes to immune support.
–Dr. William “Bill” Sears
One of America’s most renowned pediatricians
Wellmune Scientific Advisor
While certain fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe, blueberries and broccoli, and seafood high in Omega-3 fatty acids are known to provide immune support, there are very few young children who could consume the 9 to 11 servings of them needed to provide sufficient immune support day in, day out. (Most, instead, are consuming an immune-depleting diet of processed carbohydrates and white bread.)
Likewise, daily vitamin and mineral supplements for children do not typically contain ingredients with the clinically proven effective benefits of Wellmune.
There are many family-friendly applications for incorporating Wellmune into the diet, whether in a range of supplements or as a functional ingredient in foods and beverages.
Recently published clinical research conducted among toddlers taking a formula containing Wellmune demonstrated that it helped keep them well better than children who were taking only cow’s milk. Other research exploring the benefits of Wellmune to children is underway but these early, statistically significant findings reveal that adding Wellmune to the diet of young children has real health benefits.