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Our home is abundantly blessed with six children, three with whom have moderate to significant health issues. Diligence in health research, wholesome diet and homemade foods is essential to our family's well being. We delight in our responsibility as parents and feel privileged to help our children lead fruitful lives.

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Great prenatal supplement

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

6 people found the following review helpful

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These were not hard on my tummy and I did not feel as tired as I did with my other pregnancies (despite having five other children). It was hugely reassuring to know I was getting my baby's need for folic acid, DHA and other essential nutrients to his/her development.

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Watch for Panic Attacks

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

5 people found the following review helpful

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While I am a huge fan of NOW foods products (particularly their vegan capsule line), I must give you a heads up on consuming either too much B6 or having an imbalanced consumption... I am normally a pretty optimistic person so I was greatly surprised when I was suddenly experiencing panic attacks at night. I could not figure out why until my father asked me if I was on a B6 supplement. I was stunned at the realization that the panic attacks coincided with when I started the supplement. I stopped taking it to see if anything changed and sure enough, within a couple of days, the panic attacks stopped! I have had none since (and this was a year ago already). I would suggest a balanced B-complex unless a health care practitioner/naturopath has specifically suggested taking this as a separate supplement.

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Kids LOVE it!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

2 people found the following review helpful

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I give one of these chews to each of my kids (ages 5, 3, and 20 months) every morning and they line up like hungry birds when it comes time to hand these out. They are soft and chewy, filled with antioxidants and great for my one daughter who used to be prone to bladder infections and my other daughter who only has one kidney. Even I take one every now again as a little treat.

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Spared my 4 year old from long term antibiotic use

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

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My daughter has suffered from chronic bladder infections since she was year old. Her fevers would reach 106 degrees Fahrenheit and we made frequent visits to Children's Emergency. Our family is NOT a big fan of antibiotics but with the risk of damaging her kidneys, we just couldn't mess around. My daughter was referred to a Urologist and she was prescribed a low-dose antibiotic for one year... YIKES! We researched like crazy and decided to try D-Mannose as a last resort prior to long-term antibiotic use. The theory being that because it is not a sugar easily absorbed by the body (hence safe for pregnant women & diabetics), once it reaches the bladder, e-coli (responsible for 80-90% of bladder infections) let go of the bladder wall and can't help clinging to the sugar molecules... in essence allowing the patient to pee out their own pathogens! One tsp in the morning daily kept her bladder-infection-free for longer periods of time and when she did get one, we increased it to 1 tsp 3 times daily plus a dose of colloidal silver, which cleared things up within 24-48 hrs. She has now been bladder infection-free for over a year and never did need the antibiotics. Her Urologist has since closed her file!

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Very impressive for no added sugars!

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

1 person found the following review helpful

Just received a sample of this in my recent iHerb order. I was impressed with the few simple natural ingredients but even more impressed with the taste! Wow! Even my fussy fifteen year old daughter came home from school, tried it on toast and said "Mom! You've got to get more of this!" DONE! Natural, unsweetened, simple and delicious... can't go wrong with that.

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Probably helped save my son's life

Posted on Nov 08, 2009

1 person found the following review helpful

When my son was 3 months old, he developed a severe case of cradle cap which eventually spread to the rest of his body and was diagnosed as severe eczema. After months and months of tests (naturopath, homeopath, allergy specialist, dermatologist, pediatrician, osteopath, etc...) we finally discovered his MANY, MANY life threatening allergies. Ultracare for kids is one of the ONLY things my son could eat aside from my breastmilk. Upon meeting with a dietician, it should be noted that this is not a baby formula (it would require additional carbs such as brown rice syrup and more fat such as coconut oil). The protein-fat-carb ratio does not meet the "complete" dietary needs of a baby; however, it is a great SUPPLEMENT. It dissolves very easily but thickens quite a bit. We often mix a scoop with applesauce or mashed banana. My son LOVES it as it is quite sweet (due to fructooligosaccharides - the prebiotic) and it is a huge relief to know he is getting hypoallergenic forms of calcium (as he is allergic to dairy, nuts, legumes), iron (he was also aenemic), prebiotics and amino acids. The only thing I wish they added is Omega-3 (preferably DHA) or some form of essential fatty acid. Pros: great product, sweet, dissolves easily (albeit thick), great hypoallergenic nutrients, kid-approved by my picky and highly allergic son. Cons: missing adequate carbs & essential fatty acids (although these can easily be added by parents via agave nectar, brown rice syrup, etc...)

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Our favourite!

Posted on Nov 28, 2009

1 person found the following review helpful

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We have tried a few brands including Wilderness Family Naturals and this one seems to have a smoother, creamier texture. We cannot have dairy in our home so we use coconut oil for everything! We especially love frying eggs in it. For hypoallergenic baking, this product plays a key role in binding my desserts. Try mixing it with Sunbutter, crushed organic corn flakes, Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips & some shredded coconut and press into an 8X8 pan. After chilling for an hour, you have a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free tasty treat! Enjoy!

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My baby LOVED these!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

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They dissolve so easily and taste fantastic (hey... a mom's gotta make sure they pass the flavour test). :)

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Huge hit in our home!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

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I already reviewed the smaller bag for these but suffice it to say, these are handed out to kids when leaving after a play-date and even the parents ask if they can have one, too! Great way to get some fruit and veggies into the kids complaint-free.

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Best natural toothpaste to-date

Posted on May 22, 2014

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We've tried all sorts of "natural" toothpastes and brushing teeth in this house was soon becoming a dreaded event! Some were potent with baking soda flavouring while others were overly infused with tea tree oil and left awful aftertastes in the mouth. Finally, we found the Now Foods XyliWhite toothpaste and are so relieved to find a product that actually works without ruining morning and bedtime routines! This is a non-offensive product that does the job... teeth feel clean, mouth feels fresh, and no one feels like they just chewed on a pine tree!

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Awesome for pregnant/nursing moms!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

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I have taken this supplement diligently with my last four pregnancies and while I may be biased where my kids are concerned, I have to say they are brilliant! We teach our babies sign language and by seven months, they've all been able to sign "milk" and "diaper" (very handy!) and their ability to eye gaze is very well established within days after birth! Now, there's no way to know if they would have developed the same way had I NOT taken the supplement, but DHA is brain food! 80% of your brain is made up of FAT and these essential fatty acids are called "essential" for a reason! And unless you eat fresh water fish, flax or hemp on a regular basis, you are not getting it from your diet. Your essential fatty acid, Omega-3, transforms over three stages with DHA being the last and optimal stage. My kids are now 5, 3, 2 and eight weeks. Their attention span is phenomenal with my five year-old reading basic words, my three year old speaking in full sentences at eighteen months, my 20 month-old counting to ten, etc... I believe whole-heartedly that anyone who wishes to avoid ADHD issues should feed their baby's brain throughout its most critical stages of development!

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My hair stopped falling out!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

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After six pregnancies, I assumed the fact I could pull handfuls of hair off my head with each shower was a testament to the stresses of motherhood! But since using Avalon Biotin B Complex shampoo and conditioner, my hair no longer falls out and I am no longer fearing an impending comb-over! My hair truly has thickened over these last few months, my natural wave has returned and I feel like my hair has stopped paying the price for our "abundant" lives. I just wish they sold it in a Family size bottle!

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