Hello, Mamas!  You wanted it-you got it.  Here is part 3 of our informative little series.  If you are new to the series, I suggest you read this little link first:

http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read/1020935/A_Note_on_the_What_Is_That_Series_EDIT

All right.  Let's dive in.

 

1.     Sodium Selenate is a chemical element that is essential, in small amounts, to humans and other living things. In the body, it helps to rid the body of destructive ‘superoxide’ molecules. Selenium deficiencies are common, since selenium concentrations depend strongly on locale and diet. Such deficiencies give rise to symptoms like those of aging: damaged tissues, increased arthritis, heart disease, and cancer, and increased virulence of viral infections. On the other hand, selenium is toxic when used to excess; the symptoms include hair loss, nail problems, accelerated tooth decay, and swelling of the fingers.

2.     M. alpina oil is the oil of a fungus.  It is the source of the much touted DHA fatty acid.  This is currently a source of controversy.  The DGA is extracted using hexane, a toxic solvent.  Also, the DHA in formula is not the same as the DHA in human milk.  This artificial DHA has been know n to cause diarrhea.  Additionally, the benefits of DHA in formula are inconclusive at the moment.  And finally, the FDA has not approve (nor prohibited) the use of hexane-extracted DHA.  For those who use “organic” formulas with DHA, it is important to note that hexane-extracted DHA does not meet the standards for use in organic foods.  I am not saying DHA is a bad thing. I am just saying that the jury is still out on this one.  You can google “DHA formula” or PM me if you want more info on this.

3.     C. cohnii oil is the oil of an algae. It is the source of the much touted DHA fatty acid. See previous for more information.

4.     Sodium Ascorbate powder is a non-acidic form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has antiviral and antibacterial activity though its main effect is improvement in host resistance. Sodium Ascorbate may be beneficial in general immunity boosting, helping to ward off or prevent colds & flus, assisting the healing of wounds, aiding the body in fighting infection, etc.  Our bodies cannot make vitamin C, so we have to ingest it. 

5.     Inositol is vital for hair growth; promotes strong healthy hair, and aids in preventing fallout; high levels of this nutrient is found in the heart and brain; creates a calming effect and reduces blood cholesterol; prevents hardening of the arteries, and is important in the formation of lecithin and the metabolism of fat and cholesterol; removes fat from the liver; aids in redistribution of body fat; helps prevent eczema; has been used for depression, panic attacks and diabetes.  Inositol is not considered a vitamin itself because it can be synthesised by the body.6.     Pantothenate is a salt or ester of pantothenic acid.  Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5, is a water-soluble vitamin required to sustain life. Pantothenic acid is needed to form coenzyme-A, and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Its name is derived from the Greek pantothen meaning "from everywhere" and small quantities of pantothenic acid are found in nearly every food, with high amounts in whole-grain cereals, legumes, eggs, meat, and royal jelly.

7.     Riboflavin also known as vitamin B2, is an easily absorbed micronutrient with a key role in maintaining health in animals. As such, vitamin B2 is required for a wide variety of cellular processes. Like the other B vitamins, it plays a key role in energy metabolism, and is required for the metabolism of fats, ketone bodies, carbohydrates, and proteins. Exposure to light destroys riboflavin.

8.     Vitamin A Acetate is essential to vision, the immune system, growth and development of the brain and bones, reproduction, and epithelial differentiation. Vitamin A is connected to the cornea and helps to prevent damage that may cause blindness. Vitamin A also displays antioxidant and anticarcinogenic activities.

 If you are just joining our little party,  got to my page and read parts 1 and 2.

I think I'll do a post on why I don't trust the FDA next....

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mnmo3bb
Jun. 1, 2008 at 6:26 PM yes, FDA cannot be trusted... loving the posts, thanks!

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MamaKimi
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:20 PM When I get home and am not commenting from my phone, I am going to post these in my journal.

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MamaT...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:05 PM I think its information EVERYONE should know!

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MamaT...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:49 PM Yeah I think Missy took me off her friends list because of this. I dont know why its not offensive it's informative. Yeah....

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