The Basic Stack for Child & Prenatal care / Protocol
The Vitamin C segment and Seriously Delicious EPA/DHA. To be con't. (I do sleep occasionally).
Addition - this post became the basis for a new longer webpage, that has more sections: Prenatal/Child (jenniferdepew.com). I am still adding to it but it is fairly complete.
C is for “Critical” - Vitamin C - really is critically important for infection/inflammation and for growth.
I am providing some examples and the reasoning to help show what I would look for and why.
Vit C general guidance: Take once a day as maintenance and if ill, increase to every 12-8-6 hours depending on severity of symptoms. It will seem soothing if needed. Morning and evening, or if congested every 6 hours around the clock would be 6am, noon, 6pm, and midnight. Every eight hours might be 7 am, 3 pm and 11 pm. As a water-soluble nutrient, the more frequently we get some vitamin C, the more frequently we will still have some. Vitamin C may help with cytokine storm during an infection or after strenuous exercise or immune challenge from a vaccine. Take prior to receiving traditional vaccines and the response may be improved. It also helps detox from heavy metals like aluminum and mercury.
For a sensitive gut, Buffered Vitamin C may be better tolerated than standard vitamin C. Buffered vitamin C is gentler on a sensitive gut, less acidic and slower release. The Buffered Vitamin C example would provide 500 mg each which also might be more tolerable than a typical 1000 mg supplement. The children’s chewable vitamin C in 300 mg might be better tolerated also. A large acid load can trigger GI discomfort in IBS or colitis.
Chewable supplements can also be cut in smaller pieces for smaller people or crushed and added to foods like applesauce for younger children.
Rough guidance for supplement dosing for children -
1/4 serving for toddlers/preschoolers.
1/2 serving for grade-schoolers.
3/4 serving for adolescents.
Full dose for teens.
Petite people, adults or children, may also have smaller needs while a very large build child might need a larger ratio - doses are generally based on ideal weight for height. Overweight can increase needs for some nutrients but not all nutrients equally and is a different topic than general health guidance.
Children: Chewable Vitamin C
Little DaVinci, 90 Chewables, 1 unit ($22.99) each - 300 mg vitamin C, 30 mg citrus bioflavonoids, 5 mg each pectin and rosehips. Contains natural cranberry flavor, which may be a histamine trigger.
Adults: Buffered Vitamin C Capsules,
Allergy Research Group, 120 capsules
$18.99 Serving Size: 2 capsules (~ Breakfast and dinner, or one a day for maintenance and increase if ill.)
May be better tolerated than standard vitamin C if GI upset is present: Buffered vitamin C is gentler on a sensitive gut, less acidic and slower release. These capsules would provide 500 mg each which also might be more tolerable than a typical 1000 mg supplement. The children’s chewable vitamin C in 300 mg might be better tolerated also.
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin C ... 1000mg (as Ascorbic Acid)
Calcium ... 190mg (as Calcium Carbonate)
Magnesium ... 104mg (as Magnesium Carbonate)
Liposomal Vitamin C with R-Lipoic Acid
Quicksilver Scientific, 1.7 Ounces, 1 unit ($33.99) each (quicksilverscientific.com)
A cornerstone of our metal detox protocols, Vitamin C with R Lipoic-Acid helps initiate detoxification. Experience a clean foundation for optimal wellness powered by fast-acting liposomal delivery.*
Buffered Vitamin C – A universal antioxidant that helps protect the body from the effects of free radicals and promotes immune function. Buffered to help minimize any GI discomforts associated with vitamin C.*
R-Lipoic Acid – This potent molecule can support healthy mitochondrial function, glutathione production, and may help the body remove metals.*
Unsurpassed Absorption – Typical oral antioxidant supplements have poor bioavailability. Quicksilver Liposomal absorption technology delivers these key ingredients faster and more efficiently.*
Take 4 pumps by mouth. Hold in mouth 30 seconds before swallowing. May be stirred into small amount of water. Repeat to desired dosage or as directed by a healthcare professional. Take on an empty stomach, at least 10 minutes before meals.
Serving Size: 2 ml (4 Pumps)
Amount Per Serving
Quali™-C Vitamin C ... 500mg (from European Sodium Ascorbate)
Sodium ... 65mg (from European Sodium Ascorbate)
Lipoic Acid ... 20mg (from Sodium R-Lipoate)
Phosphatidylcholine ... 134mg (from purified soybean lecithin)
Other Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethanol, Natural Citrus Oils.
Q™ is a trademark of DSM
Use within 30 days of opening. If pregnant, consult physician before use. (quicksilverscientific.com)
Liposomal Vitamin C would be well tolerated and better absorbed than standard vitamin C. Take 1-3 times a day, or if acutely inflamed, or fighting an infection, take throughout the day, 1 serving, during the night also, if sleep is disrupted anyway. Lipoic acid is a gentle antioxidant needed for mitochondrial support and phosphatidylcholine is helpful for membrane health and choline needs are increased in pregnancy. The product would likely be safe during pregnancy. All products will tend to have some disclaimer about consulting with your physician before use - removes their liability.
When trying anything new it is best to only try one new thing for a week or so and then if new symptoms arise it will be less confusing. Stop the new thing and see if the symptoms stop - if so, don’t start using it again. An elimination diet is the reverse - stop the old things, reach a baseline health. Slowly add things back to see if symptoms return - if so, continue to eliminate that food. It was inflammatory.
Omega 3 fatty acids -
Seriously Delicious High Potency Citrus Sorbet
Barlean's Organic Oils, 16 Ounces, 1 unit ($37.99) each fish oil in a creamy fruit flavor. (on sale here: luckyvitamin.com) [32 tablespoons]
It seriously is delicious - every flavor that I have tried. One tablespoon serving, is good from the spoon or as a topping on fruit, ice cream, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, cottage cheese, or mixed into juice or blended beverages. The company has a mango or peach flavor if citrus needs to be avoided due to mast cell or histamine excess. Or pineapple if carotenoids need to be avoided but read the label - beta-carotene is also used to add color.
Rough guidance is still the Basic Stack - just adjust the doses for smaller people:
Iron chelators in the spice cupboard - oregano - it could be made into tea with citrus peel or pomegranate peel and thyme is also tasty and beneficial.
Oregano in medicinal quantities may induce uterine contractions and use is cautioned during pregnancy.
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy (utep.edu) That list is brief in details and sweeping in avoidance recommendations.
This article takes a moderate use approach and shares the many benefits of oregano. Oregano During Pregnancy: Benefits & Side Effects (stylesatlife.com)
The essential oil is very strong and would be what might reach symptomatic doses.
Note that Dandelion is not on the list. Sweet Wormwood is, (utep.edu), and is to be avoided in childbearing years. Another of the wormwood family, Artemisia afra, is used by women of childbearing age in some malaria areas of Africa.
*Wormwood = Artemisia absenthium and has thujone which can cause seizures in excess. Sweet Wormwood = Artemisia annua **Neither is recommended for pregnancy/lactating years, Artemisia afra is considered safe and is used.
More Information: Wise Use of Herbs and Vitamins During Pregnancy, by Linda B. White, M.D. (pdf in my Dropbox)
I will work on some of the other major nutrients another day. Sweet dreams.
*I am going to keep adding to this post and then move it to a new page on jenniferdepew.com.
NAC - N-acetylcysteine - supports glutathione production.
Adequate protein diets provides enough for normal needs. High dose supplements can be a negative if not needed. A half teaspoon of sweet whey powder added to any other food would be a NAC substitute that would be child friendly - 1/4 teaspoon for smaller children. Using more as a protein supplement is not ideal as it is also a source of glutamate which is an excitotoxin. I add a half teaspoon to my parents breakfast porridge. A 600 mg supplement per day would be preventive for adults and the 1/2 teaspoon of whey powder would be equivalent. Increase frequency of dose if a more severe illness is present.
Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.
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