Usanimals™: Start Right with Advanced Kids’ Nutrition
An advanced kids’ nutrition chewable for jumpstarting a lifetime of health.
Take care of the kid they are now and the adult they’ll grow into with Usanimals™. USANA’s advanced kids’ nutrition supplement has the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support the rapid development of childhood. At the same time, they’re laying the foundation for a lifetime of optimal health.
Usanimals are carefully formulated to deliver the nutritional support your growing child—ages 2–12—needs. They provide a wide-spectrum of benefits:
- Supports healthy immune function*
- Provides B vitamins plus choline to support healthy brain development and function*
- Supports strong bones and teeth with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D*
- Includes iron, thiamin, and B12 to support energy*
- Provides cellular protection with fruit powders in the Antioxidant Phytonutrient Complex*
And each naturally sweetened Usanimals chewable is stamped with fun animal shapes. This makes it easy and entertaining to get your little one the serious nutritional support they need.
Optimal Health Starts Early with Usanimals
Nutrition is a necessity throughout life. But it’s never more important than the period of incredible growth and development that happens during childhood.
Pound for pound, children require more nutrition than adults. When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. Your child’s body is developing the systems that support a lifetime of health. It’s a key time for their immune system, their bones, and especially their brains.
At this crucial time, when demands are highest, a child’s nutritional supply is likely lacking. Many studies show that most children don’t receive the nutrition they need from their diets. Less than 25 percent eat the recommended five servings or more of fruits and vegetables each day. And adequate amounts of key nutrients—like zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium, and calcium—are missing from their diets. Vitamins C and D are also often deficient.
This highlights the need for an advanced nutritional supplement designed for kids. One that’s formulated with a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. If you have a picky eater or want to make sure to fill any gaps in your child’s nutrition, Usanimals can help supply optimal nutrition to support healthy growth and development.*
A Variety of Very Important Vitamins
Essential vitamins are literally essential for your health. And they’re especially important for kids. Vitamins support all the systems of the human body. They help start cellular reactions that your kids rely on for energy, growth, and good overall health.*
Here are the vitamins in Usanimals and what they do to help your kid now—and in the future:
Vitamin A (as Beta-carotene): Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body as needed. So, your child gets all the benefits of vitamin A. And there are a lot. Vitamin A helps in the maintenance of eyes, skin, and the proper function of the immune system. It also provides antioxidant protection.*
B vitamins: Usanimals contains a carefully proportioned complex of B vitamins. This combination of essential vitamins supports healthy energy metabolism. The B vitamins also support normal growth and development.*
You’ll find vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6, B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folate), and B12.
Vitamin C: This essential vitamin is also an antioxidant critical to maintaining good health. It supports many important functions and is vital for the synthesis of collagen—a type of connective tissue. Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in the body and is essential for healthy skin, muscles, teeth, bones, and blood vessels.*
There’s also scientific evidence linking vitamin C to healthy immune function. That’s because it helps support the production of important immune-strengthening white blood cells.*
Vitamin D: Even though the body can make vitamin D—with help from the sun—kids likely don’t get enough. And the sunshine vitamin is important for several critical body systems.
It plays an important role in supporting bone health and maintaining healthy immune function. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb and use calcium and phosphorus—two essential minerals.*
Vitamin E: This powerful antioxidant vitamin helps protect against free-radical damage. That’s key to cellular health—a key component of good health. It also helps out with immunity by supporting healthy immune function.*
Kids’ eye health also depends on adequate amounts of vitamin E, along with A and C. *
Vitamin K: Bones are growing quickly during childhood. Vitamin K helps promote healthy bones. It also supports normal blood clotting and calcium binding throughout the body.*
All of the essential vitamins are also available at levels shown by science to provide the kind of benefits listed above. That means your kids are getting the right amount of the vitamins they need to help them grow up healthy and strong.*
The Many Minerals Your Child Needs—in One Supplement
Vitamins are the rockstars of the nutritional world. Minerals may not get the spotlight, but they play a big role—one that’s just as important for your growing child. Minerals are often cofactors, helping out enzymes that are central to healthy development.*
Take a look at the benefits of the minerals and trace minerals you’ll find in Usanimals:
Calcium: Growing bones need calcium. It’s the most plentiful mineral in the body that’s stored in bones. And it’s tightly regulated by the human body. That makes a healthy diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D—along with regular physical activity—so necessary. The combination helps in the healthy development of strong bones and teeth.*
Calcium is plentiful in the diet, but milk calcium is included in Usanimals because it’s so critical for your kids’ skeletal health.*
Iodine: You hear about iodine as an additive to table salt. But this essential trace mineral is crucial to one of your child’s most important glands—the thyroid.*
Iodine supports normal growth and development by helping the thyroid gland do its job. That means releasing hormones important for healthy brain development, protein synthesis, metabolic function, and enzymatic activity.*
Iron: Oxygen travels through the body with the help of hemoglobin. This protein in blood helps supply tissues with oxygen. That’s an important role. And that’s why most of the iron in the body is found in hemoglobin.*
But that isn’t all iron—an essential trace mineral—does for your developing child. It also plays a role in cellular growth.*
Magnesium: This essential mineral is a cofactor (a helper) in more than 300 enzyme systems. So, magnesium helps support good health throughout the body.* It supports several important aspects of children’s health:
- A healthy metabolism and energy
- The normal development of bones and teeth
- Tissue formation
- Muscle and nerve function*
Zinc: It may be last in the mineral alphabet, but zinc isn’t last in health benefits. It supports your child’s growth and whole-body health in many ways. It’s a necessary element for normal growth and development. Zinc is also central for supporting healthy eyes, metabolism, skin, and connective tissue formation.*
The essential trace mineral also supports immune function, DNA formation, and DNA repair. Like magnesium, it is a cofactor for over 300 enzymes.*
Your kid will also get a bedrock of other essential trace minerals (selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum) with Usanimals. All these mighty minerals work with the vitamins and fruit-based phytonutrients to build the foundation of nutrition and good health that supports growth and development. And they set your child on the path of health—one they can follow for a lifetime.*
Complete Kids Nutrition Can Be Fun
Nutrition is a serious topic. Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients don’t sound fun to kids. But animal shapes do. That’s why Usanimals is serious nutrition that’s also seriously fun for your kids.*
Each tablet is formulated with advanced nutritional support. And it’s stamped with a monkey, dolphin, elephant, or tiger. Usanimals are also chewable, with a yummy wild berry flavor. So, your kids will be excited to take this easy-to-eat supplement. And each Usanimals tablet is made without artificial flavors or sweeteners—so you’ll be excited to give it to them, too.*
Serious, advanced nutrition can be fun. Get important nutrients your growing kids need in a product that they’ll love with Usanimals.*
- Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K
- B-Vitamin Complex
- Calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, and zinc
- Antioxidant Phytonutrient Complex
For children 24-47 months, chew one (1) tablet per day. For children four years and older, chew two (2) tablets per day. Preferably with a meal.
Warning: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
- Children 2–12 years old
- Choking hazard—not for infants/toddlers less than 2 years old
Frequently Asked Questions About Usanimals
Can adults take Usanimals?
Yes, adults who have difficulty swallowing tablets can take the Usanimals as an alternative to the CellSentials or BodyRox. There is not an equivalent dosage to the CellSentials, since the Usanimals are very different formula. The dosage for an adult would be two tablets per day.
What do I do if my child doesn’t like the taste of Usanimals?
The Usanimals were designed to be an optimal nutritional supplement for children. While developing the Usanimals formula, our scientists conducted extensive taste-testing panels to develop the best flavor profile possible.
Unfortunately, it is just not possible to make a multivitamin supplement that every child will like. Some children are more sensitive to taste than others. In addition, Usanimals provide additional nutrients not generally found in common store-brand children’s vitamin supplements. Because of the advanced levels of vitamins and minerals contained in Usanimals, there will always be a certain amount of vitamin/mineral aftertaste as some of the vitamins and most of the minerals have flavors that are very difficult to mask.
When it comes to getting children to actually consume the tablets, there are several simple solutions. We suggest giving your child a glass of juice or having them eat almost any food (applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, crackers or some other snack) right after chewing a Usanimals tablet. This will immediately erase any unpleasant aftertaste and help your child have a great experience with the Usanimals. Or, you can simply crush the tablet and add it to foods such as applesauce, yogurt, or a fruit smoothie.
In addition, please encourage your child(ren) to take Usanimals with a complete meal to better enhance the bioavailability of the nutrients.
What is used to sweeten the Usanimals tablets?
The Usanimals are sweetened with fructose, evaporated cane syrup, natural wild berry syrup, xylitol and stevia. This chewable multivitamin/mineral children’s product contains numerous ingredients, including many trace minerals. Some of these raw materials have a very unpleasant taste that must be masked to make them more palatable. Since we do not use artificial sweeteners, the lowest level of a combination of sweeteners and flavors is used to help make them pleasant to eat for children. The total sugar content of one tablet is less than one gram (about 3 calories) from fructose, evaporated cane juice, and xylitol (there is a small amount of stevia as well, but it doesn’t provide any calories). This is a very insignificant amount in the context of an overall diet, even in one that is limiting sugars.
Why is iron included in the Usanimals?
Iron deficiency is common in toddlers (RDA for this group is 7-10 mg). The included 2 mg of iron per tablet will help boost the total daily intake to help reduce the possibility of iron deficiency. Iron deficiencies can significantly affect normal development and hinder mental and physical performance.
Is there a risk of iron overdose with the Usanimals?
The bottle has a child proof cap for safety. In children, toxicity and harm has occurred from ingesting at least 200 mg of iron in a single dose. Even if a child ate the entire bottle (probably impossible) he/she would only receive 112 mg of iron.
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- SA Health, the Government of South Australia
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.