Garden of Life(R) Introduces Primal Defense(R) Kids

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Garden of Life, a longtime leader in whole food nutritional products, today announced the launch of Primal Defense® Kids, a new product with healthy probiotics specifically formulated for children. Whereas probiotics are widely recognized as supporting adult digestive health, for the first time, Primal Defense® Kids brings this same kind of support to children. The nutritional supplement is available at independent health food retailers and select specialty retailers such as Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.

"Following a balanced diet is not always easy, and the wrong food choices can lead to digestive problems in children as well as adults -- that's why I see more and more kids who are constipated, on reflux medicines or taking antibiotics," says Joseph Brasco, M.D., board-certified gastroenterologist and author of the book Restoring Your Digestive Health. "A healthy diet is essential, and a probiotic product can help maximize its benefits by supporting normal absorption and assimilation of nutrients."+

Optimal digestive health is critical for children's overall health, especially their immune system function. In the gastrointestinal tract, good bacteria are vital to helping the body's defenses function properly. In addition to food choices, stress and the use of antibiotics can affect children's digestion. Primal Defense® Kids helps to promote and maintain healthy digestion by supporting a normal balance of good and potentially harmful bacteria in the digestive tract.+ In a powder formula with organic banana flavor that children love, it can easily be mixed into beverages, yogurt or other foods.

"Antibiotics and other strong medicines are not always the answer to support good digestive health. Probiotics can be an effective way to address digestive problems or to head them off in the first place, but the formula has to be tailored to children's needs," says Dr. Brasco. "Fortunately, Primal Defense® Kids contains probiotic strains that have been clinically proven to address children's digestive concerns,(1) and a naturally appealing banana flavor they will enjoy."

About Primal Defense® Kids

Primal Defense® Kids contains a combination of prebiotics and probiotics that help support normal bowel function and a healthy immune system in children 3 years and older.+ With a 4 billion live cell count at time of manufacture, it contains four species of beneficial probiotic cultures: three bifidobacteria strains -- Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium breve and Bifidobacterium infantis -- and Saccharomyces boulardii, all of which have been clinically studied in children and are found in a healthy child's digestive tract. Primal Defense® Kids is also made with inulin from chicory root, a natural plant carbohydrate and prebiotic that encourages the growth of beneficial flora in the gut.

For more information about Primal Defense® Kids or adult probiotics, such as Primal Defense® ULTRA, please visit

About Probiotics

Probiotics (from the Greek words meaning "for life") are living microflora that play a critical role in maintaining good health by supporting normal bowel function and a healthy immune system.+ Probiotics are found in fermented foods and some nutritional supplements.

About Garden of Life

Garden of Life was founded upon the importance of digestive health. As a leader and innovator in whole food based nutrition, Garden of Life has pioneered the digestive health category, with its top selling Primal Defense®.

With a mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health(TM), Garden of Life formulates and distributes high-quality whole food nutritional products through independent health food stores, select specialty retailers, Internet e-tailers, physicians and healthcare practitioners. While Garden of Life empowers extraordinary health by providing revolutionary products, education, and services, it is also revolutionary in advocating that good health cannot be achieved in isolation from our environment.

Garden of Life is leading the green revolution by buying renewable energy certificates to offset 100% of the electricity of their corporate headquarters and distribution center by clean, renewable wind power AND doing the same for 250 of their best health food store partners. These renewable energy certificates, purchased through 3Phases Energy, are certified by the independent Green-e® organization and are equivalent to removing 1,605 cars from the road for a year or preserving 6,179 acres of forest. For more information about Garden of Life, its sustainability initiatives and its full line of products, visit

+ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure, or prevent any disease.

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Clinical studies on Saccharomyces boulardii in children:

A. Assad Hafeez, Parveen Tariq, Salman Ali, Kundi ZU, Ajab Khan, Mumtaz
Hassan. The efficacy of Saccharomyces boulardii in the treatment of
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D. Kurugol Z, Koturoglu G. Effects of Saccharomyces boulardii in children
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