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Skeptical About Micronutrients for Mood & Focus?

Posted on : November 14, 2022 by Hardy Nutritionals® No Comments

When Annalisa decided to become a foster parent, she knew each child would require special help and support to live their best life. 

Our children come with a lot of bonus features, so we never know what is truly strictly chemical, or what was due to drug exposure or other trauma that took place. You never quite know what was going to work. My son started medication and nothing was working that we had tried,” Annalisa explained.

Without a common genetic code underlying the family, it was hard to know how medications for mood, aggression, and focus would work for each unique child. Often, they didn’t work at all.

Initially, when her pediatrician recommended Hardy’s Daily Essential Nutrients, Annalisa wasn’t immediately sold. She was skeptical about using our micronutrients, even though numerous university studies backed them for safety and effectiveness.

Annalisa took some of her kids to see world-renowned holistic practitioner and author of "Please Don't Label My Child", Dr. Scott Shannon.

“When Dr. Shannon suggested Daily Essential Nutrients, we were very skeptical at first because we had tried so many things. We had tried so many supplements and a number of medications. But we wanted to say we tried everything, so we gave it a try.”

Shortly after her son began taking the micronutrients, however, she noticed big changes in his mood and behavior.

We were all amazed. The school was amazed; we were amazed at home,” Annalisa shares in the following video interview

Annalisa’s child, who had never been able to find the right medication that worked for him, was finally seeing results with this specialized blend of broad-spectrum micronutrients. 

School Life Improved

At school, the focus became strictly academic. Teachers hardly recognized the child that showed up to their classroom ready to learn, engage, and even help clean up at the end of the day. For the first time, Annalisa’s child was appropriately interacting with classmates. 

Analissa is now one of many parents who sees a connection between micronutrient intake and academic performance. The role of micronutrients in child development is vital, and huge institutions like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have emphasized that for years. But even with this significant knowledge, plenty of children still aren’t receiving the appropriate levels of micronutrients to function at their best level.

At least half of children worldwide younger than 5 years of age suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies,” the CDC reports

A study conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute sought to evaluate the micro and macronutrient intake of elementary school children in four different Oregon schools. They found more than half of the children were nutritionally deficient.

“We found that 60 percent of the younger children (5 to 8 years old) and 78 percent of the older children (9 to 11 years old) did not meet the recommended intake for fiber. Low fiber intake, mainly from legumes and whole grains, has been associated with a greater risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and chronic diseases. Not surprisingly, most of the children had a diet high in saturated fat (81 percent) and sodium (89 percent),” the study reported.

“None of them met the income recommendations for potassium, which – together with the high sodium intake – does not bode well for the children’s risk of developing high blood pressure later in life. In addition, none of the children met the intake recommendations for vitamin E, and 22 percent did not get enough vitamin K, which is required for normal blood clotting.” 

As it turns out, plenty of children, just like Annalisa’s, are not getting the micronutrients their body needs, and it could be affecting their academic performance and peer relationships.

In the case of Annalisa's son, she found that micronutrients made a significant difference in not only his performance at school but in other areas as well. “For the first time, he started having playdates! I felt like we had gone to the Olympics, and he won a gold medal,” Annalisa excitedly stated.

Micronutrients For the Whole Family 

Meeting your daily intake of micronutrients and vitamins can be hard, and children and adults with mood, focus, anxiety, or aggression issues often have higher-than-average nutrient needs. Annalisa found that giving Daily Essential Nutrients to other members of her family has helped them immensely as well.

“I have several children and my husband who have all used Daily Essential Nutrients for different reasons. My husband suffers from seasonal depression, and even within a day, he noticed a difference. He didn’t know what it was, but he was like, ‘I feel different. I don’t feel the way I did yesterday when I was so down and depressed and disconnected.’” 

Another of Annalisa’s children suffers from PTSD and depression due to his traumatic background. When he started taking Daily Essential Nutrients, Annalisa noticed a weight that seemed to be lifted from his spirit. 

“We noticed a difference with his interactions at home within a few days of him starting to take it,” she shared. 

Breaking Down the Benefits

“The main benefits my son has experienced taking Daily Essential Nutrients is his ability to pay attention better when he needs to be paying attention, his ability to have better peer relationships, and in our home, he is a lot calmer throughout the day and in the evening. Even if he just misses a day of Daily Essential Nutrients, everybody knows.”

So what would this once skeptical mom say to other parents who are on the fence about trying Hardy’s?

“Jump over to the other side!” 

Daily Essential Nutrients made a difference not only in Annalisa and her husband's lives but for her children with all different backgrounds, varying needs, and lots of “bonus features” as well. 

Scientists have been spotting connections between mental health and inadequate intake of nutrients for decades, so seeing results by supplementing should not come as a huge surprise.

Daily Essential Nutrients, the most research-backed micronutrient supplement in the world, contains all 30+ vitamins and minerals scientists have deemed to be essential for human function.

“Nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as the severity and duration of depression. Many of the easily noticeable food patterns that precede depression are the same as those that occur during depression. These may include poor appetite, skipping meals, and a dominant desire for sweet foods,” this NIH study reports. 

Interested in seeing what micronutrients can do for you or someone you love? Visit to learn more about Daily Essential Nutrients and how clinical micronutrients can positively impact the health and happiness of your family, too. 

Hardy Nutritionals® multivitamin-mineral products are powered by our proprietary NutraTek™ mineral delivery technology, which combines each mineral with specialized organic molecules—just like nature—to optimize absorption and distribution to body cells. Our flagship supplement, Daily Essential Nutrients, is widely considered to be the most research-backed micronutrient treatment.
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