Essential Care Jr. is Our Commitment To:

Natural Ingredients and Essentially Better Nutrition

You might be surprised at the amount of artificial ingredients found in many other formulas. Artificial ingredients are usually less expensive than natural ingredients and can cause concern for many parents. Essential Care Jr. is an amino acid formula with natural ingredients because they are closer to whole foods. We chose ingredients that you can believe in to eliminate the worry of consuming large amounts of lower cost, pro-inflammatory ingredients. We prioritize natural ingredients as much as you prioritize your child’s well-being.

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Helping Your Child’s Entire Body

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Many kids can be picky eaters, especially those on restricted diets. If your child is picky and on a restricted diet, getting the daily nutrients they need can seem impossible. Essential Care Jr. may help.

Essential Care Jr. is the only non-infant amino acid-based formula with both Lutein and DHA that may help support brain and eye development. Many kids can be picky eaters, especially those on restricted diets. If your child is picky and on a restricted diet, getting the daily nutrients they need can seem impossible. Lutein is a carotenoid with antioxidant properties naturally found in a variety of fruits and vegetables that may be limited in your child’s diet. Ensuring adequate Lutein in the diet at an early age may provide protective benefits during a key time for eye development [1]. DHA is the primary omega-3 fatty acid in the brain. Studies at different stages of life indicate that DHA supports normal IQ and preserves visuo-spatial memory and learning [2]. Shouldn’t your child’s formula have both Lutein and DHA? If they use Essential Care Jr., it will.

Lutein and DHA may Support Eye and Brain Development

It is true, but hard to believe: Over HALF of the ingredients in each can of EleCare Jr, Neocate Junior, Alfamino Junior, and PurAmino Jr are Corn Syrup Solids. Look for yourself – it is the first ingredient shown on the Ingredient List panel on these cans. That means over HALF of what your child would consume is Corn Syrup Solids! And we know many parents are concerned that corn and corn syrup solids may contribute to your child’s food and formula sensitivity/intolerance. Essential Care Jr. is the only powdered amino acid formula refusing to use any corn syrup solids and instead uses low fermentable carbohydrate sources to support your child’s energy needs.

NO Corn Syrup Solids!

The Highest Purity Gold Standard for Amino Acids

Essential Care Jr. contains Ajinomoto’s AjiPure®™ pharmaceutical-grade, non-allergenic amino acids. These vegetarian source amino acids are proven to have a purity profile that is safe, of the highest quality and unmatched by other suppliers. When pharmaceutical companies need the best, they use AjiPure® amino acids. As your child deserves the best, we use AjiPure® in Essential Care Jr.

Only Essential Care Jr. contains EAA-40L™, a patented blend of Leucine and eight other essential amino acids. All amino acids in EAA-40L™ are vegan, pharmaceutical grade and have high purity. Essential Care Jr. contains over 3 grams of EAA-40L™ blend per 8 oz serving. In a study, this amount of an essential amino acid blend with 40% Leucine was found to build muscle as effectively as 20 grams of whey protein [3].

Unique Amino Acid Blend with Increased Leucine for Muscle Growth

There are two ways to avoid gas and bloating commonly associated with fiber consumption. One is to exclude fiber – that’s what most 100% amino acid-based formulas do. But, by excluding it, your child misses out on the numerous digestive benefits of fiber. Others add fiber but select a quickly fermenting fiber that may lead to gas and bloating. We know better and have created a blend of a slow fermenting and non-fermentable fibers, including psyllium fiber. Psyllium fiber has been shown to normalize stool patterns without all the gas and bloating [5,6].

The Fiber You Need without all the Gas and Bloating

Low FODMAP Carbohydrates for a Happy Tummy

We don’t think a superior amino acid formula should use low cost carbohydrates such as corn syrup solids to add calories like Elecare Jr, Neocate Junior, and similar brands that fill each can with over 50% corn syrup solid powder. That is why we have chosen low fermentable carbohydrates (also called low-FODMAP) that may be easier for your child to digest. Studies have found that a diet that restricts highly fermentable carbohydrates may help reduce symptoms including generalized abdominal pain, excessive gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation [4].

The Highest Protein per Calorie Amino Acid Formula with the Best Amino Acids that May Promote Building Muscle

Protein is essential to your child’s proper growth. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. We worked with amino acid and nutrition experts to create our optimal level of each amino acid. When your child requires an amino acid formula, it can bring its own challenges. Ensuring adequate protein for growth does not have to be a contributor to those challenges. Essential Care Jr. contains 25% more protein per calorie than other amino acid formulas like Elecare Jr and Neocate Junior. There are two main types of amino acids: Essential and Non-essential. Essential Care Jr. provides an average of 60% more essential amino acids per calorie than products like EleCare Jr, Neocate Junior, and similar brands. This means more muscle building fuel that may help your child grow.

Optimized for Bone Health and the only formula with Vitamin K2

Ask any nutrition expert and you will be told Vitamin K2 plays a key role in bone health as it helps to transport calcium and deposit it into the bone. The most important time to build strong bones is in the pre-teen years as after this age, our ability to preserve strong bones declines. Studies have shown supplemental vitamin K2 to be helpful in the treatment of osteoporosis and also reduce the risk of fractures [7]. Essential Care Jr. is the only amino acid-based formula with Vitamin K2 and a formulation designed to optimize bone health.

Lutein and DHA may Support Eye and Brain Development

Essential Care Jr. is the only non-infant amino acid-based formula with both Lutein and DHA that may help support brain and eye development. Many kids can be picky eaters, especially those on restricted diets. If your child is picky and on a restricted diet, getting the daily nutrients they need can seem impossible. Lutein is a carotenoid with antioxidant properties naturally found in a variety of fruits and vegetables that may be limited in your child’s diet. Ensuring adequate Lutein in the diet at an early age may provide protective benefits during a key time for eye development [1]. DHA is the primary omega-3 fatty acid in the brain. Studies at different stages of life indicate that DHA supports normal IQ and preserves visuo-spatial memory and learning [2]. Shouldn’t your child’s formula have both Lutein and DHA? If they use Essential Care Jr., it will.

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NO Corn Syrup Solids!

It is true, but hard to believe: Over HALF of the ingredients in each can of EleCare Jr, Alfamino Junior, and PurAmino Jr formulas are Corn Syrup Solids. Look for yourself – it is the first ingredient shown on the Ingredient List panel on these cans. That means over HALF of what your child would consume is Corn Syrup Solids! And we know many parents are concerned that corn and corn syrup solids may contribute to your child’s food and formula sensitivity/intolerance. Essential Care Jr. is the only powdered amino acid formula refusing to use any corn syrup solids and instead uses low fermentable carbohydrate sources to support your child’s energy needs.

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Unique Amino Acid Blend with Increased Leucine for Muscle Growth

Only Essential Care Jr. contains EAA-40L™, a patented blend of Leucine and eight other essential amino acids. All amino acids in EAA-40L™ are vegan, pharmaceutical grade and have high purity. Essential Care Jr. contains over 3 grams of EAA-40L™ blend per 8 oz serving. In a study, this amount of an essential amino acid blend with 40% Leucine was found to build muscle as effectively as 20 grams of whey protein [3].

The Highest Protein per Calorie Amino Acid Formula with the Best Amino Acids that May Promote Building Muscle

Protein is essential to your child’s proper growth. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. We worked with amino acid and nutrition experts to create our optimal level of each amino acid. When your child requires an amino acid formula, it can bring its own challenges. Ensuring adequate protein for growth does not have to be a contributor to those challenges. Essential Care Jr. contains 25% more protein per calorie than other amino acid formulas like Elecare Jr and Neocate Junior. There are two main types of amino acids: Essential and Non-essential. Essential Care Jr. provides an average of 60% more essential amino acids per calorie than products like EleCare Jr, Neocate Junior, and similar brands. This means more muscle building fuel that may help your child grow.

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Low FODMAP Carbohydrates for a Happy Tummy

We don’t think a superior amino acid formula should use low cost carbohydrates such as corn syrup solids to add calories like Elecare Jr, Neocate Junior, and similar brands that fill each can with over 50% corn syrup solid powder. That is why we have chosen low fermentable carbohydrates (also called low-FODMAP) that may be easier for your child to digest. Studies have found that a diet that restricts highly fermentable carbohydrates may help reduce symptoms including generalized abdominal pain, excessive gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation [4].

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Optimized for Bone Health and the only formula with Vitamin K2

Ask any nutrition expert and you will be told Vitamin K2 plays a key role in bone health as it helps to transport calcium and deposit it into the bone. The most important time to build strong bones is in the pre-teen years as after this age, our ability to preserve strong bones declines. Studies have shown supplemental vitamin K2 to be helpful in the treatment of osteoporosis and also reduce the risk of fractures [7]. Essential Care Jr. is the only amino acid-based formula with Vitamin K2 and a formulation designed to optimize bone health.

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The Fiber You Need without all the Gas and Bloating

There are two ways to avoid gas and bloating commonly associated with fiber consumption. One is to exclude fiber – that’s what most 100% amino acid-based formulas do. But, by excluding it, your child misses out on the numerous digestive benefits of fiber. Others add fiber but select a quickly fermenting fiber that may lead to gas and bloating. We know better and have created a blend of a slow fermenting and non-fermentable fibers, including psyllium fiber. Psyllium fiber has been shown to normalize stool patterns without all the gas and bloating [5,6].

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The Highest Purity Gold Standard for Amino Acids

Essential Care Jr. contains Ajinomoto’s AjiPure®™ pharmaceutical-grade, non-allergenic amino acids. These vegetarian source amino acids are proven to have a purity profile that is safe, of the highest quality and unmatched by other suppliers. When pharmaceutical companies need the best, they use AjiPure® amino acids. As your child deserves the best, we use AjiPure® in Essential Care Jr.

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References:

  1. Long AC, Kuchan M, et al. Lutein as an Ingredient in Pediatric Nutritionals. Journal of AOAC International 2019;102:1-10.
  2. Kuratko CN, Barrett EC, et al. The Relationship of Docosahexaenoic (DHA) with Learning and Behavior in Healthy Children: A Review. Nutrients 2013;5:2777-2810.
  3. Bukhari SSI, Phillips BE, et al. Intake of low-dose leucine-rich essential amino acids stimulates muscle anabolism equivalently to bolus whey protein in older women at rest and after exercise. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2015;308:1056-1065.
  4. Warman. Dietary considerations in functional bowel disorders: The LowFODMAP Diet. Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group Building Block. 2013;36:14-20.
  5. McRorie JW. Evidence-Based Approach to Fiber Supplements and Clinically Meaningful Health Benefits, Part 2. Nutrition Today 2015;50:90-97.
  6. Cherbut, C., Michel, C., Raison, V., Kravtchenko, T., & Severine, M. (2003). Acacia Gum is a Bifidogenic Dietary Fibre with High Digestive Tolerance in Healthy Humans. Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease,15(1), 43-50.
  7. Plaza SM, Lamson DW. Vitamin K2 in Bone Metabolism and Osteoporosis. Alternative Medicine Review 2005;10:24-35.