Media Kit - Life Science Nutritionals
- Life Science Nutritionals makers of the IronKids and Adult Essentials brand Gummy Vitamins.
- Private Canadian company with head office in Burlington, Ontario and manufacturing facility located in Acton Vale, Quebec.
- Founded by health and nutrition expert Stuart Lowther BSc, MSc in 2005 because he saw the need for kids’ vitamins with no fillers or artificial additives. He has an honours degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Human Metabolism. Besides being a published research scientist, Stuart has over 20 years experience in the nutrition industry covering all areas of human health and nutrition.
- Life Science Nutritionals launched in 2005 with IronKids Multi and Omega 3 vitamins, which hit store shelves in late 2007.
- In 2009, the company expanded the IronKids product line to include Calcium and Vitamin D.
- In 2011, the company launched the entire Adult Essentials product line, including Multi, Omega 3, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin B12.
- Only company to offer all-natural, dairy, gluten and nut-free products, using vegetable dyes instead of food coloring.
- The first company to offer fish oil supplements in a gummy form.
- All products are manufactured in Canada, in the worlds only government audited and fully licensed facility. Our manufacturing plant only makes gummy vitamins.
- Life Science Nutritionals manufacturers 35 million gummies a month.
- IronKids and Adult Essentials are exported to 9 different countries, including China, US, India, and Denmark.
- Awards include PTPA (Parent Tested, Parent Approved) winner, 2010 Best New Product from Canadian Living (Omega 3), and Best Selling Omega 3 gummy vitamin for kids in Canada.
- Business achievements include being named as one of Canada’s Top 20 Fastest Growing Companies by Profit Magazine and Stuart Lowther being nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 by Ernst & Young.
- What customers are saying about IronKids, “My kids absolutely love the IronKids Gummies - and I absolutely love the stuff they're NOT getting with these. Natural ingredients without all the added stuff.” ~Jacki Yovanoff. See more Testimonials here.
- What customers are saying about Adult Essentials, “I used to take my vitamins a couple times a week but now I take them every day and I feel better for doing so. Healthier! I haven't had gummies since I was a kid. These vitamins are like a daily treat. I WANT to take my vitamins now! It's not a chore - it's a treat.” ~PTPA Tester. See more Testimonials here.
At Life Science Nutritionals, we believe that your health is your greatest asset. That is why we are dedicated to developing nutritional products that deliver uncompromised quality and health benefits. By formulating products based on modern science and innovative technology, we are able to deliver a unique line of products with true nutritional value that help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Founded in 2005 by health and nutrition expert, Stuart Lowther, Life Science Nutritionals specializes the manufacture of premium quality gummy vitamins for kids and adults, under the trade names IronKids and Adult Essentials. Our focus is developing innovative vitamin formulations that make taking your daily vitamins fun (and tasty)!
All our vitamins contain the highest quality ingredients without added fillers, artificial ingredients, or sugar coatings. Both the IronKids and Adult Essentials product lines are dairy, gluten and nut free, and use only natural ingredients, making it safe for the entire family. The Adult Essentials product line is also pectin based, making it suitable for vegetarians.
Our Manufacturing Facility
All our products are manufactured in our designated, Health Canada licensed manufacturing facility located in Acton Vale, Quebec. We are the only government audited and licensed gummy vitamin manufacturing facility in North America. We maintain the highest quality standards from our supply chain through to our manufacturing processes, allowing us to guarantee our products are dairy, gluten and nut free.
From Our Founder
“After watching companies put money and profit ahead of people, it was time for a company to put people first and deliver them the highest quality of products. Our goal is to give people access nutritional products that help support and maintain optimal health, improving their day-to-day quality of life.”
“Our approach to developing nutritional products is to apply sound nutritional science to the latest manufacturing processes. The result is our customers get the best possible product at the best possible price.” ~ Stuart Lowther, Founder and President, Life Science Nutritionals
Available at these Retailers
Adult Essentials Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall PharmaPlus, Loblaws Superstore, Sobeys, Metro, London Drugs, PharmaSave. Online: Well.ca
IronKids Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart, Costco Wholesale (Omega 3s), Rexall PharmaPlus, Zellers, Loblaws, Superstore, Sobeys, Metro, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs, Overwaitea, Fortinos, Pharmasave, Walmart and Safeway. Online: Well.ca US: Walgreens, Rite Aid and GNC
Life Science Nutritionals Team
Stuart Lowther, Founder and President
Founder and President of Life Science Nutritionals, Stuart Lowther has an Honours Degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Human Metabolism. Besides being a published research scientist, Stuart has over 20 years experience in the nutrition industry covering all areas of human health and nutrition.
Stuart started Life Science Nutritionals out of a passion and need to bring high quality, science-based products to the marketplace without all the artificial additives and fillers. He takes a very hands-on approach to product development, formulating and testing all the new gummy products himself. Knowledgeable on the effects of exercise and diet on the human body, he personifies healthy living as an active father of 3 daughters. Stuart believes in staying healthy through a balanced diet and exercise and teaches his daughters the same.
Deborah Lowther, Social Media and Customer Connections
Our resident ‘Mom’ expert, Deborah brings her experience as a stay-at-home mom to 3 girls to Life Science Nutritionals. She makes Life Science Nutritionals truly a family business in that she’s also married to Founder, Stuart Lowther and personally updates both the IronKids & Adult Essentials websites, is the personality behind both IronKids and Adult Essentials Twitter accounts and the voice behind both IronKids and Adult Essentials Facebook pages. She also writes a Healthy Family blog on many websites, including their own, and manages the IronKids monthly eNewsletter.
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IronKids Gummy Vitamins - A full line of gummy vitamins for children that includes Multi, Vitamin D, Omega 3's and Calcium. More information on our Products page.
Adult Essentials Gummy Vitamins - First full line of Gummy vitamins designed specifically for Adults. Line includes Multi, Omega 3's, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-Complex and B12. More information on our website www.adultgummies.com
Omega 3's (DHA & EPA) - Omega 3’s are what is referred to as essential fats. They are deemed essential as your body either cannot produce them and/or cannot produce enough of them to support your body’s needs. Therefore you must get them from your diet. The three essential Omega 3’s are alpha linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). ALA is found only in plants. Common sources of ALA are flax, flax seed and chai. Although an essential Omega 3 it does not carry with it the same level of health benefits as DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA come from fish sources only. Small cold-water fish have the highest concentrations of EPA and DHA (anchovies, sardines, and mackerel) but they are found in most seafood. DHA and EPA are key nutrients in brain (central nervous system) and cardiovascular health. Therefore in order to maintain optimal health it is important to consume these as part of our regular diet. Since most people do not consume enough fish in their diet to supply healthy levels of EPA and DHA we need to supplement our diet with these in order to maintain our health.
Vitamin D - Vitamin D plays a multi faceted role in our bodies. Besides being a key factor in maintaining healthy bones it plays an important role in many other areas of our metabolism that are necessary to maintaining good health and preventing disease. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of numerous ailments such as osteoporosis, depression, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Excellent sources of vitamin D are fatty fish and dairy products. Our bodies naturally synthesize Vitamin D in the skin when exposed to sunlight. Over the last few years research has identified that the majority of the population is vitamin D deficient. Especially in northern climates where there is limited sun exposure during the winter months. Therefore most of the population should supplement their diet with a vitamin D supplement.
Calcium - Calcium is well known for playing a key role in the maintenance of strong bones. Adequate intake of calcium in combination with vitamin D throughout our life helps in the development of strong bones and helps prevent osteoporosis later in life. It also plays a key role in muscular contractions and the healthy function of our heart. Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium but it can also be found in lesser amounts in dark green vegetables such as broccoli.
Vitamin B12- also called cobalamin, is another of eight water-soluble B vitamins. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in energy production throughout the body, allowing our metabolism to utilize fat for energy production. When partnered with folic acid, it has a key function in DNA synthesis. B12 can be found in animal food sources, red meat, shellfish, fish, chicken, eggs, milk and milk products (cheese). Due to the lack of these foods in their diet Vegans are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency as are other groups with low intakes of animal foods. They must get their B12 from either fortified foods or from a high quality B12 supplement.
Vitamin B-Complex Includes the following:
Vitamin B6 -also called pyridoxine, is one of eight water-soluble B vitamins and it plays a number of important roles in the maintenance of good health. It is best known for its role in helping to metabolize fats and promote healthy tissue formation as well as protein and carbohydrate metabolism. It also maintains cardiovascular health by helping transportation of oxygen. Good food sources of Vitamin B6 are meats, nuts, bananas, vegetables and whole grains.
Folic Acid is also known as Vitamin B9 and is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is essential to numerous bodily functions. The human body needs folic acid for the production and repair of DNA. It also plays a role in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system as well as the production of healthy red blood cells. It is especially important in aiding in growth during infancy and pregnancy. Children and adults both require folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells. Excellent sources of folate are leafy green vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils), egg yolks, liver and sunflower seeds. Many foods such as pasta, bread, and cereals are fortified with folic acid and can contain up to 100% of the daily-recommended intake.
Vitamin B7 also called Biotin, is an essential water-soluble vitamin that supports a healthy energy metabolism. It plays a key role in the production and release of energy from fat. It is a critical component in the production of sugar (glucose) in the liver, which is responsible for helping us maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Biotin is found in many different foods, but not in significant amounts. The best food source of biotin is egg yolks, liver and peanuts. Biotin is also produced naturally in our intestines.
Vitamin B3 also known as Niacin, is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is involved in both DNA repair, and the production of steroid hormones in the adrenal gland. It has long been used to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol. Niacin also helps keep your nervous system, digestive system, skin, hair and eyes healthy. Niacin can be found in a number of food sources, liver, beef, tuna, salmon as well as many fruits and vegetables and grains.
Vitamin B5 also called Pantothenic Acid, is an essential water-soluble vitamin. It plays a critical role in allowing us to create energy from carbohydrates, fats and protein. The major dietary source of B5 is in meat. Good vegetable sources are avocados and broccoli. It can also be found in whole grains but the majority of the vitamin is removed in the milling process.