MixMe® Vitamin Mineral Powder

  • What is MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder?

    MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder are sachets filled with a dry powder mixture containing 15 essential vitamins and minerals that are often missing in the diets of children from 6 months to 59 months (5 years) of age.

    The Vitamin and Mineral Powder is also sometimes referred to as multiple Micronutrient Powder (MNP).

  • Why use MixMe®?

    Often the foods fed to children when they transition from exclusive breastfeeding (0 – 6 months) to family foods, from 6 – 59 months of age, do not provide enough of the vital vitamins and minerals to meet their daily needs.
    • Adding MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder to the food of a child, between 6 months and 5 years of age, just before it is fed to the child, ensures an adequate intake of the essential vitamins and minerals.
    • Adding MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder to the food of children, between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, at home (home fortification) aims to ensure that the foods that they eat, meet their needs for the essential vitamins and minerals.
    • Children from birth to 6 months should be exclusively breastfed and children between 6 months up to at least 2 years of age, should continue to be breastfed.

  • What are the benefits of using MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder?

    Home fortification increases micronutrient intake, which leads to an improvement of micronutrient status and can therefore improve child health, including:
    •   morbidity and mortality
    •   improved growth
    •   improved cognition
    •   improved appetite and other functional outcomes

  • What is the dosage and directions for use for MixMe®?

    Only use 1 sachet per child per day. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

     

  • How should MixMe® be used?

    1. For one child, mix one sachet of MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder per day with the food that the child is being fed at a single meal.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder SHOULD NOT be used for infants under 6 months of age, as these children only need breast milk and should be exclusively breastfed.
    • Avoid sharing a sachet of MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder with other children. This is because one sachet contains the vitamins and minerals that one child needs.

     

    1. Put the child’s food on their own separate plate / bowl before adding the MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder.

     

    1. Set aside a small portion of cooked warm, solid or semi-solid food that the child will be able to finish in a single sitting
    • Pour the MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder onto the small portion of the warm, cooked meal just before feeding the child aged between 6 months and 5 years.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder SHOULD NOT be added before cooking as this will destroy the vitamins.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder SHOULD NOT be added to very hot foods as it could result in colour and taste changes.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder SHOULD NOT be added to cold foods as the powder may not mix well and result in lumps.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder SHOULD NOT be added to liquid foods as it could result in colour and taste changes.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder is used added to foods, TOGETHER WITH continued breast feeding for children 6 months up to at least 2 years and DOES NOT replace breast milk. Children from birth to 6 months should be exclusively breastfed.

     

    1. Mix the MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder into the amount of food which the child will eat at one time.
    • Choose a meal time where the child eats the most.
    • The contents of the MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder sachet should be used all at once at one meal and SHOULD NOT be divided between meals, as the vitamins and minerals in the open sachet might become inactive.

     

    1. Food mixed with MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder should be fed to a child within half an hour (30 minutes) of mixing. If the child does not eat all the food to which the MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder has been added, that food should be thrown away and not kept for another meal. This is to ensure that the vitamins and minerals remain active.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder does not change the taste or consistency of the food when mixed correctly. The colour of white / beige foods such as maize porridge could change to a slightly yellow colour when MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder is added. No colour changes are normally seen in darker foods such as stews and gravy.
    • MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder contains iron and so children using a Micronutrient Powder may have a darker or even black stool. This is not cause for concern.

     

     

  • Can MixMe® be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

    MixMe® Vitamin Mineral Powder is formulated to be used for children from 6 months to 59 months (5 years) of age. It is not indicated for pregnant and breastfeeding women and it doesn’t contain sufficient levels of the vitamins and minerals pregnant and lactating women may need.

  • Who should use MixMe®?

    Target group:

    1. MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder is recommended for infants and children 6 – 59 months (6 months to 5 years) of age. Home fortification should start when complimentary foods are introduced to the diet together with continued breastfeeding to 2 years of age and beyond.
    2. Home fortification may be continued when family foods are introduced to older children.
    3. The period of highest vulnerability for micronutrient deficiencies in young children is from 6 – 23 months of age, when food quantity and variety may be limited.
    4. Children from 24 – 59 months of age may however also be at high risk of inadequate dietary intake of some vitamins and minerals.

     

    Target Health Conditions:

    1. The health issues most commonly targeted for the use of MNP’s are:
    • Anaemia (According to WHO 2011 guideline, products aimed at reducing anaemia should contain at least 3 micronutrients, including iron, vitamin A and zinc).
    • General dietary micronutrient inadequacies in addition to anaemia (According to WHO/FAO guidelines 2007 products aimed at reducing micronutrient deficiencies – should contain at least 15 micronutrients).
    1. MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder contains 15 micronutrients including iron (10mg per sachet), vitamin A (1332 IU/ 400 mcg per sachet) and zinc (4.1 mg per sachet).

  • Who should not use MixMe®?

    MixMe® Vitamin Mineral Powder is formulated to be used for children from 6 months to 59 months (5 years) of age. It doesn’t contain sufficient levels of the vitamins and minerals for older children, pregnant and lactating women or adults and is therefore not indicated for these groups.

    MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder SHOULD NOT be used for infants under 6 months of age, as these children only need breast milk and should be exclusively breastfed.

     

  • When is the best time to use MixMe®?

    MixMe® Vitamin Mineral Powder can be added to the child’s food anytime of the day. Choose a meal time where the child eats the most. The contents of the MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder sachet should be used all at once at one meal and SHOULD NOT be divided between meals, as the vitamins and minerals in the open sachet might become inactive.

  • Nutritional Information:

    Nutrient Per 1g %NRV* %RNI’s**
    Vitamin A 1332 IU / 400 mcg 133 100
    Vitamin D 200 IU / 5 mcg 100 100
    Vitamin E 5 mg TE 83 100
    Vitamin B1 0.5 mg 100 100
    Vitamin B2 0.5 mg 100 100
    Vitamin B6 0.5 mg 100 100
    Vitamin B12 0.9 mcg 100 100
    Niacinamide 6 mg 100 100
    Folate 150 mcg 60 100
    Vitamin C 30 mg 60 100
    Iron 10 mg 143 100
    Zinc 4.1 mg 137 100
    Copper 0.56 mg 47 100
    Selenium 17 mcg 85 100
    Iodine 90 mcg 100 100
    *Nutrient Reference Values for South Africa (Infants 13-36months)
    **Reference Nutrient Intake based on WHO/UNICEF/WFP Joint Statement Document 6-59 months
    • The composition is based on the Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) of each micronutrient per dose for children 6 – 59 months of age as per the WHO/UNICEF/WFP Joint Statement Document 6-59 months.
    • Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as the daily dietary intake of a nutrient sufficient to meet the requirements of nearly all apparently healthy individuals in a specific population group.     Inactive ingredients included in MixMe® Vitamin and Mineral Powder are: maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, tricalcium phosphate and are used to act as carriers for the vitamins and minerals.

  • Storage instructions

    • Store below 25°C, in a cool, dry place.
    • Protect from sunlight. Store the box containing sachets in a cool place like a cupboard or shelf away from the sun and heat. Some vitamins will lose activity if it is exposed to heat or sunlight.
    • Shelf life: 24 months if stored correctly. Take note of the expiry date indicated on the bottom of the box and on the sachets.
    • KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
    • Packaging can be recycled or should be buried – do not burn packaging