Discover the impact of vitamins on children with Down Syndrome
In 1983, Kent MacLeod, pharmacist and owner of NutriChem, was approached by a group of parents seeking assistance for their children with Down syndrome. Guided by the work of Dr. Henry Turkel, Kent formulated a group of dietary supplement products, referred to as MSB.
Now called MSB Plus, the product has been used for almost 3 decades by thousands of families.
Through parent networks, consultations, conference presentations, and research projects the NutriChem team has had the pleasure of meeting countless dedicated parents and fantastic kids.
We are particularly proud of how the parents of children with Down syndrome have helped shape our education and research efforts:
NutriChem published a scientific paper that examined the role of oxidative stress in children with Down syndrome. In the first ever in vivo (or living) study on oxidative stress in individuals with Down syndrome, our testing laboratory examined 166 children with Down syndrome and their siblings as controls. Blood and urine analysis showed increased levels of oxidative stress in individuals with Down syndrome, and decreased levels of antioxidants and glutathione.
In 2003, Kent published a book detailing the metabolic issues of Down syndrome. Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy is written in an easy to understand way for the families that have motivated Kent’s work for the last twenty-five plus years. We are pleased to offer Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy in both hard copy and e-book form. Complimentary copies available.
NutriChem enlisted the services of Dr. Marie Peeters-Ney to independently study the effects of MSB Plus on children with Down syndrome. Dr. Peeters-Ney had previously worked with Dr. Jerome Lejuene (who discovered the cause of Down Syndrome), studying amino acid deficiencies in Down syndrome. The study focused on biological, developmental and immune issues before and after supplementation with MSB Plus. Dr. Peeters-Ney concluded the use of MSB Plus resulted in a 50% reduction of infections and a 65% increase in overall health of children with Down Syndrome (unpublished research).
Quality: We continue to provide a high quality supplement, using only pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. NutriChem is a licensed pharmaceutical and compounding facility that follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Enhanced Taste: In their natural state, vitamins, minerals and amino acids do not have a pleasant taste. However, MSB Plus comes in four great varieties: Grape, Fruit Punch, Orange, and Watermelon (unflavored is also still available).
We guarantee that you have never tasted a better vitamin formula than MSB Plus V7.
Health Support: MSB Plus is not a cure or treatment for Down syndrome. It provides the essential vitamins and minerals that we ALL need for a healthy body. Plus it contains additional nutrients that may support the metabolic issues resulting from the presence of the 21st chromosome.
The MSB Plus base formula combines vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes with a special emphasis on antioxidants. Antioxidants help to enhance the immune system and protect against oxidative stress. Immune system dysfunction and oxidative stress are two classic characteristics of Down syndrome.
Since gastro-intestinal problems are more common in children with Down syndrome, MSB Plus also contains the most metabolically active form of nutrients, to provide the best bioavailability for your child.
Resources: If you want to know more about the science behind the supplements, we offer several ways for you to learn more:
Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy Book Kent MacLeod’s definitive guide to nutritional and metabolic issues in Down syndrome. We are pleased to provide complimentary copies of the soft cover book or you can download a PDF version.
Scientific Reference List Do you like to spend time on PubMed searching for interesting research? This list will give you a starting point to examine relevant research about Down syndrome and nutritional issues.
Immune Solutions for Down Syndrome Listen to an audio recording of Kent MacLeod discussing issues related to the immune system, including chronic sinusitis and antibiotic use.
Customization NutriChem believes in maximizing potential through laboratory testing and nutritional interventions on an individual basis. Because each child is unique, a customized formula can be made using laboratory test results to match your child's unique nutritional needs. Our biochemists recommend families start using MSB Plus first, before having a formula customized for them, but testing allows your child's nutritional supplement to be individualized to his or her specific needs.
We can consult with you on existing test results from your child’s health care practitioner or you can use the services of our Biomedical Clinic. NutriChem’s Body Chemistry Balancing Test for children under age 12 includes measurements of antioxidants, urinary organic acids (which looks at energy production and vitamin deficiencies), iron stores, zinc, copper, Vitamin D, and vitamin B12.
All requests for testing should be directed to the Clinic at 613-721-3669 or
Read about one family's success with a customized formula.
For additional information on MSB Plus, customized vitamins, or to place an order, please call 1-888-384-7855 (local calls 613-820-9065).
Our goal in Down syndrome is to support health. We do not offer a treatment or a cure.