By Tamera Ragan

It is critical to understand that children and adults with Down syndrome do not process nutrition the same way that typical people process nutrients. Why is this?

Typical people have forty-six (twenty-three pairs) chromosomes. People with Down syndrome have forty-seven chromosomes: twenty-three pairs plus an extra copy of (all or part of) chromosome 21. This is why Down syndrome is more technically referred to as Trisomy 21 (meaning three copies of the 21st chromosome). Why is this important?

Chromosomes are long chains of nucleic acids (DNA) and proteins found in every cell of the body. Chromosomes carry our genes. Our genetic information does much more than determine the color of our hair or our eyes. Our genes instruct our body in the processing of nutrients much like computer software controls the many operations of the computer. In other words, people with Down syndrome metabolize (process) nutrients differently because there is more genetic material from the extra twenty-first chromosome.

In the case of Trisomy 21, this “genetic overdose” (disruption of metabolism) has not only been proven to exist by scientific research, but has also been shown to deplete the cells (and body) of nutrients needed to maintain health physically, emotionally and cognitively.

The good news is that there is something that can be done to help control the negative effects of genetic overdose in Down syndrome: Targeted Nutritional Intervention (TNI).

TNI is a specific nutritional supplement program that has been designed to address the metabolic disturbances in Down syndrome. There are six basic products that are slowly introduced to the individual with Down syndrome, one at a time. These are:

NuTriVene-D Advanced Antioxidant Daily Supplement
NuTriVene-D Daily Enzyme
NuTriVene-D NightTime Formula
Essential Fatty Acids
NuTriVene Polyphenol Support

Each of the above components has a specific role in diminishing the negative effects of the known metabolic disturbances in Down syndrome. In-depth information can be found on the TNI Research page.