Our MannaPack Rice food formula was designed to meet the needs of the most severely malnourished children around the world. Here are some of the key nutrients each meal provides:

Vitamin B12
What it does – metabolizes protein and fat; helps in the formation of antibodies to fight infection and the formation of red blood cells.
Deficiencies result in – anemia, smooth tongue, fatigue, and nerve degeneration that can lead to paralysis.

Vitamin C
What it does – helps in wound healing; maintains bones and teeth; strengthens blood vessels; improves immunity and helps the body absorb iron.
Deficiencies result in – scurvy, bleeding gums, tooth loss, and even death; anemia, arteriosclerosis (clogged blood vessels), depression, increased infections, muscle degeneration, rough skin, weakened bones, and poor wound healing.

Zinc
What it does – is part of many proteins and present in the hormone insulin; helps in the production of proteins, boosts immunity; helps transport Vitamin A in the body; helps in wound healing, taste and normal fetal development.
Deficiencies result in – poor wound healing.

Vitamin D
What it does – bone and tooth formation; helps body absorb and use calcium and phosphorous that aids in bone formation.
Deficiencies result in – soft bones, abnormal growth, joint pain, and poorly formed teeth.

Fats
What it does – source of energy and stores energy; forms the major component of cell walls; nourishes skin and hair; insulates the body from heat and cold; and cushions the main organs of the body.
Deficiencies result in – weakness, rough skin, brittle hair and intolerance to heat and cold.

Magnesium
What it does – helps in bone formation, protein use by the body, enzyme action, muscle activity, and nerve function.
Deficiencies result in – weakness, confusion, decreased function of the pancreas, growth failure, and muscle spasms.

Iron
What it does – helps in the formation of hemoglobin (enables red blood cells to carry oxygen) and helps the body use energy from food.
Deficiencies result in – anemia, weakness, increased risk of infections, and inability to concentrate.

Vitamin A
What it does – helps in vision, growth and repair of the body; improves immunity; and helps decrease the risk of cancer.
Deficiencies result in – night blindness, rough skin, increased risk of infection, impaired bone and body growth, abnormal tooth and jaw alignment, eye problems that can lead to blindness.

Copper
What it does – helps with iron absorption and is part of several enzymes.
Deficiencies result in – anemia and bone changes.

Vitamin B6
What it does – helps in the release of energy from food; promotes healthy skin, nerves, and the digestive system.
Deficiencies result in – nervous disorders, skin rashes, muscle weakness, anemia, seizures, and kidney stones.

Niacin
What it does – maintains nerve cells; helps in red blood cell production; and helps in the production of genetic material.
Deficiencies result in – skin rash on the body where exposed to the sun, loss of appetite, dizziness, weakness, irritability, fatigue, confusion, and indigestion.

Calcium
What it does – strengthens bones and teeth; helps muscles work; and helps blood clot, nerves to function and blood pressure function.
Deficiencies result in – stunted growth, tooth decay and bone loss in adults.

Biotin
What it does – helps in energy metabolism, fat production, and storage of a form of sugar (glycogen) that is stored in the liver.
Deficiencies result in – loss of appetite, nausea, depression, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, and skin rash.

Protein
What it does – growth and repair of the body; helps transport nutrients throughout the body; helps body fight infection, regulates fluid in the body; is a source of protein.
Deficiencies result in:
Kwashiorkor: severe growth retardation, loss of hair color, wounds do not heal, anemia, weakness, increased risk of infection, and can result in death.
Marasmus: similar to kwashiorkor systems and muscle wasting, weakened heart, and impaired brain development.

Carbohydrates
What it does – provides the body with energy to perform all its functions; preferred source of energy for the brain and nervous system.
Deficiencies result in – weakness, fatigue, confusion, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

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