Ideally, kids should get all the vitamins they need from their diet. This, however, is not always the case. As most parents know, kids can be extremely picky, so much so that it can be a nightly struggle to get them to eat two bites of something naturally green. This, in combination with time-crunched parents, often means that kids are not adhering to diets that represent all food groups. To help fill these nutritional gaps, multivitamins have become increasingly popular. However, as the vitamin industry continues to grow and more and more children’s vitamins hit the market, many parents are left feeling a little unsure about what is best for their children—no vitamins? Some vitamins?
In today’s blog, we at Natures Energy would like to share with you some information regarding vitamin and mineral supplements for children. Specifically, we are going to look at some of the key ingredients in children’s multivitamins and the role they play in the growth and development of children. Though there are many key vitamins and trace minerals in some of the best multivitamins, there are a few that especially stand out as being critical for developing kids.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin found in meats, dairy products, and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and kale. It is found in two primary forms: beta-carotene and active Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for vision, immune system, neurological function, and healthy skin. Additionally, beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that can help fight chronic illnesses.
B vitamins—B2, B3, B6, and B12—promote red blood cell formation and are important to metabolism, energy production, healthy nervous and circulatory systems. Though these vitamins are found in meat, milk, eggs, and whole grains, they can not be stored by our bodies because they are water soluble. Taking a children’s multivitamin can help ensure that kids are getting these essential B vitamins that are key to early development and nerve function.
Often considered to be the most essential vitamin for immune system, vitamin C also promotes the growth of healthy muscles, skin, connective tissue, and more. Citrus fruits, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli are all good sources of vitamin C.
These fat-soluble vitamins are key to the promotion of teeth and bone formation and to the regulation of calcium. High amounts of vitamin D are found in fortified dairy products, egg yolks, margarine, and more. Sunlight is another excellent contributor to the dietary source of vitamin D. When sunlight hits the skin it stimulates the conversion of a compound in the skin to form vitamin D.
When in the early development stage, iron is essential for the production of blood and building of muscles. When your child is not getting enough iron, he or she may exhibit symptoms of depression, irritability, tiredness, and a higher susceptibility to infection. Some of the best sources of iron include liver, beef, pork, turkey, and spinach, and beans Though not all kids vitamins contain iron, Natures Energy has formulated their children’s vitamins with iron. Learn more about our children’s vitamins and minerals.
What Kids Need Vitamin Supplements?
Though some kids may get all the necessary vitamins and minerals that they need, not many do. This is why medical professionals recommend that the following types of kids take a daily multivitamin or mineral supplement:
- Kids who are not eating enough food
- Kids who are not eating well-balanced meals made from fresh foods
- Kids who are eating large amounts of fast food and processed foods
- Kids who suffer from chronic medical conditions like asthma and digestive troubles (be sure to speak with your pediatrician before beginning a supplement)
- Kids who adhere to a strictly vegetarian diet
- Kids who drink high quantities of soda
Though multivitamins can be an integral component of your child’s health, it is important to remember that large doses of vitamins can be dangerous. Fat-soluble vitamins like D, A, E, and K, can be particularly dangerous in excessive amounts.
More often than not, kids are not being fed the type of diets that represent all food groups. If you find that your child is not getting all the nutrients they need to foster learning and development, consider getting an all-in-one vitamin specifically formulated for children. All of our all-natural vitamin and mineral supplements are formulated to provide an easy way for your child to fill nutritional gaps and get all the nutrients they need. Because we know how picky kids can be, we have designed liquid children’s vitamins that can easily be added to smoothies and drinks—and what’s more is that liquid vitamins are 60% more absorbable than vitamins that are in gummy or pill form. Learn more about our children’s vitamins and minerals and how your child can get 100% of their RDA for twelve essential vitamins and 74 trace minerals with just one ounce daily.
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