We all want the best for our kids, especially when it comes to their health. That’s why we rely on nutrition specialists to give us the scoop on our children’s diets. While health fads come and go, one thing’s for sure – we all need vitamins and minerals to keep us fighting fit. Here we take a look at the key vitamins.
Sea moss is an extraordinary plant possessing all kinds of health properties. From boosting the immune system and nourishing the skin to building muscle and reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease – this powerful seaweed is a must for children of all ages. Taken in many forms including capsules, gels and vegan sea moss gummies, making it easy to incorporate into your little one’s diet.
Essential for building strong bones and teeth – the older your kids get, the more calcium they need to support their growing bones. This helps to minimize the risk of bone loss in their adult years.
Dairy products are the best natural source of calcium, so make sure they’re getting all the milk, yogurt and cheese they need. Green, leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli and Chinese cabbage also contain high amounts of calcium.
While there are many types of vitamin B, parents should pay special attention to B12. This is important for a healthy metabolism, nervous system and energy levels. B12 helps the body to produce red blood cells and process energy from food – without it your child could develop anemia. Meat is a good source of B12, but if you’re vegetarian then you should get enough from fish and dairy products like milk, cheese etc.
Children are much more likely than adults to have a vitamin D deficiency. For this reason, it’s really important they get enough of it through sunlight on the patio or supplements – if not, a lack of vitamin D can cause bone deformities such as rickets in children.
You can find vitamin D in some foods, e.g. cereals and fish, but that won’t usually be enough. The body produces the vitamin when the skin comes into contact with direct sunlight, so getting out in the sunshine is doctor’s orders! That being said, it’s important that children aren’t exposed to the sun’s harmful rays – sunscreen is essential protection. Capsules, tablets and drops are a good alternative source of vitamin D.
Vitamin A supplements have been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce child morbidity and mortality. This is due to the significant role the vitamin plays in developing a child’s immune system, vision and skin. Like other vitamins, good vitamin A sources include dairy products, fat spreads and dark green vegetables.
With so much growing and developing to do, it’s no wonder kids need all the help they can get. Make sure your child doesn’t miss out on these five important vitamins before they run out and feed squirrels.