The essential minerals which make up the nutritional quality of the food we eat, are depleted because of modern agricultural practices. Also, the nutrient integrity of food has also been eroded through modern processing, transportation and the preoccupation of food producers with appearance and shelf life – all at the expense of nutritional quality. To make sure your children get the necessary nutrients to supplement their growth and development, you may give them the following supplements:
Vitamin C Complex [LINK to Vitamin C Complex page]
Vitamin C is important for the growth and repair of all cells in the body, e.g. skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It helps with the healing of wounds and to maintain and repair bones and teeth. It is also an antioxidant, which means it can reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body. (1) Taking a Vitamin C supplement, could help reduce the duration of cold symptoms. (2,3)
Vitamin B Complex [LINK to Vitamin B Complex page]
Vitamin B is needed to maintain a healthy nervous system and to produce red blood cells that are so important in carrying oxygen through the whole body. (4,5) Vitamin B cannot be made by the body, therefore you need to provide it as part of your child’s diet or give it to them as a supplement. (6)
Give your child a Vitamin B supplement to help their bodies convert food into energy and to maintain healthy brain function. (7)
Multivitamin + Mineral for Children
A child goes through several growth spurts – infancy, preschool, middle childhood and adolescence. Nutritional needs change for each stage of a child’s development – and it differs from child to child. (8) Even if you provide your family with a healthy diet they may still develop a deficiency due to the nutritional content of foods or because their active bodies are burning through their nutrient stores, like iron and magnesium, faster. (9,10)
To prevent nutritional deficiencies, we recommend FoodState’s Multivitamin + Mineral for Children [LINK to Multivitamin + Mineral for Children page]. It contains many vitamins and minerals to support growth and development in your children. It is also available in a chewable format, which is ideally suited to help give children all the vitamins and minerals they need to prosper.
There are a few other ways you can improve the health of your children:
- What and how much? [LINK to Portions and portion sizes for children page]
- Eat well, live well [LINK to Healthy eating habits page]
- Active kids [LINK to Active children page]
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