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As a mom of two young children, one of my top priorities is my children’s emotional and physical well-being. One of the ways in which I can ensure optimal health is by providing them with a nutritious diet that favours whole foods, such as organic dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and superfoods. Ideally, kids should get their vitamins from a balanced, healthy diet however, given the reality of day to day obligations and time-crunched parents, preparing homemade meals is not always possible. Plus, most kids tend to be finicky when it comes to certain foods, which makes it difficult to ensure they consume the vitamins and nutrients they need to sustain them.
Thankfully, we can bridge those nutritional gaps by complementing our children’s diets with high quality supplements, such as these top 5 supplements for kids:
Cod Liver Oil
Although the best sources of this supplement is fish, seafood, and nuts, a cod liver oil supplement is an excellent addition to a child’s diet to sustain their brain development. It is one of the best high quality sources of healthy fats, and is processed naturally with all it’s antioxidants intact. On the downside, it is one of the toughest supplements to convince kids to take, due to its pungent flavour, and the fact that most small children cannot swallow these pills whole. One way to incorporate cod liver oil into your child’s diet is by extracting the oil from the capsule and adding it to a healthy, kid-friendly smoothie.
Once upon a healthier time, all strains of probiotics were easily attainable from our food supply. Times have changed and so has the production of food. Nowadays, probiotic supplements are essential to maintain or improve gut flora, and children can greatly benefit from taking them daily since their gut flora is still developing. Probiotics, or ‘good bacteria’ help keep the harmful bacteria at bay and help increase immunity, thus making your child less prone to illness.
Vitamin D is crucial for a child’s health and development – it helps the body absorb minerals like calcium, builds strong teeth and bones, and helps regulate the immune system. Although I’m a firm believer that kids should be getting their Vitamin D outside, in the sun however, this is not always possible, especially during the winter months, or if you can live in a place that sees little sunshine. Vitamin D supplements will ensure your child gets enough year-round.
Our bodies need trace minerals in small amounts. The water and foods we used to eat were sufficient enough to get them but nowadays we are facing mineral deficiencies. Trace mineral supplements can help ensure children assimilate all these minerals however, choose natural-based supplements, as synthetic versions of trace minerals are not easily recognized by our bodies and are often rejected.
Vitamin K2 has been shown to preserve bone density and strength, and is one nutrient that children need to provide healthy longevity. Without enough Vitamin K2 (or menaquinone) in our diets, calcium cannot be adequately processed in the body. The main sources of Vitamin K2 are grass-fed animal sources and fermented foods, both of which many children do not consume on a consistent basis, or not at all. Vitamin K2 supplements should especially be considered for children follow vegan or vegetarian diets.
Whole Food Supplements
There’s no doubt that fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamins, but if that is not an option with your finicky child, consider incorporating all natural supplements, such as JUICE PLUS+ chewables into their diets. Whole food chewables are a better choice than synthetic vitamins, which may contain unhealthy additives and are much more difficult to digest. My children are both quite finicky about their veggies so this is a great option for me. With JUICE PLUS+ I can rest assured that my children are getting a boost of nutrition, in a fun and easy to eat chewable, that also tastes delicious!
*Please note that these top 5 supplements for kids are only suggestions, and that every child’s nutritional requirements will vary based on their own individual needs. It’s always a good idea to consult your physician, a naturopathic doctor, or a nutritionist before starting your child on any new supplement or herb regimen.