Supplement is the best alternative for our kid”s food in case of shortage of nutrient if we really value the health of kids. If you remember, in some of my previous articles where I shared about the best foods that will support the growth of your kids. Ideally, kids should get their nutrients from a balanced, healthy diet that includes: Milk and dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein like chicken and meat, and whole grains. However, the need may arise for supplements in the kids’ diet if they aren’t eating regular, well-balanced meals, are picky eaters or eat a lot of fast foods.
Here are some of the supplement they may need…..
Probiotics help keep our guts balanced with beneficial organisms. This promotes good health as the healthy gut flora help to keep harmful organisms at bay, assist in digesting foods appropriately; breakdown toxins correctly, aid in manufacturing vitamins B and K2 for us, and aid us in mineral and nutrient absorption.
2. Cod Liver Oil
The omega-3 essential fatty acids in fish oil are critical for development and healthy function of the eyes and brain, and they reduce the risk of aggression and depression in kids. [Tweet “7 Food Suppliments for Kid’s Diet”]
3. Vitamin K2
“Vitamin K2′s role in the body extends far beyond blood clotting to include protecting us from heart disease, ensuring healthy skin, forming strong bones, promoting brain function, supporting growth and development and helping to prevent cancer – to name a few. In fact, vitamin K2 has so many functions not associated with vitamin K1 that many researchers insist that K1 and K2 are best seen as two different vitamins entirely.” – Chris Kresser. As you can see, Vitamin K2 is an important supplement for kids.
4. Trace Minerals
Many trace minerals can be replaced if your child is taking a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
It’s harder for most kids to get enough magnesium from foods (dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains), so it’s important to supplement, says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association. Beyond bones, magnesium supports muscle and nerve function. It also can improve kids’ sleep, mood, and regularity, she says. Low magnesium levels have been linked to hyperactivity.
- Vitamin D
Although the body makes this vitamin—actually a hormone—when you’re in the sun, most kids (and adults) aren’t getting enough. Milk is often fortified, but with less effective synthetic vitamin D2, Dean says. Found naturally in fish, eggs, and cod-liver oil, D3 is critical for immunity and bone health.
Another building block for a healthy immune system, this trace mineral also supports the senses of taste and smell. (Parent alert: Picky eaters who crave sugar may be deficient.) It’s essential for sexual development at puberty. If your children don’t eat a lot of zinc-rich red meat, they may need a bit more. (Chicken and beans are also good sources.)
It should be noted, however, that balanced diet should come first for kids and supplements second, if need be. Have a great week.
Growing up herbal and Wellness mama