Supplements For Children’s Health

Supplememts For ChildrenBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

It’s safe to say that children who eat a healthy balanced diet filled with a variety of nutritious vegetables and fresh fruits, whole unrefined grains, lean proteins and dairy foods may be getting the vitamins and minerals necessary to support physical growth, cognitive development and overall health.  Given the reality of time stressed parents, the ease of preparing highly processed foods, children’s natural propensity for sugar laden treats and their often finicky patterns of eating, it’s also safe to assume that many children’s diets are nutritionally deficient in  a litany of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber and omega-3’s

Although there is no substitute for regular, well-balanced meals for both children and adults, high quality vitamin and mineral supplements can help fill in nutritional gaps especially for children who simply don’t eat enough fresh nutritious whole foods.  Even in homes where a variety of healthy foods is available, children and teens don’t always make the best choices outside the home.  A multivitamin and mineral supplement ensures that their daily optimal requirements are met. 

Ultra Preventive Kids by Douglas Laboratories – This great tasting chewable multivitamin and mineral supplement is designed for children aged 4 and older.  This complete formula provides a full spectrum of bioavailable trace elements as well as important antioxidants, a complete B complex, and easily absorbable calcium and magnesium.  Choice of flavors and a teen formula also available. 

Nordic Berries by Nordic Naturals This naturally flavored chewable multivitamin and mineral formula provides essential nutrients for ages 2 and above.  No artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives.  Gelatin and allergen free. 

SuperNutes for Kids by Ortho MolecularThis naturally sweetened children’s supplement contains high quality professional grade vitamins and Albion minerals in a pleasant tasting chewable tablet specifically formulated for growing bodies. No artificial colors or flavors. 

FloraBoost for Kids by Ortho Molecular –  This great probiotic for kids supplies a proprietary blend of helpful microflora to support intestinal health.  No refrigeration required. 

Multigenics Chewable Orange by Metagenics –  This high quality supplement delivers bioavailable multiple vitamins, minerals, amino acid chelates and antioxidants in a chewable form.  For children aged 2 and over. 

Pro-Omega Junior Strawberry 500 mg by Nordic Naturals –  Ideal for children aged 5 and over this supplement supplies a blend of omega-3 fatty acids from purified deep sea fish oil.  Natural strawberry flavored softgel can be easily swallowed or chewed.   Free of environmental toxins and heavy metals.  Also available in Minis for children 3 – 5 years of age.    

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