Most young children will choose a cookie over brussel sprouts any day. If you can’t get your child to eat their fruit and veggies, nutrition experts agree that a high-quality children’s multivitamin can provide important missing nutrients for developing brains and bodies. Many times children need more than just a multiple. Here are some of the top picks experts had chosen.
Most multiple for children provide less than 100 mg calcium, recommended daily intake 1,000 mg for ages 4 to 8; 1,300 mg for age 9 and older.
If your children eat dairy or fortified foods (soy milk, orange juice, tofu), they may be getting plenty. If not, consider giving them supplements with calcium as well as magnesium and vitamin D, which growing bones need to absorb calcium. Many calcium supplements come in kid friendly chewable forms.
Dose: In addition to a daily multivitamin, take 200 mg calcium and 400–600 IU vitamin D3. Caution some multivitamins contain these amounts.
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Magnesium is one of the hardest supplements to get from food since its sources come from foods most kids don’t like, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains. Beyond bones, magnesium supports muscle and nerve function as well as playing a role in sleep and moods and bowel regularity. Some research shows that low magnesium levels have been linked to ADHD and hyperactivity.
Dose: Up to 100 mg magnesium in the morning and evening daily. Powdered or liquid magnesium supplements can be a good way to tailor dose to individual needs.
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Unless your child is eating three or more servings a week of fatty fish like salmon, sardines, or tuna ,they are most likely deficient in fish oil. EPA and DHA, the omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oil, are critical for development of the eyes and brain. Children deficient in omega 3 have been shown to be more aggressive and show a higher rate of depression, as well as ADHD. Omega-3has been shown to treat and prevent allergies and asthma.
Dose: Children over age 4 need about 250 mg DHA and 180 mg EPA daily; teens need about 500 mg DHA and 365 mg EPA. Choose a high-quality, citrus-flavored fish oil or cod-liver oil, in liquid, soft gel, or gummy form. For the vegetarian, look for an algae-sourced DHA-EPA product.
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These friendly gut bacteria improve digestion, ease constipation, and support the immune system. Children in day-care centers, who take probiotics, get fewer colds and ear infections. Kids can get probiotics from eating yogurt, but the high sugar content in flavored yogurts diminishes the benefits, use the plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit to get the benefits as well as reduce the sugar load and it is more economical. Give this product to give your child after they’ve been treated with an antibiotic, this may boost the immune system and eliminate the next sickness
Dose: 10 billion CFU or more daily, as needed.
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Our body makes Vitamin D. It is not truly a Vitamin but a hormone. The sun is most times not enough for most kids since we are not in the sun long enough to get all the benefits. Milk contains addition Vit D but it is not enough and it is synthetic Vit D2 . Vitamin D is found naturally in foods such as eggs, cod liver oil and fish in the form of D3 which is important for immunity and bone health. Cautious where your eggs and food comes from fresh organic is best and no cage raised.
Dose:400–2,000 IU daily. The Institute of Medicine recently doubled its recommendation for children to 400 IU daily, but many kids may need more. It is easy test to see what amount vitamin d your child has get a blood test Remember Vit d is good but to much is bad do not over due it with out testing first!
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A building block for a healthy immune system, this trace mineral supports the senses of taste and smell. Picky eaters who crave sugar may be deficient in zinc It’s essential for sexual development at puberty. Red meat, Chicken and beans are all good sources for zinc.
Dose: 2–4 mg of a as zinc or look for a multi mineral liquid that includes calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
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It’s a good idea to talk to your health care provider before starting a new supplement.
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