The number of health supplements available for children has increased alot recently – you can buy them in health food stores, pharmacies - even in supermarkets. Does your child really need health supplements?

 

Some say children get all the vitamins and minerals they need from food. Others argue that a typical child doesn’t eat enough nutrient-rich foods to absorb the nutrients they need. Many packaged children’s foods claim to contain added vitamins or be fortified with iron, calcium or other minerals, but again, it’s argued that methods of adding vitamins to manufactured foods make them difficult for the body to absorb.


How can you make sure your kids get the nutrients they need?
Most mothers know if their child is a good or fussy eater. ‘Good’ eaters have a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and protein each day. If you’re concerned about your children’s nutrient intake, here are 2 supplements you should consider:


Omega 3 is the big one. Omega 3 can only be obtained through food sources including deep sea fish, some nuts and natural oils like rice bran oil. Do your kids eat enough of these? Many don’t. Omega 3 is crucial for proper brain development, eye function and heart function. It’s associated with improved mood, learning and concentration. Omega 3 is one of the most commonly used supplement for children.


Probiotics – Probiotics help maintain balance in your digestive tract. This assists digestion, elimination and the uptake of nutrients from food. A poor diet, exposure to antibiotics, illness or other medications will affect this natural balance. Probiotic supplements improve digestive health, which in turn builds immune health. In this way, probiotics not only help absorb nutrients and increase gut health, they may also reduce and prevent common illnesses like colds and throat infections in your children.


A healthy balanced diet is the best way to improve your children’s health. These supplements may be useful after illness and where diet and lifestyle are inadequate. Find out more by talking to your health practitioner.