Theoretically, kids should be able to get all the nutrients they need from a healthy diet. But if you’ve ever met a kid, you know they can be notoriously picky eaters. And if you’ve ever despaired of getting your child to eat a green vegetable, any green vegetable, you may have wondered if a multivitamin and mineral supplement would be a good backup plan. The answer is a resounding yes!
It’s true that especially picky eaters may end up low in iron and zinc. And kids following a vegetarian or vegan diet (or kids who just don’t like meat or dairy) may need to supplement with iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamins B12 and D. Once girls start to menstruate, they may become low in iron too.
But even non-picky kids very rarely eat what’s considered an ideal diet. That’s why it’s a good idea to supplement children’s and adolescents’ rapidly growing bodies and minds.
3 Key Benefits of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Kids
- Strong Bones and Teeth. Because kids are growing, they need to build bone faster than it breaks down — during a growth spurt, much faster — to have strong bones for life. The mineral calcium builds bone, while its cofactors help the body absorb it (magnesium and vitamin D) and direct it to the bones (vitamin K).* Intake of vitamin D, in particular, has been linked to bone health in adolescents.*
- Healthy Nerve and Brain Development. The nervous system — which includes the brain, spinal cord, and a network of nerves — develops quickly during childhood and adolescence. That’s a good thing, because kids are constantly creating new pathways in the brain as they soak up information like a sponge. Nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin A, the B vitamins (especially folate and B12), and vitamin D all contribute to healthy brain maturation in young children and throughout life.*
- Robust Immunity. Now that the country is opening up and kids are headed back to daycare, summer camps, and school, they’re going to be swapping cooties again. Bolstering their immunity now is more important than ever. Vitamins A, C, D, and E, plus the mineral zinc, are key nutrients for keeping their immune systems strong.*
Our Pick: Natural Factors BigFriends® Chewable Multivitamin & Minerals (now with an improved formula!) and BigFriends® Chewable Vitamin C offer the convenience and kid appeal of gummy vitamins with the higher potency of tablets. Kids will love the delicious fruit flavors. Parents will love the raw whole food concentrates that provide naturally co-occurring antioxidants and phytonutrients — not just isolated vitamins. Best of all, BigFriends vitamins are free of GMOs and sugar, and they contain no artificial colors, preservatives, or sweeteners. In short, everything you’d want for your kids and nothing you wouldn’t.