We’re strong believers that farm to table, raw organic lean protein, fruits and vegetables are the key to optimum health and well-being for kids. We also understand that a growing challenge for today’s busy families is finding the time to shop for and prepare healthy foods on a regular basis. That is why the need for vitamin and mineral supplements is greater today than ever before. For most families, choosing the right supplements can be a very overwhelming decision given the number of choices available today.
If your goal is to bolster your children’s overall immune health, here are five important supplements to consider:
Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your gut? Probiotics are a type of “good” bacteria found in some health supplements and help to support digestive health. Additionally, probiotics may help with gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and yeast infections. Safe for children, they are also believed to help relieve urinary tract infections and acne.
2. Vitamin C (with Echinacea)
Vitamin C helps to support the immune system, iron absorption and collagen formation. It also helps the healing of minor wounds and promotes healthy gums and teeth. In addition to stimulating the immune system, Vitamin C may help to neutralize free radicals in the body. Some Vitamin C supplements also include Echinacea. Echinacea is a commonly used dietary supplement for fighting infections, as it increases the number of white blood cells in the body.
3. Black Elderberry (Sambucus)
Black Elderberry Extract, also known as Sambucus, is rich in flavonoids (a group of plant chemicals found in many fruits & vegetables) and acts as a powerful antioxidant to help support children’s immune systems. Elderberry is a fruit often used to combat the common cold and flu. Packed with Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, Sambucus can be an all-star health supplement for kids.
A multivitamin can provide your child with essential vitamins and minerals for their health that they may not be getting in their daily diet. Look for a multivitamin that contains 100% of the recommended daily values of important vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc.
5. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is a type of Vitamin D that the skin produces when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 helps support immune health and helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus; and is vital for building strong bones. Vitamin D3 may also help to improve cardiovascular health and prevent later cholesterol issues.
Once you’ve decided which supplements you’d like to try to support your children’s immune health, here are some important questions to ask when considering the numerous choices available today:
· Are they allergy friendly?
· Will my children like the taste?
· Are they in a form that’s easy to take? (Gummies and liquids are preferable to a tablet or pill that must be swallowed)
· Do they contain any artificial colors or flavors?
· Are they easily absorbed into the body (“bioavailable”)? (Liquid and gummies are 98% absorbable compared to 20% for pills and tablets.)
· Are they affordable? Don't buy the cheap stuff, because your child's health is to important.
Congratulations on your decision to make better choices to improve your children’s long-term health! We wish you and your family the best of luck on your wellness journey.
Best of health,
Marj and Mary O'Neill