It’s the age-old dilemma for parents. How do I get my kids to eat right so that they’ll be healthy? What vitamins are my kids missing from their diet, and how do I get them?
Getting the vitamins and minerals they need through proper nutrition is the ideal way for kids to stay healthy and strong. But in today’s busy world it is not always realistic. Parents are stretched to the limits on a daily basis. And that means parents are more likely to rely too much on fast food and processed products to feed their families.
However, indulging in too much unhealthiness for the sake of convenience is a parental cop-out: yes, it takes the effort to help kids get their vitamins that they could be missing, but its well worth it.
Vitamin C is an important vitamin with the antioxidant role that the body uses for that we can be strong and healthy. It helps maintain bones, muscles and blood vessels. Also, vitamin C helps to form collagen and helps the body absorb the iron.
This vitamin does not necessarily cure a common cold, but helps prevent complications, strengthen and protect the immune system to prevent cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and skin aging.
Vitamin C is found naturally in vegetables and fruits i.e., Citrus (grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons); Green vegetables (spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cucumbers, etc.); and berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.), this vitamin is also available as a natural dietary supplement, in pill form of vitamin C and chewable tablets.
– Is involved in collagen production which, due to ascorbic acid, is of great importance in damaged healing tissues, preventing wrinkles;
– Plays a major part in the formation of bones and dentine;
– Is involved in the metabolism of certain amino acids, folic acid, and glucose;
– Participates in the production of certain neurotransmitters and glucocorticosteroids;
– Contributes to the formation of antibodies and interferon, has antibiotic action, decreases the period of colds and fight against bacterial aggression;
– Due to its role of antioxidants, neutralize free radicals;
– Protects against the possible occurrence of cancer, triggering the formation of nitrosamines – carcinogens that form during the assimilation of amino acids – in the stomach;
– Has a laxative action;
– Invigorates blood vessels, preventing cardiovascular disorders and reducing emphysema crisis in smokers; some doctors prescribe to their patient’s large amounts of vitamin C – up to 1000 mg/day – to lower cholesterol;
– Facilitates the absorption of iron;
– Has an antihistaminic effective in treating allergies and is beneficial for those who suffer from asthma;
– Helps to remove anxiety, fatigue, and stress.
Although renowned for miraculous powers that he has for the vision and in general for the eye, vitamin A has implications for cell regeneration and bone growth. It also helps strengthen the immune system, protecting it from viruses and bacteria. In addition to dietary supplements, you can opt for a diet rich in this vitamin: carrots, spinach, egg (yolk), pepper, whole milk, liver, orange, apricots, and peaches.
Vitamin D is produced in the body primarily through exposure to sunlight. And it is found in very small proportions in food. Its main function is to promote the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to help develop the bones. This vitamin should be taken in supplement form because foods contain very little.
With a powerful anti-aging and regenerating effect, vitamin E strengthens immunity against viruses and bacteria. It is essential that the whole family eat foods that contain vitamin E: spinach, seeds, vegetable oils, nuts, etc.
Vitamin B6 can be a powerful ally of the body, resistant to any attempts to seasonal diseases. B6 is in dairy, egg yolk, vegetables, fruit, honey, molasses, pollen, royal jelly.
To make it easier to manage, children’s multivitamins have an attractive presentation of animal figures that are chewed or dissolve like candy. Many do not contain sugar or synthetic dyes, but still have a taste that your kids can stomach. If you have any questions about selecting vitamins, contact your Mount Dora pediatrician.