It’s that time of the year and back to school is just around the corner! It has been quite a while since our children have seen the freshly painted walls of a classroom and many are eager to get back! As proper measures are being put in place by the school boards to ensure the safety of our children, parents and caregivers are also able to do their part. Keeping children’s immune systems strong and healthy is crucial to optimal health and most importantly, will help ward off any seasonal bugs and infections. Along with a whole foods diet and ample water and exercise, vitamin supplements are a a great addition to any immune support regimen.
In this article, we will discuss the best vitamins for kids, including some things that caregivers should avoid when shopping for kids’ vitamins.
Multivitamins are one of the best immune support supplements for kids. They are conveniently packed with the recommended daily allowance of nutrients (RDA), which makes it great for filling those nutritional gaps, especially when the child’s diet is sub-par. There are tons of multivitamins on the market, in different dosages and forms, including multivitamins with iron or added vitamin C for extra immune support, so how do you choose the right one?
Chewable vs Gummy’s
You may be wondering, which is better? The chewable tablet or the gummy? To be honest there is no “better” option, only differences that give parents and children options to choose from. When compared side by side, chewable tablets will always have more vitamins per piece, due to its form and ability to hold more nutrients than a gummy vitamin. This does not mean that a chewable tablet is better, it just means that at least 2 gummies have to be taken to equal the nutrient makeup of one chewable tablet. Noor’s Chewable’s offer a tasty crunch, bursting flavours and a premium blend of nutrients with the purest sourced quality.
Gummies are tasty, can be more pleasurable to consume and often become the favourable choice among picky eaters. When choosing a gummy, be mindful of artificial colours and flavours. Many gummies on the market use artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup, which are not healthy options. Refined sugars actually deplete the immune system and the sugar rush can also cause a midday crash while the child is at school. Many gummy vitamins also contain gelatin, which is an animal-based ingredient. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may want to be aware of this. Look through the ingredients list for pectin, which a vegan substitute for gelatin. Noor’s Children Gummy Vitamin is plant based and uses natural fruit flavours and ingredients like purple carrot juice for colour, so children receive clean and quality vitamins that also fun to eat.
This healthy fat is crucial for maintaining focus and attention in the young mind. An essential fatty acid, omega 3 must be obtained from external sources as it is not produced in the body. Foods like avocado, nuts and fish water fish, are abundant in this cognitive enhancing fat. If you have a picky eater on your hands though, than try Noor’s Omega Gummy’s for Kids, a tasty orange flavored gummy infused with vitamins D, E, and Zinc for enhanced absorption. Extracted from the purest fish oil to support brain health, eye development, skin health and overall immune support.
Also called the Sunshine Vitamin, this fat-soluble vitamin is readily available from the rays of the Sun on any given day. It plays a role in mood balance, bone health and immunity. For growing children, all three are of utmost importance and unfortunately it is not uncommon for kids to be deficient in this vitamin due to lack of sunlight or foods that contain it. A study published by the National Library of Medicine revealed that children who supplemented with vitamin D-3, showed reduced ADHD symptoms and improved mood. Animal protein is one of the most readily available sources, but vitamin D-3 can also be obtained from fortified beverages, cereal, nut milk and mushrooms. Vitamin D is also available in supplement form and should be talked about with your doctor for correct dosage if deficiency is present.
All in all, nutrients are comprised of essential vitamins and minerals, which growing children need. As our local schools begin to open up for face-to-face learning, safety precautions must be implemented from all sides. The schools have and will continue to fulfill their responsibility of keeping our children safe, and we as caregivers can reinforce that safety as well. A wholesome diet, regular exercise and basic supplements like Multivitamins, Omega 3 and Vitamin D-3 for our children will help to protect their immune systems and keep them healthy and strong all year long.
Have an amazing School Year!