In a perfect world with ideal growing conditions and optimal soil, the human body would get everything it needs from eating a balanced diet. Unfortunately, those days are long gone, and there is a much-filled nutrient need filled through multivitamins—especially for our children. Here are some basic mineral tips so you know what to pick up at the pharmacy on your next visit.
The Essential Daily Ingredients
You likely start your youngster out eating those temping daily vitamins in the form of a gummy or even the old reliable Flintstones vitamins. Those are definitely enough supplements to keep them on the right track to balance out their daily diet, as long as they contain recommended doses of:
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
However, the two most important components of a growing child’s diet are calcium and fiber.
Calcium is King
Throughout one’s lifetime getting ample calcium is essential for strong bones and healthy growth—and the teeth appreciate this nutrient, too. Building up calcium younger in life can serve one well into old age, and the current recommended daily dosages for those 18 and under are:
- Ages 1-3: 700 MG
- Ages 4-8: 1,000 MG
- Ages 9-18: 1,300 MG
Those striving to get ample calcium into a young person’s diet might consider boosting their intake of dairy products and other fortified foods like salmon or leafy green veggies.
Fiber for Life
An often-overlooked micronutrient essential for health is fiber. The average four to eight-year-old should be getting around 18 grams of this digestion helper daily on an average 1500 calorie diet. However, as they transition into adulthood, it’s advised to consume at least 25 grams of fiber each day.
A Note of Caution from Pharmacy Experts
All multivitamins have potential risks, but their benefits far outweigh those concerns when taken properly. Be sure to keep vitamins out of the reach of youngsters, especially those that can be confused with candy.