by Eva Fernandes
Vitamins are important in all of our diets but for growing kids they’re even more crucial as they help them to grow and develop into healthy adults. You may think that this means giving your children need a multi vitamin everyday, and though this will help them to get all of their recommended daily allowances, it’s actually better if they’re getting everything they need from a balanced diet rather than supplements.
To help, here is a brief guide on where to find all those essential vitamins for growing kids.
Vitamin A is a really important all-rounder. Helping with everything from eyesight to bone repair, it’s crucial for the immune system and for keeping us healthy. Good sources of Vitamin A are orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. Milk, cheese and eggs are also good sources of nutrition for teenagers and young children with a healthy dose of Vitamin A in their makeup.
Vitamin D plays a very important role in helping our bodies to absorb calcium. Without it the calcium can go straight through our systems without giving us its beneficial effects.
This makes Vitamin D really important for the development of teeth and bones, so make sure that all of your growing brood get enough by giving them milk, fish oil and egg yolks. And as we also get Vitamin D from sunshine; the perfect excuse for a long summer holiday.
Vitamin B9, or folic acid, is especially important for school-age children as it helps to produce energy and helps with brain function. It has also been shown to play an important role in mental and emotional health and development.
As it is water-soluble our bodies don’t store Vitamin B9 so we need to include it in our diets on a regular basis. Good sources include chicken, fish, nuts, eggs and soybeans as well as root vegetables and grains.
Like Vitamin B, Vitamin C is water soluble and not stored by our bodies. Apart from warding off colds, Vitamin C also helps our bodies repair tissue and make collagen which is crucial for ligaments, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels.
Some of the best food sources of Vitamin C are tomatoes, broccoli and citrus fruits but most fresh fruits and veg have some Vitamin C so it’s easy to include it in quick meals and snacks.
By eating a healthy balanced diet, it’s pretty easy to make sure that your family get all of their essential vitamins; helping to keep them well and to grow into healthy, strong and energetic adults.
Guest post by Eva Fernandez on behalf of supersavvyme
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