A top priority for many parents is ensuring that their children get the necessary vitamins and nutrients to lead a healthy and active life. However, picky eating habits, lack of resources and busy lifestyles can result in many children not getting the proper nutrients they need to thrive.

1Here is a list of the top four vitamins that every child needs:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is best known for its role in preventing viral infections. For kids heading back to school, this immune system booster is crucial in the fall and winter months and is a great way to treat and prevent the common cold that will likely be going around their classroom.

Potassium

A potassium-rich diet helps ensure normal heart and muscle function, maintains fluid balance, and participates in energy production. Diets that include foods with high levels of potassium such as bananas, sweet potatoes and avocados, can also help to prevent high blood pressure in adults.

Vitamin D

For kids who will be spending all day in a classroom, vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – might not be as accessible as it was in the summer. Vitamin D has been long recognized as a bone building ally to assist in the absorption of dietary calcium and phosphorus. Getting enough vitamin D as a child sets a crucial foundation for strong bone health as we age.

Omega-3s

Unless your child is eating two or more servings a week of fatty fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), they are likely lacking the essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, that are critical for development and healthy function of the eyes, brain and nervous system. Try a supplement that is specially formulated for children, like Jamieson’s Omega-3 Kids Gummies for a tasty way for children to receive the essential fatty acids necessary for healthy growth.

Though Canadians have access to the foods with these essential vitamins, not all kids around the world have that luxury. Jamieson Vitamins has partnered with Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization helping at-risk populations gain access to life changing vitamins and minerals. The company’s Share the Health campaign will provide 500,000 children worldwide with supplements of vitamin A, a nutrient crucial for healthy childhood development. More information is available at www.jamiesonvitamins.com.

 

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.