Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Children
The role that vitamins play in good health is indisputable. Vitamins and minerals are integral to hundreds of body functions, like building strong bones, healing wounds and boosting immune systems. While we only need a small amount of these nutrients, failing to get them will usually result in problems.
There are a range of vitamin deficiencies that are notable in Canada and around the world. Get to know them to ensure that your family is getting the nutrients they need, and learn how you can help others across the globe to minimize these deficiencies as well.
Vitamin D: This is essential for the normal development of bones and is also required for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Children with vitamin D deficiency are at increased risk of rickets disease, bone weakening and developing osteoporosis later in life. Vitamin D is only attainable in Canada from sunlight from April to October so it a good idea to use supplements, like Jamieson Vitamin D for Kids, to get the adequate amounts.
Zinc: A deficiency in zinc is associated with a range of issues from stunted growth, to slow wound healing and lowered immune ability. Increase your intake of foods like, fish, meat and beans to boost your zinc levels.
Iron: When iron levels are low, your body struggles to effectively carry oxygen, due to iron’s role in making red blood cells. This can result in anemia, which can lead to ongoing fatigue. Improve iron intake by eating fortified cereals, beef, lentils and spinach.
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Vitamin A: This important nutrient is needed for proper immune function and vision. One third of children in developing countries are deficient in vitamin A. While many Canadians can get this vitamin from proper nutrition and fortified foods, these resources are not always available elsewhere, leading to blindness and inability to fight life-threatening infections.
To help fight vitamin deficiency, Jamieson Vitamins has partnered with Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization helping at-risk populations gain access to life changing vitamins and minerals. Jamieson’s Share the Health program will provide 500,000 children worldwide with critically needed vitamin A supplements. More information is available at www.jamiesonvitamins.com.