Top 6 kids’ vitamins and minerals

Top 6 kids’ vitamins and minerals

Nutrients for our little ones

It can be tricky to ensure that our children get proper nutritional support. Here are some of the important vitamins and minerals needed for a growing mind and body. If you’re concerned your child isn’t getting enough, speak to your health care provider.

Vitamin A is important for normal growth and development; tissue and bone repair; and healthy skin, eyes and immune responses.

Where to get it:

  • yellow-to-orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potato, squash)
  • Swiss chard, kale, dark green lettuce
  • red lettuce
  • apricots
  • cheese
  • eggs

Vitamin Bs—B1, B2, B3, B6, folate and B12—help make red blood cells, form our genetic blueprint, aid metabolism, keep the circulatory and nervous systems healthy and convert food into energy.

Where to get them:

  • eggs
  • milk, cheese
  • beans, lentils, chickpeas
  • nuts and seeds
  • soy/soy products (tofu, tempeh)
  • meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish

Vitamin C helps form healthy collagen, blood vessels, cartilage and muscle as well as neurotransmitters and is found in high concentrations in immune cells.

Where to get it:

  • citrus fruit
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli

Vitamin D promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium; it also has benefits for immune health, mental health and overall life expectancy.

Where to get it:

  • sunlight
  • eggs (yolks)
  • shiitake mushrooms
  • milk
  • fatty fish (salmon, sardines)

Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows. Calcium is also important for muscle contraction, nerve signalling and hormone release.

Where to get it:

  • yogurt
  • soy/soy products (tofu, tempeh)
  • green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli)
  • milk, cheese
  • sardines, salmon, anchovies
  • almonds, sesame seeds
  • beans

Iron helps build muscle and develop healthy brains, and is essential to healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency is a risk in adolescence, especially for girls once they begin to menstruate.

Where to get it:

  • whole grains
  • green vegetables (spinach, asparagus, snow peas)
  • chickpeas, beans, lentils
  • spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green peas
  • red meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish
  • soy/ soy products (tofu, tempeh)
  • eggs
  • nuts and seeds

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