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Supplements for kids: do they need them?

Minerals and vitamins play an important role in a child's development and growth. It is usually not necessary for children to take vitamins or minerals supplements when they eat a well-balanced diet. Some children, however, may require supplements if they suffer from deficiencies. 

What is a well-balanced diet?

Dairy or dairy alternatives, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, and legumes, including beans and lentils, should all be included in a balanced diet. In addition to being important for growth and development in general, some vitamins and minerals are especially important for children, such as vitamin D, omega-3 and calcium. 

When your kid needs supplements?

Most of kids able to get adequate amounts of nutrients. However, keep track of nutrients is never an easy job, especially each age group needs different amount of specific minerals and vitamins.

In addition, children who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet may need to supplement with vitamin B12, since it can only be obtained from animal products. Those with celiac disease are more likely to suffer from nutritional deficiencies and may need supplements. Children who have a poor appetite, drink a lot of sugary drinks, take medications, or have chronic medical conditions that interfere with intake may also need a supplement. 

How to choose supplements?

Choosing the right supplement for your child involves a number of important factors. We will discuss two main factors in this article: ingredients and supplement form.

The ingredients must be of high quality and pass the TGA quality check, as well as be manufactured in facilities that adhere to current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs). Additionally, the ingredients should be free of fillers, artificial flavors, food dyes, and preservatives.

Since some kids have difficulty swallowing capsules, supplement form is taken into account. Drops, sprays, or even chewable tablets will be easier for your kid to consume. 

Vitatree Kids Collection

At Vitatree, we acknowledge the importance of nutrients for children's development, especially for bone, brain, and immune system health.

Vitatree introduces VITATREE KIDS COLLECTION, your new companion to help support your kids' development. The collection includes different supplements to meet your child's specific needs. 

Take a look at our kids collection here:

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