Nutrients Children Need

Kids can be demanding little creatures.

As girls and boys work their way through childhood and into adulthood, their bodies and brains have never-ending demands.

How can anyone expect kids to grow and develop and perform to great expectations without first providing those bundles of energy and fearless, creative minds with all of the nutrients essential to their health and well-being?

Here is a run-down of some of the vitamins and minerals kids need for proper growth and development – physical and mental.

An A-Z (sort of) Guide to Nutrients Children Need

Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A helps in the formation and maintenance of skin, hair, and mucous membranes, helps people see in dim light, and helps teeth and bones grow. It also helps the immune system work properly.

Vitamin B1 (thiamin):  viHelps body release energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates during metabolism. Aids growth and muscle tone.

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Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Helps body release energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates during metabolism.

Vitamin B 6 (pyridoxine): Helps build body tissue and aids in metabolism of protein.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin): Aids the metabolism of protein and fat. Important for cell development, nervous system functioning.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant essential for making collagen, a connective tissue. Collagen is necessary for the structure of bones, teeth, muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood vessels

Calcium (ascorbic acid):  A macro-mineral which helps in the development of strong bones, teeth, and muscle tissue and regulates the heart beat, muscle action, nerve function, and blood clotting.

Vitamin D: Aids in bone and tooth formation and helps maintain cardiovascular system, nervous system and immune system functioning.

Vitamin E: Protects blood cells, body tissue, and essential fatty acids from destruction in the body. Helps protect against free-radical damage.

Folate (folic acid): A B-vitamin that aids in genetic material development and involved in red blood cell production.

Iodine: A component of the hormone thyroxine which controls metabolism. Helps the functioning of the thyroid gland which releases hormones important for brain development, protein synthesis, metabolic function, and enzyme functioning.

Iron: Improves blood quality and the formation of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells which helps supply oxygen to tissues. Increases resistance to stress and disease.

Magnesium: Helps with acid/base balance and important for the metabolism of carbohydrates, sugar, and minerals. Supports formation of bones, teeth, and body tissue as well as the functioning of nerves and muscles.

Niacin: Involved in the metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrate.

Panthothenic Acid: Present in all plant and animal tissues and helps release energy from fats and vegetables.

Zinc: Involved in digestion and metabolism. Important for the development of the reproductive system, skin, connective tissue formation, and aids in healing.

child holding radishesIt can be a challenge making sure kids are getting all the micronutrients they need in the right amounts.

Even if kids eat all of their carrots and broccoli, there is no guarantee the foods they just ate had sufficient vitamins and minerals to begin with. Then, through certain cooking processed, many nutrients are lost.

The best bet kids have of getting optimal levels of nutrition for their age is by eating the most nutrient-dense foods possible plus high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade supplementation.

If you’d like to learn more about high-quality nutritional supplements for children, contact Kate, an Independent Associate of USANA Health Sciences, Inc. which manufacturers the highest-rated nutritional supplements.