Did you know that between 10-40% of American children are deficient in vitamin D? Or that between 80-90% of girls and 60-80% of boys aged 9-18 do not get the recommended amount of calcium each day? These statistics may be the result of many different factors, such as an unbalanced or restrictive diet, lack of adequate sun exposure or picky eating, but these deficiencies can have disastrous effects on the health of a growing and developing child. Did you know that vitamin D is essential in helping kids grow healthy and strong bones, as well as a robust immune system?
Calcium also plays a role in bone development, but is also important for the development of teeth, and healthy muscle function. There are many different vitamins and minerals that are vital for healthy growth and development but are often difficult to incorporate in the diet of picky eaters, or those on specialized diets, like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or dairy-free.
How can you make sure that your child is getting the essential vitamins and minerals the need to develop healthy and happy?
In addition to carefully planning a well-balanced diet, it may be beneficial to consider adding a multivitamin to your child’s daily routine. Not only does a multivitamin add the important vitamins and minerals that your child needs, but multivitamins are also often easier to get kids to take than a green smoothie or extra veggies. It is important to note that you should always consult a health professional before adding any supplements or vitamins to your child’s routine, as certain vitamins can be toxic if over-consumed.
It’s also important to ensure you choose an age-appropriate vitamin option for your child. Max Kid’s Multivitamin is intended for children age 1+, but the dosage changes with age, and by age 14, your family healthcare provider may decide to move your child to adult vitamins.
What vitamins does your child need in their diet?
MaxLiving has brought together Max Kid’s Multivitamin, which contains all of the vitamins a growing child needs. Some of the most important vitamins and nutrients in the Max Kid’s Multivitamin include:
This important vitamin can help maintain your child’s vision, ensure healthy organ and immune system function, and support healthy bones.
This vitamin, often associated with citrus fruits, is essential for helping your child form and repair their red blood cells, the cells which carry oxygen from their lungs to the rest of their body, as well as support healthy gum and blood vessel development. Vitamin C is also an essential part of helping kids heal from cuts and scrapes, while also boosting the immune system.
Vitamin D is essential in helping kids grow healthy and strong bones, as well as a robust immune system. While ideally, all of your child’s vitamin D would come from sunshine and diet, this isn’t always possible. Most kids need a vitamin D supplement in order to get enough each day.
This vitamin acts as an antioxidant, fending off dangerous free radicals which can damage the cells in your child’s body. This important vitamin is also important to the immune system and can help your child fight off viruses and bacteria, naturally.
This vitamin is often given to babies at birth because of its vital role in blood clotting. Vitamin K helps the body stop bleeding by helping to produce 4 of the 13 proteins required to form a blood clot. This important vitamin also helps with blood and kidney health in other way.
These B vitamins are essential for energy production and allowing your child to feel their best while their body performs at its most efficient. B12 and Folate are easier for the body to absorb and use in their methylated forms, which is how they are included in the Max Kid’s Multivitamin.
Calcium and Magnesium
These vital nutrients are important not only for strong bones, but also for muscle function. Magnesium helps the body to break down and use calcium. Meaning its usually best to take these powerhouse minerals together.
This important mineral is vital for a kid’s immunes system to grow and function. It can be found in beans and nuts, although oysters, red meats and poultry are the best sources. Supplementation using nutraceuticals can be beneficial, especially in cold and flu season!
A source of antioxidants to combat cell damaging “free radicals” and repair the damage they cause. Citrus Bioflavonoid may improve blood flow and ease swelling in the body, too.
preB® Fermented Superfood Powder
This powder is a natural source of fermented enzymes and prebiotics to enhance digestion.
Max Kid’s Multivitamin
There are many different multivitamins, kids vitamins, and nutraceuticals to choose from, but only Max Kid’s Multivitamin contains all of the above vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the appropriate amounts for kids. Additionally, Max Kid’s Multivitamin is a chewable formula, sweetened with xylitol, making it free of added cane-sugar, as well as free of salt, dairy, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, yeast, wheat, gluten, preservatives, titanium dioxide, artificial colors and artificial flavors.
Many other kid’s multivitamins make their products too much like candy or gummies, not only bad for your child’s teeth, but also putting children at risk of overdosing on certain vitamins which are toxic in large doses if they mistakenly consume them as “candy”. Max Kid’s Multivitamin is also one of the few products on the market for kids which contains the methylated form of B12 or Folate, because these versions, while highly effective, are also very costly to include. Consult your healthcare provider about adding Max Kid’s Multivitamin to your child’s routine today!
About the Author
Jini Cicero is a Los Angeles-based Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. With over 20 years experience as a health, fitness, and nutraceutical professional, Jini is passionate about advancing natural medicine and optimal health. Whether she’s working with Hollywood celebrities or cancer patients, Jini uniquely combines exercise science, sports nutrition, and corrective exercise. As a speaker, presenter, and writer, her work has been featured in numerous publications, such as Shape, MindBodyGreen, and The L.A. Daily News.