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The top 4 supplements for your child

From our friends at ChildLife Essentials

Every parent wants to give their child the best possible nutritional start in life. There are four nutrients that can make a difference in healthy growth and development and that deserve your extra attention. ChildLife Essentials supplements are ideal for children ages 6 months to 12 years. 

1. Calcium: With today's lifestyle, a "bone healthy" diet is difficult to achieve, so supplementation is advised to reach the minimum recommended daily intake levels. In addition, most multivitamin formulas do not have enough calcium to reach adequate levels, so extra supplementation is key for calcium.

2. Vitamin D: Just about every day a new study points to the health benefits of vitamin D3. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published their evaluation of the advantages of this "sunshine" vitamin and advocated doubling vitamin D levels for infants, children and adolescents. Unfortunately, more than 7 out of 10 children have insufficient Vitamin D levels. This occurs first because foods rich in vitamin D are limited.

In addition, researchers have suggested the evolution of our environment and today's modern lifestyle-cloud cover, pollution, intense use of sunscreens and spending longer hours indoors watching television and playing video games-are all factors contributing to vitamin D deficiency.

3. Probiotics: A key concern for parents is helping their children maintain a healthy immune system and digestive tract. Probiotics can help enhance the health and vitality of a child's natural defenses and support their digestive system while enhancing intestinal health.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The most important omega-3 essential fatty acid for children is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is a main structural component of brain and eye tissue and is required for optimal development. The majority of the human brain is built from, runs on and is constructed from essential fats and oils. Our bodies cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, so we must get these fats from outside sources, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, etc). But getting children to eat enough fish to have a meaningful impact on their health can be challenging. Consider supplementing your child's daily regime with DHA.

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