IM­POR­TANT VI­TA­MINS FOR KIDS & TEENS

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MUL­TI­VI­TA­MIN/ MIN­ERAL. Chil­dren un­der the age of 3 should take a for­mula de­signed for kids. Teens can take half the dose of most adult for­mu­las. Mul­tis don’t usu­ally con­tain enough vi­ta­min D or bone- sup­port­ing min­er­als, and men­stru­at­ing girls need ex­tra iron, around 5 mg per day. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: Na­ture’s Way Alive! Chil­dren’s Che­w­able Multi- Vi­ta­min

VI­TA­MIN D. It’s crit­i­cal for build­ing strong bones and sup­port­ing im­mune health, and may help pre­vent de­pres­sion dur­ing win­ter months. Many kids are de­fi­cient, espe­cially since the bulk of their days dur­ing the school year are spent in­side, so sup­ple­ments are im­por­tant. Rec­om­mended dosages range from 500– 2,000 IU per day. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: ChildLife Es­sen­tials Vi­ta­min D Drops Nat­u­ral Berry Fla­vor ZINC. This min­eral is crit­i­cal for growth and im­mune func­tion, as well as sex­ual devel­op­ment at pu­berty. If your child doesn’t eat meat or seafood, he or she may need sup­ple­ments. Rec­om­mended doses range from 4– mg per day. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: Na­ture’s Plus An­i­mal Pa­rade Kid Zinc BONE HEALTH NU­TRI­ENTS. Kids – 3 need 700 mg of cal­cium per day; kids 4– 8 need

,000 mg, and those 9 and up need ,300 mg. Look for a sup­ple­ment that in­cludes th­ese amounts, along with mag­ne­sium, vi­ta­min K, and vi­ta­min D. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: Sol­gar U- Cubes Chil­dren’s Cal­cium with D Gum­mies OMEGA- 3S. Omega- 3s may im­prove ADHD symp­toms in kids un­der 2. They’re also es­sen­tial for re­duc­ing di­a­betes risk, im­prov­ing asthma, and pro­tect­ing against de­pres­sion. Rec­om­mended doses range from 300– ,000 mg per day. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: Nordic Nat­u­rals Nordic Omega- Fishies

ELDERBERRY. Busy fam­i­lies don’t have time to be sick! Keep kids healthy with safe, ef­fec­tive im­mune- boost­ing sup­ple­ments. Our top pick for treat­ing colds and flu is elderberry ( Sam­bu­cus ni­gra)— keep this on hand year- round. This herb has im­pres­sive an­tivi­ral prop­er­ties and has been shown to lessen symp­toms and shorten the du­ra­tion of the flu in hu­man clin­i­cal tri­als. It has a pleas­ant taste in syrup form and is free of side ef­fects. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: Na­ture’s An­swer Sam­bu­cus Kid’s For­mula

PRO­BI­OTICS. Healthy bac­te­ria are key for gut health and im­mu­nity, and they can also help with food sen­si­tiv­i­ties and al­ler­gies. For lit­tle kids, look for for­mu­las de­signed for younger ages ( even in­fants can ben­e­fit from pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments); tweens and teens can take adult pro­bi­otics. Look for prod­ucts with a broad spec­trum of strains. ED­I­TOR’S PICK: Jar­row For­mu­las Jarro- Dophilus In­fant Pro­bi­otics

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