Supporting healthy kids
Dr Murray Clarke, founder of ChildLife Essentials, on the nutrients kids need
The most important principle to be aware of is that the body, mind and immune system that develops in childhood becomes the foundation for everything that follows in their life. This is why the choices you make each day to support your child’s health and development are so critical.
All the vitamins and minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids are considered ‘essential’ nutrients. They provide your child with what they need to grow and they also give the body what it needs to neutralise the toxins that they are exposed to.
What should we look out for when choosing supplements for our kids? Opt for those developed and formulated specifically for childrens’ unique nutritional requirements. They should be pure and clean, ie have no GMOs, artificial ingredients, flavourings and colourings, and they should be gluten-free. Liquid formulations are easy to give to children and they also allow for greater bioavailability and absorption of nutrients.
What are the most important supplements to give your child on a daily basis, for ongoing maintenance
and support? I recommend multivitamins containing all 14 vitamins and the primary minerals; cod liver oil, which contains the optimal form of DHA for brain support; and vitamin C, the most important vitamin for immune support.