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Smart Kids - Vitamins for Development

As a parent, there’s a lot you can do for your child's health and development. Whole food nutrition is vital for proper development, but there are also many helpful supplements available if you would like to ensure your child is getting everything he needs. If using supplements, be sure to discuss these with your child’s doctor before beginning.

Supplements for Support

Supplements should be considered if you have a picky eater or a child with special needs. Abidec's Multivitamin syrup with Omega 3 is particularly good in these cases as it combines a mix of multi-vitamins with omega 3.

Multivitamins are an excellent insurance against any gaps in your child’s diet.

Antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, and grape seed may protect against the damage that can be caused by reactive oxygene species.

Omega 3 is sometimes linked to cognitive development. While there is some evidence that long chain omega 3 fatty acids can help an unborn baby’s cognitive development, there is not enough evidence to draw firm conclusions.

Chromium may affect the amount of energy we get from the food we eat.

Foods to Include

Including certain whole food nutrients in your child’s diet can be of benefit. Let’s look at some of the most important ones:

Antioxidants can be found in whole food sources such as raisins, grapes, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, garlic, raw spinach and cooked kale.

Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in walnuts and its oils, almonds, salmon, sardines, flaxseed and its oils, sardines, and mackerel.

Foods to Avoid

On the other hand, there are some foods to avoid for your child:

Restrict the amount of simple carbohydrates in a child’s diet by substituting whole grains for “the whites” (bread, rice and potatoes).

Avoid too many polyunsaturated fats in your child’s diet. Avoid the hydrogenated oils that are common in processed foods like microwave popcorn, snack cakes, and foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Too much of any kind of sugar can cause problems over time.