There’s overwhelming evidence that a healthy diet leads to healthier kids. Just have them eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables (“Mmmmm, broccoli!”), whole grains, and oily, strong-tasting fish like salmon and sardines.
You can also hope that they do all their chores without being told, scrub behind their ears, and write a weekly letter to Grandma.
If eating right is not high on your child’s agenda, you might want to add a kids’ multivitamin/mineral supplement to fill in the gaps. Consider these other supplements too.
If the memory of cod-liver oil makes you wince, you’ll be glad to know that omega-3 formulas now come in tasty flavors. And there are other options besides taking the oil by the spoonful; gummies and effervescent powders are now available. These essential fatty acids—found in coldwater fish, krill, algae, and plant foods such as flax and walnuts—help reduce the risks for asthma, infections, and certain allergies. They’ve also been shown to support focus and concentration.
Our guts are alive with beneficial bacteria, which aid in digestion and help deter harmful bugs. But sometimes the balance gets out of whack. Yogurt is an excellent source of healthful—or probiotic—bacteria, and supplements designed for kids are readily available too. Probiotics have been shown to aid in the treatment of childhood conditions such as eczema, respiratory infections, and food allergies.
Fiber moves material through the digestive system, normalizing bowel movements. It also lowers cholesterol and helps control blood sugar. Kids sometimes need a fiber supplement to relieve constipation. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water when taking such a supplement. Your child may enjoy a fruit-flavored tablet, powder, or gummy form of fiber.
Try These Kid Friendly Recipes
Yogurt Parfait with Maple Drizzle
Apple Jack Pancakes