Supplements that boost your child’s health and brain power

It has been proven that children who consume a well-balanced diet rich in the necessary vitamins and minerals do better in school.

 Adding supplements to your child’s diet can help ensure they get all the vitamins and nutrients they need to excel in class.

Experts agree: Children who eat better tend to perform better at school!

With the last quarter of the school year in full swing, you may be wondering how to fill in the missing nutritional links that could be holding your child back from reaching his or her full potential. Children need fuel to grow, to play, and most importantly, to learn.

In fact, it’s been proven that children who eat better, tend to perform better at school. This is because they have enough energy (the good kind) and brain support to focus during school hours, participate in extra-curricular activities, and complete homework once they’re at home.

How can I ensure that my child eats a healthy diet?

Proper nutrition can sometimes be a real challenge as we balance the nutritional needs of our children with foods that they will actually eat (yes, there’s a picky eater in every family!). Plus, let’s be real; getting balanced, healthy snacks and home-cooked meals on the table (and in our children’s tummies) is not always possible.

Instead of begging, bribing, and force-feeding your way through snack and mealtimes, you could consider a vitamin and mineral supplement.

The importance of supplements

Did you know that supplements are a no-fuss way to fill in any nutritional gaps? Whether you choose to cover your child’s bases with a good multi-vitamin or target individual vitamins and minerals that you suspect they might be lacking in – supplements are a no-fuss way to fill in any nutritional gaps.

6 Vitamin and mineral supplements for smart kids

Don’t know where to begin? Six vitamin and mineral supplements for brilliant youngsters are listed below:

Iron

Iron is a necessary ingredient for the production of haemoglobin, a fundamental component of red blood cells that distributes oxygen throughout the body. If your child is deficient in iron, he may experience fatigue, dizziness, and irritability. Iron deficiency can also cause cognitive and behavioural problems and delays.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important nutrient necessary for the growth of strong, healthy bones and teeth. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a bone-softening disease. Unfortunately, because of lifestyle changes and sunscreen usage, the majority of the population shows signs of vitamin D deficiency, children included.

Magnesium

Is your child overly grumpy or irritable? He could be deficient in magnesium! This superhero supplement can help children sleep better at night, relieve discomfort from growing pains and reduce anxiety.

Zinc

Zinc is an important nutrient for growing bodies. It not only helps to boost the immune system but works to combat colds and improve concentration.

Omega-3s

Essential fatty acids found in Omega-3s help feed your child’s brain – and keep it healthy. Omega-3s also sharpen cognitive function and are essential for optimal eye function.

Probiotics

According to research, our gut plays an important part in our overall wellness – and one of the simplest ways to influence gut health, is to take a probiotic. Probiotics (the live-kind are best) can help relieve constipation, prevent secondary infections in kids using antibiotics, and may even work to prevent eczema and allergies.