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Vitamins and Supplements for Kids

When it comes to vitamins and supplements for kids, children of every age, height, weight and activity level need certain nutritional value that for the most part they can receive via a proper diet. Toddlers, for example, have different nutritional needs than a pre-schooler, and grade-school students have different nutritional needs than teenagers.

A healthy diet should be all your children need to get their nutritional value. The Canada Food Guide is a great guideline for communicating how much of the four food groups children and adults need to consume on a daily basis. However, some children are nutrient and vitamin deficient, so you may be considering vitamins and supplements for your kids.

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At Sports Nutrition Center, we carry an extensive variety of vitamins and mineral supplements for children of all ages. From multivitamins to calcium supplements, you’ll find a great selection of kids’ vitamins at great online prices!

Why are Vitamins Important for Kids?

When you were a child, how many times did you hear your parents say “don’t forget to take your vitamins?” or “eat your fruits and vegetables!” The reason is that children are very active and have different nutritional needs than adults.

In fact, according to Health Canada: 1 in 5 Canadian children have energy intakes that exceed their energy needs. Health Canada also states, “The diets of children provide adequate amounts of most vitamins and minerals, with the exception of vitamin D and calcium (4 - 8 years only).” The need for kids’ vitamins may vary based on age, diet and nutritional deficiencies. Not only for children but for adults alike, vitamins and minerals are integral to numerous body functions, such as building strong bones, healing wounds and boosting immune systems.

Young children have small appetites, but they still need calories and proper nutritional intake for growth and development. Nutritional supplements can help

What are some Good Vitamins for Kids to Take?

The most common nutritional deficiencies in children in Canada and the US are calcium, vitamin D, iron and zinc deficiency. Learn more on these nutritional deficiencies here.

  1. Calcium is vital for the growth of bones and teeth, and for proper muscle and enzyme functioning in the body. Calcium-rich foods include dairy, dark leafy green vegetables, fish, as well as some nuts and seeds.
  2. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium, is necessary for optimal bone growth and can help prevent softening of the bones in kids with childhood osteomalacia. Foods rich in Vitamin D include certain dairy products, soy milk, cereals and egg yolks.
  3. Zinc is a mineral that helps with healthy hair, skin and nails. It also aids in the development of strong immune systems. Foods rich in zinc include pumpkin seeds, cashews and peanuts, seafood, meat (namely beef & pork), cooked beans, lentils, oats, and some fruits and vegetables such as avocado, peas and berries.
  4. Vitamin A is needed for proper immune function and good vision. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish and tropical fruits.
  5. Iron is known to carry oxygen in the body, which aids in the production of red blood cells. Iron also helps with cognitive development, and supports immune function and body temperature regulation. While toddlers and grade-school students may not need an iron supplement, teenagers may be more prone to iron deficiencies. Iron absorption is improved by eating foods rich in Vitamin C, such as red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, iron-fortified cereals, and some breads and pastas.

At Sports Nutrition Center, we have a great selection of vitamins and mineral supplements to choose from. We carry notable brands such as 1st Step, Nutrakey, Optimum Nutrition, TwinLab and VitaLabs, all at spectacularly low online pricing! Start shopping now.