Daily a ration of vitamins for kids
What do children need vitamins for??
In a balanced diet, vitamins for children are an integral part. They fulfill a multitude of functions that are vital for a child. A deficiency in vitamins can lead to serious health problems in a child. In a healthy mixed nutrition with fruits, vegetables and dairy products, children are adequately cared for. The intake of tablets is only necessary in rare cases. Quite the opposite: In case of overdose of many vitamins, the children, for example, suffer from stomach problems to severe developmental disorders.
Vitamin A and beta-carotene
Vitamin A is produced in the body by a conversion of the beta-carotene, which is exclusively found in plants, i. Fruits and vegetables are found. Especially Yellow to orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, oranges, spinach or broccoli provide beta-carotene and vitamin A, respectively. The vitamin A health requirement is high but can not be saved, so these foods should be included in the diet for a balanced diet. Vitamin A regulates the metabolism and supports both the blood formation and processes of cell division as they occur, for example, in wound healing. With a deficiency of both substances, children often feel weak, suffer from loss of appetite and impaired senses (such as sense of touch and smell). Lack of care is often seen on dry skin, hair and brittle fingernails. Permanent undersupply may also be responsible for inadequate bone growth.
The various forms of vitamin B have many important functions for a child’s organism. Especially for the Preserving healthy nerve cells in the spinal cord, brain and the entire nervous system, vitamin B is essential. The protein metabolism and the formation of new blood cells require a balanced diet with sufficient vitamin B. The fat-soluble vitamin B is stored in the organism for a long time. A strong overdose of vitamins results in nausea, mood swings, vision problems and, in severe cases, growth disorders. Liver and spleen can also be damaged in the long term if consumed too much. An indication of an overdose is, for example, hair loss and joint complaints.
- B1 – Mainly contained in vegetables and potatoes
- B2 – in legumes, milk and cheese
- B6 – contained in bananas, vegetables, milk and eggs
- B12 – A vitamin, which is hardly contained in plants, but especially in animal products. Only milk, cheese, peas and beans help meet the need.
Vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamins, one of those vitamins whose occurrence in the diet is also familiar to many parents. The so-called ascorbic acid, is important for the immune system. It captures radicals and has a detoxifying effect. Vitamin C is also essential for the synthesis of many proteins and iron absorption in children’s intestines. Main donors are mainly healthy citrus fruits such as oranges or grapefruit. But even peppers, tomatoes or potatoes that are automatically included in our everyday diet are good vitamin C donors. In a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, the need is usually covered. Ingestion of tablets as a nutritional supplement may overdose damage the kidneys of children responsible for the removal of vitamin Cs. The main symptoms of overconsumption are abdominal pain and vitamin C..
Many parents still know vitamin D from the first years of their children‘s lives. Vitamin D is often prescribed by the pediatrician in the form of tablets, as it is extremely important to the health of Bones and teeth is. As one of the few vitamins that the organism can produce itself, one would think this would not be necessary. However, sunlight is important for education. The intake of dietary supplements such as vitamin D is therefore usually recommended for the winter months, in which the little ones are granted only a few hours of sunshine. The consequences of a deficiency are, for example, nausea, irritability, often a loss of weight and quite a delay in mental and physical development.
Vitamin E (tocopherol)
In fact, the relatively unknown vitamin E is extremely important for the body of a child. Like vitamin C, it serves as a scavenger for radicals, maintains muscle functions and stabilizes the cell walls. Because these fat-soluble vitamins especially in vegetable oils like Sunflower or olive oil deficiency symptoms such as anemia, muscle weakness or nerve dysfunction are rather rare.
Vitamin K is important for blood clotting. For example, undersupply is usually caused by frequent nosebleeds or strikingly rapid hematomas (bruises). It can be found especially in vegetables such as cabbage, spinach or strawberries.
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