Minerals for Kids
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All you need to know about Minerals for Kids
What are the most important minerals for a child?
Young children and teenagers have different mineral needs to adults, as their bodies are still growing. It is important that their diet is high in fibre, as well as calcium, to build strong bones and teeth. They also need Vitamin D for bone development, Vitamin E for a strong immune system, B vitamins for a healthy heart and immune system, and iron for ensuring their red blood cells are healthy and flow around the body properly.
What foods are naturally high in minerals?
Your child's diet should be balanced and healthy to ensure that they are getting enough minerals that they need for all-important growth. Your child should be eating a moderate diet of the right meats and fish, cereals and whole grains, milk and dairy foods, fruit and vegetables and nuts. If your child is vegetarian, mineral supplements can be an ideal way to ensure that they are getting what they need to grow and develop healthily.
What are the most essential minerals for the human body?
There are many minerals that the body needs large amounts of, including chloride, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Some minerals, like sodium, are less important and we do not need very much of them, but still require some to ensure overall health.
What minerals support a child's immune system?
If you are worried about your child's immune system, you should first of all consult your GP to see if there are any dietary adjustments you can make that will help. Your GP may recommend a mineral supplement that boosts levels of Vitamin C to prevent colds and viruses, or Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. Your child might also have a folic acid, iron or zinc deficiency. For these, taking a mineral supplement can be a good idea.