How to Choose Children’s Nutrient Supplements

Children’s resistance is much weaker than adults. Therefore, many parents buy their children supplements to increase nutrition. But are these nutritional supplements really achieving the results they expect?

To answer this question, let us first get to know that what are the factors related to human immunity? Human immunity is related to many factors, including nutrition, sleep and growth environment. Nutritional factors play an important role. It is the material basis for maintaining normal immune function and health. The nutrients closely related to the body’s immune function are mainly protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, zinc, selenium, calcium, copper, and folic acid.

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Therefore, children need a scientific and reasonable diet every day, and intake adequate and balanced nutrients to improve their resistance. Many children with poor body resistance have anorexia, picky eaters, and unreasonable nutritional structure. Everyday food does not provide enough nutrients for the body, so parents need to supplement the nutrients to fill any nutritional vacancies in the diet.

But be careful! Blindly overdosing nutrients can cause certain side effects! No matter what nutrients, the human body has an upper limit on the range of needs, and excessive consumption may cause poisoning or other adverse reactions. For example, excessive intake of vitamin D and calcium can lead to calcification of organs, hypercalcemia, and hypercalciuria; excessive vitamin A can cause mental disability, even elevated intracranial pressure and coma. In addition, taking a large number of nutrient supplements may affect the body’s absorption of other nutrients. For example, a large amount of calcium supplementation may inhibit the absorption of trace elements such as iron.

Therefore, while choosing a nutritional supplement, parents should not blindly believe in advertising or another people’s advice before consult a professional doctor. It is best to ask nutrition professional doctors to carefully analyze the dietary nutrient intake according to the baby’s daily eating habits. For example, doctors will evaluate the baby’s growth and development (such as height, weight, head circumference, chest circumference, etc.) and mental state, and evaluate whether the whole-body examination has the signs of certain nutrient deficiencies. Combining with the results of blood biochemical tests that reflect the nutritional status of the body, they can accurately determine whether a child lacks certain nutrients. Then parents can select the correct nutrient supplement according to the specific nutrients, dosage, ratio, etc. contained in the nutrient supplement.

In addition to the purchase of supplements available on the market, homemade supplements are also a good choice. The desired nutrients are filled into the empty capsules to form a capsule supplement. This can achieve the same effect and save a lot of cost.