Ideal vitamins and supplements for all kids

Alan Greene, MD, shares advice for parents on the vitamins and supplements that he often recommends for kids to take as well as simple food solutions to get them from the foods they eat
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Ideal vitamins and supplements for all kids

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I far prefer that kids get their nutrients from the foods they eat. But often today in the US kids aren't. So if they aren't getting probiotics through yogurt or other ways of getting healthy bacteria in their food, I would suggest probiotics, or if they're ever taking antiobiotics. If they're not getting vitamin D from the sun or from foods that have vitamin D, I would be sure and get them a vitamin D supplement. For kids that are pretty picky eaters, particularly if they're missing out on some things, a multi-vitamin is a great safety net. And lastly, I'd pay attention to Omega 3s. Omega 3s are healthy fats that help reduce inflammation, reduce allergies. There are so many benefits. And our brains are built largely out of Omega 3s. And sadly we have lost out on eating them recently, for a lot of reasons. One is they tend to be in green, leafy vegetables, and kids eat a lot less green vegetables. And our farm animals eat less green vegetables. They're not pasture-raised anymore, by and large. They're corn fed, and soy fed, so our animal products have fewer Omega 3s than they used to. And kids eat a lot more junk food anyway. So Omega 3s have gone way down. If they get fish a couple times a week, that'll take care of it. A quarter cup of walnuts will provide Omega 3s. Flax seeds are another great source. I like chia seeds even better. They're easy to cook with. You can just sprinkle them on almost anything. But otherwise I would suggest an Omega 3 supplement to round out that important need.

Alan Greene, MD, shares advice for parents on the vitamins and supplements that he often recommends for kids to take as well as simple food solutions to get them from the foods they eat

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Alan Greene, MD

Founder, DrGreene.com

Dr. Alan Greene founded his website, DrGreene.com, in 1995, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician web site." In 2010 he founded the WhiteOut Now movement to change how babies are fed from their very first bite of solid food, and in 2012 he founded TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping. He is an author of several books including Feeding Baby Green and appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, and is a regular columnist for Parenting magazine. He is a practicing pediatrician and the father of four.

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