In order for our body to perform all its functions, it needs a wide variety of nutrients in sufficient quantities. If we do not provide them, our immune system suffers, we become tired, our metabolism works slowly and other inconveniences can result. Especially during growth, it is particularly important that the body gets everything it needs to grow big and strong and to develop well. It is often assumed that children are spared from a lack of nutrients, but this is not the case.
How does a nutrient deficiency develop in children?
Every parent knows it – the little ones have a mind of their own and simply don’t want to eat certain things or even suffer from an allergy, which makes the adequate intake of certain vital substances via the diet much more difficult. In this case, food supplements can be used as a support. The emphasis here is on the word “supportive”. Food supplements are not a substitute for a balanced diet. As the name itself indicates, they are only used as a supplement.
Every child’s diet should contain sufficient fruit and vegetables, protein foods such as meat and dairy products, and carbohydrates in moderation. Now and then, of course, a small snack is allowed. The diet should be as varied as possible. But even then, an optimal supply of vital substances is not always guaranteed.
My child eats a healthy diet, but can nutritional deficiencies still occur?
Children have special needs, also when it comes to nutrients. If they are going through a growth spurt, their need for calcium, for example, is particularly high. Among other things, this mineral contributes to normal muscle function and the growth of strong bones and is involved in cell division.
A vitamin that not only adults but also children lack during the winter months is Vitamin D. Although the body produces it itself, it needs the UVB radiation of the sun, which is a rather seldom seen guest in Central European winters. One of the vitamin’s tasks is to support the absorption of calcium.
Even if you as parents live a vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle and would like to feed your children in the same way, this is less recommended, especially at a young age. This is quickly accompanied by deficiencies in iron, vitamin B12, iodine and other vital substances. Those who nevertheless do not want to include any animal foods in their children’s diet should make sure to balance it out with the help of vegetable proteins, because protein is also very important for muscle and bone growth.
The effects of nutrient deficiencies
Encouraging children’s development through minerals and vitamins is a responsibility that every parent has. A lot of scientific research has shown that nutrient deficiencies in children can also have a negative impact on cognitive development. Among other things, it was observed that young ADD and ADHD patients were often deficient in certain vital substances. It is no wonder, then, that more and more doctors no longer rely on medication during treatment, but on nutrient therapies. Iron, zinc and iodine are exemplary minerals that influence brain development.
The way to the doctor is indispensable
Supplying children with sufficient vital substances through food supplements should not be done on your own. Seek advice from a doctor beforehand. He or she can quickly check your suspicions with the help of a blood test. Make sure that he or she also examines the blood cells and not only the blood serum, because this is where vital substances have their effect. Examinations of the serum often yield normal results, even if there is a deficiency in the cells. Hair mineral analyses and stool examinations can be carried out in addition.
Refrain from preventive intake
If the examination shows that your child has no nutrient deficiencies, stay away from food supplements. You should also refrain from doing so for prophylactic purposes. In some cases, taking the wrong supplements can have a negative effect on the child’s healthy development, even though you actually want to do something good for him or her. If an additional supply of vital substances is necessary, have a nutritional supplement programme drawn up by your doctor. Based on your child’s individual needs, he or she will determine the ideal treatment.
Less is more
Supplying children with large amounts of food supplements is not always the best solution. Start with small doses and never exceed the doctor’s recommendations. There is definitely a possibility of overdosing. As a rule, this does not have a negative effect on the organism, but it can be an additional burden.
Vital substances and vitamins from Biocannovea
In order to support children’s development with minerals and vitamins, sometimes a little help is needed. In this case, you can use the product range from Biocannovea with a clear conscience. Thanks to the high stability and the resulting high effectiveness, they are particularly well absorbed by the organism and transported to where they are needed. This is possible thanks to the unique micellation process. Thus, even lipophilic substances become water-soluble, which leads to a particularly high bioavailability.
On their way there, the vital substances also maintain their stability so that they reach their destination completely.
We wish you and your loved ones all the best! Your Biocannovea team.
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