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Are Your Kids Taking The Right Supplements?

Are Your Kids Taking The Right Supplements?

In the past years fish oil, protein and a multivitamins were buzz words being thrown around when families spoke about what their children needed for vitamins and supplements for back to school.  The way corduroy and khaki’s were last year’s back to school wardrobe ,  this 2014-2015 school year is definitely different when it comes to supplement regimes.  The supplement selection this year is super special.

By selecting a supplement program for your child, you are thinking about many health benefits that you want them to achieve.  You want them to excel in their learning, have the capacity to concentrate on their studies, have positive interactions with children, not develop a weak immune system and most importantly you want them to be confident and healthy this school year.

Here are the must have supplements for your child to excel:

B12: is used to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, this results in an energy boost for your child and a decrease in fatigue in their body. It helps by reducing depression and stress.

Rhodiola:  increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of our red blood cells, making it particularly effective at increasing energy. Rhodiola has a calming effect on our mind and body and increases the sensitivity of your neurons to dopamine and serotonin, this effect helps with memory, pleasure and mood.

Probiotic: the most obvious reasons you giving your child probiotics is to improve their digestion and absorption of nutrients.  The most important reason we forget is to improve their immune system.

L-Carnitine: is an amino acid that serves as an antioxidant that can help prevent damage done to your healthy body and boosting your immune system.  L-carnitine helps protect the brain from stress which helps it function better.   This is a formula that boost your child’s immune and makes them smarter.

Echinacea: is your classical immune boosting and bacteria fighting herb that should be in every medicine cabinet. If there is evidence of a cold, this immune booster should be called upon.

Each child is different, please ask your naturopathic doctor what supplement and dose are appropriate for your child. Getting into the habit of selecting natural supplements for your child before the school year, shows your child that you are making their health a priority.  This back to school year, help them put their best foot forward.

Dr Elias Markou, ND

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