Have you considered supplementing your diet with vitamins or minerals? Wondering if your child could benefit from a kid-friendly vitamin?
You know that you should be eating lots of fruits and vegetables and getting enough healthy fats. But in today’s busy society, attending to those diet needs each and every day sometimes isn’t possible.
That’s where supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals comes into play.
As researchers learn more about what our bodies need at different ages and stages, nutritional supplement makers have stepped up to the plate to provide different options. Here’s what you should know.
Vitamins for Kids
“But I don’t like that!” says your picky eater.
As a parent, you know that sometimes all the bribery in the world won’t change a picky eater who says: “It’s broccoli and I hate it.”
If you’ve got a child who wants macaroni and cheese 24/7 and bursts into tears at the sight of greens, talk to your little one’s pediatrician about options such as calcium and vitamin C. These vitamins can sometimes fill in the gap, especially if you have a picky eater.
And because kids can have problems swallowing pills, chewable vitamins make it easier, such as Nature’s Plus Animal Parade ® Vitamin C Children’s Chewable with Whole Food Concentrates.
Looking for a kid-friendly calcium option? Try one with added vitamin D for absorption, such as L’il Critters Fruit Swirl Calcium Gummy Bears with Vitamin D3.
Congratulations, new mom! Talk with your OB-GYN about what you and your growing baby need for health, such as a multivitamin like New Chapter Organics ® Perfect Prenatal ® Multi-Vitamin.
Seeking DHA supplements? Try a soft gel for easier swallowing, such as Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA.
Adult and Senior Vitamins
Vitamin C remains one of the most popular choices for supporting immune health. If you have problems swallowing pills, try Vitacost Vitamin C-500 Blueberry, Raspberry & Boysenberry Natural Fruit Chews.
Healthy fats are important for your skin and overall health. But trying to calculate how much of salmon, almond, avocado and other sources you need each day can be challenging. Try omega-3s in supplement form, such as Carlson Elite Omega-3 Gems ® Professional Strength Fish Oil.
Seeking a multi-vitamin for women? Try Nature’s Way Alive! ® Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency Multi-Vitamin.
Are you a man over 50? Then consider Nature’s Way Alive! ® Once Daily Men’s 50 plus Multi-Vitamin.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.