• Phoebe Davenport

Our top five supplements and health enhancing foods to help your children’s immunity

As summer goes by we are already thinking about the Autumn and Winter seasons. We have created a list of the best Five Vitamins and Supplements to take to help fight off infections! Our top 5 supplements and health enhancing foods to help your children’s immunity will improve your child's immune system and keep them healthy and fit this Autumn and Winter.

1. Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey is excellent for keeping us all healthy and our immune system going strong.

It comes in many different strengths, the stronger the better, but also the more expensive. We would recommend anything over 200 MGO. It can be mixed in juices, or with water but shouldn’t be put in hot drinks as this reduces the benefits.

2. A Multi Vitamin

An all rounder which can be taken at breakfast or after school. There are some excellent ones which will make sure your child meets all the required daily intake. Multi vitamins and minerals help with your child’s growth and their mental pathways and brain development.

3. Omega 3 EPA

Omega 3 EPA should be taken every day and will improve your child’s focus and attention. You are likely to see an improvement in their behaviour and their over-all stress levels. A high dose is recommended but it may be better to buy a lower dose and take two as the capsules can be so big! Make sure you ask your paediatrician before exceeding any stated doses! You can add more natural Omega 3 to your child’s diet with oily fish such as Salmon and Tuna and Walnuts and Flaxseeds. Try adding Flaxseeds to an after school Strawberry smoothie for a super healthy benefit.

4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for overall immune system health and will keep most sniffles and colds away. You can make sure your child is getting enough by adding more citrus fruits and strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, cauliflower and even potatoes.

5. Zinc

Zinc is excellent for repairing damages cells and will help your child stay fit and healthy and recover quickly from any colds, or cuts and scrapes. For best results we suggest taking Vitamin C and Zinc together. Baked beans, chickpeas, red meat and poultry are amazing for Zinc. As well as Cashews and Almonds.

Another two important ones to remember which can often get forgotten are:

1. Vitamin K

This is perfect for growing children and required every day. You can make sure your child is getting enough by adding more dark green vegetables as well as blueberries to their diet.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin which is the same as Vitamin K but different from C. Vitamin E is amazing for skin, and eyes and will help your child’s body fight against infections. It can also be combined with Vitamin C which will almost double the benefits and help absorption. Foods which contain Vitamin E are Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Peanuts, peanut butter, Pumpkin, Red bell pepper and dark green leafy vegetables.

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