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Whole Food Supplements for Kids

By Kristin Davis

Many people are able to get enough vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy diet. For others, a dietary supplement may be necessary to provide the needed health benefits. This is especially true for children, who are typically picky eaters. Because of the number of nutrients they contain, whole foods are the absolute best source of vitamins and nutrients, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you are going to give your child a dietary supplement, choosing a whole food product is important to give him all of the nutrients that he needs.

IntraKid All-In-One

A whole food vitamin that is absorbable and palatable is vital for children. Many children dislike or are simply not able to swallow pills, making a liquid supplement a necessary option. Drucker Labs manufactures a liquid whole food vitamin for children called IntraKid All-in-One. This liquid supplement is raspberry flavored and gives the child a minimum of 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamins. This supplement includes ingredients from 25 different fruits, such as berries, bananas and apples, along with 14 different vegetables, such as kale, asparagus and spinach. The supplement also provides your child with essential amino acids and fatty acids that support good health, development and growth. Before giving child this supplement, contact your pediatrician for advice. IntraKids All-in-One has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration for safety or health claims.

Garden of Life’s Perfect Food

The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that children consume 2.5 cups of vegetable and 2 cups of fruit on a daily basis, according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The average child actually gets less than 25 percent of that recommended value. Grass juices, such as barley grass, contain numerous antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, according to Winning Edge. Garden of Life's Perfect Food supplements feature a green food formula that provides those who take it with the equivalent of five to ten vegetable servings. In addition to sprouts and legumes, the ingredients in this supplement contain green foods such as alfalfa, wheat, oats and barley along with more than 30 vegetables such as spinach, beets, kale and broccoli.

Juice Plus Chewables

Juice Plus Chewables are soft gummy supplements that are whole food based. The supplements contain 17 different grains, vegetables and vine-ripened fruits. To appeal to children's senses, Juice Plus Chewables contain both organic sugar cane and tapioca syrup, which are all-natural sweeteners. These gummies are made without using artificial colors, artificial flavors or hig- fructose corn syrup, and each gummy has just 3 grams of sugar. Juice Plus Chewables get their chewiness from natural fruit pectin in place of gelatin, and they are completely vegetarian.

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