Thursday: Health Issues
Many people have asked what to look for in a children’s multi-vitamin. Of course its ideal to get all your vitamins and minerals through food, its also a good idea to take a multi-vitamin to make up for any shortcomings in your child’s diet. In Dr. Fuhrman’s Disease Proof Your Child, he offers a list of things to look for. (copied directly from his book, pg 168)
- Look for One without Vitamin A-Vitamin A intake leads to calcium loss int he urine and osteoporosis. We make all the vitamin A we need from the carotenes found in fruits and vegetables.
- A children’s supplement should not have more than 2,500 IU of beta-carotene, but even less is better. It is best to receive carotenes from food, not supplements. Studies looking at beta-carotene supplementation show a higher rate of both cancer and heart disease in those supplemented with a high dose of beta-carotene.
- It should contain the full spectrum of minerals.
- It should be free from artificial colors, flavors, and artificial sweeteners.
- It must taste acceptable to your children, as it does no good if your child refuses to take it.