Vitamin D - are your children getting enough?
More children are staying indoors away from natural light and sunshine - and are putting their health at risk. Part of the reason is that parents perceive the outdoors as unsafe and part is because children are playing video games, watching TV, and surfing the internet rather than visiting parks or just pottering around in the garden. A lack of natural light and sunshine is being blamed for a resurgence of rickets an entirely preventable condition.
Professor Amanda Kirby, a leading expert in child development, explains how some children may require a daily supplement:
"It's important that every child receives a daily dose of omega-3 and Vitamin D for normal growth and development. With increasing knowledge about the diets of young people today, there may be grounds to suggest that a supplement will be the only way to ensure adequate minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. While a healthy diet should always be sought for every child, it has to be recognised that some children will remain eating an inadequate and poorly balanced diet and taking a daily supplement may be the answer for some.
"I and team at the Dyscovery Centre in Newport, Wales have in fact set out to investigate the effects of omega-3 supplementation in eight to ten year old, mainstream school children and to publish the results later this year."
Haliborange have a range of children's supplements that can help ensure children receive all the nutrients they need:
Haliborange Omega-3 Fruit Bursts [£4.19/30 capsules] – specifically formulated for children aged three to 12 years and includes extra omega-3 fish oil, plus combines additional vitamins D & E to promote good health and support growth.
Haliborange Kids Probiotic Multivitamin [£6.99/30 chewable tablets] gives parent reassurance that children are receiving their daily dose of vitamins and minerals, plus 50 per cent of their Vitamin D RDA.
Haliborange Fruit Softies [£3.99 for 30 capsules] – summer fruits shapes to ensure children are given their daily dose of Vitamin D to assist the body’s absorption on calcium for healthy growth and development.