Children are very energetic and grow rapidly, and while growth and development remain relatively constant until late adolescence, we should remember that growth can falter if the nutritional intake does not keep pace with these demands.
Children’s diets should be tailored to meet these demands, however, our rushed, modern lifestyle can mean reliance on convenience foods and snacks, which do not give them sufficient amounts of the necessary nutrients essential for building young bodies. In fact this “grazing” between meals can cause further problems by limiting a child’s appetite at meals times and essentially increasing the problems caused by dietary inadequacies.
Other things can stop a child from getting essential micronutrients –‘Junk foods’ being used as rewards, poor appetite, irregular meals, poor eating habits / fussy eater, being given low fat diets which are perceived as a healthy option.
Ultimately a child’s diets should be well balanced to provide:
- Energy – for synthesis of new tissue. Increase in body size results in an increase in metabolic rate and energy requirements
- Protein – synthesis of new tissue
- Fats – Unsaturated fatty acids for membranes. Cholesterol synthesis increase for synthesis of sex hormones
- B Vitamins – Co-factors for metabolic and synthetic reactions
- Iron/Cooper / Folate / B12 – Expansion of blood cell mass
- Calcium/Vitamin D – Skeletal growth
The growing importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays a truly remarkable role in the body and is essential for all round good health and is needed for normal growth and development of bones in children. New research shows that optimum intake levels of vitamin D may be far higher than previously thought.
Vitamin D is synthesized by the body on exposure to sunlight, in fact only 10% of our Vitamin D is derived from our diet however many parents are now following health advice to avoid too much sun exposure and be extra careful with children's delicate skin, often using high SPF sun creams, which reduces vitamin D levels in the body.
It is therefore especially important for children to get this from their diet or from a food supplement such as Vivioptal® Junior which includes the full RDA of vitamin D.
Vitamin D in the diet
Vitamin D is naturally present in only a limited number of foods for example, oily fish such as herring and sardines, fish liver oils, eggs and butter. However these may be foods that are difficult to get children to eat regularly. Because vitamin D is fat soluble, advice to eat lower fat diets and the raising concern about childhood obesity may contribute to reduced intakes from foods rich in Vitamin D and hence dietary supplementation may be recommended.
Vivioptal Junior – for the young at heart.
As we grow older our eating habits can become irregular so it can be necessary to supplement our diet in order to ensure we are getting all our daily nutritional requirements.
Vivioptal Juniors balanced formula is also suitable for adults and is a perfect solution for those who want of need to take a supplement but have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules.
More reasons for your child to take Vivioptal® Junior
- Formula based on the very latest scientific research, with safe nutrient levels carefully selected for the specific needs of growing children
- Vivioptal® Junior liquid is produced to high GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards of quality control
- Delicious natural orange flavour your little one will love
- Does not contain any artificial colours
- Does not contain lactose, salt, alcohol, fat or yeast
- Sugar & Gluten Free
- Suitable for Diabetics & Coeliacs
- Contains No Peanut oil
- Vivioptal® Junior has not been tested on animals
Children from 1 to 3 years: 5ml daily
Older children (4 to 14 years) 10ml daily
Adults: 10ml to 20ml daily
Or as advised by your health professional
DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DAILY DOSE