Vicki Martin, Nutritionist and Naturopath
Naturopath Vicki Martin explains why Vitamin C is important for your children, and how to make sure they get enough
Sometimes called “the immunity vitamin”, Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for children. It helps to strengthen their immune systems, which can keep them from coming down with all kinds of common infections. It can also help to reduce their recovery time if they do catch a cold or flu.
Children’s white blood cells (an important part of their immune system) need Vitamin C to function normally and help them fight off bacterial / viral infections. Plus, they need Vitamin C for collagen – a key protein that helps them form healthy skin, ligaments, tendons, bones and teeth as they grow.
Luckily for parents, Vitamin C is plentiful in all the fruits that most kids love. Great sources include:
Even “simple” fruit like apples, pears, and bananas are rich in this important vitamin. But what happens if your children are picky eaters who don’t like fresh fruit?
If you have difficulties getting your children to eat fresh fruit, try “sneaking” Vitamin C into their diets by:
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