11 Nutrients Kids Need for Healthy Growth

Kids go through a ton of changes as they grow. Their bones, muscles, tissues, organs and emotional stability are taxed during this time and require a significant amount of of nutrition. Of course, it can sometimes be tough to get kids to eat well. But the payoff can result in a child with strong bones, healthy teeth, oxygen-rich blood, strong immune and digestive system, and, perhaps most importantly, a healthy habit that the child will take with them through their entire life.

Here are 11 nutrients kids need as they grow:

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1. Calcium
Calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth. It’s a vitally important for a healthy structural system.

2. Fiber
You might not have thought of fiber as a necessary nutrient for kids. But kids often don’t choose fiber rich foods, and their digestive system can be sensitive. Everyone from kids to adults needs plenty of fiber each day to keep everything flowing and functioning. In addition, it’s a good idea to help kids get plenty of probiotics, too.

3. Antioxidants
the body is constantly under assault from damaging free radicals in the environment. Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals and help counter their effects within the body.

4. Protein
Basically ever cell within the body is made from protein, making it essential to get plenty of this nutrient for healthy growth and development.

5. Iron
As it carries oxygen in the blood and helps provide energy to the body, iron is necessary for the proper development of growing bodies.

6. Essential Fatty Acids
These good fats help build cells, regulate the nervous system and strengthen the cardiovascular system. Get plenty of these to support healthy growth.

7. Magnesium
This mineral works in conjunction with calcium to support healthy bones and maintain muscle function. Magnesium also supports both the circulatory and nervous systems.

8. Vitamin A
This vitamin plays an important role in the growth of cells and tissues in the body. Vitamin A is best known for its support of vision and eye health.

9. Vitamin C
Best known for its immune system support, Vitamin C also helps maintain red blood cells, bones and tissues, including gums and blood vessels.

10. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for reaching growth potential and peak bone mass as it serves to help the body absorb minerals like calcium and magnesium.

11. Zinc
A massive have for growing bodies, zinc is needed by more than 70 enzymes within the body that help with digestion and metabolism.