Why are Kids Multivitamins needed?
The why is simple. Our current food sources let alone our diet is severely lacking in all the appropriate levels of even the RDA minimums. Now the USDA has done some evaluations and has determined that one can get the minimum levels of vitamins based on RDA guidelines if they follow the federal food guide. Unfortunately out of 29,000 people sampled not one was getting the RDA minimums of vitamins and minerals.
So while it is possible to get it all from your diet, it doesn't appear that anyone is. This is incredibly important for our children.
Multivitamin supplements help provide the essential vitamins and nutrients that the body needs. It goes a long way to prevent deficiencies that can cause degenerative diseases.
We and our children still need to eat and drink water but more and more of our foods are coming up short in their nutrient supply. Kids Multivitamins can provide an excellent daily basis of nutrients. This will help their bodies stay healthy.
If you read into what the "drug" sites or some of the "medical" sites have to say. They will tell you to not take too much of a multivitamin.
I can only personally agree with those statements as they relate to Iron and Vitamin A. Those two can definitively cause serious complications if over the recommended dosages. If you're taking Beta Carotene for Vitamin A then there really isn't a lot to worry about. The body will only convert Beta Carotene to Vitamin A as needed.
In order to reach a critical amount of the other vitamins would probably require ingesting a bottle of Multivitamins at a time.
The body will use what it needs or more appropriately what it can absorb. The rest will be expelled.
Now everyone is different so be aware of upset stomach or stomach pain, tingly feeling in or around your mouth, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, hair loss, peeling skin, weight loss, severe headache, muscle or joint pain, severe back pain,easy bruising, and the tell tale blood in your urine.
Is It A Medication?
Vitamins are a dietary additive to ensure that you get all the nutrients that your body needs. They are not a medical product. Albeit it is best to take those multivitamins that adhere to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. There are no particular rules that govern the very large vitamin market place.
The particular brand that my children and I take adheres to Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) that pharmaceutical companies abide by. This means that what they say is in the product is in the product. There can be only a 1% variance.
I find it rather funny that some on-line information will have you believe that vitamins are dangerous. If you investigate you will see that more people die from pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis than they do from vitamins.
Children's needs are quite different from those of adults (duh). Their small stature but high energy output places their needs in a different spectrum than an adults. Make sure that the supplement that you choose is designed with a child or teen in mind.
Always remember that a supplements can be great at augmenting the supply of necessary vitamins in a child's diet they shouldn't be used as a replacement for a proper diet of wholesome foods. There is no replacement for a good diet but it doesn't hurt to combine it with a well balanced kids multivitamin supplement.