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5 Essential nutrients for Growing Children
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





Growing children need certain essential nutrients in order to obtain mature healthy bodies. However, a lot of youngsters are missing some of the key nurturing elements in their diet. Calcium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, and potassium are some of the most important ingredients for a growing body.

The first valuable nutrient is calcium. Calcium helps the child build strong bones. Ever since sodas and other refreshments became available on school campuses, very few parents purchase milk. Milk is one of the best sources of calcium. Some other sources include cheese and calcium enriched orange juice. But if you are having a difficult time getting your youngsters to drink plain milk, try purchasing chocolate or strawberry flavored. Another important nutrient for growing children is fiber. Fiber is a great compound because it can aide with constipation by adding bulk to the bowel movements. Some excellent sources of fiber include fruit, veggies, whole grains, and beans.

The third valuable nutrient is magnesium. This particular compound provides essential nutrition for growth. Magnesium supports normal muscle, nerve and heart function. This compound can be found in dark green vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans. Vitamin E is yet another beneficial nutrient. This particular vitamin is responsible for battling free radicals and it can be found in vegetable oils, wheat germ, and dark green vegetables such as spinach. And last but certainly not least is potassium. This particular compound is responsible for supporting normal heart and muscle function. Some of the best food sources include dairy foods, fresh (cooked) meats, and seafood. Basically, the more processed a food is the less potassium it will have. So try to find foods that are not processed. These are five of the most essential nutrients for healthy, growing children.




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