Which children’s vitamins are best?

The best vitamin for your children is based on the number of nutrients it contains and without artificial additives. It is also important to have a wide representation of vitamins and minerals as the ‘Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts’ for some nutrients simply don’t work without their synergistic partner. Key nutrients to look for in children multivitamins that are critical for growing kids include:

Vitamin Bs. The family of B vitamins -- B2, B3, B6, and B12 -- aid metabolism, energy production, and healthy circulatory and nervous systems. They are water soluble vitamins that can be passed out easily and need to be replenished on a daily basis.

Vitamin C helps support a healthy immune system and promotes healthy muscles, collagen or connective tissue which forms bones and teeth and heals wounds. Vitamin C is water soluble and can enhance Iron absorption.

Iron is essential to healthy red blood cells and helps in energy production

Vitamin D promotes bone and teeth formation and helps the body absorb calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows

Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system and is necessary for wound healing

Magnesium is important for bone strength and muscle function

Manganese helps maintain healthy bones and joint and is an essential factor in the antioxidant system

There are also ingredients unhealthy for your kids that you should watch out for like sucrose (table sugar), artificial colours, preservatives and gluten. Choose supplements which are tooth friendly and not made from gummy as they stick between teeth where bacteria can thrive.