Healthy kids start with eating a diet rich in foods that provide a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytonutrients (or phytochemicals), bioactive plant compounds that help protect plants from environmental stressors, including insect attack and other damaging influences. Researchers continue to uncover the many antioxidant and other health-promoting benefits to humans from phytonutrients. Phytonutrients can work individually to support specific health functions, as well as work synergistically with other phytonutrients to promote overall health.
Many health organizations now recommend eating a rainbow of foods. That’s because phytonutrients also give rich hues to foods like fruits and vegetables. So eating foods of different colors may enhance the dietary benefits of individual phytonutrients, as well as encourage greater consumption of plant-based foods that also provide essential vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that eating greater amounts of phytonutrient-rich foods is associated with increased health and wellness. But many growing American kids don t always eat the way they should. In fact, over 50% fall short of daily fruit & vegetable intake and don’t meet daily vitamin D recommendations either.
Consider a multivitamin/mineral that also includes phytonutrients. Help your kids build a better foundation for health by planning meals that include a variety of phytonutrients. You can also help boost your child’s daily phytonutrient consumption with a quality foundation nutrition formula that includes essential vitamins and minerals along with rich spectrum of fruit/vegetable compounds to go beyond basic wellness support.
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