Why Kids’ Multivitamin and Mineral Supplements Aren’t Just for Picky Eaters


During your child’s developmental years, they grow at lightning speed both mentally and physically. To fuel their growth, they need the right nutrients for a strong and healthy body and mind.

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Getting your child to eat all the healthy foods they need can be challenging. Some kids are naturally picky eaters. Others follow the likes and dislikes of friends and family members and may not always make the best food choices.

Even if your child does eat all the right foods, there’s no guaranteed they’ll receive all the nutrients they need.

Today’s food production methods have severely impaired the quality and nutrient content of our soils. Scientists have discovered that many of our important foods are losing nutritional value. Levels of minerals, vitamins and protein in fruits and vegetables have dropped significantly over the past 50 to 75 years.

For all these reasons, I believe children especially may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Kids need adequate amounts of certain nutrients for their growing bodies and minds. They can’t afford to run low.

That’s why I recommend a high-quality multivitamin supplement for kids but not just any multivitamin...

Five Ingredients to Avoid When Choosing a Children's Multivitamin

There’s no shortage of options when choosing a multivitamin supplement for your child.

However, many children's multivitamins contain ingredients that I don’t believe should be there. Not only are they unnecessary, they may be risky for your child. I've seen too many formulas that contain artificial and potentially toxic ingredients.

Here's a table showing examples of what I believe to be potentially risky ingredients in two of the popular children’s multivitamins.

Multivitamin Ingredient Description Product A Product B
Iron If a child consumes the entire bottle, they could suffer a potentially deadly overdose. Yes Yes
Artificial flavors Contain synthetic and artificial chemicals Yes Yes
Artificial Sweeteners Including two widely used sweeteners with potentially toxic effects, sucralose and aspartame Yes Yes
Artificial Colors and Dyes Synthetic dyes are linked to potential colon damage, hyperactivity and behavioral problems Yes Yes
Magnesium stearate An unnecessary and controversial additive Yes Yes

Why I Don’t Believe Iron and Risky Sweeteners Belong in Your Child's Multivitamin

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Popular kids' multivitamins often contain glucose syrup, another name for high fructose corn syrup

Let's face it. Most kids won’t consume anything, much less a multivitamin, unless it tastes good.

Yet, many of the top-selling multivitamins for kids contain sweeteners like sucrose and glucose syrup (high fructose corn syrup in disguise) or they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, both linked to potentially hazardous effects.

None of them belong in a child’s multivitamin.

While iron is essential for your child’s growth and development, it can also be toxic to children if taken in large amounts. Tragically, this happens more often than we’d like to think. Multivitamins that look and taste like candy can be tempting to small hands when left within reach.

Every day children are rushed to the emergency room with iron overdose from this scenario. Tragically, iron overdose is a leading cause of poison-related injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that iron poisoning is a leading cause of poisoning in children.

For that reason, I don’t believe iron belongs in children’s multivitamins either. It’s just too big a risk.

I prefer kids get their iron from their food. Good food sources of iron include red meat, chicken, fish, beans and green leafy vegetables.

Make Sure Your Kids' Supplement Is Allergen-Free

Allergens can cause you and your children potential health challenges.

Double-check your children's multivitamin to ensure it is free from the following potential risky ingredients and allergens:*

  • Yeast and wheat gluten
  • Soy protein
  • Milk and dairy
  • Corn
  • Sodium and starch
  • Artificial colors, preservatives, and flavorings
  • Sweeteners will need to be used in a chewable -- Make sure the sweetener has one gram or less of sugar per serving and does not have any high fructose corn syrup

Look for Chelated Minerals as Part of Your Kids' Multivitamin Nutrients

In your digestive process, when an inorganic mineral presents itself to your digestive system, a chemical conversion process starts to work -- chemically bonding the inorganic molecule to an organic molecule.

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Chelation is the name of this process, and it creates an end product called a chelate.

This chelate can be seen on a cellular level as an organic compound that can now be absorbed and used in your child's body.*

But it is not a perfect biological world in your kids' digestive systems.

Many things can affect the efficiency of the chelation process. The mineral may come into contact with what are called "antagonists," and then get passed through your children's systems without being absorbed.

So select a supplement that has the minerals bonded to an organic molecule already in a form your kids' bodies can absorb.

The organic molecule used is typically an amino acid so the complexed mineral is called an amino acid chelate.

Verify Your Children's Multivitamin Is Produced by a Certified High-Quality Manufacturer

You can start to feel good if your children's multivitamin avoids risky ingredients and includes those I recommend.

But if the multi is not made by a manufacturer committed to proven high-quality processes and practices, how consistent will it be for your children?

So, make sure your multivitamin manufacturer is highly certified and adheres to strict quality practices...

  • Ensures top-quality raw materials used in the product -- Vendor Certification Program (VCP)
  • Complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) -- written Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Maintains the highest health standards -- GMP certification
  • Supports the highest level of manufacturing quality standards -- ISO 9001 certification
  • Complies with a rigorous third-party certification of in-house lab performance -- ISO 17025 certification
  • Ensures finished products meet and exceed quality standards -- adherence to United States Pharmacopeia (USP30) specifications
  • Complies with health and safety measures -- Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.

Don't Stop Searching Until You Find a Multivitamin for Your Children that Meets These Criteria

Here's a summary table that defines my extensive selection criteria you should use when selecting a children's multivitamin.

If your kids' multivitamin doesn't match up well with this, please keep searching. I'm sure you agree that settling for 2nd best is not an option for your children.

Multivitamin Selection Criteria Benefits
  • Must taste good but contain less than 1g of sugar per serving -- chewable form is recommended
  • Keeps sugar to a minimum and avoids artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup
  • Avoid artificial flavors, food additives, hydrogenated oils, magnesium stearate, and synthetic dyes
  • Keeps your kids from being exposed to these risky, unhealthy ingredients
  • Choose a multivitamin without iron
  • Protects your kids from potential iron toxicity
  • Make sure the formula is free from allergens
  • Helps minimize allergic reactions from your kids when they take the multivitamin
  • Ensure the multivitamin comes rich in essential minerals and trace minerals: calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, boron, and vanadium... and look for chelated mineral forms (will show as amino acid chelates) in the formula
  • Don't stop with just vitamin ingredients. Your kids need minerals for everything from healthy bone growth to heart and immune system support.*
  • Chelated forms provide your kids with highly absorbable forms of specific minerals.*
  • Contains beta-carotene form of vitamin A
  • Essential to support your children's healthy vision and immune systems*
  • Contains 100% Daily Value (DV) of B complex vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate (Metafolin®), and B12)
  • Important for your kids' heart, teeth, bones, skin, gastrointestinal system, and overall cellular health*
  • Comes with optimal amount of Vitamin C -- I recommend over 400% of DV
  • Promotes tissue growth and repair, and healthy gums for your children*
  • Includes non-synthetic vitamin E (look for d-alpha forms of tocopherols)
  • Helps support your children's healthy muscular systems*
  • Ensure the multivitamin is produced by a certified high-quality manufacturer who carefully balances desirable taste with generous amounts of vitamins and minerals
  • Helps guarantee consistent nutrient quality for your children

Here Is the Supplement I Created That Meets ALL of the Above Important Criteria

I spent the last two years tweaking the taste and formula to create a supplement that not only tastes good but meets the rigorous selection criteria.

The Chewable Multivitamin for Kids formula I recently finalized meets or exceeds ALL of the important criteria considerations I specified above and...

  • Delivers an absolutely delicious fruit flavor your kids will love – and with zero grams of sugar per serving!
  • Avoids artificial colors, preservatives, flavorings, synthetic toxins, and allergens potentially risky to your kids
  • Provides extensive ingredients to help you manage your children's potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies*
  • Comes with a patented chelation formula to help maximize your children's mineral absorption*
  • Helps prevent risky kids' overuse issues by NOT including iron in the formula
  • Benefits from a manufacturer's extensive commitment to high-quality measures and certifications
  • Is an exclusive formula only available on Mercola.com

I think you'll agree, this high-quality formula is just what you need to complement your kids' diets.

Now With a Superior Form of Folate Folic Acid to Help Your Child Stay Healthy

Folate plays many important roles in your child’s body. We know that folate:

  • Helps maintain normal blood homocysteine levels.*
  • Helps nourish the brain and supports mood.*
  • Supports protein metabolism.*
  • Supports energy production.*
  • Promotes normal formation and functioning of red and white blood cells.*

Typically, you’ll see folic acid in children’s multivitamins. For folic acid to work effectively, it must be activated into a special form of folate, 5-MTHF. This is the form your child’s body is able to use, but many people, children included, cannot make the conversion from folic acid to folate.

That’s why my Multivitamins for Kids contains folate, specifically Metafolin, a patented form of 5-MTHF. Metafolin is the form of folate that’s naturally preferred by your child’s body. It’s also:

  • More reliably bioavailable and biologically active than folic acid.
  • The only folate that can cross the blood-brain barrier for important brain functions.*

Bottom line, I don’t recommend folic acid in any vitamin supplement. Your child’s body likely can’t use it, and it may even have toxic effects. Folic acid may actually prevent your child from absorbing folate if they get it elsewhere from their diet.

Give Your Child the Nutritional Assurance They Need With Chewable Multivitamin for Kids

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As your child grows, they need wholesome nutrition to promote and support healthy growth and development.*

While eating a balanced whole food diet is their best option, we now know that you can’t always rely on a healthy diet to fulfill all your child’s nutritional needs.

Encouraging them to eat the right foods is a great first step. The second would be offering them our Chewable Multivitamin for Kids each day, which helps fill the gaps that their diet might be missing.

With these two key steps, you’ll know you’re taking the right action at the right time to help your child thrive nutritionally. They’re building a strong foundation now for their healthy life ahead. By giving them the nutrients they need for a healthy body and brain, you’re investing in their future.

Your contribution is priceless. Choose the high-quality multivitamin you can trust and one that you know meets your child’s needs. Order Chewable Multivitamin for Kids today.

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