Children and Sweetened Drinks: What’s a Parent to Do?




For Kids:

  1. Multi-Vitamin, liquid or chewable
  2. Vitamin C, 200+ or -, esp. in flu season, crystals are best in juice of water
  3. Calcium/magnesium; 2:1 ratio, with Vit. D (400-600 iu) esp. if poor milk drinker or yogurt eater
  4. Omega 3 , Nordic Naturals, fatty acids; chewables (300 mg, fish or flax source) each day
  5. Probiotics, liquid, chewable or powder (Culturelle or Bio giah, or Florativia), Greek yogurt!

Note: try for 5-7 servings of fruit and or vegetables each day; Pomegranate and V8 juice are great; (no apple juice)

Teens and Adults:

  1. Multiple Vitamin (men, no iron, fine for gals)
  2. Vitamin C, 500mg each day, Best provided in citrus, but pills or powder is fine
  3. Calcium/Magnesium, Vit D” all – in – one” tabs 800-1000 iu’s of Vit D/ day
  4. Omega- fish oil caps, or flax oil caps; (DHA + EPA, at least 1000 mg. /day. Wild salmon or krill are best
  5. Co Q 10 for adults over 40 years for heart 100-200mg a day
  6. Glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate for joints and connective tissues health; also HA and MSM are joint- preserving
  7. Probiotics; everyday in yogurt or supplements
  8. Flax seed meal and oil caps

Also try to eat 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day; Pomegranate and vegetables juices are great.

Generally, these products are best purchased at Health Foods Stores.

The more home cooked and non-gmo the better!

Kenneth Akey, M.D., F.A.A.P.

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