With the COVID-19 reality, many families are spending lots of time together—while engaging in social distancing. At a time like this, too, we’re all committed to making sure our kids’ immune systems are in tip-top shape. We’ve compiled a list that features 5 of the best supplements to help strengthen our little ones’ immunity, and the best foods for getting them.
1. Vitamin C
This antioxidant superstar is an important contributor to our body’s immune system. It also benefits the formation of collagen, blood vessels, cartilage, and muscle and helps in the absorption of iron.
How to take it: citrus fruits, berries, red and green bell peppers, broccoli
This one’s a no-brainer! Zinc is a vital supplement for children’s growth and development, especially of the brain, and it’s also important for maintaining optimal immune system functioning .
How to take it: shellfish, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D primarily comes from good old-fashioned sunshine, helping kids build stronger bones and also strengthening their immunity to infections. Take advantage of days when the sun is shining bright!
How to take it: salmon, fish oil, or in gummy and capsule form from your local health food store
Say it with us: eh-kuh-nay-shuh. Also known as the purple coneflower, echinacea is high in antioxidants and has been used to aid kids battling with colds and viral infections.
How to take it: in supplement form, as gummies, syrup, lozenges, powder, or tea
5. Vitamin A
Wait till you “see” this. This fantastic micronutrient helps kids maintain normal vision, while also boosting their immune systems to help ward off infections.
How to take it: sweet potato, spinach, carrots, mangos, and cantaloupe