5 essential nutrient ingredients are very helpful to the physical development as well as intelligence of children. Parents should remember to apply these 5 nutrient ingredients for the children.

​Nutrition plays an important role in physical health as well as intelligence of the children. For children under 1 year old, the main food is breast milk. Breast milk contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for children. For children over 1 year old, parents need to apply these nutrition groups for the children.



​1. Omega 3

​Omega 3 is an essential nutrient for healthy and development cells. Most of all age groups need sufficient amounts of omega 3 in the daily meal. Because the body can not produce omega 3 by itself so it should be applied from outside sources. Fish and all kinds of bean are excellent sources of omega 3 so it should be added to the daily meal of children.

​2. Iron

​Beside of omega 3, iron is one of the important nutrients of the body. That is the reason why the cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar created sailor Popeye. Popeye likes eating spinach – the rich iron vegetables – to fight with his enemies. Iron has stimulated the production of red blood cells. Lacking of iron can lead to many problems and the most common disease is anemia. Anemia has a negative effect on the amount of hemoglobin in the blood.

​3. Fiber

​Fiber helps to reduce constipation and digestive system has smooth operation. Fiber is the necessary ingredient for not only adults but also children. Parents should add fiber from all kinds of grains, fruits and vegetables in their daily meal.

​4. Calcium

​Calcium has the same benefits like iron. Calcium helps children develop their immunity better and stimulates oxidative in the blood more efficiently. Calcium is essential material for the growth of bone. Applying enough calcium will help the children develop their bones and teeth healthier. Parents should add more rich calcium foods in the children’s daily meal such as yogurt, milk and cheese…

​5. Probiotics

​Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the stomach. Probiotics help the body to break the link of proteins and digest food faster. Probiotics also help to solve some problems in the stomach such as acid reflux and constipation.

Nancy D. Richardson

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