How micronutrients play a crucial role in a child’s immune health?
While trying to find a balance between carbs, fats, protein, we often forget the cruciality of the micronutrients which are effective on the immune system. When a child’s health comes into the play, it is important to include the micronutrients in their diet. Read on to know what are these micronutrients and how they help in your child’s growth and development.
Vitamin A is an important nutrient for growth. Its major role is to improve vision and regulation of gene expression. It also performs useful antioxidant activities. A child’s immunity can be boosted with an adequate vitamin A intake.
Vitamin A foods to include in your child’s diet: Carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, apricots, sweet potatoes, dairy products like milk and ghee.
It strengthens the immunity and helps in wound healing. It also acts as an antioxidant, helps in iron absorption.
Vitamin C is abundantly found in citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, amla, guava etc.
This is usually the most deficient micronutrient found in children. The RDA for children is 16 mg/day.
The deficiency causes a behavioural disturbance, impaired performance in a cognitive task, short attention span and increased risk of infections.
Instead of using supplements include foods like legumes, leafy greens, cashew, whole grains, bread, nuts, seeds and dried fruits which give adequate iron required to boost your child’s immunity.
Zinc is said to reduce the growth retardation, improves wound healing, skeletal abnormality, mortality rate, diarrhoea and other common skin infections in children. It also boosts immunity, helps in normal growth and increases antibody production.
Zinc can be abundantly found in red meat, legumes, seeds, nuts, eggs, dairy products and whole grains.
Green&More wellness meals are filled with the goodness of micronutrients. Choose what best suits your children.