I am looking for good organic vitamins for my 2 year old son and have not been able to find good information maybe you can direct me?
It has taken me a while to get around to tackling your question as I havent found the right answer. (Nor did I really ever find an entirely satisfactory prenatal vitamin.) The shortest, clearest answer I can give you is that my daughter is about to turn two and I dont give her vitamins. I try to rely on feeding her a varied, excellent organic/local whole foods diet to get in her what she needs. But sometimes she is picky and weeks go by when Im thinking she hasnt had enough protein or orange vegetables or leafy greens. Or I look at her winter-pale face and wonder about her vitamin D level. This usually passes pretty quickly.
As youre looking for organic vitamins, Im assuming you understand that theyre vastly preferable to synthetic ones which can contain any number of additives, fillers, dyes, and even animal byproducts. Im no chemist, but reading the back of vitamin bottles in a traditional drug store makes me wish I were. Its daunting. Even natural vitamins dont mean much as this isnt a regulated term. Home Safe Home author Debra Lynn Dadd writes on her website that natural only indicates the lack of artificial additives. Ingredients in natural vitamins can still contain pesticide residues and the like. The best option, then, is to buy an organic vitamin made only from whole foods.
Easier said than done. Some of the whole foods multivitamins Ive heard good things about (I hesitate to name names here because it would be pure conjecture I havent tried them myself) arent appropriate for toddlers. For further reading on good and bad vitamins, check out the extensive information compiled by the Organic Consumers Association.
With regard to toddler-specific vitamins, Ive heard people swear by Juice Plus gummies. Attachment parenting guru Dr. Sears plugs them on his website. I have my doubts. They arent organic. And gummies in general are a personal pet peeve of mine. I dont think children should be taught vitamins are candy. Nor do I think nutrition should have to be doled out in sugar-bribe format. A quick Google of these gummies reveals plenty of fans and critics. One detractor claims they contain 85% corn syrup, 10% beef gelatin, plus added nutrients. I have no way of substantiating that information but its pretty disturbing nonetheless.
While researching Juice Plus, I was reminded that I have actually given my daughter a supplement. Her iron levels were borderline low a while back and further tests revealed her storage levels to be quite low. She has always been exclusively breastfed (still is) so she didnt have added formula iron in her diet. Iron deficiency can mess with brain development so we set out to find her the purest iron possible. (The stuff our doctor suggested contained high fructose corn syrup, red dyes, and other things I couldnt pronounce or identify in nature.) We wound up with Iron-C, a product made by Pure Encapsulations. The vitamin C and iron arent marked as whole foods-derived but the only other ingredients it contains are hypo-allergenic plant fiber and a vegetable capsule. We actually poured the contents out of the capsule and mixed into her oatmeal-and-yogurt so she wasnt even swallowing that. Pure Encapsulations does make a kiddie vitamin but Im not giving it to her.
In the future if she needs another specific nutrient/vitamin, Ill locate the purest version possible. Some days I find myself researching fish oils for toddlers, so I imagine she might wind up with some of that at some point. But as for dosing her with a multivitamin, Im declining for now. If I run into the perfect one, who knows. If you or anyone else has found this needle in the haystack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or post in comments below.
I have to stop writing. Shes up from her nap. Time for a vitamin-rich lunch.
Hope this helps.
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