Vitamins are micronutrients that play a crucially important role in maintaining human healthy life. Each type of vitamins has its own effects and is contained in different diets.
If our bodies don’t absorb the adequate amount of vitamins, then this will result in poor health and even life-threatening risks. Especially, children suffering from vitamin deficiency often get sick, grow slowly and have low red blood cells.
Vitamins are categorized based on their solubility, including fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, K) and water-soluble vitamins (B-complex vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B5 and vitamin C).
Nowadays, a lot of parents don’t understand correctly about the roles and demand for vitamins of children’s body, leading to the wrong supplementation. Both vitamin excess and deficiency affect their health and height growth.
Being well-aware of the importance of vitamins will help parents figure out a proper, healthy diet for children to improve their height greatly. There are 7 vitamins beneficial for height growth: B1, B2, D, C, A, K and F.
The specific roles of each vitamin in height gain are listed below.
Vitamin B1 is helpful in promoting height growth. Besides, it makes the digestion process work more smoothly and supplies blood for body organs to boost growth. It also enhances the heart health and regulates the functions of the nervous system. Some common sources of vitamin B1 are peanuts, soybeans, oat, pork, nuts, eggs, etc. This vitamin should be added 3 times/week to your diet.
This type is also vital for children’s height. It is mainly found in leafy green vegetables, eggs, fish, milk and promotes the growth of skin, nails, bones and hair.
Vitamin D3 is considered “a carrier” that support body to absorb Calcium more effectively, strengthen bones and therefore increase height. For this reason, supplementation of such a crucial vitamin is the key to children’s health and growth.
Sources rich in vitamin D are early morning sunlight and foods such as fresh milk, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cheese, salmon, etc.
Vitamin C is mostly found in citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, etc. Not only does it improve immune system but also encourages the bone growth.
Vitamin A is very essential for normal growth and development of body and renewal of tissues and bones from inside. This fat-soluble vitamin also helps the immune system to function better. Foods high in vitamin A are animals livers, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.
Vitamin F contains a collection of unsaturated fats and other components beneficial to bone renewal and osteoporosis prevention. As such, it also takes part in the height growth of children. Good sources of vitamin F include salmon, mackerel, rapeseed, etc.
Vitamin K2 in cheese, yogurt, etc. increases the amount of collagen in bones and improves elasticity and flexibility of bones.
Above are the specific roles of essential vitamins good for children to grow taller. Parents should supplement various types of vitamins properly to help their children reach their maximum potential height. Besides, let’s encourage them to join in physical activities to stimulate Calcium metabolism and thus their height growth.