Your weapons to avoid infection

Food & Vitamins to Help Boost Kids Immune Systems

Your weapons to avoid infection

Your weapons to avoid infection

Most of the time, children are fine when they come in contact with germs; after all, they encounter millions every day. But sometimes a change in weather, temperature or humidity can make your little one more vulnerable to infection – Find out how a healthy balanced diet with a special focus on these nutrients can help avoid this:

Vitamin C

This essential nutrient can’t be stored in the body; so to keep their levels topped up try to give them at least five servings of Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables each day. This helps the immune system to function optimally to help defend against infection-causing germs.

WINNING FOODS: Citrus fruits such as Oranges, Broccoli, Red and Green Peppers and Potatoes.

Zinc

Zinc plays an important function in our body in the production of those all-important white blood cells which are our immune system protectors and defenders.

ZINGY ZINC: Zinc-fortified cereals are good sources of Zinc for younger children. Other foods to try include shellfish, meat and dairy products such as cheese

Vitamin E

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, which protects our cell membranes and also strengthens the immune system

Sources of Vitamin E include nuts and seeds as well as wheat germ – found in cereals

Omega-3

A study has found that Omega-3 fatty acids can act as immune boosters by increasing the activity of white blood cells as well as protecting the body against damage from overreactions to infection.

Omega- 3 fatty acids can be found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel.

If your little one doesn’t like fish (a common problem!) or not eating enough regularly, Scott’s Emulsion comes in three child-friendly fruit flavours. It will complement their Omega-3 intake and provide other key Vitamins (A&D) and Calcium too.

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