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Nutritional requirements of children & adolescents

Children and adolescents have a higher need for certain nutrients than adults due to their rapid growth. To make matters worse, they often eat irregularly and have a rather one-sided diet.
This combination can lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially during puberty, primarily in B vitamins as well as certain minerals and trace elements.

Since B vitamins are responsible for an optimally functioning energy, protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism and the energy requirement is highest in adolescence and early adulthood, the need for these vital substances also increases accordingly. The same applies to the formation of erythrocytes and other body cells, which requires a lot of folic acid, among other things. Children and adolescents who tend to eat little fruit and vegetables can therefore suffer from deficiency symptoms and developmental disorders relatively easily.

On the other hand, children and adolescents who eat a vegan diet can easily become deficient in calcium, vitamin B12, iron and zinc. People who suffer from a milk protein allergy or are lactose intolerant can also be affected.

Calcium in particular plays a major role here, as the body benefits in old age from the calcium stored at a young age and bone growth is enormous during this stage of life. Adolescents and children with a low calcium intake should therefore take an orthomolecular supplement to ensure their calcium supply. Your body will thank you for it 50 years later.

Zinc is particularly important for wound healing and a functioning immune system and is mainly found in meat. Although the bulk element iron is also found in plant-based foods, it can be absorbed much better from animal-based foods (alternatively by adding vitamin C). The need for both minerals is very high in adolescence and a vegetarian or vegan diet can easily lead to an undersupply and the resulting deficiency symptoms.

Therefore, an additional intake (zinc - e.g. from our Zinc tablets - can also provide relief for pimples during puberty) through orthomolecular supplements.