Energy for children back to school
Published: 6 October, 2016 - Updated: 1 March, 2021 | 2'
Returning to school means a major change in the children’s schedules so it is normal that they feel more tired. September is the month when the early mornings start again, carrying the heavy backpacks and performing during all class hours and the different activities during the day.
Back to school and routine
Sometimes, at the end of the school day, the child continues to attend extra-curricular classes or to do a lot of physical activity. This is why proper nutrition is an important factor in giving children strength and encouragement during the day. It must be taken into account that children are at a stage of rapid growth and development, and adequate nutrient intake is important for it.
In addition, they invest enormous amounts of calories in their tireless physical activity, which must be recovered through a varied and complete diet, in order to maintain their proper growth and energy levels and memory.
Vitamins for growing children
Due to the high energy consumption of children during the period of growth and intellectual and physical development, their nutritional needs are increased compared to those of an adult.
So, at an early age, the body has a particular need for high biological value protein, prebiotic fibre and certain vitamins and minerals related to growth and the nervous system. These are Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamins C, D, B1 and B6.
Foods rich in these vitamins and minerals are fruits and vegetables and grain products (rice, bread, cereals), as well as dairy products.
Food supplements in the form of multivitamins may sometimes accompany the diet, provided they are not a substitute for the diet. They should supplement the intake of a balanced diet and may include active ingredients such as:
In growth age and physiological changes as in childhood, the intake of vitamins B1 (thiamine), B6, B12 are key for the energy and nervous system metabolism. Likewise, vitamin B12 is involved in the production of red blood cells, and along with folic acid (B9) and pantothenic acid (B5), reduces fatigue and tiredness.
On the other hand, vitamin D is necessary for the normal development of bones and the normal functioning of the immune system in children, and vitamin C participates in the normal formation of collagen in bones and teeth.
Royal jelly is a natural active ingredient from bees and is considered one of the richest foods in nutrients.
Its contribution of unsaturated fatty acids, which are involved in energy processes, can help children and adolescents especially during demanding periods such as the return to school and routine.
Omegas for children
Some omegas from vegetable oils such as Omega 3 (ALA) or Omega 6 (GLA) may also be included in dietary supplementation with special formulations for children.
In fact, Omegas from Flaxseeds are mainly type 3, being one of the natural sources with the highest Omega 3 content. Flaxseed oil helps normal cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function.
Other Omegas essential to the functioning of the body are Omega 6, and Borage seed oil represents one of the highest vegetable sources of Omega 6-GLA (gamma-linoleic acid). Borage omegas play a role in the normal maintenance of the immune system.