We all know that a balanced diet, time in the great outdoors, and stress-free lives are essential to health and wellness. An activity-packed schedule and busy professional life can make it tricky to always achieve perfectly balanced home-cooked meals for the whole family. This is especially true if your child has a whimsical appetite, erratic eating habits, a highly selective diet, or increased nutritional demands due to participation in intense sporting activity. In such cases, nutritional supplements should be considered as a helping hand to meet daily nutritional needs.
Vitamin D and calcium are two key nutrients that many Canadian kids are missing out on, according to findings in a Health Canada report published in 2012. Nearly 25% of children between four and eight years old had inadequate intake of calcium, while more than 33% of boys between nine and 18 years old and over 66% of girls of the same age, were not getting enough of these critical bone-building nutrients. Even when children consume a variety of wholesome foods, most parents want to make absolutely sure they get enough of the necessary nutrients needed for optimal health and development.
To help ensure your child gets the nutrients they need every day, the re-launch of Natural Factors Big Friends children’s vitamins have been updated to meet the demands of modern life. The Big Friends line may look familiar to today’s parents, many of whom grew up with this fun, delicious and nutritious supplement range.
Back and better than ever, Big Friends provide children with a complete, balanced spectrum of the nutrients most essential to “the big three” factors of early health: physical growth, mental development, and emotional well-being. Big Friends supplements are formulated specifically to match the needs of growing children and are a fun, healthy way to fortify your child’s daily diet with vital vitamins and minerals.
Big Friends Chewable Multivitamin & Minerals with Whole Food Concentrates provides children with a complete, balanced spectrum of vitamins and minerals, including phytonutrients from whole food concentrates grown at Factors Farms. Ideal for kids ages three and up, Big Friends Chewable Multivitamin & Minerals tablets come in friendly dinosaur shapes and delicious fruit flavours, to keep the little ones smiling.
The new and improved Big Friends lineup also includes a Powder Multiprobiotic providing 3 billion active cells in every gram, to support your child’s gastrointestinal health and developing immune system. Each of the seven strains of friendly bacteria in this formula has been carefully selected to meet the needs of children in a ratio that reflects their natural intestinal flora. Simply mix into your child’s favourite drink or sprinkle on cereal, fruits, or yogurt.
Every drop of Big Friends Liquid Vitamin D3 provides 400 IU of cholecalciferol, the most bioavailable form of this essential nutrient needed to build healthy bones and teeth. This neutral-tasting formula is ideal for all children, including infants, and has a baby-safe shaker cap for accurate dosing. Also, for children ages three and up, Big Friends Chewable Vitamin D3 offers 400 IU in every great-tasting, chewable tablet to support calcium and phosphorus absorption.
The Big Friends product line contains no artificial colours, preservatives, or sweeteners, no common allergens, and no GMOs. Big Friends are sweetened with stevia and xylitol – healthy alternatives to white sugar and artificial sweeteners and the playful dinosaur-shaped supplements are kid-approved, making the idea of good nutrition a little easier for kids to swallow.