Ovaltine is a brand of drink mix, available in malt and chocolate flavors, that contains essential vitamins and minerals. Kids and adults drink Ovaltine as a warm or cold beverage. Consumed in moderation, it offers health benefits by providing considerable amounts of several vitamins and minerals.
Ovaltine is a fat-free drink, which encourages good heart health. According to the American Heart Association, reducing saturated fat, cholesterol and trans-fat in your diet can help increase heart health by reducing the risk of developing heart disease or Type-2 diabetes. Reduced fat consumption can also help reduce the risk of high cholesterol, which may lead to heart disease. However, making your Ovaltine with most types of milk -- anything but non-fat -- increases the fat content of your meal and reduces its nutritional value.
Ovaltine contains an array of B-complex vitamins, which are used in the body to convert food to energy and to control appetite, mood, sleep, contraction and relaxation of nerves and muscles, and metabolism. Vitamin B6, also found in potatoes, spinach and fish, works to support the brain. Consuming a serving of Ovaltine contributes 15 percent toward your daily value of vitamin B-6.
Ovaltine contains both calcium and vitamin D, which are needed for bone growth and strengthening. This vitamin-and-mineral combination is especially important for growing children. Due to the natural process of aging, bones become less dense as the years go by, making them more susceptible to fractures and increasing the risk of developing osteoporosis. An inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D can prevent osteoporosis. Each serving of ovaltine provides 40 percent of the daily value for calcium and 35 percent for vitamin D.
The mineral iron, contained in Ovaltine, is critical for delivering oxygen throughout the body and for hemoglobin production. A person whose body is low in iron can develop iron-deficiency anemia, which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, rapid pulse and difficulty breathing. Eating foods or drinking liquids that contain iron can help to prevent this condition. Ovaltine contains 10 percent of the daily value of iron in each serving.