The gummy bear has been around for almost a century. Kids and adults love the taste and texture of this sweet and chewy candy. Since the gummy bear is such a hit with kids, the Bayer company created Flintstone gummy vitamins to encourage kids to take their vitamins without a fuss. Some children may have difficulty swallowing pills or just do not like taking vitamins all together. The Flintstone gummy vitamin is made up of several nutrients.
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The Flintstone brand of gummy vitamins contains vitamin A, C, D, E, B-6, and B-12. The amount of each vitamin varies; there is 25 to 83 percent of a child's daily does of those vitamins. The percentage is based on a 2,000 calorie diet and also the child's age. Each vitamin is essential and has a different function for the body. Vitamin B-12 supports red blood cells and synthesis of DNA while B6 supports the immune system. Vitamin C promotes iron absorption, controls blood cholesterol levels and makes children more resistant to infection. The gummy also contains 50 percent of the required daily value of folic acid. Folic acid is important in supporting the metabolism of RNA and DNA and also supporting blood formation.
The Flintstone gummy vitamins also have iodine, zinc and calcium. The Flintstones gummy vitamin does not have any calcuim but the Plus Bone Support gummy has 100 mg of calcium, which is only about 6 to 10 percent of the daily value. Calcium is essential for children and adults in growing and maintaining bones and teeth. Zinc plays a key role in digestion, cell reproduction and even immune system support. Iodine supports thyroid function and helps keep a child's skin, hair and nails healthy and strong.
According to the Flintstones web page, children 2 to 3 years old should take one gummy a day. Adults and children 4 and older should take two gummies. Since the gummy bear vitamins can taste so similar to the actual gummy bear candies, stress to your children that they are not candy. It is possible for the vitamins to be poisonous to your child, so lock the lid on them tightly and store them in a high place out of sight.
Multivitamins for Children
According to the USDA, meals and snacks can provide all the vitamins and minerals most children need. This means that most children do not need to take a multivitamin because they will receive enough vitamins and minerals through their diet. However in some cases, children do actually need a vitamin. If you think that your child may need to take vitamins or other supplements you should consult your doctor.