Did you know that 79% of preschool children is calcium deficient? During the growing up process, bones grow very quickly, therefore a higher intake of calcium than in adults is required for a correct development of bones. Find out which minerals and vitamins your children need for healthy development and growth.
Important minerals for normal growth
and development of children
Calcium is one of the most important and frequently present minerals in the human body. Calcium is important for children particularly because it enables the unimpeded development and growth, it affects the development, structure and firmness of bones and teeth and muscle function. In addition to this, calcium is important for balancing the acid-base equilibrium, secreting hormones, and transmitting information through the nervous system.
The body’s need for calcium is increased during the growing period as opposed to adulthood, therefore the body absorbs it to a greater extent. 50-60% of all calcium is absorbed in children, whereas only 10% of calcium is absorbed in adults.
Humans are unable to generate calcium by themselves, that is why it is important to consume enough calcium per day through food.
Reference: NIJZ (2020) Reference values for daily energy intake
79% of preschool children are calcium deficientA study, conducted in Slovenia, has shown that 79% of preschool children do not meet the daily recommended intake of calcium. Girls in the period of growth are most frequently experiencing deficiency. For girls who are still in growing stages, the optimal intake of calcium is especially important, since the risk of osteoporosis developing is decreased. The most important factor for development of osteoporosis is the mineral bone density in young people.
Calcium deficiency affects the growth of bones and teethCalcium deficiency during childhood slows down bone growth and mineralisation. Since birth to adulthood, bones grow fast, therefore a lot of calcium, which is obtained with a regular and varied diet, is needed. In the first 5 years, approximately 100mg of calcium deposits every day in the bones, and up to 400 mg during puberty. This period affects 90% of our adult bone mass. Girls usually grow approximately 2 years before boys, which means that they consume calcium more intensively.
The daily intake of calcium and its absorption are very importantThe body deals with calcium deficiency by drawing it from the bones and thus replacing parts of calcium that should be obtained from our daily diet. Calcium constantly passes from bones to blood; however, if there is not enough calcium, the bone density is thinning. Calcium deficiency is not only the result of insufficient daily intake, but also of inefficient intestine absorption. Calcium deficiency may also occur due to vitamin D deficiency.
Even more than with calcium, children are magnesium deficient. Even though we are well aware that magnesium needs to be added during high intensity sports activities due to an increased loss of electrolytes, magnesium is also extremely important for children due to its role in the function of calcium. Magnesium maintains the solubility of calcium and helps it pass through cell membranes and ensures that it deposits in the bones and not in soft tissues.
Magnesium is co-active in over one hundred enzyme systems which are included in the synthesis of proteins and function of muscles, heart, and bones. Over half of the magnesium in the body is in the bones. Magnesium therefore significantly contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and to normal psychological function.
Co-action of magnesium, calcium and vitamin DMagnesium and vitamin D are co-factors that help the body efficiently absorb and use calcium. Magnesium converts vitamin D into an active form so that it may help calcium absorb into the intestine. Magnesium also stimulates the calcitonin hormone that preserves the bone structure and draws calcium from the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, which decreases the likelihood of osteoporosis, arthritis, heart attack and kidney stones occurring.
Vitamins that meet
the needs of the youngest
Vitamin D has two important functions in children. Firstly, it contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Secondly, vitamin D also contributes to normal blood calcium level. The latter is particularly important in children. Namely, good calcium absorption enables normal bone development and formation. "According to studies conducted in Slovenia, preschool children should reach approximately 21% of the recommended daily intake,” said the Institute of Nutrition. Vitamin D therefore enables calcium to absorb into the intestine even better. Its action is even more effective in combination with other vitamins and minerals (e.g. magnesium) as opposed to calcium being consumed separately. Only 10-15% of calcium is absorbed without vitamin D.
If vitamin D increases calcium absorption from the intestine, vitamin K2 ensures that calcium is efficiently distributed into the bones. Vitamin K2 activates osteocalcin, which integrates calcium into the bones, and at the same activates certain proteins, which bind the excess calcium. In this way calcium depositing in soft tissues, such as arteries, is prevented. In this way it prevents any contribution to atherosclerosis which results in heart and vascular diseases, but also arthritis and the formation of kidney stones.
Vitamin C has a general and important role in the function of the immune system. It also affects the reduction of tiredness and fatigue in children, as it protects cells against oxidative stress.
Vitamin A is important for eyesight. Children's eyes are exposed to a higher risk than the eyes of adults, since they have a wider pupil and less pigment. Up to the age of 12, the child’s ophthalmic lens does not filter harmful UV rays. Children additionally burden their eyes during the school year, if they do not keep a sufficient distance from books and notebooks when reading. It often happens that they watch the computer monitor or TV closer than it is recommended. Vitamin A’s role is particularly important in preserving eyesight and in ensuring iron metabolism. It also contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Even though many foods are rich with vitamin E, the recommended daily intake is not necessarily reached. Vitamin E deficiency is also common in children. Vitamin E has an antioxidant role, it therefore protects cells from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress represents a risk for the development of various illnesses, mainly cardiovascular diseases.
B complex vitamins are also important for children, particularly vitamins B12, B6, folic and pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. Vitamins B are important for energy, metabolism and the nervous system
- B12 and B6 assist in the formation of red blood cells.
- Riboflavin contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Niacin contributes to maintaining a healthy mucosa.
I grow and develop with Junglemix junior
minerals and vitamins!
We have developed a new, fresh and tasty beverage for your youngest, combining all the important vitamins and minerals. Find out more about Junglemix junior, which we recommend to children over 3 years of age for:
- strong bones
- nervous system
- immune system
What are the main advantages of Junglemix junior?We recommend Junglemix Junior because:
- it contains bioavailable minerals – calcium and magnesium;
- calcium and magnesium are in an optimal 2:1 ratio for an efficient absorption;
- it contains vitamins D3 and K2 which with their interaction contribute to a better calcium absorption,
- it is enriched with additional 10 vitamins for a comprehensive action;
- it has an excellent orange flavour;
- it has no artificial aromas, colourants and sweeteners
- it is packed in an attractive interactive packaging.
“At school, I am brave as a lion!”Children need an optimal combination of active ingredients and some creative encouragement to feel good. The powdered drink is a combination of excellent lemon and orange flavour that will help your aspiring little ones to grow in a healthy way and at the same time spark their imagination.
“I am discovering the world through play!”Junglemix junior is not only full of minerals and vitamins, but also comes in an interactive packaging, through which the youngest can discover the tropical forest and its inhabitants. The Junglemix junior packaging is interactive and useful even after having consumed its content.
Each sachet represents an animal with which your youngest will discover the sounds of the jungle, play finger games, get to know letters, or simply walk them through their own jungle. The internal side of the box may be used as a playing set with a playful labyrinth in the form of a colouring page that will present a unique challenge to children.