Posted by IdealVitamins Blog Writer

When you are making a list of back to school necessities, remember to include vitamins and supplements. After all, they are just as important, if not more, than loose leaf paper and number two pencils.

Your kids need sufficient amounts of specific vitamins and minerals in addition to all around good nutrition to fuel their brains for full days of reading, writing and arithmetic.

When it comes to academic performance, kids' brains need B vitamins to function properly. Vitamin B6, for example, keeps kids alert, fighting irritability and fatigue. Plus, if your child lacks vitamin B12, his brain function will slow down. Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant that also works to build neurotransmitters in your child's brain to optimize information processing. E is another vitamin vital for brain power. It enhances clarity and alertness by keeping red blood cells healthy so they can carry oxygen to your child's brain.

Other supplements essential for powering the brain start with Omega 3s, most often found in fish oil. They are instrumental in brain development and can help with future IQ. Kids with short attention spans are often lacking in iron. It is necessary for dopamine production which helps increase attention and concentration. Zinc is responsible for giving iron a hand by helping the brain use dopamine efficiently. Additionally, selenium is a mineral that improves mood and can help kids feel confident.

Though many of the nutrients vital for brain function should be available through the diet, between picky eaters and kids with a penchant for junk food, children typically require supplementation to ensure complete nutrition. It is a good idea to talk to your pediatrician about your child's diet. If it is missing one or more of these essential vitamins or supplements, pick up a quality supplement when shopping for back to school.