According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, the biggest problem with giving children herbal supplements and extracts is that most kids can't swallow tablets or capsules whole until they’ re at least 9 or 10 years old. This limits the options to liquid extracts, crushed tablets or the powder contents emptied from capsules.
Generally, none of these options taste very good. And most children won’t willingly swallow things that don’t taste good!
So how do you get your children to take the essential supplements they need to grow big and strong?
Well, there are a few tricks you can use that’ll help.
Get your kids to take their supplements by using these two tricks
Trick #1: You can get your child to take his supplements by mixing the herbal extract or supplement natural sweeteners. These include honey, all-natural fruit juice, juice concentrate or pure maple syrup.
“Just add a dash of one of them to the extract or crushed supplement and be sure to have more juice or water on hand as a chaser,” says Dr Wright.
Trick #2: When all else fails, the ‘jelly technique’ is a good fallback. This involves mixing up a natural form of jelly using fruit juice and agar powder (a natural gelling agent sold in your local health shop).
Once the agar has dissolved into the juice, pour the mixture into the compartments of an ice cube tray, then add a single dose of the herbal extract to each cube. Put the tray into the fridge to set and each time a dose is called for, give your child one jelly cube.