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What are multivitamins for kids and teens?

Like adult multivitamin supplements, those targeted for children and teens contain a collection of vitamins and minerals that are tailored for their specific nutritional needs. That being said, there are dozens of choices, as most supplement brands have their own child’s multi and a few have one for teens as well. Our recommendations in this category will be focused on purity, potency and bioavailability of the nutrients.

What about multis with added fruit-vegetable extracts?

While most multis for kids and teens seem pretty much alike at first glance, some brands have added dozens of fruit and vegetable extracts with the water removed. That’s certainly a healthier filler than lots of sugar. These brands usually charge a premium price for such multis. But, on closer examination, such additions may add little to daily nutrition. A good measurement to remember in evaluating supplement labels is that 1,000 milligrams (1 gram) of an ingredient is the same weight as ONE paperclip—a small one! Even when taking vitamin supplements, it's still important for your child to eat whole fruits and veggies when possible. Tip for parents: frozen dark-skinned berries are loaded with antioxidants and anthocyanins and are available year round. They can easily be added to smoothies, stirred into yogurt, or top your child's favorite cereal!

How We Choose Our Top 5 Supplements (View our Site Disclaimer)

We recommend any of the five products listed below equally and so present our choices in alphabetical order by brand. We do not receive any compensation in exchange for our recommendations. Read more about how we make our selections.

Bluebonnet AnimalZ Multi

Bluebonnet® Rainforest AnimalZ®Multi

Bluebonnet Rainforest AnimalZ® taste good, come in a variety of natural fruit flavors, and have low-sugar, natural sweeteners both parents and kids will like. The line includes Multis, Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin D.

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Besides natural sweeteners, each of the formulas have many good features: 

  • • the multis are high-potency with superior mineral combinations that are better absorbed
  • • low acidity Vitamin C with 100mg of fruit-veggie concentrate
  • • easily absorbed forms of bone-building calcium/magnesium plus vitamin D.

Other ingredients: Natural cherry (grape, orange, assorted fruit) flavor, EarthSweet® [juice concentrates (wild blueberry, cranberry, prune, cherry, strawberry, grape, raspberry and bilberry fruits, grape seed and raspberry seed extracts), cane crystals], xylitol, natural flavor, vegetable magnesium stearate, citric acid, non-GMO beet juice (colorant), stearic acid, brown rice powder.

Contains: Soybeans

Free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat. Also free of yeast, gluten and barley. Made with Non GMO Ingredients, With Whole Food Fruits and Vegetables, Gluten Free, Kosher Parve

Garden of Life mykind Organics Multi Gummies

Garden of Life® mykind Organics Kids Multi Gummies

Organic is the key word in this Kids Multi. mykind Organics Kids Multi Gummies are the only Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Verified fruit and vitamin gummy. Made with nine organic whole fruits in every bottle.

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4 gummies (serving size) contain 5 grams of sugars with 2 grams of fiber derived from a long list of concentrates of organic fruits and veggies. Contains no filler ingredients, nor artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.

Real Fruit • Dietary Supplement • USDA Organic • Non-GMO Project Verified • Kosher • Contains Vitashine® D3 • Certified Vegan • Certified NSF Gluten-Free • Soy, Dairy & Gluten Free • Nut Free • Certified Organic by QCS

Other ingredients: Certified organic fruit chew base blend: Organic apple (fruit, puree concentrate & juice concentrate), organic peach (fruit puree concentrate), organic tapioca fiber, pectin (from apples & oranges), organic cherry flavor, organic purple carrot juice concentrate (for color), organic orange (peel), organic rice meal and organic sunflower oil (for coating), certified organic real food vitamin blend: organic emblic (amla, phyllanthus emblica) (fruit) extract, organic sesbania grandiflora (leaf), organic psidium guajava (guava fruit & leaf), organic lemon (peel), organic ocimum sanctum (holy basil leaf), organic annatto (fruit & seed), organic moringa oleifera (moringa leaf), organic beet (root), organic broccoli (stalk & flower), organic carrot (root), organic spinach (leaf), organic tomato (fruit), organic blackberry (fruit), organic green bell pepper (fruit), organic brussels sprout (leaf), organic ginger (root), organic blueberry (fruit), organic garlic (bulb), organic green onion (bulb), organic raspberry (fruit), organic parsley (leaf), organic cauliflower (flower & stem), organic red cabbage (leaf), organic asparagus (flower & stem), organic celery (stalk), organic cucumber (gourd), organic kale (leaf).

Natural Factors Big Friends Multi

Natural Factors® Big Friends® Multi

If you’re looking for sugar-free formulas, this kid’s line is sweetened only with xylitol (which is good for tooth health.) Big Friends® line of children's supplements includes a multivitamin-mineral formula, a probiotic blend, low-acid Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, Vitamin D in chews and drops, and Magnesium Citrate. All are sugar and gluten free with naturally sourced flavors and colors.

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Big Friends multi provides a wide selection of nutrients with superior forms of minerals plus the superior form of vitamin K (K2 as menaquinone-7 fermented from natto bean) working with Vitamin D to support healthy bone growth.

  • Sugar and gluten free
  • Naturally sourced flavors and colors
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Purity and potency guaranteed
  • Issura Non GMO documentation, Mass Spec lab tested

SmartyPants Kids Complete Multi

SmartyPants® Kids Complete Multi + Omega-3 + Vitamin D

4 delicious gummies a day provide your kids nutrients they may not be getting in their diet. Made with wholesome sweeteners and low allergen potential ingredients, plus brain-supporting Omega-3.  

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This kid's gummy features 100mg of brain supporting omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oils, plus significant amounts of key nutrients kids (and even adults, actually) may be missing from the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.): 20 mcg (800 IU) 100% of Kids daily value, Vitamin B-12 (as more active methylcobalamin) 2.4 mcg, 100% of Kids daily value, plus superior forms of from Zinc Citrate, Folate as Methylfolate, Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin, Vitamin K1, K2 as MK7, Vitamin B6 as (as pyridoxal 5-phosphate), Beta Carotene, Choline as Vitacholine®.

Smarty Pants® statement about their gummy supplements: Every batch is 3rd Party Lab Tested, has Clean Label Project® Purity Award, are IGEN–Non-GMO Tested.

Their Gummies Other Ingredients: Cane Sugar Organic, Tapioca Syrup Organic, Gelatin, Pectin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Annatto, Turmeric, Pantothenic Acid as D Calcium Pantothenate

Their Gummies Do Not Contain: Yeast, wheat, milk, eggs, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors and salicylates

SmartyPants Teen Girl Teen Guy Complete Multi

SmartyPants® Teen Complete Multi for Guys and Girls

Delicious gummies with all the essential nutrients teen bodies need, plus lutein and zeaxanthin to help protect young eyes from high energy blue light associated with digital devices.*

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Each SmartyPants® serving includes:

  • • Omega-3 (balanced EPA & DHA) essential fatty acids sustainably-sourced from wild-caught small fish.
  • • Lutein & Zeaxanthin support eye health against high energy blue light from digital devices.*
  • • Vitamin D in the premium form D3 for normal immune function.*
  • • Vitamins K1 and K2, in the premium form (MK7), for bone health.*
  • • Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin to support energy metabolism.*

No junk in these gummies:

  • • No Synthetic Colors
  • • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • • No Artificial Flavors
  • • No Artificial Preservatives
  • • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • • No GMOs
  • • No Soy
  • • No Gluten
  • • No Wheat
  • • No Eggs
  • • No Peanuts
  • • No Dairy

How We Choose Our Top 5 Supplements

Ingredients with measurable efficacy: Some supplement ingredients have had decades of scientific study and thousands of published studies describing their measurable efficacy and benefits to human nutrition. But some are only recently showing up on the market and have little science to explain their properties. Since you can't buy or try everything, we recommend products with studied ingredients.

Added value/complementary nutrients: Much of the cost of supplements is in their packaging, so if a product contains several complementary ingredients for its intended benefit, then we usually recommend that product over a single ingredient product. The exception is a single ingredient product that has special recognition as superior to similar but less effective products.

Different forms (tablets, powders, etc.): Some people just hate to take pills of any kind. So, when there’s a chewable, liquid, powder or gummy option that’s effective, we may also recommend those products.

Good manufacturing practices and reputation: There has been an explosion of supplement brands in the last 10 years. Many of these brands live only online and have ownership outside of USA regulations or ownership whose identity is sometimes hard to determine. We recommend companies that have made and marketed supplements for many decades in the USA and have earned good reputations for closely following FDA, GMP, and FTC guidelines, submitting to protocols that verify purity and potency and refraining from misleading product claims.

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