Skip to content

Multivitamin Plus Zinc May Boost Height In Children

Zinc is an essential mineral that has been linked to maintaining a healthy immune system, healing wounds, helping with growth, supporting the reproductive system, and improved eye health. A recent study suggests that giving school children a multivitamin that includes zinc may lead to greater height gain.


Participants in the study included 140 healthy Thai schoolchildren between the ages of 4 and 13.  They were given either a placebo or zinc bis-glycinate containing 20 mg elemental zinc plus a multivitamin containing vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, nicotinamide, and vitamin D five days per week for six months.


At the end of the study, the researchers noted that the supplement group grew an average 2 inches, compared with 1.25 inches in the placebo group. The difference in height gains became apparent after two months of supplementation.


Researchers from Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on April 15, 2016, in Pediatrics International.


The human body cannot make zinc, so it’s important to get it from food and supplement sources. Zinc can be found in many foods, including oysters, beef, crab, fortified cereals, lobster, beans, yogurt, nuts, milk, chicken, cheese, and oatmeal. You can also consume zinc in a supplement form, but be careful not to take too much. Intakes of greater than 150 mg per day have been associated with negative side effects, such as a weakened immune system.


Previous studies have shown that multivitamins may aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and boost general physical health. Other studies have also shown that the cells of people who routinely take multivitamins have a younger biological age.

Previous article Taking More Steps Daily May Help Improve Blood Pressure

Related Posts

Study Finds Video Game Playing Not Harmful For Majority of Adolescents
Study Finds Video Game Playing Not Harmful For Majority of Adolescents
As video game playing becomes more and more popular, concerns have arisen regarding long-term effects on teenagers su...
Read More
Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Body Fat
Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Body Fat
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide, and it has high levels of antioxidants. A recent study suggest...
Read More
Study Finds Aerobic Exercise May Help Improve Cognitive Function
Study Finds Aerobic Exercise May Help Improve Cognitive Function
Certain cognitive abilities such as conceptual reasoning, memory, and processing speed decline gradually over time. A...
Read More
×