Child Nutrition Fact #4

Zinc Helps Children Think

Another study showed that Zinc, associated generally with immune function, may actually help children think better. In the trial, 11-year olds who took 2-mg zinc supplements for five days each week had better mental performance after three months than their classmates, as cited in a study by the US Agricultural Research Services Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota in April 2005 (1).

Reference:

(1) Penland KG, et al. US Agricultural Research Service, 2005. Zinc affects cognition and psychosocial function of middle-school children [abstract]. In: Experimental Biology meeting; 2005 April 4; San Diego. Bethesda (MD): The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal. 19(5):A973

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