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).


(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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