Published Date: 10th February 2018
The development of muscles and bones makes up a major part of your child’s growth. Hence, it is important that you do your bit to support this development to ensure that your child grows well.
So, here are 3 ways in which you can boost your child’s muscle and bone growth:
In order to develop properly, your child’s muscle and bones require the following nutrients:
Various studies have shown that an adequate intake of Calcium is important for skeletal growth. Moreover, low Calcium intake during childhood and adolescence may lead to decreased bone mass and low bone density which, in turn, can increase the risk of bone fractures. It is recommended that your child receives at least 600 mg of Calcium in a day.1
Vitamin D plays a key role in Calcium and Phosphate metabolism and hence, is an essential nutrient for bone health.2 While you may think it is highly unlikely that your child will have Vitamin D deficiency, certain studies show that Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in Indian children. Researches done in India show that even in apparently healthy children a high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency was noted.3
Your child’s need for Iron grows higher as his/her muscle mass and blood volume increase with each passing day. Iron, a very important micronutrient, is required for transportation of Oxygen through all tissues of the body and plays a pivotal role in muscle growth.4
Amino Acids are the building blocks of Proteins. Amino Acids such as Leucine stimulate muscle protein generation and hence, contribute to growth of muscles.5
Now that you know all the essential nutrients that your child needs, you should also know how to ensure that they receive these nutrients. Dairy products like 6,7
and are rich sources of Calcium besides and . fish like and , and Cheese are good sources of Vitamin D. The food items rich in Iron and Protein include certain . All these should form an integral part of your child’s diet.
While providing a healthy diet to your children is the first step towards supporting their growth, they can be fussy about food sometimes. Hence, it becomes important to give them something extra that can help bridge the nutritional gap. For example, Horlicks Growth+ is a nutritional health drink specialising in promoting growth in children. It has 30% more Growth Promoters@, a combination of key nutrients such as Protein, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Sodium, which are known to support growth. Horlicks Growth+ also has two times more high-quality Proteins$ which help in muscle growth. Moreover, Horlicks Growth+ is low on fat* so it doesn’t lead to obesity. [BG1] A product of 15 years of research by paediatricians, Horlicks Growth+ provides 3 times more growth in 90 days.^
The growing years of your child are very crucial. Hence, you as a parent need to ensure that his/her nutritional requirements are properly fulfilled.