Children Growth Nutrients

There are four stages that define Life.

Birth,Growth,Decay and Death.

While one can no nothing about Birth and Death, some thing can be done about Growth and Decay.

Growth is essential part of Life and growing stronger ensures better chance of survival.

Survival of the fittest is the hallmark of the stronger.

Protein and energy drink Horlicks.
Horlicks for Growth

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And growth is dependent on Protein intake.

Growth hormone (GH), also known as somatotropin (or as human growth hormone [hGH or HGH] in its human form), is apeptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration in humans and other animals. It is thus important inhuman development. It is a type of mitogen which is specific only to certain kinds of cells. Growth hormone is a 191-amino acid, single-chain polypeptide that is synthesized, stored, and secreted by somatotropic cells within the lateral wings of the anterior pituitary gland.


How does this enhance Growth?

  • Increases calcium retention, and strengthens and increases the mineralization of bone
  • Increases muscle mass through sarcomere hypertrophy
  • Promotes lipolysis
  • Increases protein synthesis
  • Stimulates the growth of all internal organs excluding the brain
  • Plays a role in homeostasis
  • Reduces liver uptake of glucose
  • Promotes gluconeogenesis in the liver.
  • Contributes to the maintenance and function of pancreatic islets
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Increases deiodination of T4 to T3.

Deficiency of Protein result  in Growth Failure and short stature among children.

It also causes delayed sexual maturity.

And an unsound and subnormal growth might result in mental issue as well.

GH( growth deficiency) deficiency  in adults may manifest as depression.

To cure this GH deficiency GH Therapy is undertaken and its effects are yet to be proved.

It is better to have a balanced diet  including Protein.

In our daily Life we may not get a much protein as much as required because of our changed food habits.


Natural Protein food.


Meat is the food that is very rich in proteins. It is also rich in fat. So it is preferred to have the meat grilled or roasted to frying them deep

Thin cuts of: beef, ham, lamb, pork, veal

  1. Ground Meat: bison, rabbit, venison.

Poultry products have their own richness. These foods are rich in protein and contain low saturated fats. Some of the varieties of poultry products are:

  1. Chicken
  2. Duck
  1. Goose
  2. Turkey
  3. Ground chicken and turkey
  4. Eggs ( chicken/ duck)


Soya Products

Soya products are the processed products of Soy. They are naturally blended with proteins and carbohydrates. Some of the soya products are:

Dairy Products

Dairy products are naturally healthy and are perfect diet parts. There are various dairy products that can be used. They are:

  1. Bean burgers
  2. Black beans
  3. Black eyed peas
  4. Chick peas
  5. Kidney beans
  6. Lentils
  7. Soy beans
  8. White beans and etc

It is advisable to take protein supplements as a part of our diet.

These should have adequate proteins and excess proteins should have been compensated and this supplement must be easily digestible.

Are these Supplements safe?


To determine the effect of nutritional supplementation on height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) in short and lean prepubertal children.

Study design

A prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of nutritional supplementation at the endocrinology department of a tertiary pediatric medical center of healthy, lean, short, prepubertal children 3-9-years-old. Anthropometry measurements were measured at 6 months.


Two hundred participants (149 boys) entered the study and 171 (85.5%) completed the intervention period. Baseline characteristics including age, sex, height-SDS, weight-SDS, BMI-SDS, and dietary caloric and protein intakes were similar in the formula and placebo groups. ‘Good’ consumers (intake of ≥50% of the recommended dose) in the formula group significantly improved height-SDS (P < .001) and weight-SDS (P = .005) with no change in BMI-SDS compared with ‘poor’ consumers and the placebo group. In the formula-treated group a positive correlation was found between the amount of formula consumed per body weight and the gain in height-SDS (r = 0.44, P < .001) and weight-SDS (r = 0.35, P = .002); no significant correlations were found in the placebo group. No serious adverse events were reported during the study.


Nutritional intervention with the formula was found to be a feasible, effective, and safe approach for promoting the physical growth of short and lean prepubertal children.


Horlicks seems to fit the bill.

I have been watching people consuming it for as long a I remember and I recall doctors prescribing it to convalescents, including pregnant women both pre natal and post natal.

And with added flavor children do not shy away from it.

More information on this can be had from


( The Journal of Pediatrics  )

Reference and Citations.


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