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Does Milk Boost Height?

2018-09-07 09:57 Friday

In genetics, 70% of the factors affecting height are innate, and 30% are acquired factors, such as nutrition, exercise and sleep. Innate factors cannot change, but parents can provide children with optimal acquired factors to boost height and improve childhood growth and development.

With this in mind, it’s worth exploring if milk consumption makes children taller, and assists in overall childhood development.


During the growth and development of children, adequate nutrition is indeed critical to height. Height-boosting nutrients include protein, calcium and vitamin D, as well as lysine, taurine and microelements such as iron and zinc.

Protein: Composed of more than 20 amino acids, it is the principal agent of biological activity. Dairy products, beans, meat, eggs and fish are rich in protein.

Calcium: It is the main component of human bones and teeth. Dairy products, fish, lamb, chicken, dried fruit contain a high amount of calcium.

Vitamin D: This vitamin promotes the absorption of calcium, assists with bone and muscle growth, and eases "growing pains" in the growth phase. The body automatically synthesizes vitamin D through sunlight, and natural foods contain relatively little vitamin D, making outdoor time essential during childhood.

Zinc: This is one of the essential microelements in the human body, which plays an important role in promoting normal development of human body and improving immunity. Oysters, peas and wheat germ powders are rich in zinc.

Lysine: This amino acid has positive effects on human development, immunity and central nerve tissue. Lysine is found in foods with high protein content, such as dairy and meat, with cereals and peanuts containing little lysine.

Taurine: Taurine was first found in bezoar, which is not involved in protein synthesis, but instead promotes the metabolism of other amino acids. Taurine content is high in animal livers, seafood, seaweed, and taurine.


Milk is high in calcium but low in protein, and while calcium strengthens bones, milk consumption is not sufficient on its own to make children taller.

Milk offers beneficial nutritional properties, but cannot be relied on for a specific function, such as boosting height. During early childhood, parents should provide food that is rich in nutrients to meet the diverse nutrition requirements necessary for health growth and development.

In addition, adequate outdoor activities and sleep are also necessary for the healthy childhood development.

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