Zinc supplementation improves cognition in adolescent girls

Adolescent girls who received zinc supplementation through ingesting foods high in zinc or by taking a zinc nutraceutical demonstrated improved cognition and taste acuity, according to an intervention trial conducted in Maharashtra state of Western India.

“Zinc has a role in many body functions,” said Anuradha Khadilkar, MD, DCH, associate professor at Jehangir Hospital in Pune, India. “In adolescents, adequate intake is vital for physical growth and sexual maturation. The role of zinc has also been described in immunity, diabetes, and bone health.”


“Zinc has a role in many body functions. In adolescents, adequate intake is vital for physical growth and sexual maturation.”
-Anuradha Khadilkar, MD, DCH, associate professor at Jehangir Hospital in Pune, India


Khadilkar added that “zinc deficiency needs to be assessed in adolescence, especially since it is a very rapid phase of growth.”

In the intervention trial, a researcher in the Biometry and Nutrition Group at the Agharkar Research Institute in Pune, India, conducted a...

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