Out of 120 school students analyzed by Saudi researchers, academic performance was higher for students classified as moderately or highly active physically. Serum levels of vitamin E were also higher in the more active students.
Micronutrients have proven health benefits in young people. Demonstrating this, in association with the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, the Dr. Rath Research Institute conducted a clinical evaluation of the health effects of micronutrient supplementation in school-age Ukrainian children. The evaluation included 69 children who took a micronutrient supplement for a period of seven months. Another group of 34 children who were not taking the micronutrient supplement were monitored as the control group. A health assessment of all the children was conducted at the beginning and end of the trial.
All children consumed the same diet at school. After seven months, the children in the micronutrient group were found to be physically fitter than those in the control group. The study found that their heart rate and blood pressure decreased, while their cardiovascular system function increased by 28% and their muscle power by 16%. At the same time, the children in the control group experienced a 14% decrease in lung capacity and respiratory function.
The children taking the micronutrients furthermore showed improved immunity and their number of illnesses decreased by 25%. They also had better test scores in several subjects compared to the control group. Overall, the general health, physical activity and emotional wellbeing of the children taking the micronutrients improved significantly over the seven months of the study.
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