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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-127

A randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of children’s health supplement with micronutrient fortification to promote growth, health, and wellbeing in children


1 Netsurf Research Labs Pvt. Ltd, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Clinical Research Unit, Mprex Healthcare, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Pune District Education Association, Pune College of Ayurveda and Sterling Hospital Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Omkar Kulkarni
Senior Manager, R&D (Healthcare), Netsurf Research Labs Pvt. Ltd, Baner, Pune 411045, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijnpnd.ijnpnd_108_20

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Background: Proteins are one of the strong pillars of sound physical health and cognitive abilities. Protein and micronutrient deficiency can hamper the health and growth of many children globally, delaying their physical and mental improvement and increase proneness to infections. The current research depicts the efficacy and safety of the children’s health supplement with micronutrient fortification to promote growth, health, and wellbeing in children. A multicenter randomized controlled trial. Material and Methods: Two centers one being a teaching institute with a hospital and the second one private hospital. Total 105 subjects visiting the out patient department (OPD) section participated of which 100 completed the trial with five being dropped out as lost to follow-up. Children’s health supplement (NRL/2019/5PNK) contains essential vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts together with a blend of whey, soy, pea, rice proteins, and milk solids. It was consumed as 90 days’ treatment in a dose of 10 g daily with 150 mL milk. Children’s health supplements improved anthropometric parameters and growth of children indicated by height-to-age and weight-to-age z-scores defined by world health organization (WHO). Results: There was a 45.70% increased physical endurance by children’s health supplement. Enhanced immunity status indicated by reduced illness episodes and missed school days. Children’s health supplements improved child’s eating behavior and cognitive performance better than the marketed product. It was found better in improving digestive behavior in children. Conclusion: Children’s health supplement found safe and effective in promoting growth, health, and wellbeing in healthy children.


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