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Micronutrients and growth of children: a literature review

Aminuddin Syam, Sukri Palutturi, Nurhaedar Djafar, Budu, Nurpudji Astuti, Abdul Razak Thaha.

Optimal growth and development in children will be able to achieve if the nutritional needs can be met. There are many teenagers who are malnourished because of inadequate intake. This study aims to examine the relationship between micronutrients especially folic acid and zinc with growth. The method used is a literature review of various sources of free accredited journals in pdf form e.g. PubMed, Proquest, Google Scholar, and EBSCO. Other sources were such as books, reports on national and international health. We collected literature published in the last 10 years to maintain the novelty of information. Some sources of literatures were beyond the time limit if those are beneficial to this study. The results of the literature review indicate that there is a relationship between micronutrients and growth but this is still being debated. This study recommends for further follow-up especially on experimental studies in certain age groups.

Key words: Micronutrients, folic acid, zinc, growth

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