i am 18 and 5’3. One of my friends grew 3 inches from drinking ensure milk everyday, but at that time she was 16.
will ensure milk help me grow now that i am 18?
Your friend did not grow because of Ensure. They grew because of their genetics.
Ensure will not make you taller, it will make you fatter though. They are meal replacements.
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Ensure is oil, water, sugar and a multi-vitamin. You could do better with donuts and a multivitamin. Or simply try eating well instead: make sure you get enough carbs, protein, calcium, vitamin D (from sunlight), etc, etc. Studies show arginine found in pumpkin seeds (6g L-arginine or 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds) causes the body to make more human growth hormone. Most likely your growth has already slowed down to a crawl but it doesn’t fully stop until about age 22-26.
At 18, you should know better. Your friend didn’t grow by drinking Ensure. Ensure is for people who aren’t getting enough nutrition (those with medical problems, the elderly, etc). It does not promote growth.
I believe your growth spurt is already over. Please talk to your doctor about it. They are the only ones who can do tests to see how your body is growing.
In most case any further height growth from 15-21 is insignificant but there are exceptions such as late bloomers. If you have already reached your peak height Ensure milk won’t help but if you are still growing it could help.
No….not at any age will ensure help you grow. Your friend grew by nature.
I font think that the ensure it self will help with growth, but it does help build strong bones.
Everybody’s different. Who knows?
But genes do matter, the same with lifestyle and diet.
For ex., if your parents have a thin tall frame, it’s likely that you may have it too.
If you eat healthy and excercise, you’ll also grow.
Humans have hormones, cows have hormones, so why don’t animals have them too?
I hope you get better!
You already know that drinking milk can help you build strong bones and muscles.
That’s because cow’s milk is naturally high in calcium, a nutrient that promotes bone density, and protein, which contributes to muscle growth. (One cup of milk contains 293 milligrams of calcium and a smidgen more than 8 grams of protein, for reference.)
And yes—that means chocolate milk, too, which is why you might see certain athletes enjoying chocolate milk in their post-workout shakes or just straight from a glass following a cardio or training session.
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But can milk also make you taller?
It’s a statement that you might have heard when you were young and has maybe stuck with your through you adult years. Heck, maybe you even tell your own kids the same thing: “Drink milk and you’ll grow up tall and strong.”
Your parents didn’t just make this up out of nowhere, though. Scientists have actually studied this very hypothesis. And dietitians do hear similar questions from their clients.
But just how strong is the link between drinking milk and height? We turned to Kelly Jones M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. for her wisdom.
“There are actually several published studies showing that, in children, drinking milk is associated with very small increases in height,” says Jones.
It is important to recognize, however, that these studies are showing a correlation and not a cause and effect relationship. And that just because a few research reports have found a positive association doesn’t mean that there’s proof milk can make you taller.
So let’s dig in a little deeper…
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What does science say about drinking milk and height?
Well, honestly, the research is mixed.
One 2018 study followed a group of participants from birth, through 17 years, and discovered that height increased by .39 cm per self-reported additional 8 ounces of milk consumed daily. Jones: “However, the authors also noted that the population was mostly of moderate income and reasonably well educated, which can mean results would not be similar in populations with worse access to food or knowledge of appropriate eating patterns.”
So, in short, it’s complicated.
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Plus, there are other factors that may influence the results. “In some of the studies showing a correlation between milk intake and height, other factors may not have been considered, such as overall diet quality, including adequate intake of protein, calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients,” she says.
Then there’s a 2019 systematic review, which stated that adding dairy products to person’s diet was associated with increased bone mineral content during childhood, but there was no correlation between dairy and height.
“It may also be that those who do not drink milk are consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, which may impair bone health (with bone health being important for reaching appropriate peak height),” Jones says
Plus, all this research was done on children. So if you’re looking to gain height as an adult, you may have missed your window.
Should you still drink milk?
Yes, even if the research is mixed.
Milk still offers a ton of beneficial nutrients. Milk one of the few consistent sources of calcium, which we know is important for bone health.
“Additionally, many do not consume adequate fatty fish, one of the few natural sources of vitamin D, and milk can provide that as well,” she says.
Plus, milk protein is known to be very beneficial for muscle growth and repair, so, go ahead, enjoy it in your post-workout shake.
Isadora Baum is a freelance writer, certified health coach, and author of 5-Minute Energy. She can’t resist a good sample, a margarita, a new HIIT class, or an easy laugh. Learn more about her on her website: isadorabaum.com.