Does Complan Increase Height of Kids

Today in twenty-first century parents are busy choosing the best health drink for their child that keeps the child healthy and helps height growth.

Here complan takes entry in parents mind due to its attractive advertisements. Most of the parents have no doubt on health drink like compan, horlicks, bournvita, boost and others.

But the reality is far away from their advertisements!! As a parent ever you ask your doctor or your mind that does complan increase height? Actually, not only complan it is applicable for all the health drink.

Now, if i simply say that No, complan does not increase height and this statement is also applicable for all other health drinks. You may not believe me. Over you will ask me so why people are buying?

I want to clear the reality of complan on height growth with some proper facts and study results.

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Study of complan on children- Does complan increase height?

reality of height growth

A year-long study released in December 2008, by Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women in Coimbatore involved more than 900 Indian children of the 7to12-year age group who were divided into three groups.

The first group was put on a full diet. Second group got a full diet plus Complan prepared in pure water and the third got a full diet plus Complan mixed with milk.

Result of the study was

The Result was shocking for complan!! The study showed that children in the third group grew twice faster than those in the first two groups.

Have any doubts? This is not the end of this article. Now i am going to show you scientifically that why complan does not increase height?

Before going to the scientific fact let’s check the ingredients of complan. Because ingredients are the key of nutrients of any health drink.

Ingredients of Complan
ingredients of complan

If I simplify further then here is the list of ingredients that complan use.

  • Skimmed milk
  • Maltodextrin
  • Vegetable oils (palmolein, sunflower oil)
  • Sucrose(sugar)
  • Flavou(natural and artificial)
  • Magnesium hydrogen phosphate
  • Colouring (beet red)
  • Xanthan gum
  • Ferrous sulfate
  • Calcium carbonate
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Calcium D-pantothenate
  • Pteroylmonoglutamic acid
  • D-biotin, phytomenadione
  • Manganese sulphate
  • Sodium L-ascorbate
  • Chlorine
  • Dl-α-tocopherol
  • Cupric sulphate
  • Zinc sulfate
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  • Thiamin hydrochloride
  • DL-α-tocopheryl acetate
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Riboflavin
  • Cholecalciferol
  • Cyanocobalamin
  • Potassium iodide
  • Chromium chloride
  • Sodium molybdate
  • Sodium selenite

Now comes to the main point. What do children need to grow in height? And complan do not provide it?

What Help to grow height?

To grow in height GH(growth hormone) play the key role. This hormone is naturally secreted by somatotropic cells within the lateral wings of the anterior pituitary gland at night.

Using growth hormone or somatotropic stimulating chemicals that help to secret growth hormone from outside is a bad idea.

And if any health drink brand usees some of this kind of chemicals will be surely BANNED by the FDA in US and CDSCO in India.

Why taking complan with milk help to increase height?

Milk contains lactoferrin which helps in increasing the IGF-1 levels which in turn can increase height naturally.

Complan or Horlicks or any other health drink does improve on the taste of Milk making it a lot sweeter than milk itself. This is the only reason kids love it so much.

As far as Height growth is concerned, milk is doing the back-end job. Milk helps your kid grow not any health drink like complan, Boost, pediasure, horlicks or bournvita.

Do you have noticed closely, no health drink ever gives a guarantee for any increase in children’s height because these can’t really do a thing about children’s height.

If you observe closely then you will find that all the health drinks suggest preparing their powder in milk to get the maximum result. Why? Because they know the reality.

Am I totally against health drink

No, In fact, I also prefer a good health drink for kids. Because for me not only height but all the other nutrients value a lot. Health drink like complan, horlicks, pediasure provides protein, vitamins and minerals that are important to grow healthy.

Although, all the nutrients provide by the health drink are normal and available in food. Parents can feed their kids health drinks for the surety of nutrient fulfillment.


Health drinks are a good source of nutrients. Although they provide some extra sugar and few chemicals but they are beneficial to kids. All the nutrients are easily available in foods like egg, milk, fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits.

Yes, Complan itself does not increase height. But consuming complan with milk do that. Do not forget for healthy growth your kid needs healthy nutrients also.

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