Multi-vitamin improved kids’ aerobic capacity

Researchers in one study gave 300 school kids, aged 7 to 10.5, 40 grams of a chocolate malt beverage powder with or without multi-vitamin-mineral fortification. The two malt powders had the same number of calories. A third group did not receive any type of fortification.

After four months, while the two other groups did not improve in any measure, the multi-vitamin fortification group had large increases in aerobic capacity and whole-body endurance.

To test endurance, kids ran continuously between two points, 66 feet apart, at increasing speed. The multi-vitamin group also improved in blood levels of iron, vitamin C, and the active forms of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, and B12. 

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