What Foods Make You Grow Taller?

Updated February 21, 2017

An individual’s height is determined by genetics, health and environment. Human growth declines after puberty. Once a person reaches his full height, there is little that can alter it. Eating the correct foods can promote healthy growth.

Foods Rich in Calcium

“During the first 30 years of life our bones are constantly building more bone and storing calcium,” says Calcium is needed for strong bones and is best combined with exercise. Weight-bearing exercises promote bone strength. According to Women’s Health, “Weight bearing exercises are exercises forcing the muscles to work against gravity…. The bones gain strength … and allows the bones to absorb more calcium.” Sources of salcium are milk, dairy, leafy vegetable and sardines.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A

Bones are strengthened by vitamins and minerals. Some foods rich in Vitamin A are liver, egg yolks, raw carrots and red bell peppers. Vitamin A is available as a supplement. Too much Vitamin A can be toxic.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D

Vitamin D encourages strong bones. Some foods rich in Vitamin D are liver, beef, fish, diary, cod liver oil and eggs. Vitamin D is available as a supplement.

Foods Rich in Protein

Protein is necessary for weight maintenance, tissue and energy. Some foods rich in protein are meats, crustaceans and dairy.

Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc promotes growth and immune strength. Some foods rich in zinc are oysters, beans, oatmeal, pork, chicken, nuts, seeds and liver.

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Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.