Bump to Da_Fonz, that was an excellent read...that's gonna be a sticky note...
Since we have some injured members i thought this would be an excellent post to help expedite there recovery.
RESEARCH ON FOODS THAT HELP HEAL BROKEN BONES
Nutrition's Role In Increasing The Speed Of Bone Healing
"One of the most important influences on fracture healing is nutrition," says orthopedist Martin Yahiro, M.D., a consultant to FDA. "That's why it's so important get enough calcium and vitamin D," he notes.
The healing time for broken bones is influenced by a number of variables that nutrition can impact including blood supply. For example, the ends of long bones are vascular so they heal faster than the center. Certain types of food and exercise foster increased blood supply and hence time it takes to heal. Mobilization, i.e. weight bearing exercises and isometric exercises stimulates healing.
High Calcium Foods For Bone Healing
There are number foods that are high in calcium to consider. The following chart should serve as a guideline.
Calcium content of different foods
Type of food Amount Milligrams of Calcium
Non fat yogurt 1 cup 415
Sardines (Atlantic with bones) 3 oz 372
Collard Greens 1 cup 355
Pink Salmon (canned with bones) 6oz 334
Skim Milk 1 cup 302
Calcium Fortified Orange Juice 1 cup 302
Almonds 3 oz 198
Turnip Greens 1 cup 200
Soy Beans 1 cup 180
Broccoli 1 cup 180
Non fat Baked Beans 1 cup 130
Tofu 1 cup 130
Navy beans 1 cup 130
Corn Tortilla 1 tortilla 120
Kidney Beans 1 cup 115
Okra 1 cup 90
Acorn Squash 1 cup 90
Spinach (Cooked) 1 cup 74
Orange 1 med. 60
Raisins 1/4 22
Peanut butter 2 tbsp. 18
The key to better usage of your calcium intake is not just increasing the calcium but also increasing your ability to absorb the calcium.
Lysine To Increase Calcium Absorption:
Lysine is an amino acid that helps in the absorption of calcium. Lysine a protein building block, can increase the amount of calcium absorbed into the matrix according to Peter Furst, M.D.,PhD. in the Jan./Feb. 1993, Nutrition (9: 70-2). It is an essential amino acid necessary for the regeneration of tissues, and the building and healing of broken bones. Research studies show that lysine can increase the amount of calcium absorbed into the bone matrix. The amount in one particular study was 800 mg. As lysine promotes the formation of muscle protein, it may be important in healing after operations and injuries. There are a number of foods that can add lysine to your diet, such as low fat milk, fish, yeast, and soy products. I
find that defatted soy flour is the best source of Lysine because there are 3300mg of lysine in 3 1/2 ounces of defatted soy flour. This is an important reason to use defatted soy flour in the foods you eat.
Vitamin C As A Bone Healer:
Vitamin C is essential nutritionally to make the collagen that helps the body form healthy bones. It also promotes wound healing. You also can get numerous additional benefits from Vitamin C. For example, researchers at New Mexico Medical School found that adults with high blood levels of vitamin C scored higher on mental tasks than those with low levels of vitamin C.
Aspirin And Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Can Retard Bone Healing:
When you break a bone or tear a muscle and are on pain medication, you may want to try to stop taking the pain medication as soon as possible so you do not delay healing. A study in May 1995 issue of The Journal of Orthopedic Trauma shows damaged cells in a fracture release large amount of chemicals called prostaglandins. These chemicals cause the pain and are blocked by the pain medication. However prostaglandins are also very important in the first stage of tissue repair. So decreasing the use as soon as possible is helpful to the healing process.
Furthermore a study in the October 1995 issue of the Journal of Rheumatology found that continued use of anti-inflammatory drugs over several months can increase the rate of cartilaginous breakdown in joints of people who have osteoarthritis. The drugs mentioned in the studies include Aspirin, Anaprox, Lodine, Meclomin, Motrin, Naprosin, Pensile, Relafen, Toreador, Tolectin, Indocin and Ibuprofen.
Vitamin K To Promote Bone Healing:
Vitamin K, also called Menadione, is a very important fat-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in the regulation of normal blood clotting functions. We get vitamin K from several sources in our diet including dark leafy vegetables. Vitamin K also assists in converting glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver. Numerous studies indicate that it plays a role in forming bone formation and preventing osteoporosis. If you want to help bones heal faster, consider increasing your intake of Vitamin K rich foods.
Smoking Slows The Healing Of Broken Bones:
Many studies have shown that broken bones tend to take longer to heal if the injured person has been smoking. Cigarettes can also increase the risk of blood clotting, which may further reduce blood flow. Breakdown products of cigarette smoke include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrosamines and benzenes which can damage the cells that form the bone itself and can interrupt the healing process after a fracture or bone injury.
Boron's Role In Bone Healing:
Boron is important in bone healing because studies how show it reduces urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium and significantly increases blood levels of both estrogen and testosterone. The are many food high in boron. Apples are the highest.
Avoid bone robbers:
To maximize the rate of healing it is helpful to avoid bone robbers such as sugar, salt, alcohol, caffeine, red meats etc.
Role of silica and zinc:
Both silica and zinc are important for the repair of tissues. Silica is also important also in helping the calcium to be absorbed. Ensuring that these are in you diet is a another way to potentially decrease the time it takes to heal from a fracture
I hope this helps anyone who has recently been injured and was wondering what they could do to speed up the healing process.
Last edited by da_Fonz; 02-13-2005 at 02:23 PM.
Bump to Da_Fonz, that was an excellent read...that's gonna be a sticky note...
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i just emailed this to my friend who has diabetes and who is developing ostoperosis b/c of it. her foots been broken for like two years now. thanx bro.
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Just to add something to the post
TOO MUCH CALCIUM IS BAD
I have developed calcium deposits on my shins before due to too much calcium.
My doctor explained it to me like this.
When you drink too much calcium it builds up as deposits on the top of your bones.
When this happenes its kind of like a tree getting a knot or a bump on it.
If you happen to hit the tree on that exact spot its easier for yout o break it.
My doctor said to limit my calcium intake to a reasonable level.
I was at the point where i was drinking up to 2 litres of milk a day or more in highschool.
Great post though ! thanks it was easy to read .
is what you described a bone spur???
I am talking about calcium deposits.
I had bumps come up on my shins in highschool. and they ended up going in and injecting stuff in them to dissolve them.
I broke my wrist in five places in grade 12 and thats when he said cut back on the milk alot.
Too much milk can create these deposits on your bones that actually makes them weaker.
learn something new everday, thanks
What did you break in your shoulder ??
Let me know and I will see if i can make any suggestions on exercises that may help.
Im a Physiotherapist Assistant and I would love to help you and see if we can get you back into weight lifting ASAP.
and another good thread to bring back to the top even though fonz is rsponsable
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