So, I just broke my arm, and was wondering, is there anything that I should eat more of specifically that would help it heal faster? I was just planning on eating a bunch of marrow, organs, and bone broth for the next few weeks.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.
I've been working with my severely osteoporotic mom to help rebuild her bone and heal some bruising/skin issues. Even though this is not exactly the same thing, I think that since both processes involve encouraging bone remodeling, healing and growth it could be useful to you......
-Vitamin K2 (make sure to get the the mk-4 form- clinical trials have shown most improvement, Thorne has a form in oil combined with D3)
-Vitamin D3 10,00 iu (if you are very low you may want to go higher)
-Calcium Citrate - most absorbable form.
-Vitamin C - in my reading it showed up as important to form the collagen protein matrix in bones as well as skin. without collagen bone would be as brittle as chalk.
-Whole foods multi-vitamin/mineral
Magnesium- at least 400 iu every night
-collagen- type 1&3 for encouraging that good ol' protein matrix.
-100% gluten free (of course!)
-Bone Broth- 1 cup every night and morning
-Cod Liver oil- need those omega 3's- one teaspoon every morning
-digestive enzymes with HCL at every meal to increase Calcium and other mineral absorption
-Eat your leafy greens for K1- your body can convert to k2
-Butter or ghee has K2
-eggs for cholesterol and k2
This is not a comprehensive list (don't have my notes with me), but hopefully it'll prove helpful... :)
NOTE: After 3 months my mom is already showing great improvements in skin, bruising, etc, but we won't know about the bone building until her next DEXA. Her pain level in her spine has dropped from a constant 5-7 to a 0, so that's a good sign!
BTW, If anyone has any input on or recommendations for improving this program I'm open! I just want to help my mom get better asap.
There is a supplement that some people take to (supposedly) heal broken bones faster. It is called cissus quadrangularis. The wiki article has a few references...
I've tried it in the past for soft tissue stuff, and it didn't do anything. But I think the evidence is stronger for bone.
Whatever the case is, there are plenty of nutrients which we absolutely must have to heal bones quickly and properly. They are summarized in this article http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=718
Watch the comfrey infusions...use them as poltices. If you drink it it can be too much. I picked a grocery bag for my cousin who had a crushed cheek bone and broken jaw from an accident. It healed three weeks faster than expected using poltices of comfrey on it.
Milk and dairy products, I think. I had a tendonitis problem from a weightlifting mistake and it wouldn't go away until I recently added back in ice-cream and milk. Another thing you can do is boil egg shells and use them as a sort of calcium supplement.
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