Go to navigation Go to content
Phone: (801) 756-0765
Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
Call Us (801) 756-0765
Fax (801) 756-1405

Nutrient For Fracture Healing

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
Comments (0)
A cast or boot, crutches or wheelchair all become old very fast.  Nobody likes being limited. Therefore it is important to understand how to best improve your healing potential and what should be avoided that may limit your healing potential.
I fractured my foot over a year ago and had the same question.  Daily I continue to get this question, so I felt it would be beneficial for all involved to have the recommended nutrients (both minerals and vitamins) that can lead to increased speed of bone healing. 

Minerals: Many of us assume with a fracture that we just need to add calcium to improve healing.  The truth is, however, that a majority of the bone weight is from minerals.  These minerals are required for proper healing.

Minerals

Bone Healing Range/Day

Healing Potential

Calcium

800-1200mg

Main mineral of bone  (Dependant on vitamin D for absorption)
Phosphorus

800-1200mg

Main mineral of bone
Magnesium

400-800mg

 
Chromium

200-1000mcg

 
Silica (Silicon)

5-20mg

Important role in bone collagen formation.  Enhances effects of calcium and vitamin D on new bone formation
Zinc

12-30mg

Aids in callus formation, enhances bone protein production, and facilitates bone healing.
Manganese

2-10mg

 
Copper

1-3mg

Aids in formation of bone collagen.
Boron

3-5mg

 
Potassium

4000-6000mg

 
Vitamins: Since vitamins help in the absorption process for many of the above minerals and play a key role in the biochemical reactions for healing, some principle vitamins are important.

Vitamins

Bone Healing Range/Day

Healing Potential

Vitamin D

800-2000 IU

Important regulator of calcium absorption.
Vitamin C

500-3000 mg

Important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient.  Also essential in bone collagen formation.
Vitamin K

K1: 250-1000 mcg

K2: 45-180 mcg

Essential part of the biochemical process that binds calcium to bone.
Vitamin B6

25-50 mg

Linked to bone healing
Folic Acid/Folate

400-1000 mcg

Linked to collagen formation
Vitamin B12

150-1000 mcg

Linked to bone healing

Although these vitamins and minerals will help in the healing process, other problems may be slowing your healing.
Be the first to comment!

Post a Comment

To reply to this message, enter your reply in the box labeled "Message", hit "Post Message."

Name:*

Email:* (will not be published)

Message:*

Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

Agree Privacy Policy *