Dietary Nutrients that Influence Fracture Repair
Fractures are healed by the body’s self-repairing process, which is natural and spontaneous. However, there are certain dietary nutrients which influence and enhance the process of recovery. These nutrients include calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, vitamin D and vitamin K.
FRACTURE DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
Can Diet Help Heal a Fracture?
Bone fracture is often a result of stress or a high force impact which the bone cannot withstand. When a bone is fractured, the body must produce new bone cells to repair the break. Our body is guided by complex intelligence, which helps the bone repair itself and the crack or break is gradually fused back. There is scientific evidence, which shows that food has an important role in influencing the speed and comfort level during repair process. These dietary changes made in response to a fracture can also help strengthening the complete skeletal structure and reduce the risk of fracture in the future.
We are providing the necessary food recommendations for Fracture that can help speed the process of healing.
- Calcium and Magnesium are quite vital in formation of bones and optimum strength.
- Increase food rich in calcium like milk, yogurt, lassi, wholegrain cereals etc…
- Food rich in magnesium such as dried fruits and nuts, wheat germ, banana, broccoli
- Increase your intake of dried fruits and nuts to maintain healthy bones and heal fractures quickly. Include seeds like flax, pumpkin and sesame, nuts like brazil and almonds, dark chocolate, molasses and dried herbs
- Include potassium rich foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados, dried apricots, pistachios; seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and squash; fish like salmon, halibut and tuna, beans and medjool dates.
- Foods rich in Silicon foods are onions, bell peppers, apples, raisins, raw cabbage, cucumber, carrots, and oranges.
- Fish, cod liver oil, oysters, sardines (with bones), organic eggs, mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D
- Foods high in Vitamin K are Fresh and dry herbs, dark leafy greens (collards, kale, chard), scallions, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, prunes
- Include foods that are abundant sources of Lysine. These include dairy products, fish, lentils, chickpeas, beef, pork and soy products.
Foods for Moderate Consumption:
Limit food rich in oxalates (such as spinach, fenugreek, beetroots, rhubarb) High oxalate is known to reduce calcium absorption.
Foods to Avoid:
- It is best to avoid tea, coffee, caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars.
- Excess of oil and salty foods can also reduce the calcium in the body.
- Avoid food rich in vitamin C like lemon and tamarind which reduce the calcium absorption
Dandelion plant has an abundance of organic magnesium. Freshly prepared juice from the leaves and roots or leaves alone are valuable for all bone disorders, it is often mixed with juices of carrot leaves and turnips for treating fractures.