Nutritional Support for Bone Healing

Bone healing after an injury, fracture, or surgery begins almost immediately as the body releases chemicals to stop the bleeding. Those same chemicals send signals to other parts of the body to start releasing nutrients that begin the bone rebuilding process.

Imagine kicking an ant pile and then watch immediate response from the ants as they scurry around to rescue and rebuild their colony. That same amount of frenzy begins at the injury site, but extra nutrition is required to keep the process going. Specific nutrients are needed along the way, and many Americans have dietary deficiencies that may slow the healing process. These dietary deficiencies may be worse after surgery because of decreased appetite or poor digestion.

Nutritional supplements have been shown to help support bone healing in a number of different ways. Many doctors will recommend calcium and vitamin D because research studies show that these can help make bones stronger as they heal. Calcium and vitamin D are also important for the ongoing maintenance of bones after they heal. However, the problem with relying on calcium and vitamin D for bone healing is that they are only important during the very final stages – when bone is becoming hard. There are many steps at the beginning of the bone healing process that form a protein framework to hold that calcium. Those steps depend on healthy nutrition so that calcium and vitamin D will be effective during the last stages of bone healing.

When bone is damaged the first stage of healing is called the inflammatory stage. In this case a little inflammation is good because inflammation is the alarm bell that tells the rest of the body that help is needed. The inflammatory chemicals trigger the healing process. The healthy period of inflammation gradually stops within the first seven days after surgery or injury. Longer periods of inflammation cause problems with healing. An example is an infection that might prolong the inflammation and prevent the second stage of the building process to begin.

Research studies have shown that nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, selenium, and zinc may help decrease the inflammation and stimulate the second stage of bone healing. This second stage is called the reparative phase. This is the time when the protein building blocks come together to make the framework of bone. Collagen is the main protein in bone and collagen requires Vitamin C to form properly. Research studies have shown that bone heals faster and stronger when extra vitamin C supplements are used during bone healing. Silicon also stimulates the collagen formation and helps the collagen become stronger. It’s a good idea to eat some extra protein during this period also. Towards the end of this phase, the new bone is soft and flexible.

The third phase of bone healing is the mineralization phase – also called the remodeling phase. This is where the calcium and Vitamin D are needed. Two ingredients you’re probably less familiar with, inositol and silicon, have been proven to increase the amount of calcium that deposits on the collagen protein making them an important addition during this phase, too.

Bones heal after surgery or injury in large part by taking nutrients from other parts of the body to help with the repair process. For example, after a broken hip, the opposite healthy hip loses bone five times faster. Anyone who has had a broken bone of any type has a 74% increased risk of another break because the other bones in the body become weaker. Most Americans don’t get the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for normal bone health, much less bone healing.

There’s a fine line between when bone healing ends and when your regular bone health program begins. That’s one reason why we recommend people take our daily bone health supplement at the same time as our bone-healing supplement, Silical Boost, in addition to the increased risk of another fracture.

Silical System plus Boost was developed to help support healthy bone healing and to help begin a bone health program. After three months, the Boost has done its job and can be stopped, and the Silical System delivers everyday bone support.

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