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Children who are vitamin D deficient have a greater risk of having more severe forearm fractures requiring surgical treatment, according to a new study presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


While it is a common perception is that vitamin D and calcium are the only nutrients needed for healthy bones, this belief overlooks the fact that the framework of the bone on which calcium and other minerals are deposited is made of a protein – collagen. Without healthy collagen, bone cannot form or function properly. Healthy bone formation and the successful healing of fractures therefore depends not only on sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D, but more importantly on a proper supply of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and other collagen-supporting micronutrients.

To read about a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, which evaluated the positive effects of supplementation with collagen-building micronutrients on fracture healing time, read this article on our Foundation website.

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