Senior citizens who are not vitamin D deficient have a better chance of walking after hip fracture surgery, according to a new study.
A common misconception is that vitamin D and calcium are the only nutrients needed for healthy bones. However, this 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 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.
In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 131 patients with tibial shaft fracture, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute evaluated the effect of supplementation with collagen-building micronutrients on fracture healing time. The ages of the study participants ranged from 15 to 75 years.
The researchers observed that the group of patients taking the micronutrient supplements, which contained vitamin C, lysine, proline and vitamin B6, experienced faster fracture healing times. In these patients, fractures healed in 14 weeks. In contrast, it took 3 weeks longer for the patients taking the placebo (sugar pill) to experience similar healing. In addition, in about 25 percent of the patients in the supplemented group, the bone fractures healed by as early as 10 weeks; this was noted in only 14 percent of the patients in the control group.
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