I am 74 years old and recently fractured a rib.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am 74 years old and recently fractured a rib. My physician told me not to do much in the way of movement and lifting for at least 3 to 6 months because my fracture could dislocate. Is there anything I should be taking to help speed up my recovery?” — Gail B., Phoenix, AZ
A. Dear Gail, You may want to consider taking horsetail extract standardized to provide 20 mg of organic silica daily. Many people never think about silica when it comes to bone health, but it is one of the most important minerals we need. Because silica is poorly absorbed, you want to look for a product that contains organic silica and bioflavonoids, blended with marine lipids. This greatly increases absorption and will help you achieve the best benefits. I recommend taking 800 mg of the specialized, standardized horsetail extract three times daily.
When it comes to supporting the body’s healing process, it really does take a full family of nutrients. So, if you are not already taking one, I recommend adding a multivitamin and mineral formula to your daily regimen. Look for a premium formula that provides a comprehensive assortment of essential nutrients – including vitamin D, calcium, and boron – all important in building strong bones.
When choosing a multivitamin and mineral formula, look for one that features chelated trace minerals, along with B vitamins in their active forms. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral and a molecule that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent molecules to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. Because they are so small, they can be transported directly into the cells of the body, where they can get to work right away. A good multivitamin and mineral formula will also include vitamins B1, B6 and B12, as well as folic acid, in their active forms – benfotiamine, P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately.
The very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Keep in mind that one tablet or capsule could not possibly fit the optimal amounts of vitamins, minerals, and herbs needed to provide significant nutritional support. In addition, many nutrients are only active in the body for a short period of time and need to be replenished every 6 to 8 hours. Multiple daily doses ensure that your body is receiving optimal nutrient levels throughout the day. When it comes to multivitamin and mineral formulas, I recommend taking a minimum of 2 tablets daily for maintenance, or increasing to 4 tablets daily for optimal support.
Terry . . . Naturally