My friend suffered a shattered ankle bone in a car accident.
Q. Dear Terry, “My friend suffered a shattered ankle bone in a car accident. She has just gotten out of her cast, but the doctor said her ankle didn't heal well and that she will need to have an additional surgery. Is there anything she can take to help rebuild and strengthen her bones?” — Shirley R., Springfield, MO
A. Dear Shirley, Your friend should take a good look at her diet. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. She should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying her diet, I also have some natural options for your friend. However, I would encourage her to talk with her doctor and see what they think about the following recommendations.
I would first recommend adding organic silica from horsetail to your friend’s regimen. It may surprise you to know this, but silica – not calcium – is the top osteoporosis supplement in parts of Europe. In fact, studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body. I recommend taking 20 mg of silica three times daily.
Calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K1 and K2, silicon, boron, zinc, copper and manganese, as well as a probiotic (the “good bacteria” that helps us absorb nutrients) such as Bacillus coagulans are also essential in supporting bone health and increasing bone density.
The trace mineral strontium is also essential for optimal bone health. Strontium is a component of bones and occurs naturally in the body. Studies using strontium in the treatment of osteoporosis showed significant improvements in bone mineral density (BMD). In fact, a 2010 study published in Rheumatology International actually compared the effects of strontium to a well-known osteoporosis drug called alendronate (brand name Fosamax). In this study, strontium was much more effective than the drug for increasing bone thickness and density—all without serious adverse effects. Look for a formula that contains strontium citrate, a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend 680 mg of elemental strontium at breakfast.
Please note that since strontium and calcium are absorbed via the same pathway, they should be taken separately, several hours apart from one another. Therefore, I would suggest taking strontium in the morning and other bone building minerals later in the day and at bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally