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A broken bone can be extremely painful and take weeks to heal. To mend the break, the body has to create new bone to repair the area that is broken. Vitamins involved in the process of forming new bone may be able to help with healing. Talk to a doctor before taking any new supplement to make sure it is safe.
Vitamin D plays a number of different roles in the body, but one of its main functions is to maintain bone health. Vitamin D allows the digestive tract to efficiently absorb calcium, a mineral that is essential for making new bone. In addition, vitamin D is able to directly stimulate cells that are involved in making bone. Good sources of vitamin D include fish, eggs, liver and fortified dairy products.
- Vitamin D plays a number of different roles in the body, but one of its main functions is to maintain bone health.
- In addition, vitamin D is able to directly stimulate cells that are involved in making bone.
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Vitamin C also plays a crucial role in bone repair. When the body tries to make new bone, it first creates a foundation made out of a protein called collagen. Vitamin C is needed to make collagen 2. You can boost your consumption of this vitamin by eating many fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits.
- Vitamin C also plays a crucial role in bone repair.
- When the body tries to make new bone, it first creates a foundation made out of a protein called collagen.
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Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.