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Bone development

Postby simbadCA » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:41 am

My wife recently had an accident which resulted in some serious damage to one of her fingers. She's has specialized care however on specialist is encouraging her to increase the protein in her diet to help with the development her bones for healing the fracture. Are there Hammer products, other than the obvious whey or soy protein products, that she should consider using to help with the healing?
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Re: Bone development

Postby steve-born » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:33 pm

Hello simbadCA -

Dr. Bill wrote a great article about bone fractures and healing, which I added some additional information to, and I think it covers the topic thoroughly. If after reading it you have any questions please let me know.

Sincerely -



Bill Misner Ph.D. (16) *

Breaking bones is painful and recovery may require 6-12 weeks. Diet
should supply the materials the body needs to repair bones even at a
greater localized rate than required for normal adolescent growth
patterns. The body turns up its attentive metabolism in order to repair
compromised structures. Following a severe bone break the metabolic
requirements are compared to the extra energy required to complete a
marathon. The concrete-paste cement materials required from specific
whole foods or supplements are numerous, without which, mending of
fractures may take longer or mend incomplete. Therefore the diet should
contain extra protein from isoflavone-rich Soy, Tuna, and Salmon or
foods rich in the nitric oxide-producing amino acid, Arginine, should be
consumed in slightly higher portions (20-25%) daily with portions from
each the following 3 groups:

(VITAMIN K-RICH FOODS) Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Green Tea,
Turnip Greens, Spinach, Cabbage, Tomatoes, String Beans, Broccoli,
Brussels Sprouts, (ARGININE RICH FOODS) Spirulina, Peanuts, Lobster,
Clams, Tuna, Turkey, Prawns, Crab, Chicken, Veal, Beef, Lamb, Pork,
Pecan Nut, Calf Liver, Haddock, Halibut, Salmon, Ham, Cod, Cheddar
Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Egg, and Lettuce. (DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS)
Phosphorus, Methylsulfonylmethane, Silicon, Glucosamine, Vitamin C,
Bromelain, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin
B12, Boron, and Vitamin K.

SOY is rich in Ipriflavones that may increase the rate bones mend.
IPRIFLAVONES suppress bone resorption and stimulate osteoblasts to form
new bone. Ipriflavone is a semi-synthetic flavonoid (isoflavone) derived
from the soy compound daidzein. Ipriflavone promotes the incorporation
of calcium into bone. It also inhibits bone breakdown. Although the
chemical structure of ipriflavone resembles that of estrogens, it exerts
estrogenic effects only on bones. It does not mimic the effect of
estrogens in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland. It does not stimulate
tissue growth in the uterus or breast. After two years of treatment (600
mg per day), ipriflavone therapy causes a significant reduction in the
risk of fracture (1). Many clinical studies, including numerous
double-blind studies, clearly show long-term treatment with ipriflavone
(along with 1,000 mg supplemental calcium) is both safe and effective in
halting bone loss in post-menopausal women or women who have had their
ovaries removed as well as improving bone density in cases of
osteoporosis (1). Supplemental SOY PROTEIN (+20 grams per day above
normal protein intake) may improve the fracture healing time and prevent
(osteoporotic) fractures. Soy isoflavone's weak estrogenic effect may
help protect against osteoporosis by preventing bone resorption and
promoting bone density. Soy isoflavones have also been shown to prevent
bone resorption and to help increase bone density in some in vitro and
animal studies. The synthetic isoflavone ipriflavone, the major
metabolite of which is the soy isoflavone daidzein, has demonstrated a
significant ability to prevent osteoporosis in both animal models and in
humans. However, this mechanism's possible effect is not 100%
conclusive, though some scientists are (2). ARGININE, an amino acid,
(10,000 mg per day) is recommended to enhance the fracture healing.

FOODS RICH- ARGININE - milligrams per 100 grams (3)

Spirulina 4,147
Peanuts 3,296
Lobster 1,777
Clams 1,584
Tuna 1,522
Turkey 1,513
Prawns 1,509
Crab 1,500
Chicken 1,302
Veal 1,270
Beef 1,199
Lamb 1,070
Pork 1,005
Pecan Nut 1,185
Calf Liver 1,158
Haddock 1,025
Halibut 1,048
Salmon 980
Ham 931
Cod 929
Cheddar Cheese 847
Cottage Cheese 802
Egg 840

recommended for the healing of fractures (3). It is hypothesized that
oral GLUCOSAMINE supplementation has in some cases accelerated the
healing of fractures by up to 300%. Charles Poliquin wrote: "That a
sawed sternum (equivalent to a broken bone) performed during bypass
surgery healed approximately three times faster (according to doctors'
estimates) due to the use of supplemental glucosamine (4). Collagen
substrates formed from glucosamine are essential for the healing of
Fractures. VITAMIN C enhances the synthesis of collagen, wich
accelerates the healing of fractures (5). Cichoke advises taking
BROMELAIN during bone fracture recovery. Bromelain (160 mg per day)
reduces the edema and inflammation associated with fractures (6).
CALCIUM supplementation helps to prevent fractures (by contributing to
bone strength). Calcium can significantly impact bone mineral and
fracture risk in women. Calcium intakes in women are low and
supplementation with 1,000 mg of calcium per day can reduce bone loss in
premenopausal and late postmenopausal women, especially at sites that
have a high cortical bone composition (7-9). COPPER is required for the
healing of fractures (due to copper being an essential component of the
lysyl oxidase enzyme that catalyzes the final step in the synthesis of
collagen which is essential for the healing of fractures) and
supplemental copper accelerates the healing of fractures. People who are
deficient in copper are more susceptible to fractures (10-11). MAGNESIUM
increases bone mineral density and prevents fractures (12).

According to Dr. Andrew Murray, "VITAMIN B6, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12, &
BORON for improving bone formation and reducing bone mineral mass loss.
VITAMIN B6, FOLIC ACID, & VITAMIN B12 convert the amino acid methionine
to cysteine. If a person is deficient in these nutrients, there will be
an increase in homocysteine. Homocysteine has been implicated in a
variety of conditions, including atherosclerosis and osteoporosis.
Combinations of micronutrients will produce better results than any one
of them. The recommended daily dosages are 25-100 mg for vitamin B6, and
400-800 mcg for folic acid and vitamin B12. BORON is a trace mineral
that has gained attention as a protective factor against osteoporosis.
It appears that boron is required to activate certain hormones,
including estrogen and vitamin D. In order to guarantee adequate boron
levels, supplementing the diet with a daily dose of 3-5 mg of boron is
recommended (1)." VITAMIN D by regulating the body's Calcium:Phosphorus
ratio accelerates the healing of Fractures. Approximately 50% of
post-menopausal women admitted to hospital with acute hip fractures are
found to be low in vitamin D. (13-14). VITAMIN K deficiency increases
the risk of fractures (due to the non-production or non-activation of
Calcitonin). Lettuce eaten daily compared to weekly helps reduces
fractures in older females by 55%(due to the high vitamin K content in
lettuce). (15). Vitamin K is found in abundant supply in the following

VITAMIN K milligrams per 100 grams (3)

Cauliflower 3,600
Brussels Sprouts 800
Kale 729
Green Tea 712
Turnip Greens 650
Spinach 415
Cabbage 400
Tomatoes 400
Beans - String 290
Broccoli 200
Brussels Sprouts 200
Lettuce 129

Hindsight teaches that breaking a bone is preventable by avoiding the
traffic. But is that likely? Hence an after-the-crash menu may come in
handy...but hopefully NOT.


(1) Dr. A. Murray. on "Osteoporosis" @;

(2) PDR Health Soy Isoflavones @: ... 0238.shtml

(3) In-Tele-Health © 2002 (from Hyperhealth Pro CD-ROM)

(4) Glucosamine may accelerate the healing of Fractures. Poliquin, C.
Glucosamine for stronger joints and faster recovery. Muscle Media.
64:41, 1997.

(5) Falch JA, et al., Low levels of serum ascorbic acid in elderly
patients with hip fracture. Scand J Clin Lab Invest. 58(3):225-228, 1998.

(6) Cichoke, Anthony J. The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy. Avery
Publishing Group, Garden City Park, New York, USA. 1999:46.

(7) Lewis RD, et al. Nutrition, physical activity and bone health in
women. International Journal of Sport Nutrition. 8(3):250-284, 1998.

(8) Matkovic V, et al. Bone status and fracture rates in two regions of
Yugoslavia. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 32:540, 1979.

(9) Reid IR, et al. Long-term effects of calcium supplementation on bone
loss and fractures in postmenopausal women: A randomized controlled
trial. American Journal of Medicine. 98(4):331-5, 1995.

(10) Heller RM., et al. Skeletal changes of copper deficiency in infants
receiving prolonged total parenteral nutrition. J Pediatr.
1978;92:947-949, 1978.

(11) Uauy R, et al., Essentialilty of copper in humans. American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition. 67(Supplement):952S-959S, 1998.

(8) Firshein R., The Nutraceutical Revolution. Riverhead Books, New
York, USA. 1998:28.

(10) English J. Ipriflavone bone support complex: a research-proven bone
builder. Vitamin Research News. December 1999.

(13) Burke ER. Vitamin D: Reduce hip fractures from aging. Muscular
Development. 36(8):52, 1999.

(14) Haas EM. Staying Healthy with Nutrition. Celestial Arts, Berkeley,
California, USA. 1992:100.

(15) Hodges SJ. et al., Circulating levels of vitamins K1 and K2
decreased in elderly women with hip fracture. J Bone Miner Res.
8(10):1241-1245, 1993.

(16) *Dr. Bill Misner, Ph.D., C.S.M.T. (Retired)
AAMA Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner Certification

*Broke 1 bone per year (10 each) between 1996-2006.


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Here is some additional information/suggestions that I've provided in
the past:

1) I believe that calcium is an important component in joint health but
I give equal importance to magnesium (for its calcium sparing effects)
and vitamin D. There are a zillion cal/mag/vitamin D supplements out
there and, all things being equal, I prefer a liquid formula. The best
one I know of is the Life Time "Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate"
product, with each tablespoon containing 600 mg of elemental calcium,
300 mg of elemental magnesium, and 400 IU of vitamin D. The citrate form
of both calcium and magnesium is highly absorbable, especially in
comparison to calcium carbonate or magnesium oxide, which is one of the
reasons I like this product. Also, this is an excellent amount of
vitamin D, which I think is one of the most underrated nutrients there
is... there is a ton of ongoing information showing vitamin D to have a
number of potent general health benefits, including aiding in the
prevention of a number of cancers.

I think that 1 tablespoon twice daily would be a great way to provide
your body with these three important, bone-building nutrients. You
should be able to find this product at most health food stores, though a
good online source is

2) For a slew of reasons, including calcium absorption for bone health,
I recommend taking 10 mg of the Hammer Nutrition Boron supplement daily
for 4-6 weeks, with a 5 mg daily dose thereafter. ( ... OD.ID=4034).

3) It is always a very good idea to "cover the basics" in terms of
vitamins and minerals, especially when the body is in a state of repair,
so I would definitely suggest using Premium Insurance Caps. A good
starting point would be 4-7 capsules daily in divided doses.
More information on this product can be found at ... OD.ID=4045

4) I would also suggest that you consider using a product called JarroSil (originally called BioSil), which is made by Jarrow Formulas. Here is some information about this product:

Silicon is an essential trace element required for the normal growth,
development, and integrity of hair, skin, nails, mucous membranes,
arteries, bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Silicon is also
involved in collagen formation, the fibrous protein matrix that provides
support for tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. The best-documented
function of silicon is its action in facilitating bone mineralization.
While silicon is exceptionally well tolerated at high doses, scientists
currently estimate the human requirement for silicon to be from 5 to 20
mg per day.

Silicon supplementation is useful for:

** Bones: Silicon helps maintain bone density and strength by
facilitating the deposit of calcium and other minerals into bone tissue.
** Joints: Silicon is vital for cartilage development and the integrity
of joints and ligaments.
** Cardiovascular health: Silicon is essential for the strength and
integrity of the arteries.
** Dietary silica modifies the characteristics of endothelial relaxants
and attenuates smooth muscle cell responsive-ness to NO (nitric oxide)
in rat aorta.
** Nails: Silicon helps nails grow faster and harder.
** Hair: Silicon helps hair grow thicker and stronger.

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I have recommended this product to a lot of athletes and have received
very good feedback on it. You can find this product at many health food
stores but one place I know you'll be able to find it online is at ... 14682?at=0
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Re: Bone development

Postby simbadCA » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:43 pm

Thanks. This really great information. We've understood the "surface layer" of the information provided. Really amazing details.
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