Do you know that anti-inflammatory drugs may impede your recovery from an injury, e.g. damaged tendons or broken bones? Unfortunately, excessive alcohol intake may also impair healing. So what can help?
Obviously, a diet rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals (especially zinc) can help. It is important to reduce the foods that increase inflammation such as omega 6 oils (e.g. Vegetable oil) and possibly increase those that reduce inflammation such as omega 3 oils (oily fish, flax seed oil etc.). Amino acids, in the form of protein, are important for bone healing. It is particularly important to increase the amino acid leucine (in highest concentration in soya protein concentrate and soya beans) which helps assimilate the other amino acids that are the building blocks for new muscle, bone and ligament. Calcium and vitamin D provide the ingredients for healing bone.
Last but not least, be careful not to reduce your calorie intake too much as the body uses a lot of energy in time healing process.
Please note, before embarking on any use of supplements you should consult a health practitioner and before altering intake of any prescribed medication it is important to discuss this with the health practitioner that prescribed the medication.