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How can iron help rebuild your bone after a fracture?

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If you have iron-deficiency anemia -- when you don't have enough healthy red blood cells -- you may heal more slowly after a fracture. Iron helps your body make collagen to rebuild bone. It also plays a part in getting oxygen into your bones to help them heal.

Good sources of iron include meat, dark-meat chicken or turkey, oily fish, eggs, dried fruits, leafy green veggies, whole-grain breads, and iron-fortified cereals.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Nonunions."

American Society of Orthopedic Professionals: "Essential Nutrients to Aid Fracture Repair."

Dairy Council of California: "Eating to Heal a Broken Bone."

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Program: "Spine Fractures."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D."

National Osteoporosis Society UK: "Minerals and bone health."

Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism , May 2017.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Nonunions."

American Society of Orthopedic Professionals: "Essential Nutrients to Aid Fracture Repair."

Dairy Council of California: "Eating to Heal a Broken Bone."

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Program: "Spine Fractures."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D."

National Osteoporosis Society UK: "Minerals and bone health."

Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism , May 2017.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 23, 2018

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