A diet that includes a healthy amount of protein, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C plays an important role in the healing of a broken bone, advises the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Poor nutrition is a factor that increases the likelihood of a broken bone or fracture. Other risk factors related to nutrition include diabetes, severe anemia, a low vitamin D level, and tobacco or nicotine use.
Calcium and vitamin D work together to keep bones strong, explains WebMD. Good sources of calcium and vitamin D include milk, yogurt and, to a lesser degree, cheese. Orange juice and breakfast cereals that contain added calcium and vitamin D are another good way to increase intake of these nutrients. Good sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, cod oil, beef liver, mushrooms, salmon and tuna. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C, but supplements are also available.
Good sources of protein fish and white-meat poultry; both are also low in fat, notes WebMD. Other healthy sources include dairy products, eggs, beans and lean beef. Protein drinks or meal-replacement bars can be a quick, convenient source of protein, but it's advisable to choose brands with lower amounts of fat and sugar.