The benefits of various minerals and vitamins on fracture healing have been
demonstrated in animal models. Vitamin C is an essential substance in frac
ture healing but has not been studied previously on an experimental basis.
Sixteen rats were grouped randomly into control and vitamin C-supplemented
groups. The right tibias of all rats were fractured by digital manipulation
. One group received single high dose of vitamin C intramuscularly. On the
5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th days, two rats from each group were killed and th
e tibias examined under light microscopy. It was seen that the vitamin C-su
pplemented group went through the stages of fracture healing faster compare
d with the control group.