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What Vitamins Will Help Healing Wounds

Because the wound-healing process increases metabolic activity, your body may need extra nutrients as it repairs and replaces tissues. Your intake of vitamins, which are organic compounds that facilitate cellular growth and regeneration, can make a difference in how quickly your body recovers from a wound. In addition to protein, which provides the building materials for all new tissues, your body will need adequate amounts of vitamins to help the wound through the phases of inflammation, tissue regrowth and tissue remodeling.

Vitamins also support your immune system and help prevent infection while your wound is healing. Vitamin A During the early phase of wound healing, vitamin A supports your body's inflammatory response, which prevents infection in the wound. As healing progresses, vitamin A contributes to the formation of the new tissues that protect and close the wound. Vitamin A is sometimes prescribed as a nutritional supplement before surgery to promote postoperative wound healing. Dietary sources of this fat-soluble vitamin include dairy products, eggs and liver. Beta carotene is a plant-based pigment that converts to vitamin A. Beta carotene occurs in deeply pigmented orange, green, dark red and yellow fruits and vegetables.

The recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of vitamin A is 3,000 IU, or international units, for men over 18 and 2,333 IU for women over 18 who are not pregnant. Wound Care Education Become wound care certified! Complete Online Training www.WoundEducators.com Sponsored Links Vitamin C Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in the synthesis of connective tissue, capillary walls and skin.

Vitamin C is involved in the repair of damaged tissues and boosts your immune system during wound healing. Having a weakened immune system may lead to wound infection, which can slow your recovery and worsen scarring. Because your body doesn't store excess vitamin C, getting enough of this nutrient from foods or supplements each day is important during wound healing. The RDA of vitamin C is 90 mg per day for women over 18 and 75 mg for men over 18. Dietary sources include orange juice, oranges and other citrus fruits; leafy green vegetables; cantaloupe; broccoli; cauliflower; and sweet potatoes. Vitamin E This fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin may help prevent cellular damage, but clinical studies on vitamin E's wound-healing properties have been inconclusive, according to Douglas MacKay, N.D., and Alan L. Miller, N.D. Vitamin E may be more effective at healing traumatic wounds than surgical wounds, note MacKay and Miller in a 2003 article published in "Alternative Medicine Review." Based on anecdotal evidence, vitamin E has been used as a topical treatment to speed tissue regeneration in wounds and improve the appearance of scars and burns. However, clinical research suggests that topical application of vitamin E may actually delay healing and worsen the appearance of scars. In some people, topical vitamin E may cause itching and inflammation in the skin around the wound, note MacKay and Miller. Check with your doctor before using vitamin E on your wound.   


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