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Nutrition and Wound Healing

A very important and overlooked area of wound healing is good nutrition. What the individual ingests daily is equally as important as the wound healing products used, and the efforts made to remove pressure or restore blood flow.

On a daily basis, the body needs an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates, calories and Vitamins. In particular, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Zinc are important in wound healing. At times additional supplements may be used, such as Arginine, a specific type of amino acid which is important in wound healing.

Wise Choices for Wound Healing

  • Vitamin A: Dark green leafy vegetables, cantaloupe, fortified cereals
  • Vitamin C: Tomatoes, peppers, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
  • Zinc: Seafood, red meats, fortified cereals

 

For goals on healthy eating visit www.ChooseMyplate.gov

Food group Recommended Number of Servings
Grains 5
Vegetables 2
Fruits 2
Milk 3
Meats and Beans 5

 

If an individual is unable to obtain adequate daily balance of food groups, he or she should consider taking a multiple vitamin. In certain cases referral to a registered dietician may help to speed up wound healing.

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