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Wounds

Wound Healing

Healing of wounds, whether from accidental injury or surgical intervention, involves the activity of an intricate network of blood cells, tissue types, cytokines, and growth factors. This results in increased cellular activity, which causes an intensified metabolic demand for nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies can impede wound healing, and wound outcome. Vitamin A is required for epithelial and bone formation, cellular differentiation, and immune function. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen formation, proper immune function, and as a tissue antioxidant. One of the key nutritional wound-healing agents is vitamin B5 which the body uses to make infection-fighting antibodiesVitamin E is the major lipid-soluble antioxidant in the skin and is used topically to improve healing and reduce scar formation. Bromelain reduces oedema, bruising, pain, and healing time following trauma and surgical procedures. Adequate dietary protein is absolutely essential for proper wound healing. Botanical herbs have been used for decades, both topically and internally, to enhance wound repair. Calendula may help the lymph system in its removal of waste f.luids from tissue inflammation.