How Nutrition Affects Scar Healing

How Nutrition Affects Scar Healing

Thought you only needed a scar treatment to heal your scars properly? There’s actually more to scar healing than just applying a scar cream. A healthy diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods is also vital. Crucial nutrients not only promote your overall health, but boost scar healing too!

Scars require the following dietary nutrients to heal well:

  • Protein – the body breaks protein down into various amino acids. Two very important amino acids are L-Arginine and Glutamine. These help the body create new tissue, especially collagen. They also improve the immune system (eg white blood cells) which fights off infections.
  • Vitamin C – the most important vitamin for healthy collagen production. Experts say that wound healing requires more vitamin C than daily food intake normally provides.
  • Vitamin B Complex – speeds up wound healing, increases protein synthesis and the amount of repair cells in the wound. It also prevents excessive inflammation. Vitamin B5 is particularly beneficial right after the wound occurs.
  • Vitamin A – required for new cell growth. Vitamin A activates production of connective tissue, including collagen, and helps new blood vessels grow to nourish newly formed tissue. Vitamin A also enhances resistance to infection by stimulating the body’s immune system.
  • Zinc – reduces healing time after surgery by up to 43% and can also reduce inflammation and bacterial growth.

So what are the best things to eat?

Meats, nuts, beans and dairy products are great sources of protein. Yogurt, green peas, beef, oysters, black beans and crab are great sources of zinc. Carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach and apricots are great sources of vitamin A. Meat, fish, eggs, whole grains, beans, nuts and dark green vegetables are great sources of Vitamin B. Citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables are great sources of Vitamin C.

Unfortunately, the body does not divert enough vitamin C to the skin. Using a topical scar treatment containing a stable form of vitamin C will increase the amount of vitamin C delivered to the skin for scar healing.

How do you incorporate these nutrients into your daily eating habits?

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