How to Optimize Scar Healing with Nutrition

How to Optimize Scar Healing with Nutrition

When it comes to scar healing, one of the most important things that you can do is maintain a healthy diet – one that is filled with a variety of nutrient-rich foods that can boost your immune system and your ability to heal from a variety of injuries. Taking care to be certain that your diet contains a few essential nutrients can go a long way toward promoting the healing of your scars.

Here’s a look at some of the best nutrients to be sure you’re including in your diet in order to optimize healing:

Zinc: There are plenty of reasons to be sure you’re getting enough zinc in your diet. Zinc can boost your healing factor by a large amount, as it is used in the process of cell generation. Not only that, but zinc can play a large role in helping to prevent bacterial growth and inflammation, which can reduce the appearance of scars as they form.

Among the top foods containing zinc are seafood and meats, such as beef and lamb. Other sources of zinc include spinach, and various nuts and seeds.

Copper: Though you may not readily think of copper as being an important nutrient for the healing of scars, it can actually be vital in reducing their appearance and promoting healing. Not only does copper speed up the process of wound healing, but it helps to minimize the formation of scar tissue, which can soften scars by a fair amount.

In addition to seafood, great sources of copper include kale and mushrooms. Avocadoes are also high in copper, as well as many other nutrients that can help to promote healing.

Vitamin A: This nutrient is necessary for the production of epithelial cells – that is, the cells that make up the outside surface of your skin (in addition to the tissues lining the organs inside your body.) A deficiency of Vitamin A can critically slow down the healing of wounds and other injuries, so it’s important to be certain that you are getting enough Vitamin A in your diet for proper healing.

Foods rich in Vitamin A include dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens. An even better source is carrots, while sweet potatoes top the list as being the best natural source of this nutrient.

Vitamin C: One of the most important nutrients for your health in general, Vitamin C is crucial for the proper healing of injuries. This nutrient plays an important role in the formation of tissues and collagen. It is also an immune system booster, which is necessary for preventing inflammation and infection during the healing process. Not only that, but Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that can prevent damage by free radicals.

There are many natural sources of Vitamin C, including citrus fruits, peppers, and dark leafy greens. However, don’t count on your food intake to give you the Vitamin C that you need for proper healing.

Unfortunately, the human body is not equipped to store Vitamin C or to produce it, as it does with other types of nutrients. The body tends to process and lose this nutrient very quickly. Using a topical scar treatment containing a stable form of Vitamin C is the best and most effective way to ensure that you are making use of this nutrient for proper healing.

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A combination of these nutrients, along with other important nutrients for optimal health, can prevent many problems during the healing process.

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