Nutrition and Wound Healing

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Proper nutrition is important for wound healing. The body needs certain nutrients, including protein, vitamins, and minerals, to repair damaged tissues and support the immune system.

Protein is an essential nutrient for wound healing because it is a key component of collagen, the main structural protein in skin and connective tissues. Some good sources of protein include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, beans, nuts, and seeds.

Vitamins and minerals are also important for wound healing. Vitamin A, for example, is essential for the production of collagen and the maintenance of healthy skin. Vitamin C is important for the synthesis of collagen and the formation of blood vessels, and it may also help to reduce inflammation. Zinc is important for the synthesis of collagen and the healing of wounds, and it may also help to reduce inflammation.

In addition to getting enough of these nutrients in the diet, it may also be helpful to use supplements, particularly if a person has a deficiency or is at risk of a deficiency due to poor nutrition, illness, or other factors. However, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen, as taking too much of certain nutrients can be harmful. 

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At Avella Wound Care every patient at our Phoenix and Flagstaff clinics has a nutritional assessment to help optimize their wound healing potential. 

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