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What foods can heal wounds?

Anna Pace
Nutrition & Dietetics

Optimal nutrition status is a key factor in wound healing. The type and extent of tissue damage determines the nutrient levels needed, but all wounds depend upon good nutrition status in order to heal. Protein and vitamin C are two vital nutrients that will assist with the formation of new skin tissue.

A balanced diet is vital to support the progression of wound healing. Including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, tofu, seeds or nuts and nut butters will provide protein and fruits and vegetable, especially citrus fruits, cabbage-type vegetables, and dark green vegetables will ensure adequate vitamin C intake.

Along with nutritious foods, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, at least 8-12 cups of water a day, to further enhance the ability of wound healing.

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