Surgical procedures may be necessary for life-threatening conditions and cosmetic purposes but many people do not take into consideration what happens when the operation is over. After any surgical procedure that involves cutting of the skin, a scar will usually develop. Depending on the location of the procedure and how invasive the surgery, the scar may cause a decrease in self-esteem. Below we will discuss many vitamins and minerals used today to decrease scarring and accelerate wound healing.
Vitamin A is required for epithelial cell growth, which is a very important in the healing process. Vitamin A also activates the production of collagen and assists with the formation of new blood cells.
Vitamin B12 enhances protein synthesis and increases the amount of repair cell at the surgical or injured site. Vitamin B12 also may act as a growth factor.
Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen synthesis which is important for strengthening and tissue recovery. Vitamin C also assists in immunologic response and maneuvers monocytes to the injured site.
Zinc deficiency delays wound healing. Zinc serves as a cofactor for numerous reactions vital to healing wounds.
Iron deficiency impairs wound healing. Iron increases the amount of oxygen available to the injury site which allows more cells to migrate.
Copper plays a role in collagen cross-linking and is known to stimulate angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels) in wounds.
Selenium increases cell movement and wound healing by preventing the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in tissues.
L-Arginine increases local blood flow to the wound site and increases collagen deposition.
L-Glutamine plays a role in protein synthesis and increases collagen deposition.
Bromelain cleans injured tissue without damaging surrounding normal tissue. Bromelain also allows more oxygen and nutrients to get to the damaged site.
Chlorella stimulates healing by increasing the rate of new cell production.
Calendula plays a major role in a rapid increase in the number of fibroblasts and the migration of fibroblasts to the site of injury. Fibroblasts, a type of connective tissue, infiltrate the wound site and attempt to repair it.
Grape seed extract releases skin growth factor and accelerates the wound healing cascade.
Turmeric contains an ingredient called curcumin that is known for its’ wound healing abilities. It protects the injury from infection, reduces inflammation, and speeds up the reconstruction of damaged tissues.
Using any one of these supplements is the first step toward speeding up wound healing. Using multiple supplements, although taking a bunch of pills is not ideal, greatly improves the chances of minimizing scarring and speeding up healing. Most people cannot afford to buy 10 to 14 supplements or would be willing to take 10 to 14 pills a day so Woundvite was made.
Woundvite is the first daily vitamin supplement created solely for wound and scar healing. Woundvite is the only supplement with all of these ingredients although other supplements may contain some combination of the ingredients.