- Wounds occur all through life, and the body is designed to heal itself. Some are minor and heal quickly like when a child falls off of a bike and scrapes a knee. Other wounds result from surgical procedures. These tend to take a bit longer to heal, due to the underlying reason for the surgery; and they usually occur in older people, who have chronic conditions like diabetes, which retard healing. In addition, older people are more likely to have essential nutrient malnutrition from poor dietary intake. Many elderly people develop bed sores, which are difficult to heal, particularly in those who are poorly nourished. More aggressive wound care procedures are needed for this older group.
We now recognize that every cellular function in the human body is nutrition-dependent including every cell involved with wound healing. Nutritional needs associated with wound healing are well defined. Protein, especially the amino acids arginine and glutamine, are particularly important.
All vitamins and minerals are needed for wound healing, but particularly key are the anti-oxidants like vitamins A and C, zinc, and selenium. In addition, protein rich in arginine, free amino acids, glutamine (as glutamic acid), along with folate, iron, copper, vitamins B12 and B6 is beneficial to heal wounds. Omega-3 fats also help control inflammation and promote faster wound healing (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307514662_Nutrition_and_Chronic_Wounds_Improving_Clinical_Outcomes ).
The Nutrient Shake contains the right stuff to promote wound healing and support healthy skin. One serving has 22 grams of protein, which is rich in arginine, free amino acids, and glutamine (as glutamic acid). Each serving has all essential nutrients, including the antioxidants, and omega-3s to fight inflammation. The best wound care foods include these nutrients found in the Nutrient Shake.