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Pre- and Post-Surgery Health Stack

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The road to recovery starts with understanding what your body needs not just after the surgery but also before and during the operation. Preapring your mind and body before an operation greatly impacts your overall outlook and may influence your recovery afterwards. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

129 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
Anaerobic Exercise2 Taurine, Arginine
Memory2 Vitamin E, Ginger, Fish Oil
Insulin Sensitivity2 Zinc, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Arginine
Blood Flow2 Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Arginine
Skin pigmentation1 Vitamin A
Dysmenorrhea1 Vitamin E
Skin dryness1 Vitamin A
Interleukin 41 Vitamin E
Photoprotection1 Fish Oil
Rate of Gastric Emptying1 Ginger
Ammonia1 Glutamine
Lean Mass1 Fish Oil, Arginine, Glutamine
Immunity (aka Immune system)1 Vitamin E
Cell Adhesion Factors (aka sCAM-11 Vitamin E, Fish Oil
Interferon Gamma1 Vitamin E
Plasma Arginine1 Arginine
Cognition1 Zinc
IGF-1 (aka Insulin-like growth factor-1)1 Zinc, Fish Oil
Free Testosterone1 Zinc, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Arginine, Glutamine
Endothelial Function1 Fish Oil
Leptin1 Zinc, Fish Oil
Infant Birth Weight1 Fish Oil
Lipid Peroxidation1 Zinc, Vitamin E, Fish Oil
Growth Hormone1 Arginine
Nitric Oxide (aka NO)1 Arginine
AttentionNeutral Fish Oil
Apolipoprotein BNeutral Fish Oil
Risk of StrokeNeutral Vitamin E
Bleeding TimeNeutral Vitamin E
Pre-Eclampsia RiskNeutral Fish Oil
VO2 MaxNeutral Fish Oil
B cell countNeutral Fish Oil
Power OutputNeutral Arginine, Glutamine
Asymmetrical dimethylarginineNeutral Arginine
T Cell CountNeutral Fish Oil
Postpartum DepressionNeutral Fish Oil
Insulin SecretionNeutral Fish Oil
Muscle Soreness (aka Delayed onset muscle sorenessNeutral Fish Oil
Natural Killer Cell Content (aka NK cellNeutral Fish Oil
FatigueNeutral Fish Oil
Breast Cancer RiskNeutral Vitamin E
Red Blood Cell CountNeutral Vitamin E
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Dosage Compound Form Frequency Dates Notes
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Zinc is important for proper immune system function and wound healing. Zinc supplements taken before surgery may prevent zinc deficiency and promote healing.
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Some studies have found that vitamin E levels decrease after surgery, supplementation may correct a deficiency. Vitamin E may also prevent scarring when used topically after surgery.
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In one trial, a combination of vitamins B1, B6, and B12 before and after surgery prevented post-surgical reductions in immune activity.
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In one trial, a combination of vitamins B1, B6, and B12 before and after surgery prevented post-surgical reductions in immune activity.
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Vitamin B1, given as intramuscular injections before surgery, resulted in less reduction of immune system activity after surgery in one study.
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Topical vitamin A may help speed wound healing and reduce scarring in patients taking corticosteroids, which typically slow wound healing.
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Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects. One trial found curcumin (from turmeric) was more effective than anti-inflammatory medication for relieving postsurgical inflammation.
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Selenium has an important role in immune function and infection prevention, and supplementing with it may correct a postoperative selenium deficiency.
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AKG is used by cells during growth and in healing from injuries and other wounds, and is especially important in the healing of muscle tissue.
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Take at least 1.5 grams daily before and after surgery. Taurine is an amino acid that appears to have an important role in immune cell functions. Supplementing with it may reduce inflammation.
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Iron supplementation prior to surgery was found in one trial to reduce the need for postoperative blood transfusions.
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1 gram of powder in a capsule 60 minutes before receiving general anesthesia (inform your anesthesiologist). Ginger has antinausea properties and may prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting.
3.3 g ,,,,,,
3.3 to 5 grams daily omega-3 fatty acids before and after surgery. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, have anti-inflammatory properties and may improve recovery and prevent infection after surgery.
12.5 g ,,,,,,
12.5 to 18.75 grams daily before and after surgery. The amino acid arginine has a role in immune function, infection prevention, and tissue repair after injury, including surgery.
20 g ,,,,,,
20 grams daily. Studies have shown that using glutamine-enriched formulas after surgery increased immune cell activity, shortened hospital stays, improved nutritional status, and reduced infections.

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Potential Interactions
Taking vitamin A with iron helps treat iron deficiency, since vitamin A improves the absorption and/or utilization of iron. This interaction has only been shown in a developing country with higher incidence of multiple deficiencies.
  • Suharno D, West CE, Muhilal, et al. Supplementation with vitamin A and iron for nutritional anemia in pregnant women in West Java, Indonesia. Lancet 1993;342:1325-8.
  • Semba RD, Muhilal, West KP Jr, et al. Impact of vitamin A supplementation on hematological indicators of iron metabolism and protein status in children. Nutr Res 1992;12:469-78.
Some evidence suggests that adding vitamin E to fish oil may prevent fish oil-induced increase in blood sugar levels.
  • Luostarinen R, Wallin R, Wibell L, et al. Vitamin E supplementation counteracts the fish oil-induced increase of blood glucose in humans. Nutr Res 1995; 15:953-68.
Vitamin E appears to increase intestinal absorption and tissue uptake of vitamin A. Because of this effect, some doctors have used the combination of vitamin E and vitamin A for various skin conditions that are usually treated with vitamin A alone. The addition of vitamin E improved outcomes, while allowing for lower (and safer) doses of vitamin A.
  • Oaks L, Russell R, Jacob RA. Decreased serum vitamin A levels during vitamin E supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr 1978;31:716.
  • Ames SR. Factors affecting absorption, transport, and storage of vitamin A. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1969 Jul;22(7):934-5
  • Gaby AR. Vitamin A. In Gaby AR. Nutritional Medicine. Concord, NH,, 2011; chapter 11.
Zinc competes for absorption with iron.
  • Dawson EB, Albers J, McGanity WJ. Serum zinc changes due to iron supplementation in teen-age pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;50:848-52.
  • Crofton RW, Gvozdanovic D, Gvozdanovic S, et al. Inorganic zinc and the intestinal absorption of ferrous iron. Am J Clin Nutr 1989;50:141-4.
Supplementation with zinc, iron, or the combination has been found to improve vitamin A status among children at high risk for deficiency of the three nutrients. This interaction has only been shown in a developing country with higher incidence of multiple deficiencies.
  • Muñoz EC, Rosado JL, Lopez P, et al. Iron and zinc supplementation improves indicators of vitamin A status of Mexican preschoolers. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;71:789-94.

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