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Wound Healing Stack

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Repair the damage to your skin and other soft tissues by caring for affected areas and focusing on your overall health. Wound healing,a dynamic process of replacing devitalized and missing cellular structures and tissue layers, consists of 4 phases. This includes the hemostasis phase, the inflammatory ohase, the proliferation phase, and the remodeling phase. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

96 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
Insulin Sensitivity3 Bladderwrack, Arginine, Vitamin E, Zinc, Vitamin C
Blood Flow3 Arginine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C
IGF-1 (aka Insulin-like growth factor-1)1 Zinc
Leptin1 Zinc
Prostate Cancer Risk1 Vitamin E
Interferon Gamma1 Vitamin E
Cognition1 Zinc
Skin pigmentation1 Vitamin A
Dysmenorrhea1 Vitamin E
Immunity (aka Immune system)1 Vitamin E
Skin dryness1 Vitamin A
Plasma Arginine1 Arginine
Interleukin 41 Vitamin E
Nitric Oxide (aka NO)1 Arginine
Free Testosterone1 Arginine, Vitamin E, Zinc
VO2 Max1 Echinacea, Vitamin C
Anaerobic Exercise1 Arginine
Growth Hormone1 Arginine
Sperm Quality1 Vitamin C
Lean Mass1 Arginine
Plasma Vitamin C1 Vitamin C
Cortisol1 Arginine, Vitamin E, Vitamin C
Colon cancer riskNeutral Vitamin E
Serum T4Neutral Vitamin E
Verbal FluencyNeutral Vitamin E
Breast Cancer RiskNeutral Vitamin E
Serum T3Neutral Vitamin E
PneumoniaNeutral Zinc
Exercise-Induced Immune SuppressionNeutral Vitamin C
InflammationNeutral Vitamin C
Protection from SmokingNeutral Vitamin C
Aerobic ExerciseNeutral Vitamin C
White Blood Cell CountNeutral Vitamin E
Bleeding TimeNeutral Vitamin E
DepressionNeutral Zinc, Vitamin C
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Witch hazel can be used topically to decrease inflammation and to stop bleeding.
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Tea tree oil may be applied topically to skin wounds, although it is not recommended for burns.
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Horsetail can be used both internally and topically to decrease inflammation and promote wound healing.
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Echinacea is used among European practitioners of herbal medicine to promote wound healing.
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Comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease bruising and help heal wounds when the herb is applied topically.
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Chaparral has been used topically to decrease inflammation, and pain, and promote healing of minor wounds.
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Carnosine, a small molecule composed of the amino acids histidine and alanine, appears to promote wound healing.
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Topically applied calendula can be used to speed wound healing.
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Alginic acid is one of the main constituents in bladderwrack. Calcium alginate has shown promise as an agent to speed wound healing.
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Arginine appears to improve wound healing by increasing protein synthesis.
400 iu ,,,,,,
400 IU daily. Supplementing with vitamin E may enhance healing and prevent adhesion formation after surgery, applied topically, the vitamin may help prevent scarring.
25000 iu ,,,,,,
Take under medical supervision: 25,000 IU daily. Vitamin A plays a central role in wound healing and may be useful as a supplement or in a topical ointment.
10 gOrnithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate ,,,,,,
10 to 30 grams daily. Supplementing with OKG has been shown to significantly improve wound healing and decrease the length of hospital stays.
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1% solution for ears. Topically applied hyaluronic acid is sometimes used in skin wound dressings to improve healing.
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Apply topically. Horse chestnut contains a compound called aescin that acts as an anti-inflammatory and reduces swelling after trauma, particularly sports injuries, surgery, and head injury.
60 mg ,,,,,,
Take a standardized herbal extract providing 60 mg total triterpenoids once or twice per day. Applying an ointment containing gotu kola may speed healing of skin wounds.
2 mg ,,,,,,
2 to 4 mg daily. Copper plays a role in the strengthening of connective tissue and may help promote wound healing.
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Apply an ointment containing 2% chamomile extract or standardized for chamazulene and bisabolol content three to four times daily. Topically applied chamomile can be used to speed wound healing.
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Apply stabilized gel three to five times daily. Aloe has been shown to decrease inflammation, promote cellular repair, and facilitate wound healing.
30 mg ,,,,,,
30 mg daily (with 2 mg copper daily to prevent depletion), or apply topical zinc preparations regularly. Zinc is a component of enzymes needed to repair wounds, and even a mild deficiency can interfere with optimal recovery from everyday tissue damage.
1 g ,,,,,,
1 to 3 grams daily. Taking vitamin C may promote connective tissue repair.
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Follow label directions. Thiamine (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and other B vitamins have all been shown to play a role in wound healing. For this reason, some healthcare practitioners recommend a high-potency B vitamin supplement to promote wound healing.
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3,000 MCU (2,000 GDU) three times per day for several days, followed by 2,000 MCU three times per day. Taking bromelain may help reduce swelling and speed the healing time for surgical wounds and soft tissue injuries.

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Potential Interactions
Intake of large amounts of vitamin C can deplete the body of copper—an essential nutrient. People should be sure to maintain adequate copper intake at higher intakes of vitamin C. Copper is found in many multivitamin-mineral supplements.
Refrences
  • Sandstead HH. Copper bioavailability and requirements. Am J Clin Nutr 1982;35:809-14 [review].
  • Finley EB, Cerklewski FL. Influence of ascorbic acid supplementation on copper status in young adult men. Am J Clin Nutr 1983;37:553-6.
Studies in animals and humans suggest that supplementation with large amounts of either vitamin C or vitamin E increases the requirement for the other nutrient.
Refrences
  • Chen LH. An increase in vitamin E requirement induced by high supplementation of vitamin C in rats. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1981 Jun;34(6):1036-41
  • Brown KM,Morrice PC,Duthie GG. Erythrocyte vitamin E and plasma ascorbate concentrations in relation to erythrocyte peroxidation in smokers and nonsmokers: dose response to vitamin E supplementation. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1997 Feb;65(2):496-502
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.
Refrences
  • 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, www.doctorgaby.com, 2011; chapter 11.
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.
Refrences
  • 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.
Zinc competes for absorption with copper  and inhibits copper absorption. Copper deficiency can result in anemia, lower levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, neurological disorders, and cardiac arrhythmias. Copper intake should be increased if zinc supplementation continues for more than a few days (except for people with Wilson’s disease). Some sources recommend a 10:1 ratio of zinc to copper. Evidence suggests that no more that 2 mg of copper per day is needed to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency. Many zinc supplements include copper in the formulation to prevent zinc-induced copper deficiency. Zinc-induced copper deficiency has been reported to cause reversible anemia and suppression of bone marrow. In addition, there are case reports of neurologic abnormalities due to copper deficiency occurring in people who had been using large amounts of certain widely available denture creams that contained high concentrations of zinc.
Refrences
  • 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.
  • Broun ER. Greist A, Tricot G, Hoffman R. Excessive zinc ingestion. A reversible cause of sideroblastic anemia and bone marrow depression. JAMA 1990;264:1441-3.
  • Reiser S, Powell A, Yang CY, Canary JJ. Effect of copper intake on blood cholesterol and its lipoprotein distribution in men. Nutr Rep Int 1987;36:641-9.
  • Sandstead HH. Requirements and toxicity of essential trace elements, illustrated by zinc and copper. Am J Clin Nutr 1995;61(suppl):621S-24S [review].
  • Fischer PWF, Giroux A, Labbe MR. Effect of zinc supplementation on copper status in adult man. Am J Clin Nutr 1984;40:743-6.
  • Nations SP, Boyer PJ, Love LA, et al. Denture cream. An unusual source of excess zinc, leading to hypocupremia and neurologic disease. Neurology 2008;71:639-43.

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