Healing from illness, injury or surgery can be a slow and complex process, but there is one key thing that you can do to support your body in healing faster - get better nutrition – especially high-quality protein!
Better protein nutrition is essential for faster wound healing because protein gives you the building blocks for new tissue growth and repair, and it plays a critical role in maintaining the body's immune function.
Why is protein so important for wound healing?
Proteins are made up of amino acids. They are like building blocks. You can think of protein amino acids like Legos™. They are essential for building and repairing tissue. When you have a wound, your body needs more protein than normal to rebuild and repair tissue.
Protein actually helps to stimulate the growth of new cells and provides some of the energy needed for the healing process.
Prevent infections while you are healing.
Protein is also essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system is critical for preventing infections while you’re healing. Protein helps your body balance fluids and reduce swelling which promotes healing.
What are the best sources of protein for recovery?
Milk, eggs, fish, poultry, beef and pork are all very good sources of protein, but the whey protein isolate in UNJURY® Protein tops them all. UNJURY® Protein has a perfect amino acid score, 100 on the PDCAAS scale, and provides all of the building blocks in the right proportions for tissue repair.
If you prefer plant-based protein, soy, pea, quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas are a good place to start, but it’s important to note that not all protein sources are created equal. Animal-based protein sources are much higher in essential amino acids, which are the building blocks for new tissue growth. Plant-based proteins will require combining a variety of sources so that all essential amino acids are available in the right amounts for healing. Work with your dietitian to create a protein plan if you can’t have animal protein in your diet.
Remember: a balanced, nutrient dense diet that is high in protein is the best way to promote natural healing.