Did you know that you can promote wound healing with better nutrition?
It’s true! Improving daily nutrition plays an important role in how well you heal from surgery, injury, and pressure wounds.
While boosting overall nutrition is essential, some nutrients are particularly important for healing. Protein, iron, zinc, as well as vitamins A and C are top of the list for helping your wounds heal quickly1.
What type of protein do I need for healing?
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 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 equally.
Animal-based protein sources are 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.
Can I use nutritional supplements to support wound healing?
Yes, if you need to increase protein calories and improve your overall daily nutrition for wound healing, your doctor or dietitian might recommend a nutritional supplement like UNJURY’s Protein-Centric Meal Replacement with 25 – 28 grams of protein and a third of your daily micronutrients in each serving.
Whey protein is considered the “gold standard” protein powder for promoting muscle growth and tissue repair, and UNJURY® Protein is the highest quality whey protein available anywhere. The best part is, it tastes great, so it’s easy to meet your daily nutrition goals for healing.
Why is Whey Protein recommended for recovery and healing wounds?
Whey protein is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all essential amino acids required for building and repairing tissue. It’s also rich in leucine which helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis and glutamine which supports the immune system.
Planted™ vegan, pea protein, is a plant-based protein powder that’s a good option for anyone can’t have animal meat in their diet. Pea protein is high in arginine, an important amino acid that has been shown to promote wound healing.
“Arginine is a donor to nitric oxide, which increases blood flow and oxygen to the wound, thus increasing collagen formation and reducing inflammation,” according to Mary Ellen Posthauer, RDN, CD, LD, FAND4.
Remember: a balanced, nutrient dense diet that is high in protein is the best way to promote natural healing.
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2Demling RH. Nutrition, anabolism, and the wound healing process: an overview. Eplasty. 2009;9:e9. Epub 2009 Feb 3. PMID: 19274069; PMCID: PMC2642618.
3Ebaid, H., Salem, A., Sayed, A. et al. Whey protein enhances normal inflammatory responses during cutaneous wound healing in diabetic rats. Lipids Health Dis 10, 235 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-511X-10-235