Wednesday, November 19, 2014
(Nothing new here but it reminds me to continue focusing on high density nutrient foods--like Dr. Fuhrman preaches. Chris)
Some nutrients have taken center stage in the animal research on healing, and these nutrients include vitamin C, flavonoids, vitamin A, protein, and zinc.
Rich sources of vitamin C and flavonoids include fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, and berries.
When it comes to vitamin A, some of these same foods will also be very helpful since they will provide you with rich amounts of beta-carotene, a "pro-vitamin A" nutrient that can be partially converted into fully active vitamin A.
Other foods that can provide you with preformed, fully active vitamin A include dairy products and eggs, and calf's liver, which will also provide you with the protein important for healing.
Zinc is especially concentrated in red meats as well as nuts and seeds. (If you're increasing red meat to support the healing process, however, make sure that you stick with the very leanest cuts of red meat such as top round, bottom round, eye of round, or ground beef made from them
Dietary fiber plays a key role here, and should not be overlooked.
In addition to the fruits and vegetables already discussed,
legumes and beans and whole grains will often be essential in getting your fiber intake up to a level that can promote optimal healing.
Connective tissue has a very unique structure that is different than most tissues in the body because it is not composed of cells.
Instead, you'll find a special matrix of proteins (primarily collagen), fibers, and cross-purpose molecules (part carbohydrate and part protein in many cases) all embedded in a fluid environment that is unique to tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and muscle coverings (called fasciae).
Along with this uniqueness of connective tissue comes some unique nutrient needs whenever surgery has damaged the tissue, requiring connective tissue regeneration and remodeling.
There's research evidence to support a focus on four vitamins when connective tissue healing is required, and those four vitamins are:
vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and the B-complex vitamins.
You'll be covering the bases well in this situation if you emphasize green leafy vegetables in your diet (kale, for example, scores "excellent" in our rating system for vitamins A and C, "good" for vitamin E and also for a variety of B-complex vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B6, and folate).