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Wound heals faster by supplementing with arginine, vitamin C and zinc
Wounds heal faster by supplementing with significant doses of L-arginine, vitamin C and zinc. This is shown by a small human Australian study, in which patients with pressure ulcers were used as test subjects.
The researchers divided their subjects into 3 groups.
Subjects in a first control group received no supplements.
Subjects in a second control group drank a commercially available protein drink twice a day. As a result, the subjects received an additional 18 grams of protein, 72 milligrams of vitamin C and 7.5 milligrams of zinc every day on top of their regular diet.
The subjects in the experimental group drank, just like the subjects in the second control group, a commercial protein-rich product twice a day in addition to their regular diet. As a result, the subjects consumed 21 grams of protein, 9 grams of L-arginine, 500 milligrams of vitamin C and 30 milligrams of zinc every day, in addition to what their regular diet provided.
The figure below shows that supplementation with arginine, vitamin C and zinc significantly accelerated wound healing.
"The possibility of enhanced pressure ulcer healing using defined amounts of additional arginine, vitamin C and zinc could significantly reduce the costs associated with the management of pressure ulcers as well as decrease patient pain and discomfort."