Food For Thought: Which Foods and Vitamins Help to Heal Wounds?

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There are many practices and behaviors that can help wounds heal properly. Having the right kind of wound dressing and treatment plan as prescribed by a doctor is crucial. It may also help to treat the wound from the inside out. A healthy diet, rich with vitamins and nutrients, is a great place to start.
What foods and vitamins help heal wounds

Meals to Promote Healing

In general, it is good to eat a variety of foods from the four major food groups, which are:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Grains
  • Milk or milk alternatives
  • Meat or meat alternatives


There are three major categories to pay attention to when planning a wound-friendly diet: calories, fluid intake, and protein.


The first thing to pay attention to is caloric intake. Extra calories are needed to create the energy the body needs to heal, but healthy calories are key. Always speak to your doctor before deciding to start a new meal plan.


Protein is a nutrient that is critical in helping to build and maintain muscle mass. Therefore, it is especially important to have a protein-rich diet when dealing with a wound. The following are examples of protein-rich foods to try to incorporate into each meal and snack:

  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Soy beverages
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Milk
  • Tofu
  • Yogurt


Most adults need to drink 64 ounces of water a day, about eight glasses. This is especially important when healing a wound. Water is the best hydration source, but milk, juice, or tea can also help keep skin healthy as long as the drinks are not too sugary. Doctors suggest keeping a glass of water nearby throughout the day to encourage drinking between meals.

Vitamins on a Mission

Having a diet packed with healthy vitamins is a good thing. However, there are specific vitamins that are wound healing superheroes. Vitamins A, C, and zinc are all examples of vitamins to add to a diet when dealing with a wound. Supplements are a great way to incorporate these into a diet, but there are also many healthy food options. You should always speak to your doctor before introducing a new vitamin or supplement into your routine.

foods rich in vitamin A

Vitamin A

Vitamin A can be found in:

  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupes
  • Carrots
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Leafy Greens
  • Liver
  • Mangos
  • Milk
  • Papayas
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet Potatoes
foods  rich in vitamin c

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be found in:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cantaloupes
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Kiwis
  • Papayas
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit Juices
foods rich in zinc


Zinc is technically a mineral, and it can be found in:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Poultry
  • Seafood

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