Taking supplements could heal skin wounds faster-study :
Washington, July 11 (ANI)
A new study, published in this month's issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has suggested that taking several antioxidant nutrients after any kind of a skin wound could make the wound heal 20 percent faster.
According to Webmd, the study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas revealed that the total amount of money saved by cutting down on healing time as well as in medicine cost, for people who have undergone facelifts and plastic surgeries, would amount to billions.
During the course of the study, researchers administered a new supplement called InflammEnz, to 26 patients who had open wounds due to a biopsy. They found that the patients healed 17 percent faster and also had less redness and swelling.
Researchers have now identified four supplements which would be most effective in healing wounds, these include Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, which helps in protecting cells from damage by free radicals, therefore speeding the healing process of wounds.
The second supplement identified by the scientists is Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme which reduces muscle and tissue swelling, especially following injuries or surgery.
Rutin, a nutrient in plant foods protects blood vessels, which help prevent bruising, and the last supplement was Grape seed extract, which helps in building new blood vessels and also helps vitamin C enter cells, therefore strengthening cell membranes and prevent scarring in tissue.
"If you can translate this kind of faster healing after a facelift or a breast augmentation, you are talking about a cost savings in the recovery process and getting back to work sooner that could amount to billions [of dollars]," the report quoted Rod J. Rohrich, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as saying.