When you think of a wound, Neosporin and bandaids often jump to the forefront of your mind. But what about amino acids?
“Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that appears to enhance wound repair and immune function. Arginine supplementation in surgical patients results in higher collagen deposition, protein accumulation, and immune activity compared to controls.” ~ nata.org
“Immunonutrition is already known to decrease wound complications, and there is evidence which suggests that in certain circumstances, it improves the process and efficiency of wound healing. Optimizing nutrition and providing immunonutrients in the correct settings may ultimately provide improved clinical outcomes with regard to decreased wound complications, decreased duration of wound healing, and lower clinical costs associated with wound care.” ~ ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Amino Acids: Wound Care’s Secret Weapon
Amino acids are not just a conversation for gym-goers and muscle-builders. As an article entitled Using Nutrition to Speed Up Surgery Recovery articulates, “whether it’s a knee or hip replacement, tumor removal, or anything in between, one process always happens once the surgery is complete: a doctor cleans and closes the incensions they’ve made. Once that incision is made, your body’s healing process starts.