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Vitamins for Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing

Vitamins for Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing

The largest of all the body’s organs, the skin plays many vital roles.

The skin is exposed to pollutants, toxins and harmful rays from the sun. Loses elasticity, strength and health with age and exposure to harmful toxins. The skin has the ability to repair and regenerate with a healthy diet and the right vitamins.

As the largest organ in the body, the skin is responsible for protection, maintaining a constant temperature and allowing the sense of touch, it also has the amazing ability to constantly regenerate. The skin consists of two main layers, the dermis – deep layer and the epidermis – surface layer; however there are also other smaller layers of skin located within these two sections.

Specifically, the stratum basale and stratum spinosum layers of the epidermis are responsible for skin regeneration. Skin cells are born all the time and then rise to the epidermal layers of the skin. Young skin regenerates its surface area every two to three weeks on the epidermal layer.

Since your skin can lose its elasticity over time through age, pollutants in the air and sun exposure, it is important that you consume enough vitamins and minerals to assist and promote the natural functions of the skin.

This becomes even more important when your body is in need of repair, whether this is a broken bone, an infection or a wound or gash to the skin, eating foods rich in certain vitamins can help to speed up the recovery process. Healing requires nutrients found in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. For faster recovery, eat more of these foods or add vitamin supplements to your daily dietary regime.

Question: How Does Vitamin C Help?
Answer:

Vitamin C, which is also known as as ascorbic acid, is beneficial for promoting regeneration; in particular it is used for the repair and growth of tissues throughout the body and is required for the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein which is responsible for maintaining elasticity and strength.

Question: How Does Vitamin E Help?
Answer:

Vitamin E is another powerful skin antioxidant that assists with regeneration by improving skin texture, softness and moisture and protects cell membranes from free-radical damage. Vitamin E also helps to regulate retinol or Vitamin A stores in the body, read more about the function of this vitamin below.

Question: How Can Zinc Help Skin Regeneration?
Answer:

Zinc plays an important role in healing by supporting immune function and aiding in the process of tissue repair and growth within the body. According to several studies including a 2007 study published within ‘Wound Repair and Regeneration’ dietary zinc helps promote wound healing. It also helps promote healing of sores.

Question: How Can Vitamin A Assist with Skin Regeneration?
Answer:

Vitamin A is essential to the process of regeneration, helping to prevent wrinkles and blemishes. Specifically Vitamin A is required for the maintenance and development of the epithelial cells, the outermost area where regeneration occurs. Due to its properties as an antioxidant, it can also be effective at strengthening the immune system and helps the healing process by reducing inflammation. According to a 2003 review, Vitamin A can help with healing sepsis, fractures and tendon damage.

References

  • MacKay, D., Miller, L. (2003). Nutritional Support for Wound Healing. Alternative Medicine Review
  • University of Maryland Medical Centre:Calendula
  • Lansdown, A. B., Mirastschijski, U., &Stubbs, N. (2007). Zinc in wound healing: theoretical, experimental, and clinical aspects.Wound Repair Regeneration


Amy Brawn

Amy Brawn

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