Everyone knows that proper nutrition helps everything work at its optimal level in your body, including your wound healing systems. But, is it possible that you can get everything that you need to enhance wound healing and speed by just taking a supplement? The makers of one supplement, WoundVite, think they may have found a combination of 14 different vitamins and minerals that directly target healing wounds. In this article, we will cover what we know these vitamins, minerals, and plants do for wounds and go over a few case studies to see how WoundVite worked in real patients.
WoundVite seems to have everything in it, from Vitamin A to Zinc. So, just what do these individual ingredients contribute to a healing wound?:
Vitamin A: Helps with skin cell growth and increases the production of collagen which is deposited at the wound site during the healing process.
Vitamin B12: Can ensure healthy levels of protein synthesis, and one animal study showed B12 supplementation increased the tensile strength of healing wounds, making them less likely to tear back open (1).
Vitamin C: Necessary for the synthesis of collagen, functions as an antioxidant for weakened damaged cells, and studies have shown Vitamin C can increase the speed of wound healing (2).
Zinc: A deficiency in zinc is known to decrease wound healing.
Iron: An iron deficiency is also known to cause reduced wound healing, and adequate iron levels help bring proper oxygen supply to all parts of the body.
Copper: Helps with collagen deposition and vessel rebuilding in the healing tissues.
Selenium: The antioxidant properties of selenium may benefit wound healing (3).
L-Arginine: Helps with efficient blood flow in the body to ensure healing tissues have optimal oxygen and nutrients.
L-Glutamine: Stimulates collagen synthesis to help fill in wounds.
Bromelain: When taken by mouth bromelain may act as an anti-inflammatory and increase the speed of wound healing (4).
Chlorella: Oral or topical chlorella may have benefits in reducing skin inflammation and reduce total wound healing time (5).
Calendula: A flower used historically for its potential tissue growth and wound healing properties.
Grape seed extract: May help wounds heal faster and with less scarring (6).
Turmeric: Curcumin, a component of turmeric, can reduce inflammation and oxidation that commonly occurs at wound sites while increasing new tissue formation (7).
These all sound helpful, but how does the supplement pan out when used in real-world wound patients? We reached out to some doctors who are using this supplement in their patients and got some promising feedback.
A 74-year-old man who was involved in a lawnmower accident had to undergo a skin graft procedure on both legs. One month later the left leg was healing well, but the right leg wounds had significantly delayed healing. His doctor decided to add on daily supplementation with WoundVite while keeping all other wound care procedures the same. The doctor reported a weekly improvement from the start of the WoundVite supplementation. The physician even stated, “A definite change occurred after the implementation of the WoundVite capsules.”
Another patient was a 65-year-old female who had a skin cancer lesion removed from her leg and was followed up with radiation at the site. The radiation left a wound that had extremely delayed healing, even over the course of two years. Her doctor suggested she start on WoundVite to help with the wound. Progress in healing and size reduction was noted by the doctor after only 1 week of taking the supplement.
Lastly, a 70-year-old man with a long history of chronic poor leg circulation had a foot ulcer and gangrene that lead to a partial amputation of the large toe. There was a complication with the surgery that would potentially take longer to heal, so his doctor started him on WoundVite. The site was healed two weeks after starting the supplement. The patient eventually progressed to needing the full large toe amputated, and he continued taking WoundVite during the whole process. This also fully healed quicker than expected, within about 2 months.
From these case studies and looking into the ingredients listed above, WoundVite seems like a promising new supplement that strives to provide the body with any nutritional boost it may need during the stressful time of wound healing. The interesting combination of supplementing items that people may be commonly deficient in like B12, along with novel ingredients often overlooked in wound healing supplements like Grape Seed Extract, give WoundVite a balanced but innovative approach to wounds.