Wound Healing and Vitamin C

Vitamin C, Anemas, Pain and Wound Healing

Back in the 1940s before chemical companies took over medicine, during World War II, physicians began  giving their surgical patients anemas to help with inflammation and pain as well as 1000 mg of vitamin C daily for three days before surgery, followed by 100 mg of daily C during recovery. These doctors reported in the British Journal of Surgery that failure of wounds to heal properly decreased by 76 percent, with a three to six-fold increase in wound strength when vitamin C alone was included in the patient’s regimen. Russian researchers have showed that surgical patients who supplement with Vitamin C are discharged from the hospital one to two days earlier, compared to individuals who receive no Vitamin C. This is because Vitamin C plays a critical role in collagen formation, and collagen is the primary component of connective tissue. Vitamin C also works as an antioxidant to limit free-radical damage to tissues, and boosts the growth of fibroblast and chondrocyte cells, which produce connective tissue fibers and cartilage.

“Four grams of ascorbic acid daily produced a significant improvement in the quality of newly synthesized collagen but did not alter that formed prior to the supplementation of C. The combined evidence in this review provides a substantial base for further research, both clinical and experimental trials, concerning the interrelationships between vitamin C and the body’s healing potential”. (Source)

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