Vitamins and Wound Healing - 3 important vitamins
Vitamin A deficiency has been associated with slowed epithelization, decreased collagen synthesis and increased susceptibility to infection.
Vitamin C is an essential cofactor for collagen synthesis. In conditions such as scurvy, which is rare in today's world, the collagen synthesized is not hydroxylated - it is relatively unstable and subject to degradation.
Vitamin K* deficiency results in a deficiency in the production of vitamin K dependent clotting factors - factors II, VII, IX and X. This results in bleeding, hematoma formation and retarded wound healing. Vitamin K deficiency is rare in healthy individuals.
*we do not recommend taking vitamin K as it increases clotting and may predispose patients to deep vein clot formation