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According to research presented in Life Extension Magazine, people who have had surgery need additional vitamins to help them heal after surgery. Certain vitamins play key roles in the wound healing process and are needed in larger quantities than the minimum daily amount as their body heals. If you have had or are planning to have surgery, consult with your physician prior to starting a vitamin regimen.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin essential for stimulating the immune system. It is necessary for collagen production that makes up tissue granulation. It is what heals a wound and is also the key component in blood vessel walls. Guidelines taken from "Krause's Nutrition, & Diet Therapy" recommend 500 to 1,000 milligrams daily until healed. Vitamin C can also be found in foods such as citrus fruits, peppers and potatoes. Toxicity is rare because it is a water soluble vitamin, however, very high doses can cause gastrointestinal disturbances.
Pantothenic acid, a B vitamin, helps new cells migrate into a wound and helps to increase protein production. It also multiplies the number of repair cells needed for wound healing.The recommended daily amount after surgery is 200 milligrams until healed, according to Krause's Nutrition & Diet Therapy. Foods high in pantothenic acid are eggs, salmon and yeast. Pantothenic acid is not reported to show toxic effects on humans even in large doses.
Vitamin A helps with the resistance to infection and helps to create new tissue at the wounded area. It helps with immune function and cell surface function also. The recommended amount after surgery is 10,000 to 25,000 IU daily until healed as stated in "Krause's Nutrition & Diet Therapy." Food sources of vitamin A, like eggs, fish and liver, provide high levels. Because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be toxic in very high doses. Hypervitaminosis A can be induced by doses greater than 200,000 IU in adults.The result of severe toxicity is liver disease. Take only the recommended dose.
from source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/101450-vitamins-heal-after-surgery/
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