Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery

July 5 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural health supplements

Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery

To follow on from my post Supplements to avoid prior to surgery, this information is also from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, A Guide to Preoperative Nutrition but goes over Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery. Of course, always seek professional advice before taking supplements of any kind, but here is their guide.

Supplements Which May Be Beneficial After Surgery

Supplement/NutrientMechanism of ActionDosage range
Vitamin A (Carotenoid or retinol palmitateAntioxidant; Required for new cell growth & maintenance & repair of epithelial tissue15,000-25,000 IU/daily (carotenoid/palmitate blend) Limit use to 4 week
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) Antioxidant; Necessary for tissue growth & repair; primary role in formation of collagen500-750 mg daily (in divided doses)
B Vitamins"Anti-stress" group of water soluble vitamins; necessary for multiple metabolic pathwaysBest taken as B-100 Complex; Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin, Pantothenic acid (B5), Folic Acid (B9), Cobalamin (B12), Choline, Inositol
ZincAntioxidant; Essential for protein synthesis and collagen formation. Missing in NZ Soil15-21 mg/day
SeleniumAntioxidant; Inhibits oxidation of fats, protects Vitamin E150-210 mcg/daily
CopperRequired for cross-linking of collagen & elastin; required for formation of hemoglobin, red blood cells and bone1.5-2 mg/daily
Arnica montanaAdministered in homeopathic remedy for bruising and swelling30x formula or greater, taken 3 times daily, AFTER surgery
BromelainProteolytic enzyme; used to minimize inflammation & soft tissue injury1500 mg/daily, 2000-3000 MCU /daily
Flavonoids (Quercetin & citrus bioflavonoids)Antioxidant; anti-inflammatory; function with vitamin C to prevent bruising & support immune function600-1500 mg/daily

Your health professional may suggest other dosages or other nutrients after your operation, but this is a general starting place.  The usual time to recommence nutrients after an operation is once there is no risk of bleeding, however always seek advice from your surgeon or healthcare profession for specific recommendations for you.

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