Fruits, vegetables, and herbs: Bioactive foods promoting wound healing

Lawrence W. Sanchez, Ronald Ross Watson

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There are many micronutrients and macronutrients required by the body for repairs. The type of injury, whether it be cutaneous, a burn, an accident, or after surgery, and the degree of the injury alter the time it takes to heal. There are three stages of healing: inflammatory, proliferative, and maturation. Each stage requires different nutrients to use in the process of healing. Macronutrients required include carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Micronutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc, and iron. Besides the micronutrients and macronutrients required for healing, there are many plants, herbs, and other bioactive foods that increase the effects of healing and decrease the time it takes to heal. Some of these plants, herbs, and bioactive foods include honey, bromelain, Achillea millefolium, Centella asiatica, Arnebia densiflora, and Aloe vera.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
Subtitle of host publicationBioactive Foods in Health Promotion
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780128029893
ISBN (Print)9780128029725
StatePublished - May 16 2016


  • Achillea millefolium
  • Aloe vera
  • Arnebia densiflora
  • Bromelain
  • Burn
  • Centella asiatica
  • Healing
  • Wound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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