Will vegan wound take longer to heal?

by Brian

Question:

I have been fully vegetarian, mostly vegan for several months now, and am planning on going full vegan this year. During the holidays, I cut one of my fingers badly while chopping up food, requiring stitches. A friend told me the wound would never heal due to the lack of meat in my diet (he said I needed more protein for the wound to heal).

Now that the stitches are out, it seems to be healing ok, but not very fast. Do I need to worry about adding more protein or fats to help the cut heal? What other nutrients would help?

Answer:

Interesting question, Brian. Unfortunately, I think your friend was messing with you. There is no particular reason why being a vegan or vegetarian would mean that your wounds are going to take longer to heal. This might be an old wives' tale, but I've never heard this one before.

If you are eating a well-balanced vegetarian (or vegan) diet, you will not be lacking in anything that promotes healing. The main mineral associated with wound healing is iron, and many people actually don't get enough iron, vegetarian or not. However, if you eat plenty of leafy greens and a good variety of beans, you will get plenty of iron.

Contrary to your friend's warning, the healthy vegans I know actually find that their bodies recover faster from illness and long exercises, as well as from cuts. So, no fear, just eat a well-rounded diet!

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Vegetarian: My wound healing process took longer
by: Anonymous

I actually underwent a surgical procedure and noticed that the wound that came out of that procedure took an entire month to heal and I never had that problem with any procedure done before and this is my fourth one and first one since becoming a vegetarian. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that I wasn't consuming a lot of protein. Surely there are complete vegetarian proteins but you need to eat like a lot of them to meet your daily requirement. As a woman, you need 46g on average but with a wound, the nurse said you needed to double that. That would mean that I should eat tons and tons of quinoa, soy, hemp seeds, and such just to meet that versus 2 fillet mignons would meet that easily.

Don't get me wrong. I still have trouble eating meat. I'm just contemplating on becoming a pescatarian.

For more infö visit: http://www.hillcrestmedicalcenter.com/blog/how-does-vegetarian-diet-affect-healing-wounds

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Iron is not the main ingredient to wound healing
by: Anonymous

Wrong. Iron is not the main component to wound healing. There are many micro and macro nutrients that go into wound healing. Burns and many large wounds simply need more calories in addition to high protein and high nutrient diet. I work in a hospital and have seen wounds heal much better when the patient was finally placed on a high quality diet instead of their every day habit of eating trash foods.

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Wrong
by: Anonymous

Actually I think it's the opposite. I've been vegan for quite a while now and I realized I heal quicker than I would before.

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