Researchers at the University of Michigan report that fruits high in antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins aid in the healing process of wounds. Phytochemicals, for example, help to safeguard the body from disease while shortening recovery time. One serving of fruit contains over 100 phytochemicals in addition to vital nutrients and vitamins. Eating specific fruit varieties helps to facilitate the healing process by delivering the necessary compounds for a speedy recovery.
Lemons, Limes and Oranges
Lemons, limes and oranges are extremely high in vitamin C, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, is essential for healing wounds. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that blocks damages caused by free radicals--the by-products of the food into energy process. In addition, it is responsible for the repair and maintenance of teeth and bones. The human body does not store or create this vitamin on its own, so it is extremely important to regularly consume lemons, limes and oranges as they are the fruits with the highest concentration of vitamin C. The skins of lemons and limes contain the compounds limonin and limonene, which inhibit cellular damage. Consider adding the zest of these fruits to your drinks or salads to improve healing rates.
Apples contain high levels of vitamin A, which help to form and maintain healthy teeth, tissues, mucous membranes and skin. Additionally, apples have antiviral properties to ward off infection and healing. A recent University of Illinois study found that the anti-inflammatory protein, interleukin-4, found in apples aids in soothing agitated cells during infection. The soluble fiber and vitamin A combination boosts the immune system and encourages recovery.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocate consuming avocados as part of a healthy diet. Avocados are packed full of nutrients ranging from vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and most importantly, vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent the degeneration of cellular tissue. More interestingly, however, is the application of vitamin E both through food and topical agents. Applying vitamin E to scars stimulates skin rejuvenation and reduces the appearance of scars left by healing wounds.