Vitamins and Wound Healing: Conventional Wisdom is Just Plain Dumb!
When you or someone in your care gets hurt badly enough to cause temporary disability, actions alone can not be the optimum treatment. My daughter recently sprained her wrist badly. She was prescribed RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Not a word on nutrition. I don't know the answer. Really - I don't have any data indicating what is the best treatment for wound healing, and I'm sure it varies alot depending on the wound. There are lots of ways of getting hurt. I'm certain, however, that nutrition can help. For years I've recommended vitamin C and niacin for wound healing. But when I took on the task of helping my daughter, I came back from the grocery store with lots of supplements: calcium/magnesium/zinc, chondroitin/glucosamine, vitamin C, B-50 B-complex, and niacin. There were many others that indicated they might be helpful for healing. Many of these products were developed to support wounded joints, and have staffs of physician researchers standing behind them. The idea that nothing - just RICE - is optimal and that none of these supplements are helpful is one that no thinking scientist would stand behind. At the turn of the 20th century, most colleges still did not accept the atomic theory. Once trained, many adults will never change their minds. They simply have to die. Many of today's physicians will never change their ways - no matter the evidence. They'll just have to retire. Until they do, you'll get the treatment they learned years ago and you will not benefit from recent research.
This situation makes me crazy. No one really stands behind today's standard of care, but no one is acting to develop a new standard of care. So - if you want to treat a wound with supplements, you're on your own. This situation is not stable. It will change. But too late for those suffering now.