If you’d like to unleash your body’s natural healing power, Consider adding vitamin C when you have an injury or are recovering from surgery. The healing power of this abundant vitamin is less known in the world of pain and tissue healing, Though often frst to mind when wanting to boost the immune system.
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If you’ve ever had a cold, you’ve probably been told taking vitamin C is useful. Well, did you know that on top of vitamin C’s ability to support the immune system, it is also essential for collagen synthesis and wound healing?
We often hear about the role Vitamin C plays in supporting the immune system. It enhances the production and function of immune cells, helping the body defend against infections. This is important when we have an injury as a robust immune response is essential during tissue healing to prevent infections and complications that could delay the healing process.
Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant, helping neutralise harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, tissues, and DNA, leading to oxidative stress and inflammation. By reducing oxidative stress, vitamin C can alleviate tissue damage and inflammation, potentially reducing pain… this is especially important while new tissues are forming and wounds are repaired.
Another important benefit of vitamin C is its ability to modulate or control Inflammation as well as its anti-inflammatory properties. While inflammation is a natural part of the healing process, excessive or chronic inflammation can lead to pain and further tissue damage. Vitamin C may help keep inflammation in check, allowing injuries to heal faster and reducing pain levels.
Vitamin C is also essential for the synthesis of collagen, a protein found in skin, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. Collagen provides the framework or structure for tissues and is crucial for wound healing and tissue repair for the new tissues to have good integrity as well as ensure they are both flexible and strong. The added benefit of vitamin C is that is promotes good collagen cross-linking which allows the fibres of the newly forming tissues to be strong in all directions. Vitamin C promotes wound closure, which assists the body to avoid infection and speeds recovery as well as ensuring that the new tissues function effectively.
It is no surprise that circulation is essential for nutrient delivery to allow tissue healing, as well as to remove debris and inflammatory molecules which increase pain and swelling. So vitamin C’s ability to support blood vessel integrity and function has the added bonus of ensuring nutrients to speed healing and waste removal for prompt reduction of inflammation pain.
It is also worth noting that vitamin C indirectly supports reduced pain perception and the likelihood of an injury becoming a chronic pain state due to its ability to modulate and control inflammation, which can sensitise tissues and nerves to pain… which in turn allows the creation of central sensitisation and neuropathic pain, as is present in chronic pain.
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So if you have an injury, are healing, post operatively or have a chronic pain condition, the natural healing power of vitamin C could come in handy! From reducing infection, to supporting circulation, reducing infammation, minimising free radile damage and collagen production AND strength, vitamin C is a true healing super power.
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