Vitamin C Before and After Surgery
Collagen Production and Immune Support
Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the formation of collagen, a major component of our connective tissue. Collagen is found in skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, intestines, spinal discs, corneas and muscles.
In any episode of trauma, including planned surgery, tissues are damaged. During repair collagen must be formed – so an abundant supply of vitamin C is needed.
Vitamin C is also important in the proper functioning of the immune system. Surgery and anaesthesia cause physical stress and this may have adverse effects on the immune system.
What the Research Says
Vitamin C can reduce the need for pain relief after surgery. 1
In orthopaedic surgery there is evidence that complex regional pain syndrome can be avoided with adequate vitamin C levels. 2
During and after surgery, vitamin C levels in the body are measurably decreased and replacement above the normal dietary recommendations is necessary to correct this. 3
3) Vitamin C requirement in surgical patients. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care.
The information provided here is only for general reference and cannot replace personalised professional medical advice from a doctor.
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- Introduction to Intravenous Vitamin C
- Before and After Surgery
- Glandular Fever
- Respiratory Infections
- Quality of Life During Illness