Micronutrition

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malnutrition and pressure injuries

by Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, FAND

Nutrition is a major determinant of health status. Food, as a vital source of nutrition, not only is essential to physiological well-being, but also impacts one's quality of life culturally, socially and psychologically.

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nutritional supplements for healing wounds

by Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Several nutrients, such as arginine, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C, play a key role in wound healing and preserving tissue viability. However, while current research doesn’t confirm consuming mega doses of any of these minerals or vitamins, there are studies supporting combining adequate amounts of these nutrients in an oral nutritional supplement to facilitate wound healing.

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by Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Today an increasing number of individuals follow a vegetarian diet either by personal choice or for religious or cultural beliefs. Some research indicates that those who follow a plant-based vegetarian diet (50% of all protein in the diet) tend to be healthier than those who do not. There are several variations of the vegetarian diet from a semi-vegetarian or flexitarian to a strictly vegan diet. Years ago, dietitians were taught that it was critical to combine complementary protein sources using an exact pattern within a meal to achieve the required amount of amino acids. However, current research indicates that as long as the daily requirements are met, the body is able to combine amino acids as needed. The challenge is achieving protein requirements for individuals with wounds who are consuming vegetarian diets.