The Amino Acid that Heals Wounds & Supports Digestion (2023)

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Even if there currently isn’t a standard criteria used for for diagnosing “proline deficiency,” certain people can definitely benefit from consuming more of the amino acid. The body makes some of its own proline, plus it is found in “complete protein” foods, but your need for amino acids like proline increases as you age or if you’re experiencing certain health problems.

People with poor skin health, slow healing, joint pain, gastrointestinal problems and a high risk for heart disease can likely all benefit from getting more of this amino acid.

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Of all the amino acids that form collagen, proline’s effects on promoting skin health has probably been the most well-researched. (1)What are other benefits of proline? Besides its anti-aging effects and ability to repair damaged skin, other functions of proline include supporting the immune system, improving antioxidant status, improving gut health and nutrient absorption, supporting the metabolism, and protecting the cardiovascular system.

What Is Proline?

Proline is a type of amino acid— very similar to an amino acid, which are often described as the “building blocks of protein.” What type of amino acid is proline? It’s considered to be a “nonessential amino acid” because the human body can synthesize some on its own, unlike certain other amino acids that must be obtained from someone’s diet. For example, glutamate can be used to synthesize proline, although getting it directly from food sources is useful for boosting your levels.

What are the main roles of proline? Functions of proline include helping form collagen, regenerating cartilage, forming connective tissue, repairing skin damage and wounds, healing the gut lining, and repairing joints.The structure of proline is unique because it’s the only proteinogenic amino acid (the types that biosynthetically form proteins) with a secondary amine. Not only does it help with “building” proteins, but it also has a role as a catalyst in many organic reactions. (2)

Proline’s Role in Forming Collagen

One of the reasons that proline is so important is because along with the amino acidglycine, it is the primary amino acid involved in the synthesis of collagen. Here’s how it works:

  • Proline is converted into hydroxlysine and hydroxyproline in order to help form collagen, which is the most abundant protein found in the human body and the main component that forms connective tissue.
  • Collagen is made up ofsmaller branched amino acids. It’s formed by linking and winding together branches of amino acids (mostly the types glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine) that together create longer collagen fibers that form tissue.(3)
  • Proline amino acids make up about 15 percent of collagen, and proline, glycineandhydroxyproline combined represent more than 50 percent of the total amino acid content of collagen. (4)
  • Thanks to proline, our bodies can build enough collagen to support our overall health, since collagen is found nearly everywhere inside the body — including the muscles, teeth, skin, bones, organs, joints, etc.
  • Theamino acids that form collagen have specific benefits for different parts the body. For example, proline is especially great for skin health and wound healing (in addition to having many other benefits), whileglycine can help promote restful sleep, balance blood sugar and repair tendons.

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Proline Benefits and Uses

  1. Helps Heal Wounds and Repair Skin
  2. Supports Digestive Health
  3. Helps Prevent Joint Pain
  4. Supports the Cardiovascular System
  5. Contributes to a Healthy Metabolism and Fights Inflammation

1. Helps Heal Wounds and Repair Skin

A major function of proline is helping repair damage to the skin, such as wounds, incisions and burns. It is involved in all three phases of the “wound-healing cascade” as it stimulates cellular migration and contributes to new tissue development. Studies have found that during the early phases of wound healing, wound fluid proline levels are at least 50 percent higher than plasma levels, suggesting active import of proline into the wound site. (5)

Proline does this by supporting collagen synthesis, or the formation of new collagen. Collagen is an essential part of wound healing because it gives structure and strength to our skin.Certain studies have found that collagen supplements, which contain proline, can improve skin barrier function, induce the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, and promote fibroblast growth and migration.

Since your body produces less collagen as you age and this takes a toll on the appearance of your skin, consuming more amino acids that form collagen can be effective for keeping skin looking younger.Proline might also help naturally prevent or treat cellulite. It can help tone, firm and tighten skin, which is why collagen supplements are commonly used for their many anti-aging effects.

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2. Supports Digestive Health

Collagen protein has become known as one of the best supplements for improving gut health, treating leaky gut syndromeand therefore supporting overall immune system function. What is the use of proline when it comes to supporting digestive health? The amino acids found in collagen can help strengthen the tissues that line the GI tract, which is beneficial for nutrient absorption and preventing autoimmune responses.

Studies have found that proline and other amino acids found in collagen support the intestine and the gut-associated lymphoid tissue by improving the body’s immune defense and ability to protect against foreign antigens and pathogens. Each amino acid has unique properties that affect gut health, which include: maintaining the integrity, growth and function of the intestines; normalizing inflammatory cytokine secretion; improving T-lymphocyte numbers; and regulating secretion of IgA cells. (6)

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3. Helps Prevent Joint Pain

One reason why aging is often associated with increasing joint pain is because starting in about our mid-30s we begin to produce less collagen. Collagen is necessary for overall physical and mental health, since it literally helps hold the body together and is needed to maintain strength and flexibility of connective tissue. Collagen loss can also be accelerated due to an unhealthy diet, lifestyle and habits, since these lead to higher levels of inflammation, oxidative stress, hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies.

Obtaining more of the amino acids that form collagen, including proline, may help to mitigate these effects by promoting formation of new cartilage, aiding in muscle growth or maintenance, and even helpin improve bone density. Proline and other amino acids can strengthen cartilage by stimulating chondrocytes (the cells ofcartilage). Studies conducted on animals have found that proline supports tissue growth and performance. (7)It also aids in many functions of the immune system and can help improve antioxidant status, meaning it may be beneficial for reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, which can damage joints and connective tissue.

4. Supports the Cardiovascular System

Proline can help protect the heart and arterial walls, such as by preventing fat from accumulating in the bloodstream and by controlling blood pressure. Amino acids are needed to form the tissue that constructs blood vessels/arteries. Acquiring more of the amino acids that form collagen may be beneficial for reducing arteriosclerosis risk (thickening or hardening of the arteries).

5. Contributes to a Healthy Metabolism and Fights Inflammation

Proline plays a beneficial role in metabolic functions and synthesis of other compounds. It acts as a signaling molecule and a sensor of cellular energy status. It can help modulate mitochondrial functions, influence cell proliferation or cell death, and trigger specific gene expression, which are all reasons it has been shown to be essential for plants to recover from environmental stress. (8)

Other beneficial effects of proline for energy production and overall health include boosting metabolism and muscle mass, helping with energy output during physical activity,improving the body’s use of antioxidants, facilitating the process of constructing healthy cells from DNA and RNA, supporting phase II liver detoxification, and supporting the central nervous system. A 2017 study conducted on rats found that when rats experienced inflammation, oxidative stress and altered energy parameters in parts of their brains, administration of proline was able to prevent some of these harmful effects. (9)

The Best Proline Sources

What foods are high in proline?

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It is found in highest concentrations in natural sources of collagen. The best sources of proline and collagen in the diet arebone broth and other high-protein foods, especially animal products, such as organ meats like liver, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught fish and eggshell membranes.

  • When you eat animals “nose to tail,” you consume proline and collagen from parts of the animal,including the bones, connective tissue and muscle tissue.
  • Concentrated collagen protein powder and gelatinare two other great sources of proline. Collagen powder is made from sources including chicken collagen, bovine/beef collagen, eggshell membrane collagen and fish collagen.Gelatinis a form of hydrolyzed beef collagen, which means it’s essentially a part of broken-down collagen that is mostly used in desserts or food manufacturing since it creates a gel-like texture.
  • Using bone broth or collagen powders/supplements can really come in handy because these save you loads of time and effort. For example, slow-cooked bone broth is made over the course of one to two days, but when you use concentrated bone broth protein powder you can get the benefits of bone broth almost instantly.
  • Chicken collagen contains glycine, glutamine and proline, plus chondroitin and glucosamine, two compounds that help rebuild cartilage.You can consume some by eating chicken cooked on the bone with its skin or by making chicken broth, soup, stew and other savory recipes with a variety of animal parts (organs, bones, etc.).
  • You can also get small amounts of proline from consuming fish collagen, such as by eating pieces of fish that contain small bones, tissues or scales, or by making fish stock/broth, soup and stew (such as with fish heads).
  • Another source isyokes of cage-free eggs. A great way to up your proline/collagen intake is to add some collagen powder to scrambled eggs or a omelette.

Is proline found in plants? Yes, although eating plant foods like vegetables or fruits won’t supply you with very high amount.Inplants components, such as pollen, proline accumulation is actually a response to physiological stresses and also involved in structure development.

Proline vs. Glycine vs. Lysine

What is different about proline compared to other amino acids?

  • Approximately one-third of collagen is composed of glycine. Glycine is an amino acid that’sessential for many different muscle, cognitive and metabolic functions. It is one of the main amino acids used to form collagen and gelatin. The best sources of glycine are similar to proline sources, such as bone broth, collagen protein powder and other protein foods.
  • Of one glycine’s functions includes helping break down and transport nutrients likeglycogenand fat to be used by cells for energy. It’s known as an “anti-aging amino acid” because of how it helps maintain lean muscle mass and stimulates the secretion of human growth hormone. Glycine is used to treat many health conditions, such as muscle wasting (scaropenia), ulcers, arthritis, leaky gut syndrome, diabetes, kidney and heart failure, neurobehavioral disorders, and fatigue.
  • Lysine (or l-lysine) is an essential amino acid that is found in protein foods like meat, beans, cheeses and eggs, as well as available in supplement form. Like proline, L-lysine aids in the growth and maintenance of bones and connective tissue by helping form to collagen. It is also very important in the creation of carnitine, which converts fatty acids into energy.
  • L-lysine may help repair the digestive system, lower cholesterol levels and be helpful for absorbing calcium, which protects against blood clots and other problems.
  • Other benefits attributed to l-lysine include treating cold sores, anxiety, diarrhea and even the development of cancer. The best dietary sources of L-lysine are beef, chicken, turkey, fish like tuna, white beans, pumpkin seeds and eggs.
  • Arginine is another amino acid found in collagen. It is found inprotein foods, including beef and other types of red meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products. Arginine may offer benefits for heart health, exercise performance, mental capabilities and much more.

How to Get Proline in Your Diet + Recipes

1. Drink Bone Broth

To consume more proline, it’s ideal to drink real bone broth almost daily, which also provides many other nutrients beyond just amino acids. Bone broth is one of the very best ways not only to get more collagen into your diet, but also trace minerals, electrolytes, and beneficial compounds like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and hyaluronic acid.

For the most benefits, aim to have about eight to 16 ounces of bone broth per day. You can make your own homemade bone broth using traditional recipes that take one to two days or by consuming dried or powdered bone broth/bone broth protein. Bone broth can be consumed on its own, added to shakes or smoothies, or used it in all sorts of sweet and savory recipes, such as marinades, stews, or even shakes and smoothies.

2. Take Collagen Powder/Collagen Supplements

You can also use collagen protein in smoothies, shakes or other recipes. I recommend a multi-collagen powder that contains several collagen types, such as types 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10. Each type of collagen has unique functions and benefits, so it’s best to supplement with more than one type.

Collagen is tasteless, odorless and easy to blend into all types of recipes — plus it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free. Add some to baked recipes like muffins, bars or pancakes to increase the protein content. You can also use collagen powder just like gelatin to thicken smoothies, desserts or recipes that have a gel-like texture. Always make sure to purchase a collagen powder that is derived from grass-fed or pasture-raised, healthy animals (ideally that are organically raised).

3. Eat Enough Protein and an Overall Healthy Diet

You’ll get the most benefits from consuming proline and other amino acids found in collagen if you eat a nutrient-dense diet that includes plenty of protein and lots of antioxidants. This is helpful for maintaining higher collagen levels and preventing collagen degradation because it decreases inflammation and free radical damage (also called oxidative stress).

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You can boost the amount of proline you absorb and utilize by eating foods that serve as “collagen cofactors,” such as plenty of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fresh herbs and spices; various sources of “clean” protein; and foods high in vitamin C, vitamin A, copper and iron.

Below are recipe ideas for adding more proline into your diet:

  • Chicken Bone Broth Recipeor Beef Bone Broth Recipe
  • 101 Bone Broth Protein Recipes
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  • The amino acid proline was first isolated by a researcher named Richard Willstätter in the year 1900. It was named after pyrrolidine, which is one of the constituents found in proline.
  • In humans, this amino acid is synthesized fromglutamic acidand other amino acids. It is a constituent of many proteins, especially collagen, which is why proline is supportive of skin, tendons, bones and other types of connective tissue.
  • Today it can be taken in isolated supplement form, which is usually labeled as l-proline. Some of the reasons that someone might choose to take proline supplements is if they are dealing with joint/connective tissue pain or various skin problems. While proline supplements have their uses, I recommend getting proline from bone broth or collagen protein, which not only provides proline, but also other amino acids and nutrients too.
  • Proline has been shown toplay an important role in plants’ response to various environmental stresses. It has natural osmoprotectant properties (it helps organisms survive extreme osmotic stress), so it can be found in a variety of pharmaceutical products or utilized for biotechnological applications. (10) Osmoprotectantsare small, organic molecules with neutral charges and low toxicity. Theyhelp plants overcome harsh environmental conditions by regulating cellular homeostasis. (11)
  • Some studies have found that plants treated withprolineshow an increase of antioxidant enzymes activities, photosynthetic activity, nutritional status, plant growth and oil content. (12)


  • There is no established daily requirement or upper limit of proline at this time. Because it is a natural amino acid, there’s not much risk for consuming too much from your diet. If you eat foods high in protein, you likely already get a decent amount of proline from your diet, however consuming more in supplement form is still safe for most people.
  • Always look for high-quality collagen, gelatin or bone broth supplements that are sold from reputable companies. Purchase grass-fed, organic products whenever possible.
  • It’s not known if proline supplements are always safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women in high doses. If you have trouble digesting protein, have kidneyor liverdisease , or you’re pregnant, it’s a good idea to discuss supplementing with proline with your doctor first.

Final Thoughts

  • Proline is a non-conditional amino acid, meaning the body makes some on its own while more is obtained from high protein foods.
  • Its functions include repairing damage to the skin, supporting the immune system, healing joints, improving antioxidant status, improving gut health and nutrient absorption, supporting the metabolism, and protecting the cardiovascular system.
  • One of proline’s most important roles includes forming collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body that gives connective tissue structure and strength.
  • The best sources of proline and collagen in our diet arebone broth, collagen powder, gelatin, and other high-protein foods like liver, organ meats, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught fish, egg yolks and eggshell membranes.

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Which amino acids help with wound healing? ›

Both arginine and glutamine are considered conditionally essential amino acids. Therefore, they are needed in stress conditions and thus, for wound healing to occur.

What protein in the body heals wounds? ›

One of the keys to wound healing is collagen, a protein in your body that provides structure and support to your skin, muscles, bones and connective tissues.

What nutrient helps wounds heal? ›

Vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc help your body to repair tissue damage, fight infections, and keep your skin healthy.

How do amino acids help with healing? ›

Various amino acids have been reported to have specific benefits on traumatic wound healing or burns. In particular, arginine improves the collagen synthesis, antimicrobial activity, and blood flow by nitric oxide (NO) synthesis.

Which enzyme is important in wound healing? ›

Proteases (also known as proteinases) play key roles in the normal wound healing process2 (Table 1). Proteases are enzymes that act on proteins by breaking them down into peptides and amino acids. In wound healing, the major proteases are the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the serine proteases, eg elastase.

Why is arginine important for wound healing? ›

Another important finding is that arginine stimulates the release of growth hormone, as well as insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1), both of which can improve wound healing. Agmatine, also derived from arginine, can promote vasodilatation and lower blood pressure.

What is the best protein for healing after surgery? ›

Protein – soy, dairy, beans, eggs, cottage cheese, poultry, fish, meat, and nuts are all excellent sources of protein. Make sure you incorporate some into each meal to allow your bones and muscles to rebuild and help your immune system stay strong enough to fight off infection.

What helps wound healing? ›

Wound healing is most successful in a moist, clean, and warm environment. Some wounds, such as minor cuts and scrapes, can be treated at home. Stop the bleeding with direct pressure, and clean the wound with water. You DO NOT need soap or hydrogen peroxide.

Which vitamins help the most in healing the wound? ›

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid (AA), is involved in all phases of wound healing.

What can speed up wound healing? ›

How to Speed Up Wound Healing
  • Get Some Rest. Getting a lot of sleep can help wounds heal more quickly. ...
  • Eat Your Veggies. Healthy food and nutritional supplements are said to boost your immune response and prompt the wound healing process. ...
  • Don't Stop the Exercise. ...
  • Quit Smoking.

What is essential for tissue growth and repair? ›

PROTEIN. Protein is an important building block in the body because it's responsible for supplying amino acids that are used to create and repair cells, tissues, hormones, enzymes, red blood cells, and antibodies.

What are the best vitamins for healing after surgery? ›

Several essential vitamins, e.g., B12, C, D, and E, have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties and may promote wound healing.

What amino acid helps with inflammation? ›

Orally administered L-isoleucine, DL-isoleucine and L-leucine exhibited anti-inflammatory activity in many test models of inflammation except formaldehyde-induced inflammation.

How much glutamine should I take for wound healing? ›

The optimal amount and form of oral glutamine required to achieve beneficial results is unknown. Some sources say that the addition of 20 to 40 grams of glutamine per day is safe and well tolerated in adults.

Is lysine good for wound healing? ›

Lysine can improve wound healing in your body. In animal tissue, lysine becomes more active at the site of a wound and helps speed up the repair process ( 16 ). Lysine is required for the formation of collagen, a protein that acts as a scaffold and helps support and give structure to skin and bones ( 17 , 18 ).

What mineral is most needed for wound healing? ›

Among minerals, zinc is essential for the inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling phases by promoting immune response, collagen production, fibroblast proliferation, and epithelialization [8]. Accordingly, topical zinc administration to surgical wounds significantly facilitates wound healing process [58].

Which minerals are needed for growth and wound healing? ›

Iron, zinc and copper are the trace minerals most often associated with wound healing. Iron is essential for oxygen transport though hemoglobin in the bloodstream and through myoglobin in the muscle.

Does arginine reduce inflammation? ›

l-Arginine Decreases Inflammation and Modulates the Nuclear Factor-κB/Matrix Metalloproteinase Cascade in Mdx Muscle Fibers.

What happens when you take arginine? ›

L-arginine is converted in the body into a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to open wider for improved blood flow. L-arginine also stimulates the release of growth hormone, insulin, and other substances in the body. It can be made in a lab and used in supplements.

What is the best juice for healing after surgery? ›

Did you know pineapples naturally contain bromelain, a digestive enzyme that has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation? Many physicians recommend bromelain supplements after surgery, but it's more delicious in the form of homemade juice. Start with the ginger, then add the papaya and pineapple to your juicer.

What helps tissue heal after surgery? ›

Protein – Protein is essential to wound healing, so try to get plenty of foods like chicken and eggs. Vitamin C – Some research shows that Vitamin C and zinc can help with healing, so eat the recommended amount of fruit each day.

Which fruit is good for wound healing? ›

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, papaya, and kiwis contain a good amount of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is responsible for healthy skin and immune systems. Therefore, one must have vitamin C rich foods or supplements after surgery or any wound on your body.

What not to eat when you have wounds? ›

Some foods to avoid when having an open wound include: Sugar and foods with high sugar content: Sugar has an impact on collagen located on the surface of the epidermis. Especially in the fibroblast and regenerative phase of open wounds, using sugar will slow this process down and the wound will take longer to heal.

Does zinc help wound healing? ›

Zinc plays a major role in regulating every phase of the wound healing process; ranging from membrane repair, oxidative stress, coagulation, inflammation and immune defence, tissue re-epithelialization, angiogenesis, to fibrosis/scar formation.

What deficiency causes slow wound healing? ›

Zinc deficiency has been associated with delayed wound healing, reduced skin cell production and reduced wound strength. Dietary zinc sources include red meat, fish and shellfish, milk products, poultry and eggs.

What are peptides for wound healing? ›

Human β-defensin-3 (HBD-3) is a skin-derived antimicrobial peptide that accelerates wound healing. HBD-3 promotes angiogenesis and enhances fibroblast migration and proliferation through the activation of FGFR/JAK2/STAT3 pathways which are important for healing (Takahashi et al. 2021).

What is the best antibiotic for wound healing? ›

Some commonly prescribed antibiotics include:
  • amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin, Augmentin-Duo)
  • cephalexin (Keflex)
  • doxycycline (Doryx)
  • dicloxacillin.
  • trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
  • clindamycin (Cleocin)
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How do you repair damaged cells naturally? ›

10 of the Best Foods to Help You Heal
  1. Leafy green vegetables. ...
  2. Eggs. ...
  3. Salmon. ...
  4. Berries. ...
  5. Nuts and seeds. ...
  6. Poultry. ...
  7. Organ meats. ...
  8. Cruciferous vegetables.

What vitamins help with soft tissue repair? ›

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a must-have nutrient in your diet because it facilitates connective tissue repair as well as boosting energy metabolism.

Which vitamin is essential for repair of tissues? ›

Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to: Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Heal wounds and form scar tissue.

Does turmeric help healing after surgery? ›

You can apply turmeric to the skin or consume the spice via a number of foods or in tea if that's easiest on the stomach. (Drinking turmeric in tea could be especially helpful after surgery when your digestive systems might not function as well.)

What foods heal skin fast? ›

While it is best to eat a variety of foods to ensure you get all the nutrients you need for wound healing, some good choices include: Foods high in minerals: oysters, spinach, nuts such as cashews, legumes such as peanuts, dairy products, black beans and lentils, bananas, and fish.

Which amino acid may have beneficial effects on surgical healing? ›

Arginine: Arginine is a non-essential amino acid that appears to enhance wound repair and immune function. Arginine supplementation in surgical patients results in higher collagen deposition, protein accumulation and immune activity compared to controls.

Is L glutamine good for wound healing? ›

Glutamine provides energy and DNA bases in rapidly proliferating cells. Hence, an increased intake of these nutrients by supplements may improve wound healing, thus being of interest in wound care.

Do amino acids help with surgery recovery? ›

Supplementation of amino acid prior to and for the first 2 weeks after surgery is a safe and easy way to improve patient recovery after surgery.

What are the best supplements for healing after surgery? ›

Vitamins C and E : These antioxidants help the body recover and manage cell damage. Vitamin C helps improve collagen strength, while vitamin E assists in stabilizing cells.

What helps surgical wounds heal faster? ›

How to Speed Up Wound Healing
  • Get Some Rest. Getting a lot of sleep can help wounds heal more quickly. ...
  • Eat Your Veggies. Healthy food and nutritional supplements are said to boost your immune response and prompt the wound healing process. ...
  • Don't Stop the Exercise. ...
  • Quit Smoking.

What amino acids reduce inflammation? ›

Orally administered L-isoleucine, DL-isoleucine and L-leucine exhibited anti-inflammatory activity in many test models of inflammation except formaldehyde-induced inflammation.

How long does it take to heal leaky gut with glutamine? ›

In fact, studies in both adults and children have demonstrated that supplementing with L-glutamine was able to help to tighten the gut lining in as little as 10 DAYS – a super important improvement for those of you experiencing leaky gut.

What amino acid helps scar tissue? ›


Arginine supports the immune system and creates additional collagen at the wound site. Foods containing arginine include nuts, seafood, spinach, poultry, pork, and watercress.

Do zinc supplements help wound healing? ›

Overview. Zinc, a nutrient found throughout your body, helps your immune system and metabolism function. Zinc is also important to wound healing and your sense of taste and smell.

Does lysine reduce inflammation? ›

l-lysine promotes M2 microglial polarization and reduces inflammatory response.

What is the best protein for recovery from surgery? ›

Protein – soy, dairy, beans, eggs, cottage cheese, poultry, fish, meat, and nuts are all excellent sources of protein. Make sure you incorporate some into each meal to allow your bones and muscles to rebuild and help your immune system stay strong enough to fight off infection.

What supplements help with inflammation after surgery? ›

All forms of surgery cause trauma to the body, but patients can support healing with the use of post-op recovery supplements. A number of supplements, including butyrate, fish oil, and tetrahydrocurcumin, may be used to control post-op inflammation.


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