- Burn patients have little vitamin D and benefit when it is restored
- Venous ulcers healed 4X faster with weekly 50000 IU vitamin D – RCT Oct 2012
- Vitamin D and the skin: Focus on a complex relationship - Nov 2015
Note: Vitamin D lotions/oils applied topically to a burn/wound will probably provide much more benefit than oral Vitamin D
Don’t Miss This! The Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic (…and yes, that is a pulsating Dorsalis Pedis artery) Jan 2018
online Sept 2017 - Includes a video of pulsing and a static image after wound was healed by Vitamin D
- “What scares me is not that 80% of the tests I have drawn in the past 12 months have been low- and I mean really, really low – even in patients taking Vitamin D supplements. What scares me is how many I may have missed because I’ve only been really paying attention to this in the past year”
- “This is a 70 year old man who underwent podiatric surgery for a ganglion cyst in October. Ten days later when the sutures were removed, the wound just fell open.” 17 ng
- “I prescribed 50,000 units once a week for 4 weeks. After 3 weeks, it’s a different wound entirely.”
In order for the body to properly recover, it must have the right balance of vitamins, nutrients and other essential elements. One of the important components for wound healing is vitamin D. It often goes overlooked during recovery as many people take the vitamin for granted and do not fully appreciate the part it plays in every aspect of health. But with a greater understanding of vitamin D and its role in healing, you may want to consider monitoring your own levels of the nutrient.
The relationship between vitamin D and wound healing
An ample amount of vitamin D is essential for proper healing. According to the series “Nutrition Minute” published in the journal Advances in Skin & Wound Care, sustaining an injury causes the cells in the skin to require higher amounts of vitamin D. That’s because of the many vital roles the element plays in the recovery process. It controls genes that promote the creation of cathelicidin, an antimicrobial peptide that the immune system uses to fight off wound infections. When someone has a deficiency in vitamin D, the immune function can become compromised, making you more susceptible to potentially harmful bacteria and other foreign invaders.
Another interesting aspect of the connection between this element and healing is that wounds tend to cause a deficiency in vitamin D levels. This complicated relationship between vitamin D and wound healing has been proven by the scientific community. A study conducted by researchers at the Evangelical University Hospital of Curitiba in Brazil looked into the relation between vitamin D insufficiency and healing. The study utilized a group of 26 patients with leg ulcers and a control group of the same size without ulcers. Factors such as age, gender, hypertension and tobacco use were taken into consideration. Half of the ulcer group received vitamin D for a period of two months, while the other half was given a placebo.
The testing showed that those who had ulcers on their legs had a deficiency in vitamin D levels compared to the participants with no wound. Those who underwent treatment with vitamin D supplementation saw a decrease in the size of the ulcer, while those who did not take a supplement saw no significant change. As such, the researchers concluded that patients with wounds are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency, and there exists a trend toward better wound healing in people who undergo a vitamin D regimen to counter their deficiencies.
Medical News Today
Giving severe burns patients vitamin D supplements could be a simple and cost-effective way of helping their wounds to heal and avoiding infection.
Researchers find that vitamin D could improve burn healing.
This was the conclusion of the first study to examine the effects of vitamin D in burn injury recovery.
The research — which was led by the Institute of Inflammation and Aging in Birmingham, United Kingdom — is to feature at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference, held in Harrogate, U.K.]
Burns are wounds to the skin and other tissues that are caused by heat — including exposure to a flame or fire, or from scalding. They can also result from friction, radiation, radioactivity, electricity, and contact with chemicals.
Burn injuries are considered a global public health problem and are responsible for around 180,000 deaths every year.