10 Power Foods for Healing Wounds

by Kiran Patil last updated -

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When you have an injury, what you eat makes a major difference in the rate of your recovery. There are various food items that speed up the healing of wounds, whether they are deep or minor. These food items provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that aid in the faster healing of wounds and a proper functioning of human organ systems.

Foods for Wound Healing

The food items that can help cure your wounds faster include:


Turmeric is a well-known spice that is popularly used for the treatment of wounds. Curcumin, an antioxidant present in turmeric, helps in lowering inflammation and speeding up the healing process. Simply apply a paste of turmeric on the wound and wrap it with a cloth for speedy healing. This is still a common practice in many parts of Asia.


Honey contains trace amounts of several vitamins and amino acids that can help reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling. Its antibacterial properties further inhibit the infection of wounds.

Dairy Products

Dairy products such as milk and yogurt can aid in the healing process of wounds due to high concentrations of protein and zinc. However, science is yet to provide enough evidence to prove the role of proteins found in milk in terms of wound healing.

Close up of a young smiling boy who is showing his wound on the knee


Meat has a significant amount of protein and zinc and therefore, it aids in speeding up the healing of wounds. However, it is a complete myth that keeping a slice of meat on a wound will aid healing.


There is ample clinical evidence showing that zinc aids in the promotion of epithelialization of wounds. Foods that contain zinc include meat products (oysters and other seafood, beef, chicken, etc.), dairy products, whole wheat, and wheat germ, beans, lentils, and various nuts.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the healing of wounds and the formation of scar tissue. Therefore, people with wounds should eat ample amounts of amla, guava, lemon, orange, cranberry, strawberry, pineapple, kiwi fruit, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, spinach, cabbage, and other food items that contain vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, which are known to speed up wound healing.


Ghee (made from cow’s milk), also known as clarified butter, is used extensively in Ayurveda for the healing of wounds. According to research published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, ghee aids in closing wounds and regenerating cells around the wounds, eventually speeding up the healing process.

Best foods for healing wounds - infographic


A deficiency of iron, also known as anemia, may retard the process of wound healing. Oftentimes, iron tablets and foods containing iron are recommended to people after surgeries to guarantee rapid wound healing. Some of these foods are leafy vegetables, lentils, and turkey. However, there is a conflicting research that shows very few effects of anemia on wound healing.


Finally, for any form of healing, it is necessary that you consume ample amounts of fluids. To be clear, we are not talking about coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol. The healthy liquids are water, fruit juice, and soups. Drink up!

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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