How can I improve the recovery process? Benefits of zinc after surgery

Many clients often wonder how to improve their experience of recovering after surgery. Azurite is a firm believer that diet, exercise, internal belief systems and the help of certain supplements will play a significant role in wound and mental healing. 

Protein and vitamin C are generally top of the client’s minds for recovery. However, zinc should also be considered a top priority to accelerate the recovery process as well as mitigate the chances of post-surgery depression. And since the body doesn’t have a storage capability, it is essential to consume zinc-rich sources daily or consider supplementation. 

So what is Zinc?

Benefits of zinc after surgery

Zinc is an essential trace mineral responsible for 100’s of physiological responses such as DNA synthesis, cell division, collagen formation, protein synthesis, and immune function as well as neural functioning.  

The benefits of zinc after surgery

Wound healing

In terms of wound healing, what are the benefits of zinc after surgery? Zinc benefits the body by helping to maintain the structural integrity of dermal tissue and mucosal membranes. Zinc plays a role in maintaining skin integrity and structure. Patients experiencing chronic wounds or ulcers often have deficient zinc metabolism and lower serum zinc levels. Additionally, it plays a significant role in immune function by developing and activating T-lymphocytes, the little guys that keep the immune system active. A stronger immune system is essential for fighting off potentially harmful wound infections after surgery. 

Antidepressant 

Zinc on its own is considered an anti-inflammatory and antidepressant. Which is excellent news for any clients prone to anxiety or depression. In humans, zinc has been found to be low in the serum of those suffering from depression. The more depressed someone is, the lower the zinc level. Zinc supplementation has been shown to have antidepressant effects in humans, and successful treatment with antidepressants will increase serum zinc levels. That last bit of information tells us that low zinc levels are a biomarker for depression. And unfortunately, under conditions of major stress such as surgery, we tend to get rid of zinc like gangbusters in our urine, sweat, and saliva. 

Excellent sources of zinc

Besides supplementation, zinc can be found in a wide variety of foods, but it comes in particularly high concentrations in lean red meats, seeds and nuts. As well as the following:

  • Shrimp
  • Cashews
  • Lentils
  • Sesame and pumpkin seeds
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Quinoa

It’s important to note, too much zinc from supplementation can also be considered a bad thing as it can start to impact the absorption of other minerals such as iron and copper. A good word of advice is to not go beyond 50 mg over an extended period of time. 

Overall, zinc is a great way to ensure a smoother recovery process. For more tips on supplements, you can ask the Azurite team.

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