Abstract: Current knowledge about nutritional therapy and wound healing in humans is presented in this review. Recommendations for vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, protein, arginine, and water, as well as their roles in wound healing, are discussed. Where available, scientific data supporting each recommendation are included, along with assessment methods. A brief overview of the wound healing process is presented.
David Scholl received his bachelor of science degree in dietetics in 1996 and his master of science degree in nutritional sciences in 1998 from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. He began attending osteopathic medical school at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in August 2000.
Bobbi Langkamp-Henken worked as a clinical dietitian for 6 years prior to obtaining her doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. She is an Associate Professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition department at the University of Florida where she is currently investigating the role of arginine supplementation in immune function in elderly nursing home residents with pressure ulcers.