Protein and vitamins


Eating a healthy diet can help support your immune system and keep your skin in good condition. This will help reduce the chance of infections and pressure sores. Eating a healthy diet will also reduce the need for vitamin and mineral supplements.

Foods from all the five food groups have important vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are vital for keeping good health and skin condition. The following nutrients are especially important.

Protein[edit]

  • Needed for wound healing and skin repair.
  • Best food sources are meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk, yoghurt, nuts and legumes.
  • Make sure you eat at least one of these protein foods at each meal.

Vitamin C[edit]

  • Is needed for skin repair, wound healing and supporting your immune system.
  • Best food sources include citrus fruits and their juice (oranges, grapefruit, mandarins), mangoes, strawberries, kiwi fruits, red capsicum, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage.
  • Your doctor may also recommend a Vitamin C tablet.

Zinc[edit]

  • Is needed for skin repair, wound healing and boosting your immune system.
  • Best food sources include meat and fish (especially oysters), eggs, wheat bran and nuts.
  • Vegetarians may be at risk of developing a zinc deficiency, so should speak to their dietitian about which vegetarian foods contain zinc.
  • Your doctor may also prescribe a zinc tablet.

Vitamin E[edit]

  • Is needed for skin repair and wound healing.
  • Best food sources include polyunsaturated oils and margarine and nuts.

Vitamin A[edit]

  • Needed for skin repair and wound healing.
  • Best food sources include polyunsaturated oils and margarine, cheese, orange vegetables (pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato), green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, lettuce) and liver.

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