Yogurt contains zinc and protein that can contribute to wound healing.

Many foods contribute to the body’s ability to develop new tissue, and those rife with a variety of vitamins and nutrients can help to speed up and improve wound healing. Another food that is a mainstay in many people’s fridges but often gets pushed aside is yogurt. This flavorful yet healthy treat is the product of bacterial fermentation, and it has been savored by human beings since as early as the Stone Age, and ancient Indians believed it to be a component of the “food of the gods.” Consider these ways that yogurt can contribute to wound care:

Providing protein

There has been little research into just how effectively yogurt enhances wound healing; however, clinicians still recommend this food as a way to increase protein, which is essential for the development of new tissue. For example, in the book “Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual,” author Dr. Carrie Sussman suggested that patients add yogurt into their cereal and fruit as a method for incorporating more of this healing food into everyday eating. This makes perfect sense, considering that one 8-ounce serving of plain low-fat yogurt contains 12 grams of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Boosting nutrients

Yogurt is high in vitamins and nutrients that promote recovery. As the USDA points out, it’s an excellent source of zinc, which is crucial to the wound healing process as it is involves in many aspects of cellular function. Not only does it play a vital role in keeping the immune system working properly – an essential for preventing wound infection – but it also aids in the division of cells, which is necessary for new tissue formation. Other vitamins and nutrients found in yogurt that can improve healing and overall health include:

  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Fat
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K

Controlling wound odor

In a study published in the journal Oncology Nursing Forum, researchers at the St. Joseph Health Center found that yogurt can help to control the often offensive odor of a wound, such as one that has become infected or gangrenous. In this case, the yogurt would be applied topically to the wound site after cleansing. The bacteria in this food works to decrease the pH levels in the affected area, thereby inhibiting the proliferation process of bacteria and the odor that results from this process. However, please note, this should never be done without first consulting your physician.