The Integral Role of Nutrition in Wound Care

One hand holding a bandaged handWhen caring for and healing your wound, it’s essential that you receive proper attention from your healthcare provider and follow a healthy diet. Your healthcare provider makes sure your wound is clean and covered with the correct dressings, but it’s up to you to make sure you’re eating right to promote wound recovery.

Here are a few nutritional tips to go by:

Consume the right amount of calories and protein: Make sure you consume the right amount of calories and protein so you have the energy needed to support your daily activities as well as build protein stores and support wound healing.

How much do you need?

A 150-pound person with a wound needs about 102 grams of protein and 2,300 calories daily. Here’s an example of a full-day meal plan:






Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

  • ½ cup uncooked oatmeal

  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 2 T maple syrup

Orange Juice: 1 cup

Turkey Sandwich

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread

  • 3 oz turkey, sliced

  • 1 slice Swiss cheese

  • 1 T mayonnaise

Cooked Carrots: ½ cup

Grapes: ½ cup

2% Milk: 1 cup

Vanilla Greek Yogurt: 6 oz

Wheat Crackers: 16 crackers

Water: 1–2 cups

Beef Chili

  • ¼ cup black beans, cooked

  • ¼ cup kidney beans, cooked

  • 3 oz ground beef, cooked

  • ¼ cup onion, chopped and cooked

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

Wheat Dinner Roll: 1 roll

Cooked Broccoli: ½ cup

Water: 1–2 cups

Banana with Peanut Butter: 1 banana with 2 T peanut butter

2% Milk: 1 cup


Drink, drink, drink!  Individual water intake needs vary widely and are based on your overall health, physical activity, heat exposure, and physical stress. However, when you have a wound, you may need to drink more since you can lose additional fluids through evaporation, wound drainage, fever, diarrhea or sweating.  Remember to drink water throughout the day, before you feel thirsty, and combine fluid intake with meals to stay hydrated. You don’t have to rely on water to fulfill all your fluid needs; other options are milk, coffee, tea, juice, watermelon, oranges, grapefruits, and melons.

Consider adding a medical food that includes zinc, vitamin C, arginine, & citrulline for hard-to-heal wounds: Antioxidants and amino acids accelerate wound healing. Two types of antioxidants are vitamin C and zinc, while common amino acids are arginine and citrulline.

Antioxidant and amino acid food sources:

  • Vitamin C: Oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage

  • Zinc: Milk, potatoes, bread, fortified cereals

  • Arginine: Meat, fish, dairy, soybeans, peanuts

  • Citrulline: Watermelon

Refer to the article Balanced Nutrition for Advanced Wound Healing to read more about how these nutrients help advanced or hard-to-heal wounds.

If you have a wound, it’s sometimes difficult to consume the full amount of calories, protein and nutrients you need. Consider adding Pro-Stat to your daily menu plan. Pro-Stat contains 15 grams of protein in a delicious, easy-to-drink 1 fl oz shot!

Pro-Stat can also be added to your favorite foods and beverages to give them a nutritional boost. Check out these delicious recipes