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Use of supplements to speed healing of soft tissue wound

I am searching for information about specific nutrients that will help the healing process of soft tissue injuries. We have a 2 yr. old QH mare with a cut across the heel bulb on a hind leg. The damage did not go through the coronary band. After stitching, the foot was put in a cast. We want to give her body every advantage to heal quickly. What specific nutrients would help? Would antioxidants help? I'm considering Vit C or Vit E. What about grapeseed extract? One source recommends Bromelan (sp?)to heal tendon and ligament damage. Other suggestions? Thank you.

Where are you from? Kansas

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Re: Use of supplements to speed healing of soft tissue wound

Hello Geralynn,

Yes, you were correct in using antioxidants. I realize that some time has gone by since you wrote, and I hope that your horse's healing is well underway. There is a supplement that I know would be helpful. It is called SuPer Antioxidant and while it doesn't contain bromelain, it does contain grapeseed extract, as well as lipoic acid and other antioxidants to speed healing.

One non-scientific remedy that a client of mine swears by to help with healing and prevent proud flesh is to wrap the wound with strips of cloth that have been soaked in apple cider vinegar. Wrap with vet wrap and keep it on until it dries. Repeat each day. It may be worth a try, in addition to the antioxidants (of course).

Keep me posted.

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

Quote: Geralynn Johns
I am searching for information about specific nutrients that will help the healing process of soft tissue injuries. We have a 2 yr. old QH mare with a cut across the heel bulb on a hind leg. The damage did not go through the coronary band. After stitching, the foot was put in a cast. We want to give her body every advantage to heal quickly. What specific nutrients would help? Would antioxidants help? I'm considering Vit C or Vit E. What about grapeseed extract? One source recommends Bromelan (sp?)to heal tendon and ligament damage. Other suggestions? Thank you.

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio

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