Supplements Before Surgery… Did you know that taking certain supplements 2 weeks before surgery can be dangerous?
Or, that some supplements can increase your body’s natural ability to heal and cope with surgery?
NO? Well here is the down low!
Stopping Supplements before surgery
Your surgeon will ask you about any medications you may be taking but you must remember to let them know of any dietary supplements you are on as well, just because the label says “natural” does not mean it is safe. Some supplements need to be stopped completely before surgery as they can pose a risk of bleeding, interactions and more.
Many powerful drugs and even poisons are based on natural products, and it is shown that these products have a strong effect on one’s body, so you can see why it is important to tell your Doc what you are taking.
Many people avoid telling Drs about supplements they are using simply to avoid the Drs disapproving frown, but remember many Drs are not very familiar with the benefits of dietary supplements, so don’t let this alone cause potential dangers when undergoing surgery.
Many supplements interact with commonly prescribed medication and this can include the anaesthesia that will be used during your surgery. Below are some common supplements that should be stopped atleast 2 weeks prior to surgery:
Supplements to consider before surgery
With any type of surgery your body needs to heal, this doesn’t just miraculously happen it takes time and effort and is done on a cellular level. Surgery really takes it toll on the body and leaves a path of destruction that the body will need to repair, it takes many vitamins, minerals and amino acids to completely repair your body and adding the correct supplements to your diet may help to benefit you in more ways than one. Here is a list of supplements to think about using to help your body to recover at optimal levels:
- Vitamin C
Builds collagen within the body, vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system.
- Vitamin A
Supports immune system and aids collagen strength. Also required for bone development.
An essential trace mineral involved in tissue and wound healing, regeneration and repair.
- Vitamin K
Aids the natural blood clotting response and is important for bone health.
Cellular metabolism, tissue repair and immune support.
- Vitamin D & Calcium
Important for bone health.
Mineral involved in approximately 300 biochemical reactions.
- Amino Acids (L-Arginine, L-Glutamine)
Two key amino acids for wound repair and immune function.
So now you know the importance of being totally honest with your Dr and you even have a bit of insight on healing your body quickly.
By providing the healing blocks for your body and by removing the potentially dangerous supplements you can expect a much smoother operation and faster recovery.