When Bruises Won’t Go Away

October 19, 2017; by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer- Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) Sometimes it seems like bruises pop up out of nowhere and we can’t remember what we did to create them. And there are also times when bruises seem to never fade away which can become alarming. The average time for a bruise to last is generally a week to 10 days, anything exceeding that can mean there is something more going on. So what do you do when bruises won’t go away? And what does it mean?

When Bruises Won’t Go Away: Nutritional Deficiencies 
If you are low in nutrients you will experience issues with healing and blood clotting. (1)
Nutrients to load up on:
You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.  Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. If you bruises easily, start taking at least 200 mg of vitamin c per day along with eating a variety of fruits and vegetables containing this powerful nutrient. 
 

According to researchers at the Department of Dermatology at the University of California,

“zinc plays an essential role in numerous biochemical pathways: organ systems, including the integumentary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, immune, skeletal, and reproductive systems… Zinc deficiency results in dysfunction of both humoral and cell-mediated immunity and increases the susceptibility to infection.”(2)

Without enough zinc present in your diet, it’s possible to experience negative reactions like frequently getting sick, always feeling tired, having a hard time concentrating, stunted growth, and the inability to heal wounds. (3) 

Vitamin K 
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries – it regulates normal blood clotting. In addition, by assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health: it may reduce bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fracturesPeople with vitamin K deficiencies may get more bruises with slower healing time.
 
Bioflavonoids 
These antioxidants help to nourish the skin and blood vessels. Eating enough foods with bioflavonoids may even help prevent bruising.Any food that contains Vitamin C also contains bioflavonoids which are required for the absorption of vitamin c. Bioflavonoids are abundant in citrus fruit rinds and pulp. Common bioflavonoids include citrus fruits, rutin in buckwheat, EGCG in green tea, anthocyanidins in bilberry, naringenin in grapefruit, oligomeric proanthocyanidins in grape seeds and skins and quercetin in onions, tea and apples. 
 
Other Effective Natural Treatments 
 
Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples, actually ‘digests’ proteins involved in causing inflammation and inducing pain. Take 250 to 500 milligrams of bromelain daily between meals until the bruise has faded. (4) 
Aloe Vera 
Aloe Vera soothes skin irritations including bruises. Kathi Keville, author of Herbs for Health and Healing (Rodale, 1996), makes a bruise compress with:
  • one tablespoon tincture of arnica
  • St. John’s wort flowering tops
  • witch hazel bark or chamomile flowers
  • four drops of lavender essential oil and 
  • two tablespoons cold water. (5)
Bilberry Extract 
Best known for improving vision and optical health, bilberry’s contains anthocyanoside which are potent antioxidants that may help reduce or eliminate bruising by stabilizing collagen, increasing intracellular vitamin C levels, and strengthening capillaries.
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