Change of Diet to Boost Healing

February 21, 2013 | |

Before my surgery, my family physician took my vitals, blood samples, and did a test that was new to me: "An Antioxidant Test. " This antioxidant test measured how much antioxidant is absorbed in the skin.  The higher the number, the more it meant that I was eating my fruits and vegetables.  I scored a 20, 000  out of 50, 000.  Below average : (

After my surgery, I had plenty of time to do research on the Internet.  I’m not sure if this has been posted but there was a publication on how high-dose vitamin C supplementation accelerates the Achilles tendon healing in healthy rats.  (See end of my post for a link and abstract).

After scoring low on the antioxidant test and reading the study I found motivation to eat healthier to help me heal faster (if possible).   I bought a juicer called the NutriBullet.  Everyday (well at least 5 times a week) I’ve been mixing in oranges, strawberries, bananas, kale, and broccoli and chugging it in one sitting.  For lunch I would buy juice with 300% of the daily value (DV) of Vitamin C from my local farmers market and drink it with my meal.  Everyday I would be taking in about 500% (DV) of Vitamin C and more than 100% DV of other antioxidant vitamins.

Yesterday, I saw my family doctor just to take the antioxidant test again.  I scored a 45, 000 out of 50, 000!

I’m not 100% sure if taking in high dosage of Vitamin C is working to quickly heal my Achilles tendon repair.  But I think it’s working.  The surgeon told me I was healing nicely last week and this week my PT said I was healing faster than normal.

Here is the article I mention earlier about rats receiving high dosages of Vitamin C to aid in healing its Achilles tendon rupture.



This experimental study was performed to assess, whether or not, vitamin C, required during the collagen synthesis, would influence the Achilles tendon healing in a healthy rat model.


The right Achilles tendons of 42 healthy female Wistar Albino rats were completely ruptured. The rats were randomly divided into the vitamin C and control groups and both groups included third, tenth and twenty-first day subgroups. One hundred and fifty milligrams (1.5 cc) of vitamin C and 1.5 cc % 0.9 NaCl were injected once for every 2 days for the vitamin C and control groups, respectively. Qualitative and quantitative microscopic comparisons of the repair tissues of both groups were made on the mentioned days.


Angiogenesis was more evident on the third day in the vitamin C group. There was a significant difference between the control and vitamin C groups regarding the type I collagen production on the tenth day. The structure of the repair tissue was almost in the form of regular dense connective tissue at the end of twenty-first day in the vitamin C group. Mean collagen fiber diameter was considerably higher, and the number of active fibroblasts in the repair tissue was slightly elevated in the vitamin C group during the entire healing process.


High-dose vitamin C supplementation once for every 2 days has stimulating effects on the Achilles tendon healing because of early angiogenesis and increased collagen synthesis in a healthy rat model. Further studies are needed to make clear the mentioned encouraging effects of the vitamin C on the Achilles tendon healing.


2 Comments so far

  1. ryanb on February 21, 2013 2:28 pm

    You might find this discussion interesting too:

  2. mindfulatrofhealing on February 21, 2013 3:22 pm

    This is awesome, thank you for the info. I have been using herbal remedies and have experienced similar results. The tendon seems to be growing stronger faster…I love the juice idea. I think you’ve just inspired me to pull the juicer out and add it into my recovery routine! Thanks!

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