` Olive Oil Accelerates Wound Healing in Burn Patients

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Olive Oil Accelerates Wound Healing in Burn Patients

Nov. 11, 2014
By Elena Paravantes

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Past stud­ies have shown that olive oil may be effec­tive in the treat­ment and heal­ing of skin burns, when used exter­nally. Now, a new study pub­lished in the jour­nal Burns showed that con­sum­ing olive oil can expe­dite the heal­ing process, and work from within.

Burn patients have increased nutri­tional needs in calo­ries, pro­tein as well as min­er­als and vit­a­mins, so nutri­tion is an impor­tant fac­tor in burn care and heal­ing.
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Antiox­i­dant and anti inflam­ma­tory ther­apy have been known to be ben­e­fi­cial in the treat­ment of burns, so researchers set out to eval­u­ate the effect of a diet rich in olive oil on the heal­ing of burns in hos­pi­tal­ized patients.

The study was con­ducted on 100 patients who were hos­pi­tal­ized with sec­ond- and third-degree burn wounds on 10 – 20 per­cent of their body sur­face area. The patients were assigned to received either olive oil or sun­flower oil in their diets.

The patients were exam­ined daily and, while there were no sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in terms of in the total body sur­face area of the burns, there were sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in the dura­tion of wound heal­ing and hos­pi­tal­iza­tion. The olive oil group appeared to have accel­er­ated wound heal­ing and decreased the dura­tion of their hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.


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