Vitamins and Herbs to Promote Tissue Growth

The cells in your body group together to form structures known as tissues, and these include epithelial, connective, muscle and nerve tissues. Your health is dependent on keeping these tissues healthy. The vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat, as well as certain herbs, promote tissue growth. Always consult a health care provider before trying a new therapy or altering your diet, especially if you have a health condition.

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Vitamin C

The vitamin C in your diet plays a critical role in tissue growth. This vitamin promotes the production of collagen, which makes up tissues such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage and skin. The University of Maryland Medical Center website notes that vitamin C is important for repairing and growing all the tissues in your body. Boost your vitamin C intake by eating citrus fruit, papaya, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and broccoli to reach the suggested intake of 75 to 90 mg of this vitamin each day.

Folate

Folate, also sometimes known as folic acid or vitamin B-9, is most commonly thought of as a vitamin important for warding off certain birth defects; however, this vitamin features heavily in the production of DNA, which helps regulate tissue growth. The daily recommended intake of folate stands at 400 mcg. You can up your consumption of folate by eating asparagus, broccoli, lentils, enriched cereals and dried beans.

Spearmint

Spearmint, an herb used for flavoring in foods and drinks, is good for tissues because of its magnesium content. Including the right amount of magnesium in your diet -- 270 to 400 mg daily -- helps bolster the growth of tissues in your body; a significant amount of the magnesium you take in goes right to your tissues. It is especially important for pregnant women, as both the mother and fetus rely on it for tissue growth. Each 100 g portion provides you with 63 mg of this growth-promoting mineral.

Parsley

Include parsley in your diet to increase your intake of calcium; the tissues in your bones rely on calcium to keep them strong and healthy. You require 1,000 mg of calcium each day and 1,200 mg as you get older to ward off osteoporosis, a disease that robs your bones of bone tissue and results in brittle, easily broken bones. A 100 g serving of fresh parsley contains 138 mg of this important mineral.

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