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8 Ways to Heal a Bruise

5. Eat some C. If you do bruise easily, there’s a possibility you could be deficient in vitamin C.
Vitamin C is instrumental in helping build protective collagen tissue around blood vessels in the skin, says Sheldon V. Pollack, M.D. Your face, hands, and feet contain less collagen than, say, your thighs, so bruises in these areas are often darker. If you bruise easily, Dr. Pollack suggests 500 milligrams of vitamin C three times a day to help build your collagen. Or you can boost your intake by eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and bell peppers.

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6. Rub on Vitamin K cream. Vitamin K decreases bruising—both inside and out—by helping blood to clot. Rub some vitamin-K cream (available in your local drugstore and online) on a bruise a few times a day to clear it up faster, Dr. Halem says. You can also minimize bruising or ease the severity of a bruise by boosting your intake of vitamin-K-rich foods. “Green leafy vegetables, alfalfa, broccoli, and seaweed are good dietary sources of vitamin K,” she says.

7. Watch your meds. People who take aspirin to protect against heart disease or those on blood thinners will find that a bump easily turns into a bruise. Drugs such as anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, and asthma medicines can inhibit clotting under the skin and cause larger bruises. Alcoholics and drug abusers tend to bruise easily, too. If you’re taking medicine that makes you prone to bruising, talk to your doctor about it.

8. Try a Bromelain supplement. This  pineapple extract, available in most health food stores, “digests” proteins that cause inflammation and pain, says Jay Zimmerman, M.D. “Take 1 or 2 grams with water before meals.”

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7:57AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

All these suggestions are good basic advice except that arnica is no better than placebo as many clinical trials have proven - the only natural remedy I have found that really works is Unibalm - it contains Vitamin K to stop bruising and geranium oil which is a natural antibacterial astringent - works like magic!

1:30PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thankl you very much.

1:00PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Thank you to the person(s) below who recommended either Traumeel or arnica. Tested Traumeel on silver-dollar pitch black (darker than eggplant) nasty bruise. The skin was not broken. In two days the center of the bruise turned skin color surrounded by a circle of light-ish blue/purple.

I've never seen anything like this. In contrast, very little change in the other two, untreated bruises I got in the same bike fall. Sure enough, now that I check the ingredient list, Traumeel contains arnica. Thank you!

4:31PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

thanks

6:12AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Thanks for sharing...I don't know about the petroleum jelly bit, I would probably just clean it and keep it dry...

9:47PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thank you!

12:48PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Heat helps fading of bruising, better yet, moist heat. Arnica gel and something called Traumeel also speed things up.

10:08AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

thanks for sharing.

5:10AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

On open bruise apply sugar as it stops the bleeding and closes the bruise. On a day old bruise apply aloe for quick, no scar healing (apply every day till fine).

2:51AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thanks for the tips. While I was familiar with some of them, it is the first time I have read about the beneficial effects of vitamins C & K on bruising.

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