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3 Healing Foods That Reduce Bruising

foods that heal bruises

Discover healthy eats that can help prevent and reduce bruising of the skin! The extraordinary healing foods included in the anti-bruising food list below store a goldmine of anti-bruising nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin K.

#1:  Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the greatest health foods of all time, and they're a boon to anyone prone to bruising. Blueberries are brimming with flavonoids and vitamin C which help form collagen, a key structural component of the skin. The flavonoids in blueberries also help strengthen the walls of capillaries weakened by bruises. Furthermore, compared to other berries, blueberries (especially wild blueberries) are a good source of vitamin E.

#2:  Cabbage

Packed with vitamin K and vitamin C, cabbage is a bruise-healing food par excellence. Raw, grated cabbage makes a great basis for anti-bruising salads, but you can also use cabbage topically to heal bruises (break the ridges of a few cabbage leaves, dip them into hot water, and apply to the bruises). Further, sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage, contains 'friendly bacteria' which are able to synthesize vitamin K in the large intestine. A diet rich in sauerkraut may be particularly beneficial for people who have an imbalance of intestinal flora due to the use of antibiotics or a disease affecting the intestines.

#3:  Watercress

Watercress is ancient plant that most people either love or hate is a true superhero food that has been used to treat and prevent a vast range of ailments. Hippocrates, who called watercress the 'cure of cures', supposedly had his first hospital built next to a stream where he could grow watercress. Today we know that watercress is loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C, two key anti-bruising nutrients. You can buy watercress in larger supermarkets year round, or you can grow it in your own garden. Watercress is delicious in salads and sandwiches, but it also makes great soup.

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