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Nutrients that might be helpful before and after surgery include:

  • Fish oil: (with olive polyphenols and sesame lignans): 1400 mg EPA and 1000 mg DHA daily  
  • Taurine: 750 – 4000 mg daily
  • L-Arginine: 2250 – 9000 mg daily (in divided doses)
  • Glutamine: 1000 – 3000 mg daily
  • Vitamin C: 2000 – 3000 mg daily
  • Vitamin E: 400 IU daily (with at least 200 mg gamma tocopherol)
  • Vitamin A: 25 000 IU daily
  • Lipoic acid: 300 – 600 mg daily
  • CoQ10: 300 mg daily
  • Zinc: 30 mg daily
  • Melatonin: 300 mcg – 10 mg, usually taken before bedtime; begin with the smallest possible dose
  • Curcumin: (as highly absorbed BCM-95®): 400 – 800 mg daily
  • Whey or plant protein: 17 g or more daily
  • RNA (Ribonucleic Acid): 500 – 2000 mg daily

Importantly, the surgeon should be aware of any dietary supplements consumed. Some supplements, such as vitamin E and Ginkgo biloba, increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Many physicians will recommend that patients discontinue these supplements up to 14 days before surgery.