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Individuals with tendon ache are sometimes eager to seek out any potential options and so I usually get requested – may food plan or dietary supplements assist? Let’s attempt to reply this with a few of the newest analysis and discover suggestions we are able to make to our sufferers.
Weight loss program definitely has the potential to be an essential issue. Diabetes, weight problems, raised ldl cholesterol and hypertension are all related to tendinopathy and tendon well being. In addition they all have the potential to reply to modifications in food plan.
Alcohol might play a task too. It’s thought to affect collagen synthesis and could also be a danger issue for tendinopathy (though analysis is inconsistent – Hijlkema et al. 2022). It additionally impacts normal well being, psychological wellbeing and weight.
Collagen is vital! 60 to 80% of the dry mass of tendon is collagen (Tresoldi et al. 2013) and its synthesis is assumed to play a key position in tendon adaptation in response to train. Weight loss program and dietary supplements might affect this. Taking Vitamin C enriched gelatin (a supply of collagen) 1 hour previous to train has been discovered to extend collagen synthesis (Shaw et al. 2017). This strategy sowed promising ends in a case examine of a affected person with patellar tendinopathy (Baar 2019)
Clearly the potential is there however what does the analysis say?…
A current systematic evaluate from Hijlkema et al. (2022) reported:
“Using dietary dietary supplements was examined in fourteen research. Amongst these, collagen-derived peptides had been most frequently a part of the dietary supplements evaluated.
Combining coaching and dietary dietary supplements appears to induce higher scientific and practical outcomes in tendinopathy.”
Nonetheless, they went on to focus on the shortage of top of the range research:
“This evaluate demonstrates the paucity of high-quality research and all kinds amongst research concerning vitamins, tendon location, examine inhabitants, and reported final result measures.”
“Particular person research confirmed promising scientific implications for using dietary dietary supplements, notably these containing collagen-derived peptides. Nonetheless, giving any definitive dietary suggestions on the prevention and therapy of tendinopathy stays elusive.”
“All in all, collagen appears to be useful within the therapy of tendinopathy, however conclusions about optimum dosage, timing, period, and sort of collagen supplementation can’t be drawn but.”
“Bettering the routine consumption must be the primary focus of athletes fairly than the consumption of dietary dietary supplements”
So the place does this depart us and what suggestions can we presently make? We spoke to Nutritionist Fran Taylor for her professional enter and summarised the important thing factors within the graphic beneath. Be happy to reserve it to share it along with your sufferers.