Nutrition for Healing Ligaments

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Nutrition for Healing Ligaments
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Torn or pulled ligaments can be frustrating and slow to heal, especially for athletes. Good nutrition can help quicken the recovery period and strengthen injured ligaments.

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Protein

According to the Hospital for Special Surgery, protein is required by the body to heal injured ligaments, tissues and muscles. Protein can be obtained through eating meat, beans, nuts, lentils, eggs, tofu and soy products. The Hospital for Special Surgery recommends eating 170 to 340gr of protein-rich foods per day.

Multivitamin

Whether or not you were taking a multivitamin before you became injured, it is very important to take a multivitamin while your ligaments are healing. A multivitamin helps to make up for the nutrients that you may not get every day in your diet.

Water

According to the Hospital for Special Surgery, you need to drink at least eight 227gr glasses of water per day to speed the healing of ligaments. You should not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Instead, you should drink water throughout the day, even when you are not thirsty, so that your ligaments remain hydrated while they heal.

Adequate Calories

When your ligaments are healing, you need more calories than you did before you became injured. The Hospital for Special Surgery recommends eating 15 to 20 calories per pound of your body weight each day.

Vitamin C

Doctor G. Douglas Andersen, of Chiro Web, says that Vitamin C plays an important role in the immune system. He recommends taking a Vitamin C supplement to promote healing of a ligament.

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