Foods that heal tendons

Tendons connect muscles to bones or muscles. You can injure tendons in a number of ways, including rupture, severing by a sharp object and inflammation. Because tendons are made up primarily of a protein called collagen, nutrients that help collagen production are necessary for healing tendons. Also, foods that help alleviate inflammation and speed healing are vital. Foods that contain essential vitamins, bromelain, Omega-3 and bioflavonoids are highly efficient in healing tendons.


Vitamins C and E help with collagen production. Because Vitamin C can be destroyed by cooking, raw fruits and vegetables are your best source. Foods that contain Vitamin C include oranges, broccoli, strawberries, cauliflower, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, and Brussels sprouts. Vitamin E is in avocados, nuts, vegetable oils and tomatoes.


Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme that helps heal tendons. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain is most commonly found in pineapple, and its strongest concentration is in pineapple stems and unripe pineapple fruits. You also can find it in ripened and processed pineapple.


Omega-3 is proving to be an effective anti-inflammatory throughout the body. It is extremely successful in helping to reduce inflammation of connective tissues, including tendons. Salmon, cod fish, flaxseeds and walnuts contain measurable amounts of Omega-3.


Bioflavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties and are critical in forming collagen to help heal tendons. Grapes are rich in bioflavonoids. You also can find bioflavonoids in apples, peppers, onions, blueberries, raspberries, green tea, citrus fruit, cherries, broccoli, buckwheat and black currants.

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Brian Burhoe has been writing professionally since 1971. His stories have appeared in "World of If Magazine," "Fantastic Stories" and "Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year." He cooks in Atlantic Coast restaurants and he is a graduate of the Holland College Culinary Course and holds a Canadian Culinary Federation chef's certificate.