Tendons are connective tissue that helps bind muscles to bones, tendons and strong have a lower risk of irritation or injury. Although no food or supplement that eliminates the risk of injury to the tendons, some supplements can strengthen them. Before taking any supplements that may interfere with medicines or medical conditions, consult a health care professional.
Vitamin C plays an important role in building strong tendons. A study in healthy rats found that the rats that were given vitamin C were cured faster injury Achilles tendon compared with rats that were not given the vitamin, this according to “Archives of Orthopedics Surgery and Trauma.” Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C cannot be synthesized naturally by the body and must be obtained from external sources, this according to the Linus Pauling Institute. “Vitamin C helps produce collagen, a component of tendons and ligaments,” says the Institute. The New York Times reports that vitamin C is important in the process of tissue repair throughout the body, as well as in wound healing. It is also an antioxidant that interferes with cellular damage caused by free radicals. Foods containing vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes and leafy vegetables.
Bromelain is another nutrient that helps build strong tendons. Found in pineapples, Bromelain is a combination of enzymes that digest proteins, this according to the Medical Center of the University of Maryland (UMMC). Its typical uses include reducing inflammation caused by infection or injury and reduction of symptoms of sinusitis. A study published in the journal “Phototherapy Research” observed rats had destroyed them Achilles tendon. The study found that the tendons of rats that had supplied them with Bromelain healed better than those of the rats that had not given the supplement. Bromelain stimulated cell production in the tendon, which in turn promoted healing.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
According to the UMMC, glucosamine is a substance naturally produced by the body that helps to produce cartilage or connective tissue. Although studies on its effects differ, glucosamine is a common treatment for osteoarthritis for reducing pain and improving function. This supplement is often combined with Chondroitin, another substance that is produced naturally by the body and promotes healthy cartilage and helps the production of new cartilage. As with glucosamine, there are studies that prove and disprove their effectiveness. According to UMMC, the results of combining glucosamine and Chondroitin appear two to four months later.