Nutrients Essential to the Healing Process

shoulder-pain2Inflammation is your body’s natural respnse to injury.  When you damage muscles, tendons, or ligaments, the involved area tends to lose function and become inflamed.  This inflammatory response is an important part of the healing process.  It limits further damage be restricting movement in the injured area and starts tissue repair and reconstruction.  However, if inflammation is prolonged healing can be delayed.

Two of the most important nutrients to help your body with inflammation after an acute injury are the fatty acids omega-6 and omega-3.  These fats are not produced by your body, so you must get them from your diet- this is why they’re called the essential fats.  Food Sources rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids incluce;

-Fish and shellfish

-Flaxseed (linseed) oil and canola oil

-Hemp oil and soya oil

-pumpkin and sunflower seeds

-leafy vegetables


Also important for healing are bioflavonoids and proteolytic enzymes.  These substances minimize the effects of pain and swelling and speed up your recovery.

Bioflavonoids and the water-souble pigments are found in citrus fruits.  They have natural anti-inflammatory properties.  And proteolytic enzymes such as those found in pineapples and papaya, counteract biochemicals involved in inflammation.

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