2 Supplements You Can’t Do Without When Recovering From Injury!

When recovering from injury the main goal nutritionally is to avoid malnutrition and limit muscle atrophy in and around the injured area. During injury we usually become relatively inactive, consequently growth stimuli (resistance and hormonal responses) are reduced. Another consequence of injury is inflammation, hence one of the first lines of defence is to inhibit/limit inflammation i.e. heat and swelling in the affected area.

So in order to reduce inflammation and minimise muscle breakdown, the 2 supplements you can’t do without are:

1.)   Leucine (or a BCAA supplement) – This invaluable Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) is critical to staving off catabolism (muscle breakdown) when injured, as well as promoting muscle protein synthesis. It may be beneficial to consume a BCAA in order to get optimal amounts of Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

2.)   Omega- 3 Fatty acid Fatty acids can be either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory, this is desirable for maintaining general homeostasis (constant harmonious internal and external environment). However during injury, the daily inflammatory responses our bodies go through are not desirable, consequently you should increase your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids to limit muscle and joint inflammation.



About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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