The Impact of Nutrition on Tendon Health

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This episode delves into the relationship between nutrition and tendon health, inspired by a systematic review and insights from running physio Tom Goom.

Key Points Discussed:

  1. Collagen Synthesis: Importance in tendon health and adaptation.
  2. Systematic Review Findings: Evaluating the impact of nutrition on tendon health.
  3. Alcohol Consumption: Its role in tendon health and the risks associated with it.
  4. Collagen Supplements: Potential benefits and the need for further research.
  5. Nutritional Advice from Fran Taylor: Professional insights on diet and tendinopathy management.
  6. Load Management in Rehab: Strategies for effective tendon rehabilitation.

Conclusion: This episode offers valuable insights into how nutrition can impact tendon health, supported by scientific research and expert opinions. It emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet, the potential role of supplements, and the need for careful management in tendon rehabilitation.


  • [00:00] Introduction to the episode’s topic: Nutrition’s impact on tendon health.
  • [00:53] Background on the episode’s inspiration and mention of Tom Goom’s runners workshop.
  • [01:17] Discussion of a systematic review on nutrition and tendon health.
  • [02:13] Explanation of collagen synthesis in tendon health.
  • [03:09] Objective of the systematic review and its methodology.
  • [04:08] Importance of evaluating the quality of studies in a systematic review.
  • [05:05] Overview of the findings from the systematic review.
  • [06:03] Discussion on the combination of nutrients for tendon health.
  • [07:01] Findings on alcohol consumption and tendon health.
  • [08:54] Impact of collagen supplements on tendinopathy.
  • [10:17] Limitations in the conclusions drawn from the studies.
  • [11:41] Insights from nutritionist Fran Taylor on diet, supplements, and tendinopathy.
  • [15:05] Additional recommendations for managing tendinopathy.
  • [21:19] Summary and final thoughts on tendon rehab and nutrition.

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