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Do Dietary Factors Influence Tendon Metabolism?

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There is very little direct research to conclusively prove the relevance of diet in primary tendinopathies, however it seems prudent to ask whether our current knowledge about the impact of nutrition on collagen metabolism could be useful in assessing, preventing, or treating tendinopathy. The objective of this chapter is to discuss the potential impact (negative or positive) that nutrition may have on the metabolism of tendons by summarizing the related research. The chapter briefly discusses the roles that specific vitamins, amino acids, lipids, and antioxidants have in various processes of the body that may be directly or indirectly related to tenocyte metabolism.


  • Diet
  • Tendon
  • Nutrition
  • Vitamin
  • Tendinopathy
  • Lipid
  • Amino acid
  • Antioxidant

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Insulin-like Growth Factor-1


Transforming Growth Factor-Beta


Fibroblast Growth Factor 2


Collagen, type 1, alpha 1


Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum


Matrix Metalloproteinase-1


Prostaglandin E2



UV Light:

Ultraviolet Light


Low-density Lipoprotein


Oxidized Low-density Lipoprotein


Collagen, type 3, alpha 1


Matrix Metalloproteinase-2


Reactive Oxygen Species


Green Tea Extract


Messenger RibonucleicAcid


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Scott, A., Nordin, C. (2016). Do Dietary Factors Influence Tendon Metabolism?. In: Ackermann, P., Hart, D. (eds) Metabolic Influences on Risk for Tendon Disorders. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 920. Springer, Cham.

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