Rotator cuff injuries are very tricky to deal with. The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. You have to be very careful and diligent with your rehab.

Peak nutritional status is extremely important for optimizing recovery from injuries but doctors very seldom recommend or even understand the nutritional requirements that help speed recovery.

Keep in mind that all connective tissue is made from protein. Therefore, the quality of your protein intake determines the quality of your entire skeletal, ligament, and tendon structure.

VP2 Whey Isolate - Best Whey ProteinI’d recommend that you increase your intake of VP2 Whey Isolate and GL-3 Glutamine. These proteins are the foundations of skeletal muscle tissue. These two supplements will ensure muscle protein synthesis rates are uninterrupted and this will help speed tissue regeneration.

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Also, ensure your vitamin and mineral intake is optimal as collagen (the protein that binds all connective tissue) formation is dependent on adequate amounts of magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper and vitamin C.Vitamins - Best Multi Vitamin - MultiPro 32X - The Serious Athlete's Multi-Vitamin

Nobody knows the exact amount of these nutrients that are required. That’s why I’d use a potent, easily absorbed multi-nutrient supplement such as MultiPro 32x twice a day.

Follow this protocol, and you’ll have your nutrition covered for optimum tissue repair. This is very important when dealing with injury recovery and will help you get back into the gym quicker.

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I have injured my left rotator cuff. Do you have any nutrition recommendations for rehab to bring me back to peak strength?

by Paul Cribb Ph.D. CSCS. time to read: 1 min