Foods that Heal

To mend muscles and heal fractures more quickly, look no further than your local supermarket

Posted: 27 May 2011
by Kelly Bastone

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When you're sidelined by injury your natural reaction should be to cut back on calories until it's time to return to training - and burning energy. But the healing process demands fuel, too.

"It's like fixing a house," says sports dietitian Cynthia Sass. "A crack in the foundation requires raw materials to patch things back together, and in the body those raw materials come from what we eat."

Proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants help heal wounds, relax stressed tendons and mend fractured bones more quickly. So in addition to sound medical advice, choose the right combinations of foods to speed recovery and get back on track. Follow our slideshow to find out where to aim your trolley when you shop.

Picture credit: Sue Tallon

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