The effect of a pharmaceutical per os supplement based on methylsulfonylmethane, hydrolyzed collagen, bromelain, D-glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, L-arginine, L-lysine, plant extracts of boswellia, myrr and turmeric, and Vitamin C on Achilles tendinopat

  • AI Triantafyllopoulou
  • S Karampitianis
  • A Galanos
  • DG Economopoulos
  • IK Triantafyllopoulos
Keywords: Food supplements, Achilles tendinitis, Achilles tendinopathy


This is a prospective clinical study in order to evaluate the effect of nutraceutical treatment of Achilles tendinitis. Recreational and professional athletes with acute Achilles tendinitis were recruited and divided into a Treatment (n=8) and a Control (n=8) group. Treatment group received food supplement based on Methylsulfonilmethane (MSM), Collagen, Arginine, Lysine, Vitamin C, Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfate, Boswellia, Curcumin (turmeric acid) and Myrrh for a month. Subjective (VAS score) and objective (VISA-A and Ankle-Hindfoot scales) were evaluated. The Treatment group demonstrated statistically significant pain relief (VAS) at 1st month and better functional outcomes (VISA-A) compared to Control group. It seems that administration of nutraceuticals additional to any other conservative or surgical intervention enhance the final outcome in Achilles tendon pathologies.   


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Author Biographies

AI Triantafyllopoulou

School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

S Karampitianis

Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

A Galanos

Biostatistician, Laboratory for the Research of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Medical School, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

DG Economopoulos

Orthopaedic Department, Volos General Hospital, Volos, Greece

IK Triantafyllopoulos

5th Orthopaedic Department, HYGEIA General Hospital, Athens, Greece


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