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Nutrition

Several Miami Project researchers are evaluating the role that nutrition and nutritional supplements may have on improving function after spinal cord injury.

Studies in animals have shown that dietary restriction has detrimental effects on spinal cord repair, and that calorie intake can impact early recovery. Clinical researchers, knowing that supplements have been widely used to enhance physical performance in athletes, are testing the benefits of supplemental nutrition in conjunction with rehabilitative therapy in people with spinal cord injury.  There are currently studies underway at The Miami Project looking at the relationship between supplements, rehabilitation and enhanced recovery.