Calcific Tendonitis: Foods to Avoid

What is calcific tendonitis?

Most commonly affecting the shoulder’s rotator cuff, calcific tendonitis is the result of a rigid deposit of calcium building upon the soft tissue in the shoulder.

inflammatory foods

If your condition stems from inflammation, you should limit the inflammatory foods you consume, to help ease any pain and help your healing process — here are 5 foods to avoid:



Processed sugars trigger the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals, which cause joint inflammation. Try to swap sugar with a healthy alternative like stevia or organic honey.



Gluten is the protein present in barley, wheat, rye, and other grains. It triggers inflammation, which affects your other organs and soft tissue, like your joints.



Drinking alcohol disrupts the functioning of your gut, which triggers inflammatory responses. This inflammation also affects your organs and soft tissues, including your joints.

Omega-6 fatty acid


Omega-6 fatty acids trigger the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals, which cause joint inflammation. They are present in mayonnaise, salad dressings, and snacks.

Saturated fat


A diet that includes a lot of saturated fats wreaks havoc on your system concerning inflammation and it also significantly heightens your risk of suffering from heart disease.

anti-inflammatory foods

Just like there are foods causing inflammation, there are a multitude of foods that can actively work towards decreasing inflammation and alleviating joint and muscle pain. 


Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines — these fatty fish are all packed with omega-6 fatty acids’ angelic counterpart, omega-3 fatty acids.


Leafy greens

We all know how healthy leafy green vegetables are! Foods like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are full to the brim of antioxidants, which fight against inflammation.



Nuts are packed with healthy fats, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, all of which make the dream team of fighting inflammation and heart disease. 


Berries and fruit

Brightly colored fruit and berries contain many antioxidants and fiber! A quick sign to look for in your fruit is the color — the brighter the color, the more antioxidants it contains.


Chia and flax seeds

Chia seeds’ and flax seeds’ levels of omega-3 fatty acids are off the charts! Sprinkle a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds over any smoothie bowl.


Turmeric and ginger

Turmeric and ginger contain curcumin, which eases symptoms of inflammatory conditions like calcific tendonitis, helps with metabolic disorders and anxiety.


Green tea and coffee

You can sip on a nice hot drink to help you reduce inflammation. Green tea is full of antioxidants while coffee is packed full of polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory compounds. 



Legumes like lentils, kidney beans, and string beans are all fiber-rich and full of antioxidants that work together to alleviate inflammation and ease symptoms of calcific tendonitis


A healthy diet is the best thing you can do with calcific tendonitis. By avoiding inflammatory foods, you maintain your weight, lower the risk of cardiovascular conditions and ease joint pressure.

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