MEND - Cosmetic

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MEND COSMETIC
Healing & Recovery from Cosmetic Surgery

Nutritional Support to Reduce Bruising & Inflammation

Key Nutrients to Enhance Soft Tissue Healing

Optimized Formulation to Boost Collagen Production

Provide key nutrients to encourage wound healing

Support a healthy immune response

 Support skin health, increase moisture and elasticity

MEND COSMETIC

Developed by renowned experts, MEND Cosmetic is a medical dietary supplement with an evidence based proprietary formulation of nutrients designed to support healing following surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

 

Adding MEND Cosmetic to your daily routine will provide your body with optimized nutrient levels to support tissue healing, reduce inflammation, reduce bruising, and speed up the healing process.

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INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

Interest in Hydrolyzed Collagen has exploded in recent years due a growing body of research suggesting that it has powerful anti-aging effects on bone, muscle and skin health.

The refined amino acids in hydrolyzed collagen are easier for the body to absorb, which are important building blocks for the formation of new collagen, essential to healthy youthful skin.

While collagen is is beneficial to the entire body, it is most noticeably beneficial to the skin. This is because as a person ages, the epidermic (outer layer of skin) thins and loses elasticity in a process known as elastosis. As this happens, a person tends to show more signs of aging and acquire more wrinkles.

The good news is that these changes do not seem to be permanent or irreversible. In fact, a double-blind placebo study conducted last year found that women who took hydrolyzed collagen regularly for 8 weeks saw a 20% reduction in wrinkles!

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Increased absorption of non-essential amino acids

 

  • Boost production of new collagen

 

  • Improvement in skin toning, thickening and overall skin health

 

  • Improve skin elasticity and moisture

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

There is a growing body of clinical research supporting the benefits of oral intake of hydrolyzed collagen. For example a 2014 double blind placebo study, published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology found a 20% reduction in skin wrinkles when collagen was taken daily for 12 weeks and a causal relationship between collagen consumption and improved skin elasticity, structure and moisture.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

Daily Consumption of Collagen Reduces Visible Signs of Aging

 

Effects of Supplementation of Collagen on Skin Elasticity, Hydration and Wrinkles

Arnica Montana, an herb that grows mainly in Siberia and central Europe as well as temperate climates in North America, is considered one of the most beneficial substances available in nature’s pharmacopeia. It is used to relieve many of the common aches, pains, and injuries that arise in our daily lives. The main uses of Arnica include bruising, swelling, pain relief, arthritis, and injuries.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • One of the best remedies available to heal bruises faster.

 

  • Well known for its ability to reduce swelling.

 

  • Natural pain reliever that doesn’t mask the pain

 

  • Speeds up healing process by sending more white blood cells to the injury

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

Arnica is a well-studied herb that is gaining broad scientific and medical support. It is very commonly recommended by doctors to aid in healing post surgery. A study posted in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery demonstrated less bruising in facelift patients who were administered arnica. This study and other sources of information can be found below:

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

Effect of arnica on bruising in face-lifts

 

NY Times: Seeking Relief Through Arnica

Effectiveness and Safety of Arnica in Post Surgical Setting

Protein is considered a key nutrient in older age. Dietary protein provides amino acids that are needed for the synthesis of muscle protein, and importantly, absorbed amino acids have a stimulatory effect on muscle protein synthesis after feeding.

 

Recommended protein intakes may, therefore, need to be raised in older people in order to maintain nitrogen balance and to protect them from sarcopenic muscle loss.

 

Studies have confirmed that consuming a blend of proteins can provide a prolonged delivery of amino acids to the skeletal muscles, making it optimal for consumption for individuals concerned with addressing age related muscle loss.

 

Our protein complex provides a scientific combination of three high quality proteins selected specifically to aid digestion, increase protein synthesis and to prevent protein breakdown.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Our protein complex contains both whey protein isolate and concentrate which are both rapidly absorbed combined with casein which requires several hours to be digested.

 

  • Since whey rapidly increases protein synthesis and casein blocks protein breakdown, a combination of both is considered to be ideal.

 

  • For maximum absorption, and to support healthy digestion, we have included whey protein isolate in combination with whey protein concentrate to reduce the amount of lactose, fat and carbohydrates while providing the high quality protein needed support aging muscle.

 

  • Casein provides a prolonged plateau of amino acid concentration in blood plasma lasting over 7 hours. The result is a sustained release of amino acids into the blood stream.

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

Data supports the ability of dietary protein to acutely stimulate muscle protein synthesis in aging individuals and that moderately increasing daily protein intake beyond the recommended daily allowance may enhance muscle protein anabolism and provide a means of reducing the progressive loss of muscle mass with age.

 

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition demonstrates the benefits of consuming a protein blend for muscle protein synthesis after exercise. The correct blend of proteins can provide complementary amino acid profiles and different digestion rates (amino acid release profiles). The result provides fast absorption combined with a prolonged delivery of amino acids to muscles and extended muscle protein synthesis when subjects consumed a blend when compared to a single source of protein alone.

 

OTHER RESEARCH:

 

Dietary Protein Recommendations For Sarcopenia

 

Dietary Protein Associated With Increase In Lean Muscle Mass in Elderly

 

Nutrition and Sarcopenia, A Review Of Evidence

 

Dietary Reference Intake

Branched chain amino acids, also known as BCAAs, serve as the building blocks of muscle protein. Muscle is made up of protein, and protein is made up of individual amino acids added together through a process called protein synthesis.

 

Branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs are a combination of essential amino acids which include L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine. They are not produced in the human body so must be consumed from dietary sources.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are the three branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) that are highly effective for stimulating skeletal muscle protein synthesis.

 

  • BCAAs are required for protein synthesis necessary for muscle growth, in addition to helping to support healing of injured tissues and the healthy functioning of the nervous system..

 

  • BCAAs have been shown to be the major carriers of amino nitrogen between the viscera and the peripheral tissues, including skeletal muscle, but more importantly they appear to be the ones most responsible for the direct stimulation of muscle protein synthesis.

 

  • Blood and tissue concentrations of BCAA are altered by several disease and other abnormal physiological states, including diabetes, liver dysfunction, starvation, protein/calorie malnutrition, alcoholism, and obesity.

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

A study conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston concluded the important role of leucine in the formulation of any amino acid/protein supplement for reversing a weakened response of muscle protein synthesis to nutritional supplementation in the elderly.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

Dietary Protein Recommendations For Prevention of Sarcopenia

 

Amino Acids and Muscle Loss With Aging

 

Combating Sarcopenia: Effect of BCAAs

 

Amino Acids and Muscle Loss

Glutamine is the most common amino acid found in your muscles and over 61% of skeletal muscle is Glutamine. Glutamine consists of 19% nitrogen, making it the primary transporter of nitrogen into your muscle cells.  Research indicates trauma and injury can lower the levels of Glutamine to the point of deficiency.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Protein building block that facilitates metabolism and immune system.

 

  • After surgery or traumatic injury, nitrogen is necessary to repair the wounds and keep the vital organs functioning. A large and critical portion of this nitrogen comes from glutamine.

 

  • Supports human growth hormone secretion (HGH). HGH is sometimes referred to as the “youth” hormone and is a significant factor for why younger people heal more effectively.

 

  • A very effective intestinal and immune system health compound, as these cells use glutamine as the preferred fuel source rather than glucose.

 

  • Additionally, HGH plays a large role in fat metabolism and muscle growth.

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

According to NYU Lagone Medical Center “Heavy exercise, infection, surgery, and trauma can deplete the body’s glutamine reserves, particularly in muscle cells. The fact that glutamine does so many good things in the body has led people to research glutamine supplements as a treatment for various conditions, including preventing the infections that often follow endurance exercise, reducing symptoms of overtraining syndrome, improving nutrition in critical illness, alleviating allergies, and treating digestive problems. Please read Nutrition in Clinical Practice’s “Clinical applications of Glutamine”.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

WebMD

 

L-Glutamine Benefits

 

Life Science Pharmacy

HMB is a metabolite of the essential amino acid Leucine and is synthesized in the human body. It plays a part in protein synthesis. MEND contains 1.5 grams of HMB per one scoop serving.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Studies now indicate HMB inhibits protein degradation in the body, which promotes muscle growth, and prevents muscle breakdown.

 

  • HMB appears to be the main metabolite of leucine that more effectively prevents the breakdown of muscle protein.

 

  • A review article, published in January 2008 in the “Nutrition & Metabolism” journal, indicates that multiple studies found that HMB had positive effects on strength, lean body composition and reduced soreness on trained athletes.

 

  • HMB helps speed up muscle repair and recovery time.

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

Numerous studies have found increases in lean muscle mass and strength in the elderly and clinical populations when using HMB. Our research section contains papers as well as a link to PubMed which can be used to look up the studies on HMB. Please read “International Society of Sports Medicine Postion on HBM.”

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

International Society of Sports Nutrition Position on HMB

 

WebMD

Bioflavonoids are a large class of antioxidants and are a subset of a larger group of beneficial plant substances known as polyphenols. They are compounds abundant in the pulp and rinds of citrus fruits and other foods containing vitamin C , such as soybeans and root vegetables. Bioflavonoids are required for absorption of vitamin C and both work together in the body.

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Strengthen the walls of blood vessels

 

  • Reduce oxidative stress

 

  • Minimize bleeding, bruising and swelling after surgery

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

Bioflavonoids have been investigated extensively for their biological activity.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

Accelerated Wound Healing With Flavonoids

 

Nutrients Needed to Keep Arteries and Veins Strong

L-arginine is a type of amino acid, which are the building blocks of proteins.  L-arginine is considered somewhat essential because it’s highly important for many functions yet usually present in low quantities, especially as someone gets older.

One of the most important benefits of L-arginine is its ability to improve blood flow and circulation by being converted into nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to open wider.

 

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Helps to fight inflammation

 

  • Helps to repair blood vessels

 

  • Improves blood circulation and enhances wound healing

 

  • Improves immune function

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

L-arginine has been subject to hundreds of clinical studies.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

Role of Arginine in Wound Healing

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. In general, dietary supplements containing all eight are referred to as a vitamin B complex.

 

These essential nutrients play many important roles in the body like help the body convert our food into fuel, which allows us to stay energized throughout the day. In addition, healthy nervous system functioning along with supporting Fat and protein metabolism are also aided by B vitamins

 

KEY BENEFITS

 

Below is a list of all the different ways that B complex vitamins support the human body:

 

  • B1 (Thiamin) – Assists with digestion, maintains the proper stomach acid level, converts carbohydrates into energy, and helps stabilize the nervous system.

 

  • B2 (Riboflavin) – Aids with ensuring healthy skin, good eyesight, and the use of carbohydrates, proteins and fats for energy.

 

  • B3 (Niacin) – Promotes good circulation, decreases high blood pressure, assists with digestive system function, maintains sharp cognitive abilities and captures energy from food.

 

  • B5 (Panthothenic Acid) – Maintains healthy adrenal glands, assists with the growth of antibodies and converts food into energy.

 

  • B6 (Pyridoxal Phosphate) – Achieves the proper balance of fluids in the body, increases protein metabolism, and promotes the formation of red blood cells.

 

  • B7 (Biotin) – Enhances the health of hair and skin and ramps up the metabolism of fat, proteins and carbohydrates.

 

  • B9 (Folic acid) – Aids with the generation and reproduction of red blood cells

 

  • B12 (Cobalamin) – Enhances the growth of red blood cells and helps stabilize the nervous system.

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

B-Complex allows for supplementation of all eight vitamins simultaneously, as multiple deficiencies can overload the body with a number of illnesses and ailments. The B-Complex vitamin is a powerhouse of a vitamin combination as all of these separate vitamins work hand in hand to deliver powerful health benefits to the body. These health benefits provided by the B-complex vitamin include support of the metabolism and increase in the rate of metabolism, maintenance of healthy muscle tone and skin and enhancing the function of the nervous system and the immune system.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

Benefits of Vitamin B12 Supplementation in Elderly

 

Vitamin B12 & Cognition in Elderly

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has a wide array of health benefits, including its ability to protect heart health, boost the strength of the immune system, maximize thyroid function, reduce inflammation, protect against antibodies and balance your hormones. It also is important for cognitive function, the production of prostaglandins and to support a healthy immune system.

Your body uses selenium to make enzymes called selenoproteins. There are 25 of them, and some of them — such as glutathione peroxidases — work as antioxidants, which are molecules that prevent against cell damage.

 

KEY BENEFITS

 

  • Support the immune system

 

  • Support heart health

 

  • Precursor to glutathione

 

  • Supports thyroid function

 

  • Reduces inflammation

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

Clinical studies on the use of selenium were searched  for in the PubMed electronic database. Sixteen clinical studies were identified among the 167 articles selected in the initial search. The studies were conducted worldwide including European, American and Asian countries between 1987 and 2012.. Selenium supplementation improved the general conditions of the patients while improving the quality of life and reducing the side effects of those who received radiotherapy.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

Reduced Cardiovascular Mortality 10 Years after Supplementation with Selenium

 

Selenium and Chronic Disease

Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient found in some foods. Because of the additional free radical damage typically occurring with injury, vitamin C can be consumed by the body quickly during the healing process. MEND contains 250 milligrams of Vitamin C per one scoop serving.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Known as a strong antioxidant, vitamin C can help neutralize the free radicals associated with trauma and injury.

 

  • Aids in building connective tissue.

 

  • Aids in wound healing.

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

According to PubMed: “Clinical studies provide evidence that wound healing in subjects judged not deficient in vitamin C can be significantly accelerated with supplements of this nutrient above the recommended daily allowance (RDA).” According to another study on Vitamin C as an antioxidant: “Vitamin C in humans must be ingested for survival. Vitamin C is an electron donor, and this property accounts for all its known functions. As an electron donor, vitamin C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant in humans. Antioxidant effects of vitamin C have been demonstrated in many experiments in vitro.” According to Dr. Sinatra: Because surgery depletes your body of vitamin C, take 500–1,000 mg as part of your daily routine before surgery and 1,000 mg three times a day after surgery. Return to your usual dosage after two weeks. Numerous studies indicate that vitamin C helps prevent surgical shock and post-surgical bed sores, and that it significantly speeds healing time. It’s also necessary for the production of collagen—a basic structural protein used in wound repair.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

WebMD Benefits of Vitamin C

 

National Institute of Health

 

Discovery Health

Calcium is a chemical element which is essential for living organisms, including humans. It is found in many foods. We need to consume a certain amount of calcium to build and maintain strong bones and healthy communication between the brain and various parts of the body.

 

KEY BENEFITS

 

  • An essential nutrient to build, maintain and restore bones during the healing process.

 

  • Recent studies show that a flash of calcium is the body’s first immune response to healing tissue.

 

  • Plays a critical role in nerve function, muscle movement and to carrying messages from the brain to the rest of the body, all of which are critical for the healing process.

 

  • Helps move blood throughout the body and to help release important hormones and enzymes, important in the healing process.

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

The findings of a 2013 study, published in Current Biology, shows that a flash of calcium is the body’s first response to healing damaged tissue.   According to Medscape: “Calcium plus vitamin D supplements are routinely prescribed for the prevention of osteoporosis and fracture. Although a major study from 2006 questioned this practice, a new meta-analysis reaffirms the usefulness of calcium plus vitamin D in the prevention of fracture.”

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

WebMD Calcium

 

Mayo Clinic

 

National Institute of Health

Magnesium is an essential mineral for helping us to stay healthy and is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Multiple health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. It also helps muscles and nerves function properly, keeps your heart rhythm steady and also supports a healthy immune system.

 

This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.

 

Magnesium enables your body to work, effectively.  As the enabler of muscle relaxation, magnesium helps prevent and alleviate many health complaints such as headaches, constipation, cramps, and more. Equally important, magnesium helps restore cellular balance as a result of the body’s stress response.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Improves sleep

 

  • Relaxes the nervous system

 

  • Improves muscle function

 

  • Supports protein synthesis

 

  • Allows the body to produce more Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1)

 

  • Helps control stress hormones

 

  • Helps relax tight muscles and improve flexibility

 

  • Supports bone integrity and strength

 

  • Alkalizes the body

 

  • Essential for proper hydration.

 

  • Helps to relieve constipation

 

  • Assists enzyme function

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

Older age is frequently characterized by sarcopenia, a loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that is a strong independent risk factor for disability and mortality. Recent data show that inadequate magnesium intake is common, especially in older persons. Because magnesium status is strictly related to muscle ATP, and because both magnesium deficiency and sarcopenia tend to be more prevalent at older ages, it was hypothesized that poor magnesium status contributes to late-life sarcopenia.

The results of the study show an independent concurrent relation between serum magnesium and muscle performance in a large cohort of community-resident older persons. A possible mechanism of this association is the effect of magnesium concentrations on mitochondrial function in muscle, which may be particularly critical in aging muscle.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

Magnesium and Muscle Performance In Elderly

 

Dietary Magnesium and Muscle Power

 

Magnesium and Healthy Aging

 

Relationship Between Magnesium & Exercise

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which is present in many foods. Two different types of vitamin A are found in the diet. Preformed vitamin A is found in animal products such as meat, fish, poultry and dairy foods. The other type, pro-vitamin A is found in plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables. MEND contains 1250 IU of Vitamin A per one scoop serving.

 

KEY BENEFITS

 

  • Vitamin A is required for epithelial and bone formation, cellular differentiation and immune function. It therefore plays a significant role in wound healing and bone healing/rebuilding.

 

  • Most cartenoid forms of vitamin A function as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

According to National Institute of Health: “Vitamin A is essential for good health. It promotes growth, the immune system, reproduction, and vision. However, recent research suggests that too much vitamin A, particularly in the form of retinol, may be bad for your bones.” Please refer to the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases site for more information on studies and recommended intake.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

National Institute of Health

 

WebMD

 

Discovery Health

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are oligosaccharides that occur naturally in plants such as onion, tomatoes, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana, artichoke, among many others. Of these foods the Jerusalem artichoke has the highest concentrations of FOS.

 

FOS have a number of interesting properties and currently FOS are becoming increasingly popular due to their prebiotic effect as they have been found to stimulate the growth of nonpathogenic intestinal microflora which helps support digestion and reduce constipation.

 

Prebiotic’s are referred to as “friendly, beneficial” bacteria called microbiota. Microbiota produce essential nutrients such as short-chain fatty acids which help prevent overgrowth of infectious organisms, boost intestinal immunity and prevent inflammation, diarrhea and other intestinal conditions.

 

KEY BENEFITS

 

  • Increased calcium and mineral absorption in the body

 

  • Decreased levels of serum cholesterol

 

  • Ideal for maintaining mineral density and bone strength

 

  • Aids in support immunity
  • Supports the growth and balance of important bacteria in the digestive track.

CLINICAL SUPPORT

 

The gut microbiota is the population of bacteria and other microbes that live in your gut. This community is highly complex, and contains both good and bad bacteria. Having the right balance of bacteria is essential for keeping your gut healthy and protecting you from disease.

 

Fructooligosaccharides can help promote this balance. In fact, studies have shown that FOS can help stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Increasing the amounts of these bacteria can help improve digestion, immunity and overall health.

 

In addition, to their prebiotic benefits, Fructooligosaccharides also increase calcium absorption in the body, an important consideration for pre- and post-menopausal women, ages 45 and older, who are losing critical bone mass that increases their risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures.

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH

 

Dietary FOS and Potential Health Benefits

 

FOS Provide Digestive, Immunity & Bone Health Benefits

 

Health Benefits of Non Digestible Oligosaccharides

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin which the body produces in exposure to sunlight.  It can be found in few foods naturally. MEND contains 400 IU of Vitamin D per one scoop serving.

 

KEY BENEFITS:

 

  • Crucial for absorption of calcium and bone health. The Vitamin D will help aid the absorption of the Calcium contained in MEND.

 

  • Aids and regulates the immune system.

CLINICAL SUPPORT:

 

Vitamin D has become one of the most researched and prescribed vitamins. Conclusions according to one study: “This meta-analysis supports the use of vitamin D3 of 800 IU daily to reduce the incidence of osteoporotic non-vertebral, hip, and non-vertebral-non-hip fractures in elderly women. Vitamin D(3) with calcium appears to achieve benefits above those attained with calcium supplementation alone for non-vertebral and non-vertebral-non-hip fractures.”

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

How Vitamin D Works

 

WebMD Vitmain D

 

National Institute of Health

Sodium is an element that the body needs to work properly. The body uses sodium to control blood pressure and blood volume.

 

Sodium also creates electrical impulses essential for nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and heartbeat regulation.

 

Sodium bicarbonate, unlike sodium chloride or table salt, is very alkaline which forms a buffering system that regulates the body’s ph levels. IT also neutralizes acids produced during metabolism, such as those that can cause pain in muscles during exercise.

 

KEY BENEFITS

 

  • Helps balance pH levels

 

  • Relieves heartburn and indegestion

 

  • Reduces stomach acid

 

  • Buffers lactic acid build up

 

  • Delays fatigue and enhances athletic performance.
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