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
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.
It is common for cosmetic surgeons to encourage their patients to take arnica to help reduce bruising. With MEND we went a step further to include nutrients that aid tissue repair.
MEND Cosmetic is aligned with our mission of creating targeted medical nutrition products based on sound science and evidence.
Great for healing and also great for healthy beautiful skin.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
Bioflavonoids have been investigated extensively for their biological activity.
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.
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
Below is a list of all the different ways that B complex vitamins support the human body:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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