Most of us kick off adulthood feeling invincible but, unfortunately, the ageing process eventually takes its toll on us all.
Slowly but surely, we start feeling joint stiffness, experience a decline in bone mass and a reduction in muscle mass and strength.
Repair damaged connective tissues
In the long run, these declines start to affect our quality of life, which is why it makes sense to do what we can to counteract these processes.
REPAIR FOOD™ is a nutritional supplement with ACTI8™, a scientifically-formulated, high-protein nutritional supplement combined with a blend of carefully selected essential Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA), 10 g of Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides, Chelated Minerals and targeted vitamins aimed at the repair, maintenance and recovery of joints, cartilage, bones and muscles.
REPAIR FOOD™ may prevent cartilage degeneration
Collagen is a type of protein, which are made up of amino acids that are linked together. The amino acid composition of collagen provides elevated levels of glycine and proline when digested.
These amino acids are essential for the stability and regeneration of cartilage. Studies suggest that oral supplementation of collagen hydrolysate may protect cartilage and thus prevent cartilage degeneration.
REPAIR FOOD™ may assist with joint mobility and reduce joint stiffness
Cartilage is a connective tissue that acts as rubber-like padding between the bones to protect the ends of long bones at the joints – you can think of it as a shock absorber.
Cartilage deteriorates for various reasons, from ageing and general wear and tear (due to being overweight or obese) to genetics, injury, certain medications and poor nutrition, among other reasons.
As you can imagine by looking at the image above, this deterioration results in pain, inflammation and stiffness. Collagen assists in maintaining the integrity of cartilage and thus plays a key role in joint health.
Studies suggest that the consumption of collagen hydrolysate may potentially improve joint health by reducing pain and inflammation. This leads to better mobility.
REPAIR FOOD™ may assist with bone strength maintenance
You will see from the above graph that about 90% of peak bone mass is achieved by the age of 18 in girls and 20 in boys.
From then on, it is largely maintained until age-related bone loss starts and bone resorption (breakdown) outweighs a highly reduced level of bone formation.
Further exacerbating the problem, bone is a specialised connective tissue that is made largely of collagen and ageing results in a decline in collagen production in the body. A low bone mineral density can mean an increased risk of bone fractures following a fall and, eventually, osteoporosis where, in severe cases, even daily activities like bending over or coughing can result in fractures.
Research has shown that collagen supplementation may reduce the risk of bone disorders by inhibiting bone breakdown and thus maintaining bone strength.
Additionally, the unique combination of calcium and magnesium chelates, as well as vitamin C and D found in ACTI8™ plays a key role in bone health and support.
REPAIR FOOD™ may assist with building and repairing muscle
For many, protein and muscle are synonymous and with good reason. Muscle cells themselves contain proteins called actin and myosin that slide past one another, producing muscle contractions.
Protein is also needed to repair the damage that occurs in muscles during exercise or everyday activity.
This repair happens through a process called muscle protein synthesis. When muscle protein synthesis outweighs muscle breakdown in the body, the result is muscle growth.
You will naturally start to experience a progressive decrease in muscle mass, strength and quality as you age. This process starts at around age 30 and is called sarcopenia.
Research has shown that sufficient amounts of high-quality protein are crucial to counteract muscle loss, with leucine being the most effective amino acid.
FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ is high in protein, providing 21 g of protein per serving. ACTI8™ found in REPAIR FOOD™ Nutritional Supplement contains BCAAs – the collective name for three essential amino acids, namely, leucine, isoleucine and valine.
These amino acids cannot be synthesised in the body and must be obtained through the diet (in protein) or through supplementation. There is strong evidence to support the fact that BCAAs stimulate and enhance muscle protein synthesis, which can assist with muscle growth and repair.
Support your lifestyle with REPAIR FOOD™
Whether you are looking for a supplement to support your lifestyle as you age gracefully or just a delicious high protein shake or bar, with added benefits to use with your training, FUTURELIFE® REPAIR FOOD™ could be the perfect range for you.
Written by Angela Leach