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Sports Injuries

Sporting Injury

We have compiled what we believe are our best products for the relief of sporting and exercise-related injuries. Whether it be a bad football tackle or overdoing it in the gym; we have natural pain control plus essential vitamins and minerals for rebuilding damaged tissue in almost any injury situation.

Please click to view the warnings and notes listed under some items.

All supplements are taken at your own risk. Supplement information is not intended in any way as a prescription or diagnosis and is not a substitute for the advice of a doctor or other suitably qualified health professional. If you have a medical condition or think you may have, please seek medical advice.

 

Bromelain

Bromelain (Pineapple)

This important extract is made from pineapple. It contains compounds called proteolytic enzymes, which break down certain proteins, notably after injury, surgery, or scarring.

Bromelain is helpful in healing injuries, particularly sprains and strains, bruising, muscle injuries, and the pain, swelling, and tenderness that accompany sports injuries. Research has also found that Bromelain can dramatically reduce postoperative swelling.  Much of bromelain’s anti-swelling effect is due to activating compounds that break down fibrin. (After an injury, fibrin forms a matrix that walls off the area of inflammation, resulting in blockage of blood vessels, inadequate tissue drainage, and swelling.)

Bromelain may be useful for bruising; pain relief; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis; bursitis; other inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or gout.

The fibrinolytic effects of bromelain prove beneficial in treating varicose veins and other circulatory disorders involving inflammation. Bromelain is useful as a digestive enzyme, taken shortly before meals. For other purposes, it is best taken away from food.

Bromelain may increase the absorption of drugs, particularly antibiotics. This could offer both risks and benefits.

 

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

One of the most popular health supplements of all, Glucosamine is a building block for all muscles, tendons, joints, cartilage, skin, and even bone health. It also stimulates the production of synovial fluid in joints. It is anti-inflammatory and may reduce pain. While our bodies make some Glucosamine, we may choose to take more if there are extra wear and tear, injury, or as we get older. Glucosamine can help maintain the cushioning in joints that are used heavily, and so it may benefit sports people, bodybuilders, and those whose jobs involve physical work.

Research shows that for sports injuries, glucosamine provides some pain relief and improved function in those taking 2000mg daily for 12 weeks. Glucosamine has been extensively researched for osteoarthritis.

Most Glucosamine is derived from shellfish, but the vegetarian variety is derived from algae or maize, is more active, and may be better absorbed.

Chondroitin improves cartilage structure, holds in water and nutrients and supports blood vessels. It helps cushion joints and increases the movement of nutrients for healing. Chondroitin comes from animal cartilage, either bovine or marine. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin are important sources of Sulphur, necessary for the body to maintain any kind of connective tissue.
MSM is a mineral, an organic form of Sulphur. It may be added to improve the Sulphur content of cartilage. MSM also helps maintain skin collagen and elasticity.
Vitamin C may be added to aid absorption.
We make sure that none of our Glucosamine products contain Sodium, which would contribute to high blood pressure.

 

Viridian Joint Complex (Vegan)

Viridian Joint Complex

A combination of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, this product offers the ultimate in joint support, both for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and for sports enthusiasts. The source of the glucosamine is an alga, more readily absorbed than animal formulations, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Joint Complex contains Boswellia, Bromelain, Ginger, Quercetin, and Turmeric, all natural anti-inflammatories to bring down pain and swelling and help the body remove the debris caused by injuries. These herbs help stabilize the connective tissue which supports joints.

The Joint complex also contains:
Vitamin C, to support connective tissue (collagen) and reduce the risk of cartilage loss.
Proline, an amino acid involved in the manufacture of new connective tissue/cartilage.
Manganese, a mineral essential for us to produce the anti-oxidant Super Oxide Dismutase.
SOD helps reduce the stiffness, inflammation, soreness, and lack of motivation that are a ‘hangover’ from free radicals produced during strenuous exercise.

 

L-Glutamine

Glutamine is an amino acid important for muscle tissue maintenance, helping to prevent muscle wasting and breakdown. It helps reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Stressful exercise, such as heavy-resistance weight training, results in the body losing large amounts of glutamine. Naturally found in proteins of all kinds, it is sometimes added to bodybuilding protein powders. Adequate glutamine improves protein metabolism, also benefits gut health and the immune system. 
L-Glutamine is the technical term for Glutamine.

 

Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut is best known as a remedy for varicose veins and hemorrhoids, but it is also useful for injuries with swelling. Research shows that the active principle, Aescin, reduces the localized swelling associated with injury and inflammation. It acts by reducing capillary permeability to water, thus reducing the ‘leakiness’ of blood vessels leading to water retention.  The use of horse chestnut in reducing swelling is equivalent to that achieved by compression stockings – and more comfortable!

Horse Chestnut ointment can be applied locally as long as the skin is not broken. It also contains Burdock, another anti-inflammatory, Marigold and Rosemary, both antiseptic and wound-healing herbs, and Lavender. The ointment base is beeswax and sunflower oil.

 

Quercetin

Quercetin is a flavonoid, a plant compound rich in foods such as onions, broccoli, kale, cherries, and apples. It is a strong natural anti-inflammatory. It works by de-activating enzymes that produce inflammation, and it may help stabilize collagen (connective tissue).

Quercetin Complex also contains vitamin B5, bromelain and vitamin C. B5 helps energy and supports the adrenal glands when we are under stress. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory (see above). Vitamin C is anti-oxidant and protects muscles from the high levels of free radicals that develop during strenuous exercise. Free radicals damage to muscle and lead to inflammation, soreness, and poor muscle recovery.

Quercetin is also used to treat allergies.

 

Vitamin C

Anti-oxidants like Vitamins C and E protect muscles from the high levels of free radicals that develop during strenuous exercise. Free radicals damage to muscle and lead to inflammation, soreness, and poor muscle recovery. Exercising in smoky or polluted environments also increases exposure to free radicals. Vitamin C is, of course, necessary for many other processes in the body.

Warnings: none

 

Vitamin E

Anti-oxidants like Vitamins C and E protect muscles from the high levels of free radicals that develop during strenuous exercise. Free radicals damage to muscle and lead to inflammation, soreness, and poor muscle recovery. Exercising in smoky or polluted environments also increases exposure to free radicals.

Vitamin E also protects LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, reduces damage to arteries including coronary arteries, and helps protect against heart disease and stroke. Vitamin E works best in combination with vitamin C. If you are new to vitamin E, we recommend starting at 100iu. increasing if necessary after a month. Vitamin E in its natural form is called d-alpha tocopherol.

Comes with 7 exotic oils, nourishes protects and increases suppleness. Natural essential oils of Black Currant, Evening Primrose, Macadamia Nut, and Borage help to reduce inflammation, prevent dryness and maintain healthy skin cells.

 

Percutane

Percutane is a unique creme for assistance with pain relief and injuries. The cream provides temporary relief from most muscular injuries, including sports injuries and pain conditions. For training and competing, or working in cold conditions, Percutane is also ideal for warming up stiff muscles or for assisting recovery after a hard session.

Percutane contains both anti-inflammatory and liniment ingredients. Aqualane, a natural marine extract, unique to this product, assists natural actives such as Arnica, Hypericum, Capsaicin, and Burdock to be absorbed through the skin and to work directly on damaged or sore areas.

Over the years some of our finest sportsmen and women have benefited from using Percutane, including All Blacks Michael Jones and Eroni Clarke, New Zealand cross country champion Dale Warrander, and legendary Kenyan and former world champion marathoner Douglas Wakiihuri.


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