Tendons and ligaments determine mobility
Strong tendons and ligaments are crucial for lifelong wellness and physical activity. Ligaments bind bones together and tendons bind muscle to bone. Made of collagen, they are the connecting elements of the body, crucial for movement control, stability, and better mobility.
Especially for active people, soft-tissue injuries, those affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments, are extremely common at all levels of sport. Whether it is running, climbing, tennis, golf or soccer, most injuries result from the overuse of tendons. These are very common because strength, power, and speed are dependent on rigid tendons. However, harder tendons may be better for performance but they are also more injury prone. High performing tendons and ligaments combine strength and flexibility. Collagen fibres give them the right elasticity for optimal function and performance. Tendon injuries are characterized by collagen fibre degeneration and are slow to recover and disrupt training with a number of personal, competitive and financial consequences to the high performance athlete or the exercise enthusiast.
TENDOFORTE®, specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides (BCP®) from GELITA, is designed to increase health and quality of ligaments and tendons. Pre-clinical and clinical trials show the positive effects of TENDOFORTE®, especially when combined with physical activity. The risk of injury decreases considerably, whilst flexibility improves. TENDOFORTE® significantly strengthens tendons and ligaments and more studies are underway.
TENDOFORTE® is an effective nutritional intervention for strong tendons and Ligaments
Strong tendons and ligaments contribute to the foundation of high physical performance and fast return-to-training in athletes. They are also the prerequisite for the fluid and flowing motion required in isometric, high flexibility exercises, such as yoga and Pilates. The strength of tendons and ligaments depends on an intact composition of the extracellular matrix collagens, proteoglycans and elastic fibers. TENDOFORTE® is a Bioactive Collagen Peptide, optimized to stimulate the biosynthesis of new extracellular matrix molecules for healthy tendons and ligaments.
TENDOFORTE® benefits the biosynthesis of matrix molecules of tendons and Ligaments
A first experiment in-vitro observed that Fibroblasts, obtained from human ligaments and Achilles tendons, were able to produce significantly more tissue matrix (1.2 to 2.4-fold) when directly exposed to the Bioactive Collagen Peptides found in TENDOFORTE®. The RNA expression of collagen significantly increased, and the synthesis of elastin - the most prominent component of the ligament matrix - increased by approximately 50%.The break-down of tissue was also reduced. This was the first study to suggest a role for Bioactive Collagen Peptides in reducing the risk of injuries and rupture of ligaments and tendons.
TENDOFORTE® improves extension properties of the finger joints
In one of the first clinical trials to look at a nutritional intervention for connective tissue weaknesses, the oral ingestion of specific collagen peptides were shown to improve the extension properties of the finger joints, due to firmer ligaments.
Recent study shows the efficacy of TENDOFORTE®
A study of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) examined the benefits of TENDOFORTE® supplementation over a period of 6 months (cross-over design). The participants were 20 subjects with long-term symptoms of chronic Achilles tendinopathy, not responding to any traditional therapies and being unable to train. Within 3 months, 12 out of 20 participants were able to return to running after starting a therapy with daily intake of 5 g TENDOFORTE® in combination with a highly specialized exercise program. Furthermore, the effect is long-term. The group starting with TENDOFORTE® in the cross-over design still had beneficial effects after the 3 months wash-out phase.
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