CNP Pro Tect: Joint Support

Pro Tect is a premium joint care formula combining the highest quality, clinically backed ingredients. Regular exercise, especially heavy loaded workouts, jumping movements and high impact sprinting or sports, can make our bones and joints especially vulnerable to injury. This is particularly pronounced in masters athletes and anyone deficient in key vitamins and minerals essential for supporting bone health. Injury putting an athlete out of training is always a fear, therefore taking every possible precaution to prevent such an injury occuring is crucial.


Ingredients

Chondroitin sulphate 1000mg

Chondroitin sulphate is a chemical found in cartilage around joint. Supplementing chondroitin may block the enzymes which work to break down cartilage in conditions such as osteoarthritis, therefore slowing its progression. Of course, prevention is preferable to treatment. Incorporating Pro Tect into your supplement regime early can help ensure a long sporting career, with low injury incidence.

glucosamine sulphate 1000mg

A supplement often used in conjunction with Chondroitin due to the links between their mechanisms, glucosamine works by decreasing the rate of degradation of collagen (joint tissue), making it particularly beneficial for athletes taking part in high impact sports. Like chondroitin, it might also slow the development of osteoarthritis, something to consider for those at risk.

hydrolysed marine collagen 40mg

Supplementing collagen, a complex protein, has been shown to increase the body's production of its own collegen, thereby increasing bone mineral density by optimising the production of bone tissue. Furthermore, it decreases the symptoms of inflammatory conditions affecting the joints which athletes often develop from overuse. Fish collegens such as hydrolysed marine collagen specifically are known to have the best absorption and bioavailability due to them having smaller particle sizes compared to other animal collagens such as chicken or bovine. In fact, fish collagen is absorbed up to 1.5 times more efficiently into the body, making it the superior choice for Pro Tect.

vitamin C 20mg

Vitamin C is both an inflammatory and anti-oxidant, it is needed for bone development and for the formation of collagen, the fibrous protein part of bone and cartilage, which we have already discussed the importance of.

vitamin D3 (5ug)

Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble vitamin and a common deficiency across the population due to the lack of UV light exposure in the UK climate to stimulate its production from cholesterol. Pro Tect contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance, to ease your mind and provide year round protection. Research has shown Vitamin D supplementation to be effective in reducing the risk of fall related fractures in the elderly. Vitamin D is highly recommended for masters athletes, especially those participating in higher impact sports, although anyone can benefit. Vitamin D is also linked to immune health, wellbeing and decreased risk of developing a number of diseases including heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin k2 (11.25ug)

Another of the 4 fat soluble vitamins, vitamin K in high doses is closely related to bone health. Despite being an essential vitamin, it is difficult to acquire enough from diet alone, hence its value in Pro Tect (15% of RDA included). Vitamin K works well alongside Vitamin D and interacts with calcium ions in the body. Regularly hitting your recommended daily allowance of vitamin K is associated with improved bone circumference and diameter, improved bone mineral density and decreased risk of bone fracture.

turmeric (curcumin)

Turmeric is a spice, whereas curcumin is the associated yellow pigment. Turmeric/Curcumin has attracted plenty of attention recently in health foods and drinks for inflammatory properties and its strong antioxidant enzyme profile. We have paired ours with black pepper (piperine) which increases absorption.

How to take it

One serving (3 capsules) should be taken every day at a convenient time, most chose to take it with their breakfast and morning supplements.

To summarise, Pro Tect is an easy way to obtain vitamins which are often neglected in the diet, combined with the finest quality minerals and extracts to support normal bone and cartilage function, with specialised application to sport. Suitable for a range of trainees, from powerlifters to rugby players to sprinters- it really is an all-round key to exercise support.

About the Author

Savannah Westerby, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IG:@savannahwesterby
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