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When faced with an acute injury, one of the most common applications for healing is the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compress and elevate. Unfortunately, this procedure does not necessarily take into account the body's natural inflammatory mechanisms. The inflammatory response is designed to increase temperature in the injured area, ramping up the body's natural enzyme activity. Proteolytic enzymes are manufactured by the body to break down proteins in the bloodstream. Increased enzyme activity, in the presence of heat, enables the removal of proteins which are dead, damaged, or do not belong. This removal process is recognized by the body and indicated by fever. Removal of such stressors allows the body to transition into recovery.
Flex-MendTM offers a unique blend of plant and plant-based enzymes with additional benefits from antioxidant properties of rutin.* This high potency enzyme blend includes plant enzymes bromelain and papain along with protease, serratiopeptidase, nattokinase, and catalase enzymes. In combination, these ingredients create a synergistic effect to assist with capillary, tissue, and muscle function, as well as promoting healthy inflammatory responses for cardiovascular wellbeing.* Flex-MendTM was formulated to work with the body's immune system for encouraging accelerated recovery and repair.*
Capillary blood flow plays a major role in generating a healthy inflammatory response. These small blood vessels are responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells while removing waste. After an injury, some of these capillaries may be damaged thus making them incapable of carrying fluid to and from damaged tissue. Symptoms such as localized pain, swelling, redness, heat and loss of function may result. Research studies suggest proteolytic enzymes, such as nattokinase and serratiopeptidase, support healthy circulation and speed healing.* Proteases may also contribute to the expulsion of harmful particles by stimulating phagocytes (cells that ingest foreign particles and debris) and accelerating elimination by way of the lymphatic system.