THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSCLE – THE SCIENCE OF STRENGTH

Healthy muscles are essential to maintaining strength and the ability to do the everyday activities that make life meaningful and fulfilling.1

Losing strength can be a sign of muscle loss as we age. In fact, research shows that starting at age 40, you can start to lose up to 8% of muscle each decade.2,3

Muscle health plays an important role in strength, energy and the ability to live a healthy, active life as we age. Poor muscle health can slowly affect a person’s ability to continue doing the daily activities that are taken for granted, such as walking or breathing.1

Strong muscle mass and muscle function lower the risk of falls and fractures.4

Muscle loss can accelerate with illness and injury, which can impact a person’s recovery.1

Research has shown that ten days of ICU stay can cause an average of 18% muscle loss among critically ill patients.5

Muscle loss is also associated with an increased risk of complications, such as infections and decreased wound healing. This can prolong a person’s recovery and affect their quality of life.1

The good news is – while aging is a natural process, muscle loss is preventable. It can be slowed down or reversed, with proper nutrition management:1,6

*Getting the right nutrients becomes even more important as you recover and rebuild your strength. That’s why nourishing the muscles is important to staying healthy and strong with age or during recovery.


THE PROTEINS

Proteins contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass.7

Muscles help us to face our everyday life in simple gestures, like climbing stairs or opening a jar.

Taking care of our muscles today is important for our future.1


Ensure® NutriVigor® is a nutritional supplement, scientifically designed to help support muscle health which is important for an active lifestyle.8-10

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