bend+ is a Joint Support Product manufactured by Sportganic. It is designed to improve and maintain the health of cartilage, tendons and joints in the body.
IntroductionA special thanks to Sportganic for their participation here on SR.com. Today, I discuss their joint support formula Bend+. Pounding at the iron for several days each week gets you those gains, but can be tormenting on our joints especially as we get older. Me myself, I very rarely have joint problems since I take some staple supps like fish oil and drink plenty of water to keep joints healthy. Of course, lifting correctly and getting proper rest is always vital as well. However, every now and then, adding a good joint support product can help show the joints a little extra love, allowing us to keep the steel crusher gears going strong.
So how does Bend+ stand up to the purpose.
Ingredient ProfileThe serving size of a dosage is 3 capsules that provide the following ingredients as I will discuss.
The profile begins with a 500mg of glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine is best known for its joint and skeletal support benefits, but the total recommended dosage is 1,500mg daily. With the serving size, you are only getting a portion of that so unless you take three servings, this ingredient is the first to be under-dosed.
Next is undenatured type-2 collagen or UC-II. This is a form of hydrolyzed collagen that has been shown to protect joints from autoimmune attack, thereby helping to decrease inflammation and damage caused by the body's own immune system should an autoimmune disorder be present. It may also help replenish structural protein within cartilage. At 40mg, this ingredient is actually properly dosed as studie have shown this to be the effective dose mark.
Following that is 9mg of Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the body's naturally produced lubricant and moisturizer found in highest concentration within the eyes and joints. From the joints perspective, it is a prime component to the body's natural joint lubricant. However, being that a typical oral dosage is said to be 400mg daily, one can only wonder why on Earth put a mere 9mg?
The profile concludes with a prop blend known as the "FleXL Blend". Aside of my general disliking of prop blends, the blend itself consists of turmeric rhizome extract, boswellia gum resin extract, white willow bark extract, and ginger rhizome extract. All of these ingredients are known to have anti-inflammatory and natural pain relieving benefits to joints. However, the blend provides only 1,000mg, so being as that these ingredients have effective dosage ranges in the upper hundreds area, clearly these are all most likely under-dosed.
DosingThe directions call for 3 caps daily to be taken with a meal. I took 3 caps in the morning with breakfast.
EffectivenessAs I said in the intro, I don't suffer from chronic joint issues and at most have only occasional minor aches and pains in the joints resulting from heavy training sessions. When, I take a joint support supplement, I feel out for a reduction in these minor aches and pains and a feeling of less stiffness in the joints.
With Bend+ I saw virtually no benefits. It was only on a few days I may have felt a very minor reduction in pain and stiffness, but for the most part, I didn't feel any significant notable difference in the feeling of my joints.
The occasional aches and pains were still present and the joints still had that general stiffness following heavy training sessions. Honestly, I got more benefits just from my regular staples of fish oil and plenty of water.
ValueThe retail value for this a 30 day supply is around 70 dollars. As ineffective and under-dosed Bend+ is, I would in no way consider this to be a decent value considering that for 70 dollars you could simply purchase two bottles of other more effective joint support products or just multiple bottles of some good fish oil or natural turmeric.
ConclusionIf you want an effective joint support supplement or supplement regimen specifically aimed at joint health, I would simply opt for other products. Bend+ just did not deliver and it would be a wiser investment in some fish oil, turmeric, MSM, or perhaps more effective complete joint support products such as Osteo Bi-flex.
IntroductionHello, SR family!It was just a matter of time before I reviewed a joint support product. Joint pain seems to be inevitable for any lifter who is making gains, and many times, the heavier one lifts, the worse the pain is. Sportganic touts itself as a company designed with the athlete in mind, so I decided to give their Joint support formula, Bend+ a shot. Thanks to Sportganic for being a TROOP supporter.
Ingredient ProfileIt's a prop blend (ugh!) Bend+ contains 5 ingredients designed to ease pain and stimulate range of motion for joints
UC-II-UC-II is an ingredient found in many supplements for joint health, either as a stand-alone ingredient or in combination with other ingredients. UC-II contains a patented form of undenatured type II collagen derived from chicken sternum cartilage(!), along with inactive ingredients. The makers claim that the undenatured collagen in UC-II differs from hydrolyzed or denatured collagen because it contains active immune modulators that reduce the secretion of enzymes that break down type II collagen, thereby slowing the inflammatory response.
Hyaluronic Acid-Hyaluronic acid is often recommended by dermatologists and other physicians for its ability to improve skin's texture and appearance, along with reducing joint pain and other symptoms associated with aging. HA is probably most well-known for its inclusion in pricey anti-aging skin serums, but you'll also find it joint-supporting formulas, cold sore treatments, eye drops and lip balms.
HA is a lubricating, clear substance that's produced by the body naturally. In the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin, inside joints, within the eye sockets and in other tissues where it helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility.
Glucosamine-Glucosamine is a supplement derived from shellfish. It is primarily sold as a joint health supplement. Studies show that supplementing glucosamine sulfate will reduce the rate of collagen (joint tissue) degradation and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Though glucosamine is comparable to acetaminophen, the reference drug for osteoarthritis, in potency, it is not as reliable. Studies on athletes supplementing glucosamine are limited, but preliminary evidence suggests doses as high as 3,000mg of glucosamine sulfate may be able to slow joint degradation. This effect is most relevant for athletes participating in high impact sports, like running.
Turmeric-Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. Many studies have taken place in test tubes and animals. Turmeric may not work as well in humans. Some studies have used an injectable form of curcumin, the active substance in turmeric, and not all studies agree. Finally, some of the studies show conflicting evidence.
White Willow Bark- The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). In combination with the herb's powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds (flavonoids), salicin is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. In fact, in the 1800s, salicin was used to develop aspirin. White willow appears to bring pain relief more slowly than aspirin, but its effects may last longer.
Again, the actual doses aren't listed, so it's hard to determine whether or not Bend+ is effective, but on paper it looks quite impressive.