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Flavay® has been licensed and sold in France for treating inflammation and edema (swelling) since 1950 and is now available in the United States as a dietary supplement. Research shows several ways that Flavay® can help minimize damage and accelerate recovery time from strenuous workouts and sports-related activities.
Flavay’s® action is synergistic for athletes: it protects the body by helping neutralize the naturally occurring pro-oxidative effects of strenuous workouts, and strengthens the bodys collagen, which is a major component of muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and bones.
Flavay’s® ability to strengthen and rebuild collagen is important to injury-recovery because most athletic injuries involve damaged capillaries (tiny blood vessels), caused by torn muscles, sprains, fractures or twisting and whiplash. Strengthening of the vascular walls in the capillaries prevents fluids from seeping and swelling in the connective tissues. These types of injuries are painful and usually cause other problems, such as a loss in physical condition when the injury causes an inability to train or compete.
Research has shown that Flavay’s® ability to strengthen vascular walls may help the body to repair injuries faster. In an Australian study conducted on two groups of soccer players that had sustained injuries, those that consumed Flavay® for ten days following their injuries experienced significantly less swelling than those who did not and, in some of those taking Flavay®, the swelling had completely disappeared. Other research has demonstrated the ways in which Flavay® may actually inhibit inflammation including double-blind studies conducted in France which showed that Flavay® can also reduce postoperative inflammation.
Inflammation is caused by the overproduction of free radicals in a specific area of the body. We now know that antioxidants work together to defeat free radicals and inhibit the biological pathway that triggers inflammation, and Flavay® is particularly effective as an anti-inflammatory.
Flavay® can selectively bind to the connective tissue of joints, preventing inflammation and lessening pain. One of the very first benefits observed and studied Dr. Jack Masquelier, in as early as 1947, was the anti-inflammatory effect of Flavay®.
Research demonstrates that Flavay® inhibits the release and synthesis of histamine (which produces accelerated blood flow, dilates capillaries and increases their permeability, thereby leaking plasma into surrounding tissue), a key factor in the promotion of inflammation.
Studies demonstrate that the anti-histamine action of Flavay® is obtained through inhibiting the activity of the enzyme histidine decarboxylase. Dr. Masqueliers research has been confirmed by German studies which show that Flavay® may lower the production of histamine with as much as 86% inhibition of histidine decarboxylase.
Flavay® also neutralizes free radicals that promote swelling and cause inflammation. A free radical called superoxide is involved in the inflammation of arthritis and several experiments show that Flavay® quenches the superoxide free radicals.
Edema is an uncomfortable condition and can be both painful and dangerous. Swollen and painful legs and ankles, puffiness of the eyes and an overall bloated look and feel are examples of edema. It involves the leakage of blood serum into surrounding tissues and Flavay® has shown that it can reduce this leakage by strengthening capillary walls.
Italian scientists from the University of Florence studied the effect of Flavay® on venous congestion (edema) in the legs. The study involved 40 subjects consisting of 13 men and 27 women between the ages of 34 and 74. The subjects were randomly divided into two groups. One group received a placebo and the other group received 300 mg of Flavay® daily for 60 days.
All of those taking the Flavay® had relief from at least some of the symptoms. After 30 days, the pain was totally relieved in in 38 percent of those taking Flavay®, the swelling disappeared in 26 percent (the circumference of the legs was measured above the ankle), and 11 percent experienced a decrease in the feeling of heaviness in their lower limbs. After 60 days, the pain was totally relieved in 67 percent of those taking Flavay®, the swelling disappeared in 63 percent, and the decrease in heaviness jumped to 33 percent.
Flavay's® strong antioxidant power acts as a scavenger of the free radicals that play a major role in the initiation, duration and breakdown of inflammation and the degradation of collagen.
Sports and Exercise Increase the Body's Need for Antioxidants
Exercise is extremely beneficial, but many do not realize that exercise increases the body's need for antioxidants. The fuel our bodies require for sports and exercise is oxygen. Yet the body's production of energy from oxygen can also wreak havoc in the body because it produces free radicals. If we are deficient in antioxidants, the benefits of exercise are diminished by the damage caused by free radicals. Thus, the key to good health, is to maintain the right balance between antioxidants and free radicals. It's not surprising, therefore, that studies have suggested that antioxidants like Flavay® can actually improve athletic performance and endurance.
Superior Antioxidant Support
Flavay® is superior to other antioxidants because its protective effects are multiplied in the body. While it provides its own, powerful antioxidant protection, it also supports the dynamic interplay between other antioxidants in the body. Flavay's ability to recycle, or regenerate vitamins C and E after they have quenched free radicals vastly extends their unique antioxidant powers, helping to maintain an optimal, synergistic antioxidant balance in the body.
Flavay® is rapidly absorbed and very quickly distributed throughout the body. As a free radical fighter, Flavay® comes to the aid of the body more quickly than other antioxidants, reducing the potential for free radical damage and the ravages of aging. Flavay® also possesses more reactive sites for neutralizing free radicals than other known antioxidants. Furthermore, Flavay® permits reactivity with both positively and negatively charged free radical species. What this means is that Flavay® can quench or scavenge (neutralize) a broad variety of free radicals. Highly reactive as an antioxidant in both lipid (fat) and aqueous (water) phases, Flavay® neutralizes oxygen free radicals and is a valuable protector of healthy cells in a variety of internal conditions. This is a unique property among antioxidants, as most work either in lipid or aqueous phases, but not both. Research shows that Flavay® can regulate nitric oxide and quench superoxide and the hydroxyl radical. This is extremely important. Of all the free radicals formed in the body, the hydroxyl radical is the most dangerous because it can directly attack DNA. As a free radical scavenger, Flavay® is like an antioxidant prize fighter that can successfully take on all challengers, big or small, in any kind of weather.
Flavay Plus® Adds Synergistic Help for Regulating Stress Hormones
Flavay Plus® contains a synergistic blend of Flavay® with antioxidant vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients to best take advantage of the dynamic interplay among the antioxidants and their co-factor nutrients. Of particular interest is phosphatidyl serine, as research has shown that it may have the capacity to normalize the stress-induced activation of the above-described, "fight or flight response."
Phosphatidyl serine: Flavay Plus® is formulated with phosphatidyl serine (Leci-PS), a complex of amino and fatty acids extracted from soy lecithin, which has proven to be a safe, potentially effective therapeutic agent in keeping the brains processes within normal limits, raising them when they are low and lowering them when they are high. Both physical and mental stressful conditions cause stress hormones to be released into circulation, even in the young and healthy. Phosphatidyl serine given to athletes prior to starting exercise produced an impressive degree of down-regulation of the stress hormones. Phosphatidyl serine may have the capacity to normalize the stress-induced activation of the "fight or flight response." In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in Italy, phosphatidyl serine lowered stress hormone (cortisol) production by 30 percent.
Two more recent placebo controlled studies confirmed earlier double-blind trials; young, university students experienced significantly less stress from tests when they took phosphatidyl serine (300 mg daily for 30 days), they stayed more clear-headed and composed, and kept a more stable mood.
Proven Safety of Flavay®
After more than 60 years of human use, no adverse effects have been observed. Furthermore, intensive biological, toxicological, pharmacological and analytical research was conducted for the purpose of registering it as a medicine in France and other countries in Europe. In one study, daily doses of up to 35,000 mg for six months were determined to cause no adverse effects. Flavay® was also clinically tested, in particular for all sorts of symptoms related to venolymphatic insufficiencies (strenghthening veins, improving circulation and reducing edema and inflammations). The spin-off is a goldmine of data: The rigorous testing to meet the standards required by the health ministries of France, Germany and other European countries demonstrate that Flavay® is highly bioavailable, nontoxic, nonallergenic, noncarcinogenic, nonmutagenic, will not cause birth defects, and is completely safe.
Dr. Masqueliers unequaled manufacturing process has been conducted for half a century at the very same facilities in France, and under the control of French Pharmaceutical inspection. These time-proven standards serve as a reliable assurance of the quality, consistency, bioavailability and safety of Flavay®.
Who can take Flavay®?
Everyone, from the very young to elderly. Flavay® has no known contraindications (conditions under which it should not be used). Flavay® is completely safe and nontoxic. In fact, clinical trials have been conducted in which pregnant women (troubled by varicose veins and other circulatory problems in the legs) safely used Flavay®.
Safety of Flavay®Plus®
The essential vitamins and minerals in Flavay Plus® are naturally-derived and completely safe. Flavay Plus® includes phosphatidyl serine, derived from soy lecithin, which has been proven safe in standard toxicology tests. From the large number of human studies conducted, phosphatidyl serine has developed a flawless safety record and proven compatible with a wide array of medications.
Consumers need to know that the marketplace is full of imitations, various extracts and derivative forms of Dr. Masqueliers scientifically proven and perfected complex. Unfortunately, many have even used Dr. Masqueliers name and research in unauthorized ways to promote illegitimate products.
Flavay® is the name you can trust for the precisely defined active polyphenol complex perfected by the inventor, Dr. Jack Masquelier, validated by the French Ministry of Health and documented by a library of research consisting of many patents and hundreds of scientific papers, articles, doctorate theses, lectures and presentations. For quality, consistency, bioavailability and safety, consumers may rely upon Flavay®.
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