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Recovery Support Program is formulated with nutrients to support the body’s natural healing processes and a healthy immune system.†
Our #1 selling recovery kit for over 20 years, Recovery Support Program is perfect for patients seeking a comprehensive recovery support nutritional program.*
- Vitamin A plus beta-carotene supports healthy cell growth and maintenance of epithelial tissue.†
- Vitamin C supports healthy tissue growth and collagen formation.†
- Zinc plays a key role in maintaining healthy immune function, protein synthesis and collagen formation. Selenium, bioflavonoids and other antioxidants deactivate unstable free-radicals.†
- The B-Complex helps to moderate the stress response function during periods of physical stress.†
- Antioxidant vitamins and minerals deactivate free-radicals and help reduce oxidative load.†
- Bromelain with Quercetin is ideal for use after physical stress and athletic activity to help maintain tissue and joint health.†
- Excludes vitamin E and other herbals which can have adverse effects when taken before surgery.†
Looking for more recovery support? Combine with Homeopathic Arnica Montana, a natural remedy that reduces bruising, swelling and pain associated with soft tissue injury. To restore bruised skin, try our Arnica+K Cream. For enhanced immune support, combine with Clinical Strength Probiotic-10. To address post-op constipation, use with SurgiLax.
*DOCTOR’S #1 CHOICE claim based on aesthetic plastic surgeons who have ordered Recovery products from VitaMedica over the past 20 years.
Nutrition & Ingredients
How to Use
CLINICAL SUPPORT MORNING & CLINICAL SUPPORT EVENING: As a dietary supplement, take three tablets of Clinical Support Morning Formula with breakfast or lunch. Take three tablets of Clinical Support Evening Formula with dinner or before bedtime. Begin taking CLINICAL SUPPORT up to two weeks prior to anticipated physical stressors and for at least two weeks after.
BROMELAIN WITH QUERCETIN: Take two capsules, three times a day between meals. Begin taking Bromelain with Quercetin three days prior to anticipated physical stress and continue for seven days.
CLINICAL SUPPORT MORNING & CLINICAL SUPPORT EVENING contain Vitamin A. If you are presently taking a vitamin A containing medication for the treatment of acne, please refrain from taking CLINICAL SUPPORT until the end of the treatment cycle. This product also contains niacin, which may cause temporary redness of the skin and flushing.
BROMELAIN WITH QUERCETIN should not be used in individuals with a history of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) or taking blood thinners. Those who are allergic to pineapple should avoid bromelain. Individuals with other allergies may experience an allergic reaction to bromelain.
California Proposition 65 WARNING: Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.
Read here for more information on CA Prop 65 and what it means.
Not manufactured with wheat, milk, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP-certified facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark place.
1. What are the primary benefits of using Recovery Support Program?
Recovery Support Program is a comprehensive nutritional program that provides nutrients to speed wound healing, promote tissue growth & repair, support healthy immune function, protein synthesis, and collagen formation, promote the healthy inflammatory response and deactivate unstable free-radicals.†
2. What are the indications for Recovery Support Program?
The nutritional program is ideal for patients undergoing more comprehensive cosmetic surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast lift or liposuction. The supplement is also ideally suited for non-cosmetic surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or orthopedic surgery. The nutrients in Clinical Support Formula are particularly beneficial for those who have impaired wound healing including smokers, diabetics, or recent corticosteroid users.† The dietary supplement program is intended for adults 18 years and older.
3. What are the contraindications for Recovery Support Program?
Nutritional supplements have an excellent safety track record. However, certain individuals should seek the advice of their doctor before beginning any nutritional supplement program, particularly diabetics and pregnant or lactating women. If you are presently taking a vitamin A containing medication (Accutane®) for the treatment of acne, please refrain from taking Recovery Support Program until the end of the treatment cycle. The Program also contains niacin, which may cause temporary redness of the skin and flushing. Recovery Support Program is formulated with bromelain. In individuals with a history of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and those taking blood thinners like Coumadin, bromelain is contraindicated. Those with latex allergies or allergic reactions to bee stings, olive tree pollen, pineapple (or other fruits), an allergic reaction is possible, and the supplement is contraindicated. Please refer to the product packaging for more information on precautions and contraindications. Please refer to the product packaging for more information on Warnings.
4. Does Recovery Support Program contain any of the 9 listed allergens?
No. The 9 allergens include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans and sesame. While Recovery Support Program does not contain any of these ingredients, the product is produced in a GMP-certified facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
5. Is Recovery Support Program gluten-free?
Yes. Recovery Support Program is not formulated with any gluten-containing ingredients; however, the product is manufactured in a facility that processes gluten-containing ingredients.
6. Is Recovery Support Program a vegan product?
No. Some of the ingredients in the Program are derived from animal-based sources.
7. Recovery Support Program is formulated with vitamin A. What role does vitamin A have in the healing process?
Vitamin A, or retinol, is a fat-soluble essential nutrient that must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Vitamin A is most well-known for its role in eye health, growth and development, reproduction, and immune system function, but is also vital for wound healing by helping to maintain and repair epithelial tissue. Vitamin A partially reverses immune system depression, which can help to reduce the chance of infection. The body can obtain vitamin A by converting carotenes into retinol. Carotenes are a group of fat-soluble compounds are responsible for giving many fruits and vegetables their color. Many carotenes can be converted into retinol including beta, alpha, and gamma-carotene. Compared to retinol, the carotenes have significant antioxidant protective benefits.†
8. The amount of vitamin A in Recovery Support Program seems high. I’m concerned about taking too much of this vitamin. Is this level within a safe range?
Yes. Although the amount of vitamin A in Clinical Support Formula is above the Daily Value of 3,000 IUs (900 mcg), the amount is very safe. When taken as directed, Clinical Support Formula provides 25,000 IUs of vitamin A per day of which 15,000 IUs is from retinyl palmitate and 10,000 IUs is from beta-carotene. The combination is important, as vitamin A toxicity is associated with retinyl palmitate (preformed) and not beta-carotene (pro vitamin A). Given that Clinical Support Formula is formulated with both forms of vitamin A and is used for a short duration of time, the safety profile is very good. For more information, read: Vitamin A and Carotenoids
9. Recovery Support Program is formulated with vitamin C. What role does vitamin C play in the healing process?
Recovery Support Program is formulated with 750 mg of vitamin C – significantly more than an average daily multi. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an important water-soluble nutrient that provides antioxidant protection. It also plays a primary role in the formation of collagen and is needed for tissue growth and repair. This nutrient promotes wound healing, protects against blood clotting and bruising, and enhances immunity.† For more information, read: Vitamin C Bioflavonoids
10. Recovery Support Program is formulated with bioflavonoids. What are bioflavonoids and what role do they play in the healing process?
Bioflavonoids refer to a group of substances responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their color. These water-soluble nutrients include citrin, rutin, and hesperidin as well as other flavones and flavonals. Bioflavonoids have several properties including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, and antiviral. Bioflavonoids also strengthen the walls of capillaries, thereby preventing bruising, and help build resistance to infection. In addition, bioflavonoids are potent antioxidants that enhance the absorption of vitamin C and prevent this nutrient from being oxidized.†
11. Recovery Support Program is formulated with the B-complex of vitamins. What role does the B-complex play in the healing process?
The B-complex refers to the water-soluble family of B-vitamins including B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin, niacinamide), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), folic acid, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), biotin, choline, and inositol. The B-complex is so named because they are commonly found together in foods. Because the functions of the B-vitamins are so interrelated, it is best to take them as a complex and not as individual supplements. As a group, the B-complex is important for circulatory, digestive, and nervous system function, energy and adrenal hormone production, and red blood cell formation. The B-complex, also known as the “anti-stress” vitamins, is indicated during periods of stress including after an operation or surgical procedure.†
12. Recovery Support Program is formulated with zinc. What role does zinc play in the healing process?
Zinc is an antioxidant essential for protein synthesis and collagen formation. This mineral also helps to promote the healing of wounds and increases the absorption of vitamin A.† For more information read: Zinc
13. Recovery Support Program is formulated with copper. What role does copper play in the healing process?
Copper is a trace mineral that aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin, and red blood cells. Copper is necessary for the function of an enzyme which is required to cross-link collagen and elastin. † For more information read: Copper
14. Recovery Support Program contains bromelain. What role does bromelain play in recovery?
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme (breaks down proteins) that is extracted from the pineapple stem. Bromelain inhibits certain pro-inflammatory, hormone-like compounds called prostaglandins while promoting the development of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Bromelain is helpful in resolving hematomas (a collection of blood that can sometimes occur from soft tissue injury) and potentiates the efficacy of antibiotics.†
15. Bromelain’s strength is measured in Gel Dissolving Units. What are Gel Dissolving Units?
Many vitamins and minerals are measured either by weight (micrograms, milligrams, grams) or by potency (International Units, Retinol Units). As an enzyme, bromelain is measured by GDUs or Gel Dissolving Units. GDUs are used to measure how quickly the enzyme bromelain can breakdown a protein. Studies indicate that to be effective as an anti-inflammatory aid, at least 2,400 GDUs of bromelain should be consumed daily, preferably in divided doses.
16. Can I obtain the same anti-inflammatory benefits by eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice?
It is unlikely. Bromelain is concentrated in the stem of the pineapple plant and this part of the fruit is discarded before eating. Also, you would need to consume a large amount of the fruit or juice (and the associated high sugar content and calories) to obtain an appreciable amount of bromelain. A supplement standardized to 2,400 GDUs/gram offers a more concentrated source of this natural anti-inflammatory enzyme.
17. The Recovery Support Program contains quercetin. What role does quercetin play in recovery?
Quercetin is a type of flavonoid (plant pigments that give fruits, vegetables and plants their color) with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.†
18. When do I start taking Recovery Support Program?
Begin taking Clinical Support Formula up to two weeks prior to anticipated physical stressors and for at least two weeks after. Begin taking Bromelain with Quercetin three days prior to anticipated physical stress and continue for seven days.
19. What is the dosing of Recovery Support Program?
Take three tablets of Clinical Support Morning with breakfast or lunch. Take three tablets of Clinical Support Evening with dinner or before bedtime. Take two capsules of Bromelain with Quercetin, three times a day in between meals. Refer to the package insert for detailed instructions on how to take the Program.
20. Should I take the Recovery Support Program the morning of surgery?
No. Do not eat or drink anything by mouth after midnight prior to surgery.
21. Should I take the Recovery Support Program after surgery if I’m feeling nauseous?
No. Following anesthesia and surgery, it is not uncommon for some patients to experience decreased appetite or gastrointestinal upset. If you develop these symptoms, delay taking Recovery Support Program until the symptoms have subsided and you are able to resume a normal pattern of eating.
22. Should I take my regular supplements while using the Recovery Support Program?
No. While beneficial, many daily supplements are contraindicated around the time of surgery as they can cause problems with bleeding. To ensure safety, any supplements you normally take should be discontinued for 2 weeks prior to surgery, and for 2 weeks following surgery or trauma. For a list, refer to: 20 Supplements to Avoid Around Surgery
23. What is the shelf-life of Recovery Support Program?
The shelf-life of Recovery Support Program is the shortest date of the three supplements. The shelf-life of each supplement (Clinical Support Morning, Clinical Support Evening, Bromelain with Quercetin) is two years from the manufactured date (MFD MM/YY). Each Program and bottle provides information on the lot number and shelf-life dating.
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