Muscle health

Support muscle health with Ensure

Ensure provides complete, balanced nutrition to support muscle mass and strength, and contains:1

Why maintaining muscle strength matters

Skeletal muscle accounts for 40% of total body weight,8 and plays an important role in strength, movement and balance. Muscle mass and strength peaks around the age of 25 years, and gradually decreases as you get older.9–11 Between the ages of 40 and 70 years, we lose as much as 8% of our muscle mass every decade.9 It is important to take care of your muscles at any age. 

Upto 8% muscle loss every decade.

How strong muscles can help you

Maintaining healthy and strong muscles can help:


To improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls


Maintain mobility and independence


Keep joints in good shape


Improve energy levels


Support the immune system

Loss of muscle mass, strength and function have been associated with poor health outcomes including increased falls and fractures.12

Healthy and strong muscles - Support the immune system & improves energy levels.

Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand

Exercises that involve the use of your bodyweight (or other equipment) to resist the contraction of your muscles are called resistance exercises. These exercises are the most effective way of improving muscle mass and strength when combined with good nutrition.13,14

Here are 2 simple daily exercises you can try at home:

Sit to Stand

Stand in front of a chair with your feet hip-width apart. Slowly lower yourself down to a seated position, and then stand back up again.

Step Ups

Stand in front of a bench or step. Place one foot on the bench and step up, bringing your other foot up to meet it. Then step down and repeat.

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Other health benefits

Food for Special Medical Purposes. Use only under medical supervision.

*After the age of 40 years, lean body mass decreases at a rate of approximately 8% per decade.1

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