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Supplements for Boomers: Pure Matters

By Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

As we age, are supplements necessary? Do they help with boomer health? With all the contradictory research out there, it’s hard to know what to believe or do. So we set out to discover whether specific supplements could help us with specific complaints.

GlucoChon MSM formula Pure MattersAlexandra: For most of my life, I’ve eschewed supplements as unnecessary. I’ve always been a believer that we can get what we need for our bodies through good nutrition and exercise. But that “most” of my life was prior to my 50th birthday. Now I deal with a reconstructed soccer knee and foot. And it takes longer to heal the rare times that I do get sick.

So when we were asked to try out Pure Matters supplements, I was leery, yet willing. Knowing the history of supplements, I checked out the company first, and was comforted by their commitment to clean ingredients, including this statement on their site: “Trustworthy – We will use only wholesome, scientifically proven ingredients composed in clean facilities. And when our formulations can be improved, we will improve them.” My two biggest issues with supplements – Can the ingredients be trusted? and Will these help my health?

We're Smiling After 24 Hours of Travel Because we are NOT in Pain! But we ARE Tired!

We’re Smiling After 24 Hours of Travel Because we are NOT in Pain! But we ARE Tired!

I chose to try Biotin (skin, nails & hair), Omega-3 Fish Oils (heart health) and GlucoChon MSM Formula (joint & tissue health). If you read my previous post about getting my blood tested, you might recall that the consulting registered dietitian recommended Omega-3 Fish Oil to me. Boom!

Declare all Stiff Knees at Customs!

Declare all Stiff Knees at Customs!

Today I will focus on the GlucoChon MSM Formula, because that is the one where I definitely noticed a difference. Normally when I fly, my reconstructed knee gets very stiff, and I spend the day after flying with a slight limp and some swelling at the knee. I took 3 tablets a day for a month. At the end of that month I flew from California to Europe and back, for a total of 5 flights. My knee didn’t feel stiff for those flights, nor did I end up limping. No inflammation either. It wasn’t a controlled study, and who knows what other variables were in play, but this was the first time since my 1998 knee surgery (and a handful of subsequent surgeries) that I had no issues after flying. Cause and effect or correlation – I have no idea. But I would take these supplements again (besides trusting their ingredients, I also am a huge fan of their customer service). Since I’m not a doctor, I cannot make supplement recommendations, but I can recommend Pure Matters as a company I trust to work with me as a consultant for my health needs. I can also say that I believe these supplements worked for me.

Kymberly up a treeKymberly: Do you have joints that predict weather? Ever since I broke both wrists as a teenager falling out of a tree, they ache when the weather changes. That is, my wrists did creak and moan until I made one change: taking Pure Matters “Joint Health” supplements. To be honest, I committed to trying the supps to help my knee joint (which has arthritis and chronic pain after a soccer injury and two surgeries. Sound like a certain twin we all know?). Then I noticed that my wrists were not predicting the weather anymore. In fact, they felt so good I forgot about them until I finished my last “Joint Health” tablets. Within two days, my wrists were aching and futuretelling once again.

This should predict weather.

My wrist joints predict the weather better than this weather vane.

As for my knee, it is hard to tell the supplements’ effect as my knee ached off and on a lot during the trial period. (See my prior post on the subject). But I have been breaking in new orthotics this past month, which has thrown that rascal joint into confusion. I need to give the “Joint Health” another go to really note the effect on my knee (and to keep my wrists from competing again with the evening weather report).

Speaking of nights, what did work wonders was the “For Healthy Sleep” formula I also tried. Anyone else yearn for those nights where you fall asleep and stay asleep until morning? No stumbling trips to the bathroom, no night sweats, no cats wrestling on your back at o’dark too early, no insomnia with a list of “to do’s” running through your head, no hubster cover hogging?  I love my cats and hubster, but I also love when I travel and stay in hotel rooms. Alone. Cuz’ I remind myself what a good night’s sleep feels like on those occasions.

My wrists feel so good I can finally do this move again. It's been AGES!

My wrists feel so good I can finally do this move again. It’s been AGES!

So I was happily surprised when the “For Healthy Sleep” tablets provided the same great sleep as my nights in hotels. As in, like magic and immediately. And less expensively. Now if only my knee would feel so refreshed!

Have you found supplements that have worked for you? Others that have been expensive pee? Let us know!

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Photo credit: Dusseldorf Customs: Courtney Price; Smiling at Airport, Brandon Smith

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22 Responses to Supplements for Boomers: Pure Matters

  1. Yum Yucky February 11, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    We should fire all the meteorologists and hire broken-jointed peoples to predict the weather. The news said we would get snow here in DE. But we did not. ((end rant))

    You are looking FABOOLOUS in that tree pose, girlfriend.
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    • KymberlyFunFit February 11, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      You were ripped off – no snow in DE??!! I almost feel sorry for you, but just in my wrist joints, mind you. Thanks for the tree perching compliment. For the record, I did not fall out of that tree. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
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  2. Aileen February 11, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Loved this, and yes I take lots of vitamins and supplements. Some major changes were with Probiotics, L Glutamine, D, Selenium, Methyl B, Digestive enzymes; Probiotics for intestinal health and immune system; L Glutamine for gut repair; Food enzymes to help ease digestion and break down food. Selenium, D and Methyl B for my Hashimoto’s.
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  3. Courtney February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    “For Healthy Sleep” tablets sure are sounding good about now… thanks for the great information you provide!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Yes, Courtney, I have had lots of unhealthy, interrupted sleep. I prefer deep, healthy sleep. got a new pillow, which should help!
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  4. Len Bowcott February 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I’ve been a travel obsessed wanderer all my life, taking employment that was conditional on my accepting travel to be a bonus rather than the deal breaker most people take it to be. I survived on a diet of airport food, questionable local fare from street vendors, and dishes I could not pronounce the names of let alone know what the ingredients were. Supplements I never took, convinced of my own immortality I saw no need for them. I started travelling right after university, and did not slow down for 22 years. As I aged, I grew to dread the travel experience. I consulted a holistic medical person and she suggested a regiment of supplements, some to be taken daily, others for specific maladies every die-hard traveller is familiar with. Dietary supplements work, and whenever I have the chance I say, “Try them!” In well over a decade, I don’t remember anyone getting back to me to complain I steered them wrong.
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  5. Jody - Fit at 55 February 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Really curious to see how you liked the other supplements! I do take GlucoChon MSM – not this brand though. Quite a while back I actually thought I needed a hip replacement due to the pain I was in. I started on this supplement & have been fine ever since! Not gonna stop! ;)

    I don’t have too many sleep issues right now – well, super stressful times cause it BUT I did have lots of issues with the change.. wish I had this then! :)

    Really curious about the Biotin. I have tried before but did not see changes so maybe this is a better brand.

    Fish oils are one of those big things flagged my Consumer Labs & other reports for not being true to what they say they are so going to check out this brand! :) There are some really bad ones out there per Consumer Labs.

    Love the pics! :)
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  6. Courtney February 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I went to the site and found 2 “for healthy sleep” products, which do you recommend? tks
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  7. rachel @runningrachel February 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Very cool. I don’t use supplements to enhance my fitness workouts. Heck, I have trouble remembering to take my vitamins consistently. ;)
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  8. Presley @ Run Pretty February 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Totally unrelated to the supplements, but that is a bad ass pose.
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  9. Tamara February 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    I too have been fairly skeptical about supplementing, although do take a multivitamin, vitamin D and fish oil daily. I like to know that there’s some scientific research behind the products that I try.

    As for whether they really work or whether it’s simply the placebo effect, does it really matter? I may just give the joint health one a try; long knitting sessions wreak havoc on my wrists…
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  10. Lisa @ RunWiki February 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Normally, I don’t take a muti-vitamin but do take Vitamin D, Fish Oil and Cal/Mag. I have to say keeping my joints healthy is intriguing for sure. I am getting up there in age and my desire to continue to run and keep my overall health at a high level is becoming my priority.
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 13, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Yes, I was happy with the joint result. I’d tried a joint juice from the grocery store a few years ago, and it was just expensive pee. Did nothing. I was really happy to have such a good result, as I’m like you – I want to stay active.
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  11. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 13, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Normally I only take a multivitamin. In the past I’ve taken fish or krill oil. I do think we can get the majority of our needed nutrients from food but as we get older it’s always nice to have a little back up…even if we do have really expensive pee!
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    • AlexandraFunFit February 13, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      In my 20s I had to take a multivitamin, as I was anemic and really needed the iron. Then I learned how to cook and solved that issue. My opinion of supplements and vitamins has definitely changed as I’ve aged.
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  12. Alison @ racingtales February 13, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I also go back and forth with the “do I really need to take a supplement” debate. While my knees are fine right now, and seem to handle running 40 miles a week just fine, not sure I’m in need of a supp for joints, but I am very interested in the For Healthy Sleep supp! I used to be a great sleeper but in the last few months have been waking up, having night sweats, the whole nine yards. This might be just what I need!
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