Back in April, I received a bottle of SierraSil Joint Support for me to try. Knowing that I am a super active person, and someone who has fibromyalgia they thought that it might be a good fit. And me having the joint and muscle pain associated with being those two things agreed!
The bottle showed up a week or so before I got sick back at the beginning of May, and then I was close to my half marathon and didn’t want to try anything new before the race (runner’s paranoia), so I only started taking it four weeks ago.
SierraSill Joint Support
Prior to their contact, I hadn’t heard of SierraSil, but I’m always interested in trying new things that may help my joint pain. To get technical for a few seconds, here is how these describe what it is:
SierraSil originates from a pristine hydrothermal mineral deposit in the US Sierra Mountains. Discovered by a gold prospector many years ago, the mineral deposit has since been used regularly for its health properties by tens of thousands of Canadians.
The minerals present in SierraSil include calcium, potassium, sodium, aluminum, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, silicon, manganese, barium, copper, cobalt, zinc, and other natural co-occuring trace elements. Since minerals in SierraSil range from 23 mg to fractions of a mg in bio-availability, it is recommended for its healing properties, not as a complete daily mineral source.
If you want to learn more about the product and how it came to be you can do that on the About SierraSil section of their site. The long and short of it is:’
Sierra has been rigorously studied for both safety and efficacy in randomized, double blind, placebo confirmed human clinical trials (as well as other research). The researchers concluded that, “the benefits were evident within a week, and associated with an excellent safety profile”.
But let’s get back to my experience with it. When I started out taking it, I was taking it mid-afternoon as you are supposed to take it on an empty stomach and 4 hours before/after any other medications/supplements to maximize effectiveness. I’m not used to taking supplements mid-afternoon so for most of the past 4 weeks I’ve been taking them at night.
I was careful to remember to take these each night, I didn’t really pay attention to how I was feeling at first.
Then, I realized my shoulder wasn’t bothering me at night like it has been for months.
I was able to fall asleep much more quickly and aside from my shoulder, I haven’t noticed any great reduction in other joint pain.
Since I started taking the SierraSil I’ve stopped all of my other supplements, the supplements that I used for among other reasons, for joint pain. So while it might seem like I’ve only noticed a moderate difference, I think it’s probably more than that. As I mentioned, the reason you take it on its own is to ensure the effectiveness, more specifically:
If taken with food, medications or supplements the clay component of SierraSil® will become bound to food components such as fiber, phytates and phosphates, as well your medications or supplements and will not be absorbed into the body but will instead pass right through with all the contents its intact. If taking SierraSil with food and medications the maximum intended benefits will not be realized because the proper concentrations were not absorbed into the body.
That is my only real complaint, that for me it was hard to find a time I could take them unless I replaced my usual supplements with SierraSil. For most people that wouldn’t be an issue because they would just take their other supplements at a different time of day. I really should have just set an alert on my phone to remind me to take my other supplements earlier in the day, so I can’t blame that on the product.
Now that I’ve used up my 30 day supply, I’m going to go back to using my other supplements to see if the shoulder (or other joint) pain comes back and if it does I will most certainly be purchasing more SierraSil.
SierraSill Pain Relief Spray
They also sell a topical pain relief spray that they had shipped to me.
I was interested to try this because I have had a hard time finding a topical spray or ointment that provides me with any pain relief.
I do like one of the LUSH massage bars and find it helpful when I have sore muscles, but Vultaran, Rub A535, Icy Hot patches – none of them work.
In fact, I had an allergic reaction that last time I tried one of those patches, so on top of it not helping my initial pain, it gave me some nice skin burning pain to go along with it -_-
The week it arrived was the week I started my period, and it was a bad one pain wise. I was awake in the middle of the night with my lower back hurting so much I didn’t know what to do. Then I happened to see the spray sitting in the bathroom and figured, “What the hell, I’m going to spray it on my back.” You guys, it was amazing. Within minutes my back pain had subsided enough that I was able to go to sleep. I was in love. I went from writhing around in pain to asleep in 20 minutes. I kid you not.
Since then, it’s been our go-to item for muscle pain, and my husband has been using it just as much as me.
We’ve always had topical pain relief sprays/creams in the house but we’ve never had anything that worked so well for us like this.
Different treatments work for different people, but if you are someone who has had a hard time finding a topical pain-relief remedy I would urge you to try this.
I swear I was so in love with it the night I had the back pain I would have gladly given up cookies for a full year for a few sprays.
Both the SierraSil Joint Formula and the topical spray have proven to be useful for me for both joint and muscle pain (the spray especially). So if these are issues that you are looking for relief from, I would encourage you to give them a shot.
For any locals reading this, I checked their website, and these products are sold in Berwick at MacLean Natural Wellness Centre and at Maria’s Health Food in Coldbrook.
Disclosure: I was provided with both products free of charge in exchange for my honest review. You can rest assured that any review posted on this site will always be 100% truthful to my experiences whether sponsored or not.