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The great, the good and the not so good, but still a 5 star product
on January 21, 2014
PURCHASED at Costco, and have gone through 2 bottles of 390 caps so far, and going back for more.
I'm 48, hair and nails thinning/becoming brittle, joints ache due to inactivity and overweight/unhealthy eating. This was started to help my brittle nails that developed almost permanent cracks that just grew in naturally, even below the nailbed.
I always keep my nails short because I'm a nurse, and these cracks/weak "lines" that were developing at the base of the nail and traveling up just were horrible, & seemed permanent, started growing like this since about 12 months ago, always get caught on things like towels, linens etc., not to mention my joints are getting creaky and painful (one knee and one hip), and I started taking glucosamine and chondroitin 2 years ago.
FIRST BOTTLE RESULTS: Took about 1 bottle to notice a subtle difference in my hair, and about a bottle and a half to see a dramatic change in my nails! Joints require LESS glucosamine and chondroitin now too! Skin is still dry, but it is the middle of winter now, so can't fault this product for that, but my skin didn't seem so thin, it actually looked thicker (for lack of a better word). Skin breakouts for me as an older adult, is almost non~existent now.
Half way into the SECOND BOTTLE RESULTS:
NAILS: have NO MORE splits/cracks and is back to being THICK and Strong again!!!! THAT ALONE has made a world of difference for me personally.
HAIR: resists breaking (and I have brittle graying hair) and less thinning, more fuller body. My hair used to fall out so much in the shower and when I brushed it, I could make a small bird's nest. Now only a few hairs are in my brush or in the shower drain. Phenomenal! My hairdresser even said "you've been taking care of your hair, I can tell, it doesn't break off as easily and it looks healthy" ... OK.. I didn't do ANYTHING different to my hair, but take this supplement. I told him that and he didn't believe me.
JOINTS: well I didn't take my glucosamine and chondroitin pills for two weeks and guess what, I don't need them anymore! I still have a twinge in my right hip and my left knee, but it is not painful, I can just tell I'm carrying too much weight on my body, but I'm working now to take the weight off to help that. No pill will do that, I have to do it for myself.
SKIN: I maybe have ONE zit a month, my skin used to be thin and ALWAYS cracking at the knuckles/fingers and so dry anything would give me a cut or scratch. Now my skin resists that, doesn't hurt as bad during the winter now, MUCH LESS thinner, more "thicker" and harder to cut or scratch, and feels more supple and fresher.
NOW...what else am I doing to help out my skin, hair, nails & joints?: Well, I JUST started drinking more water, eating more whole foods, cutting out the junk, and just started excising. I think that with this lifestyle change, as well as the collagen supplements, will help even further with the hair, skin, nails & joints!
THE CONS: You HAVE to take 6 big pills per day. I divide them up 3 in the AM, and 3 in the PM. That is the ONLY down side to this supplement.
Costco does sell it about $10 cheaper than Amazon, but you have to have a membership naturally. (Cost at the time of this posting is $19.99 at Costco, other than that, Amazon runs the next best price.
Is it worth it.. YUP! Just had to get used to taking all those pills.
Hope this helped someone. This is one supplement I will NEVER be without again, especially since I can see some awesome results. It won't be a life changer, but darn does it make it a lot better in these small, but important respects when your aging.