I recently had the opportunity to review two products from Pure Matters. Part of Pure Matters philosophy reads as follows:
Pure Matters puts your health and wellness first and foremost, insisting on supplements and vitamins crafted from the most wholesome, natural ingredients. Each formulation is perfectly balanced and tested to the standards of our company’s century of pharmaceutical heritage.
I have been pushing for a more natural lifestyle, which has been coming along slowly but surely (there is a whole “backyard chicken” issue in my household that is really holding up my master plan), so this is a philosophy that I can completely support from a company.
The first product I received was the Complete Biotic for digestive health. A biotic is apparently a combined prebiotic and probiotic. I’m not going to pretend like I remotely know the difference between the pre and pro, but I figure having both is probably a good thing. Having taken probiotics in the past, the first thing I did was to check and see if this particular biotic needed to be refrigerated. To my surprise, it did not! It was marked as “shelf stable”. At the risk of sounding weirder than usual, I actually have a better chance at remembering to take something if I don’t have to store it in the door of my fridge. What can I say, I rarely look in the door. That’s the condiment zone. Also of note is that this product is vegetarian, gluten-free and allergen-free, so all my dirty hippy friends (and my dad, who is not a dirty hippy but a longtime vegetarian) could take this pill with confidence. Being such, there is an almost over-powering vegetable smell when I open the bottle. I tend to take my vitamins and supplements with a smoothie so I don’t have to taste the pills, so these went down nicely. At the risk of TMI, I did notice one rather unpleasant side effect on Day 1; I was burping up a veggie taste. I almost nixed the whole thing after that, but it didn’t happen on the following days. Maybe the smoothie I made that first day did not play nicely. It’s hard to really correlate data as a non-scientic approach, but I did feel pretty good on those days I took it. I have the type of stomach that protests if I look at it the wrong way, but it was pretty uneventful the past few days.
The next product was the Sugar-Free Multi-Vitamin gummies for kids. They had me at sugar-free. And gummies. Here’s an embarrassing admission, but I do not like taking multi-vitamins unless they are gummy vitamins. Luckily for me, I’m not the only one as I’ve seen adult gummy vitamins. Now, having grown up on Flintstone vitamins, I’m pretty sure there’s all sorts of sugar and artificial crap in there to make me run away in terror. I’m the “strict” parent, apparently, who doesn’t let my kids drink soda on a daily basis and who doesn’t keep chips and snack cakes laying around the house. I’m picky about what I give them. The Pure Matters gummies are also vegetarian and gluten-free, and is free of artificial flavors. My kids, to get to the point, love these vitamins. I don’t even need to remind them to take them! Phoenix (the 13 year old) admitted the other day that he *may* have been taking too many, which is a whole other issue. (As the husband said “Put that in your review! He liked them so much that he may have overdosed on them!”) Sigh. But other than that, I’ve heard no complaints! Also, for reference, these don’t smell like vegetables but like delicious fruits. So that is totally a win.
Disclaimer: I received these products for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other way.