Sometimes it feels like my life is dominated by pills. I’ve got pills I take before breakfast, pills after breakfast, pills with lunch, pills after dinner, pills before bed. Pills, pills, pills, pills, pills.
Some of them, I’m stuck with (hooray genetic predisposition to high blood pressure!). But others are supposed to be there to make my life better. Like, for example, the regimen I take to support my joints.
Now, I’m not old (though I will gladly tell you to get off my lawn if you attempt to say otherwise), but the older I get the more I can feel my body slowing down. And I want to be going out and biking and hiking and dancing and… all the other things that I’ve spent my life doing. Hence, the joint pills. But oh, the pills. I’m pushing a dozen on a good day, plus some Tylenol on a bad one.
If vitamin gel is triggering flashbacks to retrofuturist visions of eating food in pill form and pills in food form, then you’re not alone. Personally, I’m not looking forward to spaghetti al capsulé, but I have to say that being able to toss back a day’s worth of pills in a single, orange-flavored shot is a much better alternative than trying to choke down a half dozen capsules in a single go.
But the real appeal of the microgel goes beyond just convenience. This patent-pending tech actually increases nutrient absorption by 165% and provides a 144% higher maximum nutrient level (as backed by this peer-reviewed study). My highschool biology is a little out of date, but thankfully, HealthyCell breaks down how it all works.
To form the microgels, the HealthyCell team starts by dissolving fat-soluble nutrients in natural oil and water-soluble nutrients in water. This fully solubilized form makes them easier for your GI tract to absorb, hence the significantly increased absorption rate.
From there, the water and oil are mixed together with natural emulsifiers to create a fully-soluble emulsion (think salad dressing after you shake it up). Natural ingredients are then added in to form a gel matrix which is subjected to high-sheer mixing (the scientific version of putting that salad dressing into the blender), which forms microgel particles that hold everything together.
At the end of the process, you wind up with a nutrient-rich gel that’s more easily absorbed by your body. And as an added bonus, you get to skip out on all those other synthetic, unnecessary “other ingredients” listed on your supplement bottles. No binding glues, fillers, coatings, or anti-caking agents, just the stuff your joints crave in the most effective possible form.
Tasting, tasting, 1, 2, 3…
With a semi-firm (gel-like, if you will) grasp of the science, and a much firmer appreciation of 165% better nutrient absorption, I decided to give HealthyCell a go.
Thankfully, the ordering process itself was simple enough – no need for groundbreaking technology there. I went with a monthly subscription to save about 10%, but you can save about 15% if you opt for a 3-month subscription. I scored free shipping by choosing a subscription, but you can also get them delivered with Prime if that’s more your speed.
Once it arrived at my door the biggest hurdle was the thought of taking (drinking?) the gel. Would it be goopy? Would it be slippery? And what would the orange flavor actually taste like?
You’ve got some options for your “delivery method” of choice. The HealthyCell website says you can “shoot it” (i.e. drink it straight from the pouch), mix it into a drink, or blend it into a smoothie. All enticing, but I decided to throw back to my younger days and take my first “shot” in years. The texture was surprisingly perfectly fine, easy to drink and not gloopy enough to linger around. The flavor was… honestly not bad! I was expecting Delsym cough medicine and instead got a pleasantly tart orange. On day 2 I actually mixed it in with water (it dissolved almost instantly) and enjoyed a glass.
How the supplement stack stacks up
So the science checked out, the ordering was easy, and the flavor and texture were pleasantly palatable… But the big question remained: would this actually help my joints?
All in all, the vitamins, supplements, and nutrients they included in the pack matched up almost 1-to-1 with what I had been taking before. Take a peek at their main ingredients and what they can do for your joints:
Curcumin – reduces joint discomfort and inflammation
Glucosamine – increases the cartilage and fluid around joints and/or helps prevent their breakdown
Chondroitin – helps keep cartilage healthy by absorbing fluid (particularly water) into the connective tissue
Omega-3 – promotes the reduction of inflammation in joints
Hyaluronic acid – increases the density of synovial fluid and delays further cartilage degradation and forms a protective layer between joints
Bioperine – helps with curcumin absorption
Collagen precursors – stimulates cartilage repair in joints, improving range of motion and reducing discomfort
Reviews you can gel with
No good review is complete without a proper review of reviews. So if you don’t want to trust just me, take a look at what other HealthyCell customers are saying about their experience with the Joint Health and Mobility MicroGel.
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Ditch bottles upon bottles of pills for a single daily microgel pack
Over 3,270 mg of joint health nutrients in a single pack
3 targeted joint health blends (11 pills worth) in one
Better absorption means 144% higher maximum nutrient levels
No synthetic binding glues, fillers, coatings, or flow agents
Can be dissolved in drinks or mixed into smoothies
The blends are as-is, no customizing your stack
The flavor is definitely strong (though I liked it!)
Put some healthy in those cells
I’ve officially been using HealthyCell’s Joint Health & Mobility microgels for over a month now, and the results have been great. I’m feeling – if not limber – significantly less achy. More mobile. More ready to take on my day. And more and more grateful to cut down on my daily pill count.
My throat no longer chafes from the amount of huge capsules I have to swallow. I no longer have to carry an embarrassingly large pill organizer that rattles as I walk. My wallet no longer suffers from re-upping expensive supplements on a regular basis. Instead, I take my simple, delicious, convenient gel packs every morning, without a care in the world. And then I go and climb Mount Everest – or at least feel like I can.