Ingredient Spotlight: MSM

When you hear the word sulfur, you might think of a yellow substance, the smell of rotten eggs or a hot spring. That distinctive smell is from sulfur, or sulfur dioxide, a form of sulfur often used in metallurgy, rubber vulcanization, and petroleum refining. It is toxic to the body.

Methyl-sulfonyl-methane (MSM), on the other hand, is an organic form of sulfur that can be safely digested and absorbed by the body. It is stored in the muscles, skin, bones, nails and hair; however, our body cannot make it. We must get it from food (found naturally in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, poultry, and eggs), or supplements.

MSM is an organic, food-grade sulfur found in all plant and animal tissues. It is white and odorless. It is both a mineral and an element found naturally in the protein of plants, animals and humans. It is necessary for many important functions in the body.*

Organic Sulfur by PURE

Our supplement consists of 99.9% pure distilled MSM sourced in North America, has no added fillers, binders, excipients, artificial ingredients, or flow agents. It is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

“Research shows that Organic Sulfur can help balance inflammatory mediators in the body. When there is imbalance, we are going to have issues,” said Darin Blackhurst, PURE Director of Research and Development and Quality. “Clinical studies show that we are using the right amount in our product, 6 grams a day. The people in the study who took the product actually had an improvement in joint mobility and flexibility.”3

Benefits of MSM:

  • Improves flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health.*
  • Can alleviate discomfort that may follow challenging exercise sessions.*
  • Assists with the elimination of cell-damaging free radicals in the body.*
  • Helps promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.*

Ways to take Organic Sulfur

Organic Sulfur is available in both capsule and powder form. Some people may have trouble stomaching the bitter taste of the powder. To make it more palatable, you may want to mix it with GPS Hydrate,  GoYin or even coffee. Or, add a light juice or sweetener to offset the bitterness. The more water you add, the less bitter the taste. Take three capsules twice daily, preferably in the morning and the evening, on an empty stomach; or mix one level teaspoon into warm water or drink of your choice to dissolve crystals and consume.

Is organic sulfur an ingredient in sulfa pharmaceutical drugs?

No. Organic sulfur is a nutrient, a necessary part of natural chemical processes in the body. Sulfa based drugs or sulfites are forms of inorganic sulfur. Sulfa drugs are synthetic; they do not occur naturally. They are used as antibiotics, which in some people cause allergic reactions.3

1 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/wellness-prevention/msm-sulfur-vs-sulfur/

2file:///C:/Users/jevans/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/2LYPPR1A/Methylsulfonylmethane%20Applications%20and%20Safety%20of%20a%20Novel%20Dietary%20Supplement%20Nutrients%202017.pdf

3 http://www.falconblanco.com/health/msm/faq.html

Meet Lynn and Sherry Pippen, PURE IBOs

Lynn and Sherry Pippen joined PURE in 2015 after Lynn was approached by a dear friend whom he had served with in the military.

Lynn is a Platinum Director with PURE and a retired U.S. Army Colonel. Sherry is a general dentist and owner of Oak Lane Family Dental Clinic in Mississippi.

The Pippen’s weren’t interested in taking on another business venture, but they saw value in the PURE business. They chose to invest in the company should they decide later to pursue a business.

Physical fitness has always been a big part of their lives. Lynn maintained a high level of physical activity during his tenure in the Army and continued this into his retirement and second career.  However, he had compounded problems with his shoulder, back and knees due to various athletic- and service-related injuries. With the advice of his orthopedic physician, he gave up his love for long-distance running.

Lynn shared his health issues with his new PURE family who then shared the products with him. Lynn started taking the products and subsequently changed his lifestyle. He was able to return to jogging after being told that he would never run again. He beat the odds and ended up competing in eight half marathons and two half ironman triathlons.

Sherry and Lynn have both seen spikes in their energy levels. They “turned back the clock” in many ways. With their confidence in products by PURE, they began sharing them with others, through they were not yet consistent with building their business. They came to value and admire the leadership in their upline who encouraged them to attend a PURE event in Dallas, Texas in October 2017.  After meeting the leaders face-to-face and experiencing the sheer “class” of the company, they decided to get serious about their PURE business.

Lynn says, “Our story isn’t a fast-paced, knock-your-socks-off story of growth straight to the top, but Sherry and I love and believe in PURE.  Our advice to IBOs is to remember the value in what PURE offers and to be resilient in the quest for your business goals.  Latch on to your leadership team and allow them to guide you to victory.  Many say that we’re in the health and wellness industry, but Sherry and I would argue that we’re in the business of improving lives.  As long as that continues to be our goal, rank advancements will come. Above all, our prayer is that people will see us as a light for our savior, Jesus Christ, and a beacon of hope for their health and financial needs.  PURE offers us a chance to share compassion with the masses as we’ve never had before.”

Lynn’s favorite products are GoYin and Organic Sulfur; Sherry likes Metabolic ONE.

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Meet Mark Kobe, PURE IBO and U.S. Army veteran

The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, but for Mark Kobe, Independent Business Owner (IBO), the PURE products and opportunity made the transition that much easier.

Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1995-2015, stationed in New York, North Carolina and Maryland, as a Signals Intelligence professional and Spanish linguist. He received the Air Medal and other medals for deployments to Afghanistan, Africa, Bosnia and South America.

Mark is most proud of the time he served with a Special Missions Unit in Maryland. He was one of less than 1% of the total military who was accepted into this unit.

Mark stated, “I had the opportunity to take part in historic missions and work with some true heroes. The places that I got to see, the missions that I was a part of and most importantly the quality of the people that I got to work with will always stay with me as the best time in my military career.”

After retiring, he was employed under the Secretary of Defense. He discovered PURE: People United Reaching Everyone in August 2018.

PURE gave Mark and his wife a vehicle through which they could reach their financial goals and generate residual income for their future. After retiring from the military after a full 20-year career, Mark was starting from scratch at the age of 46. He wanted to add another stream of income to his pension and disability. 

“PURE is providing for us, as long as I am willing to put in the time and effort.  As I struggle to understand how to be successful in this line of work, I find that I’m constantly reading books,” said Mark. “I have improved my personal relationship with Christ as I spend hours reading the Bible and have put my PURE business in his hands to support us. Daily Detox and Mila are my wife’s favorite products. My favorite is Organic Sulfur. I have full range of motion in my knees for the first time in a long time and I’m no longer taking glucosamine.”*

Mark decided to forgo his usual workout supplement regime to try PURE’s GPS line of products. After using all six products for three months, Mark noticed results, as did his friends and family whom he exercises with.

Mark stated, “The pre-workout combination of Adapt, Energize and Circulate is unlike any other pre-workout regimen that I have ever used. I don’t get the “shakes” that I would typically get with most pre-workout supplements. GPS Hydrate keeps my energy level high throughout my workout. GPS Rebuild post-workout supplement is awesome; the taste, the mixability, everything is top notch! With Reset, the cycle is complete. The energy it provides is amazing!”*

Mark is a true hero in our eyes. He is living the PURE philosophy by sharing the opportunity and the wonderful benefits of our high-quality products with others. We are blessed to have him as part of the PURE family.

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Ask the Expert answers your product questions

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: How many Organic Sulfur capsules are equal to one scoop of Organic Sulfur?
A: Three capsules (1 g x 3 = 3 g) equals 1 scoop of Organic Sulfur (3 g). The Recommended Use on the label suggests 3 capsules as one serving.

Q: Is it possible to eat too much Mila?
A: Mila is a high-quality, 100% natural food. One serving contains 5 grams of dietary fiber, which helps with intestinal regularity, cardiovascular health and blood sugar maintenance. Consuming too much fiber, especially if your body is not used to it, can cause gastrointestinal upset. If you experience GI upset, take less than the recommended 2 Tablespoons and build up to this amount as your body adjusts to an increased intake of fiber. Drink plenty of water when taking Mila. The recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams.*

Q: What is the source of the natural vanilla bean flavoring in Greens?
A: Natural vanilla originates from Madagascar, Indonesia and Mexico.  Vanilla beans are extracted, purified and made in the U.S.

Q: What are the natural flavors and colors that are used in products by PURE?
A: Natural flavors and colors are from vegetables, fruits and other natural sources such as vanilla and cacao beans.

Q: Which products by PURE contain vitamin D?
A: Daily Build has 800 IU of vitamin D3, the highest amount. CalciuMK+ has 600 IU. Immune6 and GPS Reset have 500 IU. 360 Complete Shake has 200 IU. GPS Rebuild Chocolate has 40 IU of D3.  Please check the product labels for ingredients and amounts.

Q: Which products help support circulation and blood flow?
A: Typically, Goji has been used to support circulation. GPS Circulate provides amino acids like L-arginine and L-citruline, which help promote the production of nitric oxide N.O. in the body. N.O. helps promote circulation and blood flow.*

Q: Do you use any synthetic ingredients in your “natural flavors”?
A: There are no synthetic ingredients in our natural sweeteners and natural flavors.

Q: What is glucose polymer derived from and is it something that is good for the body?
A: Glucose polymers are an important source of carbohydrates in dietary supplements. Glucose polymers are large molecules composed of many glucose molecules. They provide more energy at a given osmolarity and are absorbed at a faster rate than glucose alone. Glucose polymers also improve the consistency of beverages made from powdered mixes. Glucose polymers are responsible for the creamy texture in products like ENERGY, 360 Complete Shake and PURE Café.

Q: Are any products by PURE tested on animals?
A:  None of the products by PURE are tested on animals.

The Fountain of Youth

On a daily basis, I consult with patients who are searching for the secret to younger-looking, glowing, healthy-appearing skin. The discussion usually begins with my riffling through their shopping bags full of expensive moisturizers and serums that they’ve purchased from a leading department or health food stores. The discussion usually ends with me choosing one or two of these high-end creams that may have some positive impact on skin appearance and health. But, we also have to discuss the fact that the skin is a living organ. So, just as important as it is to treat one’s skin from the outside, it is also important that we nourish the skin from the inside in order to promote and prolong its youthful appearance.

At PURE, we have mastered anti-aging skincare in the traditional sense with the development of Ciello, a revolutionary blend of peptides and botanicals that markedly reduce skin dullness, inelasticity, sun spots and other signs of aging. Besides maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, what else can we do to slow the signs of aging, while getting closer to that proverbial “fountain of youth”?

Sulfur – the ancient element

One of the oldest antimicrobials known to man is elemental sulfur, which has historical references dating back as early as the Bible. It is used in over-the-counter and prescription acne medications and prescription antibiotics for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Many people seek out the opportunity to bathe in natural hot springs, as it is believed that the sulfur content of these waters is helpful in healing skin irritations and rashes, and other ailments.  Sulfur is also found in plants, human and animal tissues and is the most abundant element in the human body. The mineral is also known to be important for the synthesis of collagen, a major component of skin, hair and nails. Because our bodies cannot manufacture sulfur, it must be obtained in the diet from fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, eggs and poultry. Supplementing with Organic Sulfur may be helpful in slowing the collagen loss that results in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, keeping the bacteria and fungi that cause blemishes at bay and growing longer, stronger and healthier looking hair and nails.

The “Beauty Berry”

Its nickname alone, makes the inclusion of Acaí Superfruit juice, a daily part of your skincare routine. Besides being packed with proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, acaí is known as the “beauty berry” because it is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants. In fact, the fruit of the acai palm tree, native to Central and South Americas, reportedly has a greater antioxidant content than other berries most common to the American diet, including raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Why is this important?

To some degree our skin is going to age naturally over time, through normal quiescence of cells and breakdown of collagen and elastin, which gives skin its plumpness and smoothness. At the same time, aging can occur at an accelerated rate when we are exposed to free radical damage.  Free radicals are produced from environmental toxins like tobacco smoke and radiation from the sun, or even the byproducts of digested foods. Antioxidants play a huge role in the body’s defense against the aging process by blocking free radical damage to our skin and other tissues.  It is believed that ingesting antioxidants is just as important, if not more so, than applying them topically to the skin. Acaí Superfruit juice sets itself apart from other acai juice supplements by containing the juice of the whole fruit – pulp and skin. So, you get the maximum amount of the good stuff in its purest form.

The “Happy Berry”

Like acaí, the goji berry or “happy berry” also contains antioxidants. Both fruits are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are believed to be the two fats most important to good health. These fats are aptly named because they perform essential biological functions in humans and must be obtained from food — they cannot be manufactured in the human body.  Besides being critical for good cardiovascular and neurological health, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play key roles in proper skin functioning and appearance and in hair growth.

In ancient Chinese medicine, the goji berry is well known for promoting a sense of calm and well-being, healthy sleep and longevity. Goji Superfruit juice contains pure goji berry juice undiluted and without other juice fillers. It is also high in vitamins A and C, two vitamins that are necessary for healthy-appearing skin and hair growth and for collagen synthesis. Remember we briefly discussed collagen above. It is the key to skin thickness in youthful skin. Vitamins A and C help to slow its age-related breakdown, delaying the onset of thin skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

So, is there truly a fountain of youth? Probably not.  But, Organic Sulfur, Goji Superfruit and Acai Superfruit may help bring you a little bit closer to it. Learn more about these products at livepure.com.

 

Dr. Tanya Reddick Rodgers, a PURE Wellness Advisory Board member, is a board certified dermatologist with extensive training in general, pediatric, and cosmetic dermatology, and dermatological surgery. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed her residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where she served as an integral part of the Multicultural Skin of Color Clinic designed to meet the unique skin care needs of all of those with skin of color, including the African-American, Asian, Latino, and Middle-Eastern communities.

Dr. Rodgers is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a Diplomate for the American Board of Dermatology, and a member of the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

In addition to her professional societies, Dr. Rodgers is a published author in peer-reviewed journals and a dermatology treatment textbook. Her greatest motivation is in ensuring the best aesthetic results possible for her patients.

*Wellness Advisory Board members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board.

 

It’s Shark Week — make no bones about it

We’re celebrating Shark Week at PURE! For all the fans of these incredible fish, did you know that humans have some “shark” in them?

For one, sharks have almost the exact same eyes as we do, with retinas that contain both rod and cone cells.1 Two, we both have cartilage in our bodies, a very important and necessary structural component.

Sharks are all cartilage. In fact, there is not one bone in their body. Zero! Cartilage, or connective tissue made of protein and elastin fibers, makes up their thick skin. Their muscles are attached directly to these fibers.This lightweight, external skeleton provides support, yet allows for flexibility so they can swim faster, evade predators and swiftly catch their prey.

In humans, cartilage provides cushioning between our bones, specifically our elbows, knees and ankles. Think of it as “shark absorbers”! Our ears and the end of our nose are made of cartilage. There is cartilage at the ends of our ribs, between the vertebrae in our spine and in our bronchial tubes. Unfortunately, it takes years to rebuild and repair cartilage, simply because it does not have its own blood supply to provide regeneration, as other tissues do.

Add Organic Sulfur to your daily regimen to support joint health.* For exercise, swimming is one of the best low-impact forms you can do for joint health. Just don’t go swimming with the sharks, unless you’re swimming from the safety of a shark cage!

You and organic sulfur are a joint effort.

Organic Sulfur by PURE is important in collagen production.* Organic sulfur is both a mineral and an element and is naturally found in the protein of plants, animals and humans. The body cannot make sulfur on its own; therefore, it must be obtained from a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables and grains.

The ingredient, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), is a naturally occurring dietary form of sulfur, and is necessary for many important functions in the body. Organic Sulfur contains 99.9% of this form of sulfur.

Organic Sulfur:

  • Is important in collagen production, the main supportive protein of tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone*
  • Consists of 99.9% pure distilled MSM sourced in North America and has no added fillers, binders, excipients, artificial ingredients or flow agents
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan
  • Available in capsules and powder form

MSM:

  • May improve flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health.*
  • May help alleviate discomfort that may follow challenging exercise sessions.*
  • May help promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.*

Purchase Organic Sulfur today at livepure.com.

1https://www.deepseaworld.com/blog/sin-categoria/our-distant-cousins-how-much-do-we-have-in-common-with-sharks/

2http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/p_cartilage.htm

3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372953/