Sunday, August 23, 2015

With Grape Power Comes Grape Responsibilities

*I received this product free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Before we get into this review, can we just take a minute to marvel at the clever pun of a title I came up with? I'm pretty proud of that one and I hope at least ten of you cringed when you read it. Anyways, you aren't here to read about my obsession with terrible puns (or are you?), you came here to see what product I'm reviewing now. As I've talked about ad nauseum by now, my health is in the toilet. Between the health problems I already have and the fun of being on chemotherapy I'm not exactly the healthiest or hardiest person on the planet right now. I'm trying to take vitamins and eat really well lately, but I wanted to try and do something more to help my health. If you are into nutrition then you probably know certain types of food are rich in antioxidants, like pomegranates. Grapes are also high in antioxidants, but I'm pretty sure my digestive system would never forgive me for eating a ton of grapes right now, and grape juice has a TON of sugar in it. Wine is an appealing alternative, but thanks to one of my medications I'm an alcohol free blogger right now. Since those options were out, I went with a quicker and simpler option: grape concentration supplements.

They make everything in pill form, which is awesome for those on the go, those who don't like certain food groups, or those like me who can't keep a meal down half the time. These Muscadine supplements are made from the skins of the muscadine grape, which is well know for being full of good for you antioxidants and vitamins. The pills are 50% muscadine skin (for the vitamins) and 50% muscadine seeds (for the antioxidants), giving them a powerful punch. And they are 100% made in the USA, so you know you aren't getting some weird "vitamin" made in a sketchy factory overseas.

I've been taking these off and on for the last month, just depending on how well I'm keeping food down. I've noticed my skin and nails are looking pretty good, minus what the chemo is doing to them. And I feel like my immune system has been propped up and I actually avoided all the plagues going around my work for the last month. The only things I don't like about these are the size and the weird after taste/burps you get for about an hour after taking them. They are a pretty big pill, which might be intimidating for people who don't take tank sized medicine on a regular basis. And I'd worry about choking on one if I was sick and my throat was swollen. But over all I liked these and will continue to take them until the bottle is done. At $29.99 they're a little pricey for me right now, and my medicine budget needs to go towards the medicine that I can't live without (almost literally is some cases).

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