Back in April I was contacted to review one of Swiss Natural’s supplements, Microlactin. I will be honest when I say I initially wasn’t too excited. I am really bad at remembering to take pills of any sort and know that I never reap the full benefits of anything because of my forgetfulness (or laziness). When I read about the product though, I became interested because of it’s claims. The box says that it helps to relieve joint pain caused by osteoarthritis…but I don’t have arthritis. So why would I want to try this product?
It helps to relieve stiffness and joint pain associated with activities that we do every single day. Athletes like me (and a lot of you) know what it’s like to have stiff muscles and sore knees, especially after a long run or a gruelling heavy leg day at the gym. So I decided to make an honest effort and try the Microlactin until I finished then entire container (120 capsules). It lasted me a day or two longer than it should have because I forgot to take the second dosage on a couple of days (whoops!).
I started taking the Microlactin on May 20th. I wish I had gotten it earlier so that I could have tested it out for the two races I ran because of how much pain I was in (read my recaps here and here). It would have been interesting to see if it would have had an impact on my recovery time. I started taking it shortly after, while continuing James Wilson’s program and training for the Ride for Heart.
What I liked:
- I felt changes after about two weeks of taking the Microlactin (just as the box states).
- I started to feel as though I could bounce back from my workouts (weight lifting + sprints) a lot faster than usual.
- The day after my ride wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be (considering how sore I was during riding). I have never done a 50km bike ride before so I’m not 100% sure what I was supposed to feel like but I was pleasantly surprised.
- I had no joint pain despite introducing a new activity (biking) to my current fitness routine (I’ve suffered from severe knee and ankle pain in the past).
What I didn’t like:
- The main ingredient is bovine milk, milk protein concentrate (I have been trying to stay away from animal products as much as possible)
- The recommended dosage is 4 capsules twice daily (so 8 capsules a day). That’s A LOT of pills. And they are BIG.
Though the supplement is animal-based, it didn’t affect my body negatively the way dairy often does. I think I am going to consider trying it again during my next half marathon/marathon training program. When I am running excessive miles, I know my knees suffer a lot so I would like to see if taking Microlactin will help in my muscle stiffness, joint pain, and recovery. James Wilson’s workout aren’t a walk in the park so if I am bouncing back with my game face on each day, I imagine Microlactin will make a great addition to my recovery routine when it comes to race training again!
Do you take any supplements?
Disclaimer: All of the observations and opinions expressed are my own. Swiss Natural compensated me for sharing such observations and opinions.