Questions about SierraSil’s natural joint relief products? Read through our FAQs and learn about recommended dosage and intake.

Who should take SierraSil?

SierraSil® is recommended for people from all stages of life – adults desiring joint support, seniors seeking to maintain independence through support for joint function; active people and athletes wanting to increase workout intensity; and anybody looking for a daily trace mineral supplement.

I need joint support – will SierraSil work for me?

Clinical and anecdotal evidence confirms that most SierraSil® users feel better in just two weeks. Try SierraSil for yourself and enjoy your day without any discomfort.

What is the recommended dosage of SierraSil Joint Formula14?

Take 3 capsules once daily with water on an empty stomach (one hour before or after a meal). Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day to support the multiple benefits of SierraSil Joint Formula14™. Take medications and supplements 4 hours before or after SierraSil Joint Formula14™. For larger bodies (folks over 180 lbs.) we may recommend taking 4 capsules for best results.

From what I understand SierraSil Joint Formula14 works best when taken away from food.  How is Joint Formula Curcumin different?

The Joint Formula Curcumin formula has half a dose of the SierraSil mineral complex with a full dose of Meriva Curcumin. Curcumin is the natural active ingredient in the spice turmeric, and is clinically proven to have a higher analgesic effect than acetaminophen at a 2g dose. In addition to reducing joint pain, Joint Formula Curcumin contains healthy antioxidants and calms inflammation. In Joint Formula Curcumin, the health benefits will come from the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and we’re not expecting much detox, hence the need for it to be away from food is less important.

For best results with Joint Formula Curcumin, the product should be taken with food (1 capsule 3 times a day right after a meal) as curcumin is lipid soluble and requires fats to get absorbed into the system.

What is a hydrothermal mineral complex?

SierraSil is a unique mineral complex sourced from a mineral deposit, an alteration of a volcanic tuffaceous rock as a result of warm acid fluids which came from significant depths to the surface along fractures in the parent tuffaceous rock millions of years ago.

What is the active ingredient?

The active ingredient in Joint Formula 14 is SierraSil, a clay-mineral sourced from a deposit in the Sierra Mountains with extensive clinical research for both safety and efficacy which has even earned the mineral two patents as a nutritional supplement for the treatment of osteoarthritis. SierraSil Joint Formula14 contains a variety of minerals, however, when examining the mineral content of SierraSil, it is important to consider that only minute quantities of each constituent mineral are actually released into the body upon ingestion. Therefore, Joint Formula14 cannot be considered a significant source of dietary minerals as the majority of the minerals in SierraSil JF14 remain in the clay matrix and pass through the body unabsorbed. For a complete mineral analysis, click here.

Why do I have to take SierraSil Joint Formula14 on an empty stomach?

SierraSil®’s composition naturally promotes absorption of the minerals.* When taken with water on an empty stomach, SierraSil® has a pH of about 3.5, which allows the beneficial minerals to be easily ionized and presented to the tissues to simultaneously replenish mineral deficiencies and support metabolic balance.* It is very important to always take SierraSil® on an empty stomach. If taken with food, medications or supplements the clay component of SierraSil® will become bound to food components such as fiber, phytates and phosphates, as well as your medications or supplements and will not be absorbed into the body but will instead pass right through with all the contents intact. If taking SierraSil with food and medications the maximum intended benefits will not be realized because the proper concentrations were not absorbed into the body.

Due to SierraSil®’s absorptive and adsorptive properties, SierraSil should be taken at a different time of day, at least 4 hours before or after taking any medications.

Why do you recommend increasing water intake?

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day keeps you hydrated and will complement the benefits of SierraSil®. It is important to keep your body hydrated to ensure cardiovascular health and promote the gentle detoxification properties of SierraSil®.* This will result in better absorption of vital nutrients.

Drinking sufficient water is a must with a mineral complex like SierraSil as it has absorptive properties and thus requires enough water is in the system to allow it to move freely through the GI tract. To increase fluid intake, options besides water include drinking natural, non-sugary green or herbal teas.

Will SierraSil have any interactions with my medication?

SierraSil does not have any specific interactions with medication, however due to the chelating benefits of SierraSil, with an abundance of caution we recommend taking SierraSil 4 hours away from medication as it may absorb the active drug in the inner layer. Thus it is very important for SierraSil users to follow the dosage guidelines and directions of use on the product label to ensure the effectiveness of both SierraSil and any concurrent medications or supplements. We’ve recently launched a 2 year research study with UBC’s Food Science department to further look at interactions with medication. For information on past and current research, visit our clinical support page.  

When will I start to enjoy the benefits of SierraSil?

Our clinical research shows that people using SierraSil® can start to feel better anywhere between a few days to a couple of weeks. It is important to note that the minerals in SierraSil® start to work in the first 2 hours after taking your daily serving. For some individuals it may take longer than the first bottle.