The Truth About Joint Formulas
Several companies offer supplements, and quite frankly, they aren’t all created equal.
But that’s why we’re here. To help you sort the bad from the good and find a supplement that will improve your health without all the guesswork that can come from these types of products.
As we see all the time, when a product is shown by studies to work, it can get popular fast. And that will often lead to a market that’s flooded with all sorts of different formulas–some of them much better than others.
This article will help you discover the joint health products that work for you–and what makes them so effective. We’ve investigated as many supplements as we could get our hands on, and as you might think, some were much better than others.
Before we even started, these were our major concerns:
- They sometimes don’t work: This is the biggest concern you should have. When products become popular, lots of companies will release any old thing hoping to cash in on a trend.
- They’re expensive: We’ve seen some joint care supplements that cost as much as $70 per bottle. That’s a lot of money to commit to a product that may or may not work.
- Side effects: Side effects are another major concern of ours–especially the ones created by fillers, synthetic ingredients, and binders. We only want to take natural supplements, and you should, too.
- Ingredients: The new joint supplements that are helping so many people include ingredients such as Natural Eggshell Shell membrane, Tumeric, willow bark, and boswellia. These ingredients have been shown to be incredibly beneficial to joint health, not only helping to reduce inflammation but to help joints heal, and they aren’t cheap–so companies that use them in high quantities are offering a great product.
So how can you tell which joint supplement will help moving again? Well, keep reading to see how we judged the supplements, and which ones made our cut.
On top of all the above, the first thing we looked for was reputation. Plenty of companies are happy to make money by jumping on a trend, whether their products work well or not. If the product you’re looking at isn’t backed by a reputable company, then you should steer clear. These people really only want your money, and don’t care about your health.
The second thing we looked for is the importance of third-party testing. After all, if a company isn’t willing to put their product to the test, then what are the chances it’s a good product? Companies that sell legitimate joint supplements aren’t afraid to have those products verified by others.
We also wanted to see how customers feel about these companies. Do they generally have good experiences getting their products quickly and dealing with customer service? This isn’t the most important benchmark, but we always love to see a company that actually cares about the people they’re helping.
Our Research Method
For a joint supplement to actually work, they need to include high-quality ingredients that have been proven to lubricate your joints. So naturally, the first things we looked at in our test were the ingredients.
In the end we tested as many products as we could, about 40 altogether, and put them to the test. Before we even looked at the full list of ingredients we searched for synthetics, binders, and fillers. These ingredients are almost never necessary in a supplement and are often used to mask an inferior product.
We also looked at what the company included and in what quantities. A lot of companies like to use trendy ingredients, but they use less than what was used in studies as a way to save money, making the supplement less effective.
Then we looked at the company itself and evaluated the company based on whether or not they’re attempting to cash in on the new joint health trend, how long they’ve been around, and some other metrics, such as their return policy.
And finally, we talked to customers directly to see if they enjoyed their experience working with the company–especially the all–important metric: would they buy from them again?
What Our Research Found
As we suspected, a lot of products failed to pass the initial ingredient test. Lots of companies offer inferior products that are loaded with unnecessary fillers, binders, and synthetics.
Good joint supplements obviously need to be loaded with Natural Eggshell Membrane, Tumeric, white willow bark, and beswellia (or at least include high quantities of half of those ingredients).
We wanted to see at least 400 mg of Eggshell Membrane, and 100 mg of the rest of the ingredients (though, some products had much more than that, which is always a great thing to see.
Among the companies that survived the first cut, there were some others who offered good products, but they didn’t hit our benchmark of 1,000 mg of key ingredients in a vegetarian capsule.
As we’re used to seeing by now, a lot of companies look to have popped up overnight, hoping to cash on a trend. And, like always, many of these companies offered products that just weren’t able to carry the weight.
These companies were difficult to contact, and often only offered one product, which always sets off the alarm bells in our heads. Naturally, we’d never recommend one of these brands to our readers.
This left us with only a handful of high-quality supplements from trusted suppliers. Of this group, though, there was one joint supplement that stood out from the rest of the pack.
Some of the people we spoke to loved this company’s joint supplement so much that they frequently take advantage of multi-bottle discounts so they can have several months’ supply.
The company is fantastic and has an industry-leading return policy, excellent customer reviews, and a supplement that met–and often exceeded–all of our criteria.
Our Top Picks
Out of everything we looked at, Whole Body Research was the highest quality supplement and the only one we can safely recommend you purchase.
They include all the ingredients we wanted to see (and never, ever use synthetics, binders, or fillers). That includes 500 mg of Natural Eggshell Membrane, 300 mg of Boswellia, 200 mg of Tumeric, and 100 mg of white willow. These numbers exceeded all of our minimums, and for the price, you won’t get more bang for your buck.
Similarly, Whole Body Research is an established company that makes supplements that customers love. They’ve been selling supplements for a long time, and they aren’t one of those companies that just pops up overnight hoping to get rich fast.
Whole Body Research prides themselves on only offering the highest quality supplements with the best customer support–and we believe it. Our analysis found nothing buy amazing things about this company.
On top of all this, they employ thorough third-party testing to guarantee their products are perfect before they offer them for sale. That’s the way we like to see supplement makers do things.
If you are looking for a legitimate source for all your supplement needs, Whole Body Research could be the one. Oh, and they back all their products with a 90-day, money-back guarantee–something none of our other finalists could offer along with an amazing product.
For a truly amazing joint formula, this is the company we recommend you buy from above all others.
The only downside of Whole Body Research is they frequently sell out. Their name is becoming more well-known and when they get a popular product, it sells out quickly. If they have their Joint Forumula in supply, we recommend you get it fast!
# 2 Second Choice: Instaflex Joint Support
Instaflex Joint Support
We also like the joint support supplement from Instaflex. Like Whole Body Research, Instaflex uses high-quality ingredients. The product also had a fair price, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the price isn’t quite right.
This is because the ingredient that we most want to see, Natural Eggshell Membrane, is replace by the more traditional Glucosamine. This helps the company cut a corner, but also means they’re missing the biggest thing in joint health going on right now.
They do include white willow, Tumeric, and Boswellia, though. So while the egg membrane is missing, we’re still happy to see this other joint-happy ingredients.
Instaflex doesn’t use binders or synthetic ingredients. But they do have a few filler ingredients that don’t really need to be there and don’t third-party test as far as we can tell. While this is nowhere near as effective as the supplement from Whole Body Research, it still earns our second spot thanks to positive customer reviews and a supplement with most of the ingredients we want to see.
#3 Third Choice: Natural Factors Natural EggShell Membrane
Natural Factors Natural EggShell Membrane
Natural Factors Natural Eggshell Membrane will round out our list of top supplements. These guys generally do a good job with supplements, but this one left us wishing for more. Like the others, they don’t use binders and synthetics, but that’s probably because they don’t use much else.
This supplement has the always-effective Natural Eggshell Membrane and a veggie capsule, and that’s it. This just isn’t enough to get higher on our list. Eggshell membrane is great, but when combined with the other ingredients we’ve mentioned, you get a truly amazing product.
So while this nice supplement gets a nod, it just doesn’t offer enough to make it higher on our list.
P.S. While Whole Body Joint Formula is the best joint supplement we’ve found, we would still love to hear about any others you’ve tried. If you have had a great experience of your own, please send me an email at Karen@ConsumersGuides.com with the details. We’ll check it out and if it looks good, we’ll post it here.