Will this finally be the cure to your joint pain? Or is Heal-N-Soothe a scam that is just going to get your hopes up for nothing... only to leave you with less money than when you started and the same joint pain?
If you look up reviews on Heal-N-Soothe you will find tons of positive testimonials all over Google, Youtube, etc... but the problem is that a lot of people are just promoting the product to make money selling it, which is why I decided to write my own review here.
In this review I'll be going over what exactly Heal-N-Soothe is, whether or not the ingredients will do anything, complaints, why I don't trust the company too much and more.
Enjoy & be sure to share this review if you find it helpful!
Heal-N-Soothe (I'll be referring to it as HNS at times) is a joint pain supplement by the company LivingWell Nutraceuticals the attacks joint pain from various angles with an array of natural herbs and proteolytic enzymes.
It's a fairly pricey supplement and the marketing behind it is a bit over-the-top, which is the reason many people are hesitant to purchase it.
While it does have potential to work, the main reason I'm not recommending this supplement to my readers is because the company is a bit on the 'shady' side, as you will see shortly.
In the promotional material there was a video I watched on how Heal-N-Soothe works that talked about your body's immune response to infection and how inflammation is a key part of this--but when you are eating foods that have gluten your immune system is basically "on" all the time and never "shuts off".
They also tell us that this increased and continuous inflammation going on from the continuous immune response causes an overproduction of fibrin--and this then makes it harder for nutrients and oxygen to reach cells in need.
So in a nutshell, eating foods with gluten, which is a toxin, causes increased inflammation in the body and leads to lack of nutrients and oxygen getting to your cells, which causes joint pain among other problems.
The reason join pain isn't a problem for people when they are young (in this case) is possibly because there are more proteolytic enzymes produced in the body which have the role of dissolving fibrin after it does its job.
Is there any truth to this?
Yes there is. Gluten isn't just bad for those with celiac disease. You can also have gluten sensitivity without having the disease. There is still a lot unknown about gluten sensitivity but it has been shown that people without celiac disease's health can improve when eating a gluten-free diet.
Inflammation that goes beyond your digestive system is very likely to affect joints and according to Dr Rochelle Rosian, a rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic, people with RA and gluten sensitivity experience less joint pain when they don't eat gluten (source: arthritis.org).
It is also true what they tell us about fibrin causing (or leading to) joint pain. Fibrin engages with inflammatory cells and "plays an important role in the inflammatory process and the development of rheumatoid arthritis" according to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
However, the misleading part of the whole sales pitch is how they make it seem that everyone's joint pain is stemming from gluten, which is far from being the truth.
While taking gluten out of your diet could very well do the trick, this is not a cure-all solution.
This is what they call this treatment.
Heal-N-Soothe contains proteolytic enzymes. So the goal is to increase the number of proteolytic enzymes in the body by supplementing more--and this will help get rid of the fibrin faster.
But this is just one way that it could help with joint pain. It also includes a handful of herbs that can help reduce inflammation among other things.
Let's take a look at the supplement label here and then I'll go over each of the ingredients individually.
These are enzymes that are produced by the stomach and pancreas. If you haven't heard of them before, maybe you have heard of them called by other names, such as peptidases, proteases or proteinases... which all refer to the same thing.
They are well known for their ability to digest proteins... which is what gluten is (gluten is a mixture of 2 proteins).
Our bodies produce these enzymes but, as mentioned, sometimes we don't produce enough and production normally will decrease with age.
You can get these enzymes naturally from foods like..
.. or you can take supplements like Heal N Soothe, which contains a 750 mg blend of different proteolytic enzymes.
This is a good amount if you compare it to natural sources. For example, about 0.3% of kiwi's weight is comprised of the proteolytic enzyme actinidin (source: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research). An average kiwi weights about 76 g, so if you do the math you are getting about 22.8 mg of the proteolytic enzyme per kiwi... a heck of a lot less than a serving of HNS.
This traditional medicine has been used for years and is very common in traditional Indian medicine.
It is traditionally used for a number of different problems, including arthritis and bursitis. Treating inflammation and pain is something that it is being more closely looked at in recent years.
A 2014 study in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found that an oral dose of the extract (125 mg) can increase pain tolerance and pain threshold... meaning that pain didn't bother patients as much.
However, the true anti-inflammatory potential of this herb is not well known and largely understudied.
Heal N Soothe contains 150 mg, which is a good amount and even more than many supplements on the market.
Turmeric is one of the most popular natural supplements for treating inflammation on the market right now. If you have spent any period of time looking into natural remedies for joint pain then I'm sure you've come across this. For example, Joint Pain Hack and Instaflex Advanced (other joint supplements I've reviewed) contain this too.
While it is just recently gaining a lot of mainstream popularity, it has been used for centuries. According to PBS it emerged in Ayurveda medicine in as early as 500 BC.
The compound found in turmeric that is largely responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties is called curcumin.
In a study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy curcumin was found to suppress the expression of pro-inflammatory mediators and "significantly" reduce osteoarthritis progression. However, strangely it didn't show any effect on pain relief.
This supplement contains 60 mg of "turmeric rhizome". We have no idea how concentrated this extract is and the potency can make all the difference in the world.
That said, even if this were standardized to 95% curcuminoids (which is what you want), it still wouldn't be very much.
These bioflavonoids are commonly used for immune support and can help increase vitamin C absorption, which can help with arthritis and other inflammatory problems.
In an 8-week study with patients suffering from osteoarthritis in the knees, citrus bioflavonoids were found to have anti-inflammatory effects.
This supplement contains 90 mg of this complex, which is a decent amount if you compare it to other supplements.
Now you might be wondering... if these bioflavonoids are being consumed to enhance the effects of vitamin C, then why doesn't this supplement contain vitamin C?
Well... what I can say is that vitamin C is easy to come across and if you consider yourself to eat healthy amounts for fruits and vegetables then you likely are getting enough of it. But it would be nice if they had included some here.
Ginger is yet another traditional medicine that has been around for ages... thousands of years.
The bioactive compound called gingerol is what gives ginger much of it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has been shown to reduce certain substances in the body that promote inflammation in the joints, which is why concentrated extract from ginger is sometimes used for arthritis treatment and similar ailments.
In a 2001 study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism 261 patients with osteoarthritis received either ginger extract or a placebo and were evaluated on their knee pain. The results--ginger extract had a "statistically significant" effect on reducing symptoms of OA...with a reduction in knee pain of 63% vs 50% in the placebo group-- maybe not all that significant though.
There are 90 mg per serving contained in HNS.
Native to the dry coastal canyon regions of California, yucca has long been used as a traditional medicine by Native Americans--to treat inflammation, improve digestion, increase circulation and relieve pain.
The plant is rich in phenols that are well known for their anti-inflammatory effects. Resveratrol is the most famous of them--which is also found in high amounts in grapes and grape products.
There are 90 mg of yucca root included here and no indication that this is a concentrated extract.
This organic compound is found in many different foods such as spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes and more... but in low amounts. It is also produced by the body inside the mitochondria of our cells where it actually helps in the production of energy.
This compound has been found to lower markers of inflammation in a number of different studies, which is why it has gained so much attention in recent years.
HNS contains 50 mg of such, which is a pretty low amount but still better than nothing.
A flavonoid known to reduce inflammation, rutin is also thought to treat a number of others conditions and be good for blood vessels.
A 2014 study in Inflammation Research found rutin to inhibit HMGB1 release, which is a mediator of vascular inflammatory conditions.
30 mg are included here per serving.
The last on the list is Devil's Claw Root Extract, which is another traditionally used medicine--this one from South Africa originally.
According to the website Versus Arthritis, Devil's Claw has been proven to improve osteoarthritis pain when compared to placebo in at least 3 studies.
In one study Devil's Claw's pain relief effects were compared to that of phenylbutazone (NSAID) and participants reported more pain relief and less side effects with it.
Altogether it would seem so... there is a lot of research proving such, however none of these ingredients have been very heavily studied and much of the claims are still somewhat based on traditional medicine.
Additionally, clinical trials proving their effectiveness on humans are severely lacking. It's one thing to test on animals and a good sign if there are positive results, but the results don't always transfer over to humans.
And another problem I see with these ingredients is that some of them are not concentrated enough. The turmeric for example doesn't seem to be a concentrated extract... and even if it were it would be nice if they would have included a complimentary ingredient like piperine to increase the absorption of such by the body.
That said, yes there is definitely a lot of potential here and it is likely that you will benefit from this concoction.
There are always some potential side effects. While looking into the individual ingredients I found some claims of nausea, upset stomach, headache, diarrhea, etc. from users.
Upon reading over reviews from people who have actually taken Heal N Soothe itself I found some side effects to be:
The pills are said to be 'spicy' so you might not want to take them on an empty stomach.
Note: It is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before taking any sort of supplement just to be on the safe side--especially if you are taking other medications!
The normal price per bottle is $59. These include 90 capsules and will last you one month.
They also offer a free trial bottle where you just have to pay shipping, which is $9.95 for US orders and $19.95 for international orders.
Now you may be thinking... this is one heck of a high cost of shipping for a small supplement bottle... and you would be correct to think this.
In my opinion this is NOT a "free" trial and I wouldn't be surprised if they are making money from it.
Cancelling Your Subscription
When you sign up to get a free bottle you are enrolling yourself in a monthly auto-ship program as well. It clearly states this on the website.
So a month from signing up to get your free bottle, you will be shipped another bottle, this one at $49.95, which is a 33% discount from the regular price. And this will be shipped to you every month.
The number to call to cancel your subscription is:
Or you can cancel online.
When it comes to customer reviews and complaints things aren't looking all too well. It does have an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, which really isn't too bad, but there are a lot of pretty nasty complaints both in the Amazon reviews and on other review sites.
But let's start off on a good note. Let's start off with the positive reviews. There are people who swear by this supplement when nothing else seemed to work... and I don't want to make it look worse than it really is in this review.
In the review below this customer claims Heal-N-Soothe was "the only thing" that worked for their chronic pain...
Here is another good review I found from someone claiming that it worked better for lowering triglycerides in the blood than the prescriptiomedication they were taking...
And here is another very positive review from someone who was at a dead-end and the doctors were of no help, but HNS worked with no side-effects...
Some of the top complaints that I think are worth mentioning are as follows...
Aggressive Emails - One thing that is for certain is that this product is marketed in an overly-aggressive manner. You might have noticed this if you've been receiving emails from them... and you may have even marked some of these emails as spam or junk... because they can be annoying.
Unauthorized Charges & Trouble Cancelling Account - One major complaint that I have come across quite a bit, and that is pretty concerning, is that people have been getting their credit cards charged without knowing it or even after canceling their subscriptions.
Those two complaints shown above I found on the BBB's website--and after looking around some more I came across other complaints on ComplaintsBoard about this too...
Lots of complaints about this from multiple sources... not a good sign.
Problems Getting Refunds - And as you can probably imagine after reading all of that, getting refunds from this company isn't exactly as easy as it may seem at first...
They won't refund it if opened?? How ridiculous is that?
On healnsoothe.com they mention that "you may return this package unopened for a full refund" in their Terms of Service, but there isn't really any refund policy that I can find.
They do however say that you can return it for a refund within 2 weeks if it doesn't work for you...
HOWEVER, I also found on another part of their website that you have a 90-day money-back guarantee... (or so they say)
So which is it?
I wish they would make it clear with a refund policy of some kind, but I can't really find what the real answer is to this.
Side Effects - As mentioned, there are some people complaining about side effects from taking this, although I will say that there aren't too many.
Several I found that were about the pills causing upset stomach and being spicy, like this one...
... and there were also a several like that below where it supposedly made their joint pain worse...
Upon all of the complaints about the company and how they give people trouble getting refunds and whatnot, I decided to look into them a bit more.
Not only do you want to be able to trust that they will hold up their end of the bargain if you do end up requesting a refund, but you also definitely want to be able to trust the company behind products you are putting in your body.
The company behind Heal-N-Soothe is Livingwell Nutraceuticals, and one of the first red-flags I noticed is that they can't even seem to spell their name right.
They spelled it right at the top of the page but as of this review the name is spelled incorrectly at the bottom of the page... It's missing an 'L'.
Going off of their profile on the BBB's website they are pretty much a ghost. They have been in business for a while but are not accredited, don't have a rating, and don't have any customer reviews or complaints.
The good sign is that they are based in the USA, which is much better than dealing with some company in some other country with less strict laws, and they provide their phone support number (800-248-1068).
That said, their address on the BBB's website is listed in Nevada and when you go to the 'Contact Us' page on the Heal-N-Soothe website it is listed in California.
But I guess companies often have more than one address for HQ's, return centers, etc... so this might be nothing to worry about.
The manager listed as a contact for the company is Jesse Cannone, who is actually the founder and CEO of the Healthy Back Institute (as mentioned in the complaints)--as well as a personal trainer and post-rehab specialist.
Things were looking better after seeing some qualifications this guy has... until I took a look on the BBB's website and found that The Healthy Back Institute's accredation was revoked and they have a F rating... not looking too good.
Overall the company doesn't seem to be all that trustworthy based on what I see here. I don't know about you, but this isn't the type of business I like dealing with.
I would not consider this a scam, although I know a lot of people are calling it such.
It's true that they do use some sneaky and 'shady' marketing tricks to sucker people into subscribing to monthly orders, which is pretty scammy I guess, but overall I wouldn't consider the product a scam.
While Heal-N-Soothe definitely does have some potential to help with joint pain, I'm not really recommending it to my readers due to the company not being all that trustworthy as well as the price being fairly high.
That said, it is your choice and if you are still interested you can purchase Heal-N-Soothe here.
Just don't expect it to be the miracle worker that it is often portrayed as being in the marketing material. Also, you have to give it a couple of weeks before giving up. Sometimes supplements like this take a while to show positive results.
I hope you enjoyed my review and found it helpful (and if you did please share!). Leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Joint Pain Hack is said to be able to completely get rid of joint pain in just 30 minutes, but can it really?
Or is Joint Pain Hack a scam that you would be better off avoiding?
If you are questioning the legitimacy of this supplement then good for you. The promotional material is ridiculous and my first impression was that it seems way too good to be true.
After starting to look into it, it seems that most of the reviews are just promoting it and not really offering very good info, which is why I decided to write my own.
Will it work? Is it worth the cost? Is it a scam? I'll go over all of this...
Joint Pain Hack is a joint health supplement manufactured by the company Nutrition Hacks, who is also behind Fungus Hack and Memory Hack.
There are 3 areas that are the focus of this supplement: reduction of pain, rebuilding cartilage, and re-hydrating the joints to keep them healthy.
However, I am hesitant to believe all that is said about this product because of how it is marketed and because some of the claims made simply don't make sense. For example: the articular cartilage that is in our joints does not regrow due to the fact that there are no blood vessels in the cartilage and red blood cells carrying oxygen cannot reach damaged areas.
This is all pretty well known.
There are a few different sales pitches floating around the internet promoting Joint Pain Hack but they are all fairly similar.
One popular one you might have seen is a video I took a screenshot of here:
.. and there is also a written text version I came across like this:
I'll be talking about the text version because it seems to be more heavily promoted right now.
Like many of the somewhat 'shady' health product promotions online, this starts out with a story (probably fake) about some guy named Sam Pitt (also probably fake) who has joint pain so bad that he almost kills himself--and of course this little incident leads to "the BIGGEST breakthrough to relieve joint pain that you or I will ever see in our lifetimes".
And of course we are told that this 'hack' can get rid of your joint pain in an incredibly small amount of time... "in as little as 30 minutes to be exact"...
As I was expecting to hear before I made it through the entire sales pitch, they of course tell us that the medical industry is covering up the truth and keeping this 100% natural joint pain cure a secret just so that they can make money selling us drugs like Aspirin and so on.
While I definitely don't trust the medical industry 100%, I trust this guy even less.
In the sales pitch I read, the guy claims he discovered this "secret" from a stuntman, and claims that it is a very common hack used by stuntmen all over.
The sales pitch is meant to scare people--to scare us into purchasing the product being promoted.
The backstory of this Sam Pitt guy is absolutely horrific--he has one of the most horrible cases of joint pain I've ever heard of--so bad that he almost kills himself over it.
...but of course there is a good chance it is all made-up... because it sounds an awful lot like some of the many other ridiculous sales pitches I've come across while reviewing other shady products, such as Ear Clear Plus for example.
As mentioned, one of the claims made is that this supplement can restore cartilage. It is said to have a chondroitin and glucosamine complex that "has been shown to rebuild the joint cushion [cartilage]".
BUT, also as mentioned, this doesn't seem to be possible. According to WebMD, "it has not been proven that glucosamine and chondroitin... rebuild cartilage"-- and there are plenty of other reliable sources that state the same thing.
In the sales pitch there is a lot of emphasis put on this supplement being the ONLY supplement with this special combination of ingredients..
The ingredients included (that I know of) are as follows...
"Agent Orange" - Yes, they literally call the one ingredient "agent orange", as if it is something spectacular and top secret, which it is not.
I'm guessing that they are referring to turmeric here, which I have read Joint Pain Hack does contain from other reviews.
Turmeric, or rather curcumin which is a compound in turmeric, does possess some pretty powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are well proven with research--HOWEVER, the quality and concentration of the turmeric extract is something I don't know, and this could make a world or difference.
Bioperine - While I didn't here this ingredient mentioned in the sales pitch, it is mentioned in other reviews and it makes perfect sense that it would be included here.
Bioperine is black pepper extract that helps increase the absorption of things like turmeric, which your body won't absorb very well all by itself.
Hyaluronic Acid - This is for joint hydration. It is produced naturally by the body, but supplementing some more can be a good. It is found in high amounts in connective tissue, the skin, and the eyes.
Chondroitin & Glucosamine - These two supplements are very popular in joint pain product, but their effectiveness hasn't been proven all that well. According to Arthritis.org and NIH.gov, there really isn't hard evidence showing that they help with arthritis conditions.
There are also other ingredients which I have had trouble finding out about. They are not stated in the sales presentation nor are they listed on the actual product page on NutritionHacks.com.
However, from reading what others have wrote online it seems that additional ingredients include:
Let me just put it like this: they definitely WILL NOT work like you are led to believe.
The science evidence supporting much of the claims made is lacking and overall I don't see anything that special about this supplement compared to others with the same ingredients, or at least much of the same ingredients.
I know they tell us that this supplement is "special" because it contains the perfect combination of everything, but this is just a marketing stunt and as far as I know holds no truth.
The price depends on how many bottles you want to purchase. Purchasing just 1 bottle costs $69 but if you purchase more the price is discounted as follows...
They claim that the original price for just 1 bottle is originally $99 and that the $69 is a discount to begin with, but this seems more like a marketing stunt to me--because honestly $99 for 1 bottle would be a massive rip-off, and even $69 for one bottle is still quite an expensive investment for what you are getting here.
Overpriced? In my opinion absolutely.
On the website it is stated that there is a 180 day money-back guaranteed. They specifically state that "we'll refund you to the last penny, no questions asked", but who knows how true this actually is.
*Note: You will have to pay for return shipping if you want a refund.
Your first step to getting a refund would be to contact the Raposo Fitness Enterprises support team (this is the company behind the Nutrition Hacks Company).
Lack of Information
The overall lack of information is a big concern for me, especially when it comes to supplements like this that you have to ingest.
Neither in the sales presentation nor on the actual product listing on the official website do they give a list of ingredients and the amount of each ingredient, and this is just one example.
Something that I find strange is how the company behind Nutrition Hacks, Raposo International Enterprises Inc., is registered in Barbados...
Why not in the USA? After all, the owner of this company is from the USA.
Could it be that the company is registered here to escape liability and get away with more unethical practices?... just a thought.
Also, does this mean you will have to return your products to Barbados, which would deter pretty much anyone from doing so due to high shipping costs?? Probably not, but I'm not entirely sure and it's also worth a thought.
The incredibly misleading promotions making this supplement sound like a miracle worker is obviously another major concern.
This brings up trust issues once again. Can you trust a product that is promoted in such a way?
While I wouldn't call this supplement a complete scam, it is pretty obvious that the company is misleading us with the promotions, much of which is likely made up and/or unproven.
Now if you call something a scam that is misleading and lures people to buy in like this then you could call it a scam. I guess it depends on what your definition of a scam is.
Joint Pain Hack does have some potential to help with joint pain, but overall I am very disappointed with what I see here. It certainly does not live up to the hype.
It does have potential to help reduce inflammation and pain, but since I don't know the potency of the ingredients I can't really say much here. It also can help keep your joints more lubricated with the hyaluronic acid it provides, so it's not a complete bust--but it isn't going to magically repair your damaged cartilage and will not work as claimed.
But like I said, it does have some potential and if you do still want to buy it you can purchase Joint Pain Hack on the official website here, but I'm personally not going to be recommending it.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments and/or questions below and I'll get back to you soon 🙂
Welcome to my Patriot Flex review!
Can Patriot Flex really get rid of your joint pain or is this another scam product that is going to be a waste of your money?
I don't know about you, but when I first came across this stuff it sounded a little bit too good to be true. It made me suspicious that it could possibly be another scam so I decided to dig a little deeper, to look into it more and really see if it is as good as people are saying.
In this review I'll be going over what Patriot Flex is exactly, the ingredients it has, whether or not it is really as effective as claimed, complaints and more.
Thinking about buying it? You are definitely going to want to read this first.
But before I get into all that, I first want to discuss the sales pitch a bit…
Now there is probably a lot of different promotional material out there, but the sales pitch I came across started out as you can see in the screenshot below…
At first I was wondering why the heck they were talking about some Pennsylvania coal fire, but then they kind of tied it all together and related it to inflammation in the joints.
Basically they were saying that, like this old coal mining town that has had fires burning underground for decades, the inflammation in your joints is also "smoldering" and can flair up at any time.
And of course Patriot Flex can supposedly fix that. They say it can...
The guy saying all of this stuff, who is named Jeff Reagan, is the founder of Patriot Health Alliance (the company that makes Patriot Flex).
He mentions some new "breakthrough" that has been discovered in which researchers have found that the protein complex NF-kB is the "spark" that "ignites" inflammation.
He claims that too much NF-kB makes your body produce more inflammatory triggers which further increases inflammation.
The key to decrease inflammation is to decrease your levels of NF-kB, but of course you don't want to decrease them too much because this protein complex is important for various bodily functions.
He says that the problem is that there aren't any products out on the market yet that target this particular problem… Except for of course Patriot Flex.
First off... The sales pitch sounds a little bit too good to be true and is a tad misleading. While NF-kB has been linked to inflammation, this certainly is not the "only" cause.
Also, after doing a little digging around I was able to find that some of the testimonial images shown on the sales page are fake.
As you can see below, these images are just stock photos that anyone can purchase online and use as they wish…
And by the way, I did a reverse Google image search to find out these images were fake, in case you were wondering.
There are definitely some red flags… BUT this doesn't make it a scam.
So without further ado, let's jump into this review and see whether or not this product is actually worth buying…
Patriot Flex is a roll-on pain relief product that is intended for use on the joints. It is basically a combination of different herbs that come from traditional European, Chinese and Indian medicine. The mixture comes in a roll-on bottle that is very easy to use.
Overall I'm not too impressed with this product. It definitely does have some potential to help with joint pain, but is it going to definitely get rid of your pain in particular? Who knows...
An ingredient called Leopard's Bane is what you could call the "main" ingredient. This has been used since the middle ages and is what we are told will inhibit NF-kB.
It contains what is called helenalin, which is what is responsible for inhibiting NF-kB.
And apparently this can even completely inhibit it's production...
But we don't want that!
We don't want to completely get rid of NF-kB!
Luckily much of what you are told is a bit misleading and the truth is that it will not completely inhibit it.
Leopard's Bane is more commonly known as Arnica montana.
At first I had no idea what this ingredient was until I heard the name Arnica. I am very familiar with this and have even personally used Arnica gel before as a treatment for Achilles tendinitis. I do think it could have had some effect but it was hard to tell honestly.
This is commonly used as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory but clinical trials have shown mixed results as to its effectiveness.
That said, there is a good study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine that shows it can inhibit NF-kB that I came across.
So there is some "proof", just not as much as I would like to see.
Besides this, there are number of other ingredients in Patriot Flex.
First off, while all of these ingredients are used to treat inflammatory conditions, such as joint pain, there is limited evidence of their effectiveness.
Second, we have no idea how much of each ingredient is actually included in Patriot Flex. The amounts are not listed and this is a problem. I get it, they don't want the competition to see they are "secret formula", but now we have no idea the dosages.
As I am writing this you can purchase one bottle for $33 or 5 bottles for $99, which is obviously the better deal based on how much you are getting.
However, this could just be a marketing stunt, who knows…
100% Natural - Patriot Flex consists of a blend of 100% natural ingredients. Of course just because something is "natural" doesn't mean that it is "good", but generally speaking it does seem to carry this meaning, at least a lot of the time.
The good thing about these natural ingredients is that you are highly unlikely to get any negative side effects from them.
Works from Many Angles - I also like the fact that there are quite a few different ingredients that can potentially attack inflammation from different angles. This is good because inflammation can have many different causes, so having many different potential treatments is obviously a good thing.
Easy to Use - And it is very easy to use. Simply roll it on the area where you are having pain. You don't have to get your hands messy or anything.
Misleading Marketing - The marketing for this product is a bit misleading without a doubt. They really over-hype the heck out of it and make it seem like it is some "miracle cure". They also refer to some of the studies in somewhat misleading ways, as I already went over above.
Rather Expensive - And it is pretty expensive. But I guess if it works it is probably worth it.
Patriot Flex is a concoction of different herbal remedies that come from European, Chinese and Indian traditional medicine. While they do have potential to decrease joint pain, and can attack inflammation from different angles, there is definitely no guarantee that this will work for you.
It's really hard for me to write a good review because I have no idea the dosages of the different ingredients included in this product. I do see that it contains many herbal extracts, which are ultra-concentrated extracts that could be effective, but I just don't know the amounts.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my honest review and found it helpful. If interested you can purchase Patriot Flex on the official website.
I'm not going to say "go purchase this right now!" because I don't like the marketing behind this and do think it is a little too expensive. That said, it does have potential as I've stated.
They do you have a 100% moneyback guarantee in place if you decide that you do not like it. However, I have no idea how easy it is to actually get your money back, because often times "moneyback guarantees" aren't quite what the seem.
Is Instaflex Advanced really some advanced new formula that is going to finally put an end to your joint pain? Is this stuff the real deal that you have been waiting for? Or is it all a bunch of hype… Is it possible that Instaflex Advanced is a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money?
The last thing you want to do is to waste money on another supplement that does not work, especially when it is a bit on the pricey side such as this one. We have all been there… Trying supplement after supplement for one reason or another and not finding anything that works.
But is this different? Well… Let's find out. In this review I'll be going over everything you need to know about Instaflex Advanced, including what exactly it is, how it compares to the original Instaflex, the ingredients in whether or not they actually work, side effects, when you should be taking it, what real users are saying about it, complaints and more.
Since you took the time to do some research and are currently reading my review, I'm guessing you already have a pretty good idea of what exactly it is, but anyways… Here's the briefing:
Instaflex Advanced is a new and "advanced" joint support formula brought to us by Instaflex. It is said to be "doctor formulated" and will relieve discomfort, improve flexibility, and provide joint relief in as little as seven days.
Overall I like the ingredients included into this is a promising supplement brought to us by a company that can be trusted… The downside being that it is a bit on the pricey side. However, it is all about what price you are willing to pay for relief.
This supplement isn't going to work for everyone, as I will talk about later in this review, but it definitely is not a scam and many people do see positive results after taking.
You may or may not be familiar with the original Instaflex, which is just called Instaflex Joint Support. I actually wrote a review on this supplement in the past and found the overall it is also a decent joint support supplement. However, I would say this new advanced formula is better, as you would expect.
The new "advanced" supplement is quite a bit different. It has some of the same ingredients, such as the legendary turmeric and boswellia, but offers additional new ingredients and does away with some old ones, like glucosamine and chondroitin.
Some another plus sides besides added benefits include that you only have to take 1 pill a day (versus taking 3 pills a day with the original version) and there is no ingredient that comes from shellfish so you don't have to worry about shellfish allergies.
Whether or not this supplement works all boils down to what ingredients it has.
Below you can see a picture of the label, which includes turmeric extract, resveratrol, Apresflex, UC-II, hyaluronic acid, and Bioperine…
So let's talk a bit about these ingredients starting off with turmeric…
You have probably heard of turmeric before. It was originally used in traditional Chinese medicine and is an ingredient in spicy dishes, such as curry but it has become increasingly popular throughout the Western world, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is nothing new when it comes to joint support supplements, or any sort of supplements that deal with inflammatory conditions for that matter. And while many of these supplements may be a bit overhyped, turmeric is a fairly well studied ingredient that does actually work.
The reason turmeric is effective against inflammatory conditions has to do with a chemical it contains called curcumin, which is a natural polyphenolic compound that lowers histamine levels and fights off inflammation.
In addition to having a good amount of anti-inflammatory properties there are added benefits, such as strong antioxidant power that can also be of benefit when it comes to aiding your body in the reduction of joint pain.
In this supplement you get 200 mg of the turmeric extract with every serving. This is a big improvement over the original version which only had 50 mg, which I complained about in my past review. That said, the turmeric here is only standardized to 82% curcuminoids while the original was standardized to 95%. Either way though, you are getting more curcuminoids with the advanced formula due to the much higher dosage.
Another big improvement is that it contains it Bioperine. This ingredient has a big impact on turmeric that I will get into shortly.
Resveratrol is next on the list and you get 100 mg of this. You may have heard of it before and, if so, there's a good chance you heard of it in wine. This high antioxidant ingredient is found in grapes, nuts, berries and more. Because of its high antioxidant content it is thought that it may help prevent cancer, diabetes, early aging and more.
In addition to being a good source of antioxidants it is also used for anti-inflammatory purposes. There is a good bit of information on the anti-inflammatory responses of resveratrol that I came across in a medical journal. Apparently the way it works is by inhibiting pro-inflammatory mediators, some activated immune cells, as well as the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that are active in the inflammation process.
The strange thing is, however, that some people actually report an oncoming of joint pain with resveratrol use. But this seems to be in rare cases.
Next up is Apresflex, which is just a name for a patented form of boswellia serrata extract. It is said to be a superior form compared to other boswellia serrata extract products out there. This included at 100 mg doses per serving.
You may have heard of this ingredient before because it is fairly popular when it comes to joint pain creams. There are quite a bit on the market that have boswellia in them and based on what I have seen they seem to get some pretty good reviews from users.
Boswellia serrata comes from a tree that grows throughout India and nearby areas. Again, this is another ingredient that has been used in folk medicine for ages and that has been proven by science to actually work.
Studies of this particular patented form of extract show that it has the potential to relieve joint pain in as little as seven days, helping with arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and other conditions with high levels of inflammation.
There have been studies performed showing that people who take 100 mg on a daily basis have showed "significant" effects when it comes to pain reduction in joints. This is good because there is 100 mg per dose in this supplement.
UC-II, which is in undenatured type II collagen, is said to be twice as effective as glucosamine and chondroitin which are ingredients that were used in the original formula. In addition to this you don't have to deal with shellfish allergies as you do with glucosamine, so this is a nice change of ingredients for the advanced formula.
This type of collagen is commonly found in joint health supplements, but probably not as commonly as it should be. The undenatured form of this collagen, which is the kind that is included in this supplement, has been shown to be more effective than denatured collagen.
UC-II has been shown to reduce enzyme secretion that breaks down the collagen and to slow inflammation. And besides slowing inflammation it is also a protein that plays a key role in the structural support of cartlidge tissue, which degrades in the aging process. In fact, it makes up 60% of cartlidge tissue and is absolutely essential for good and strong joints with healthy movement.
Hyaluronic acid is less commonly known but if you have been doing a fair amount of research on joint health you may have come across this. Although there is some controversy around the practice, some people get hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis, but it is somewhat unclear whether or not this is actually an effective treatment. Additionally you may have heard of people getting this stuff injected into their face to reduce wrinkles, which is kind of like an alternative to Botox.
Why is this stuff important? Well… It actually makes up part of the synovial fluid and vitreous humor, which lubricate the joints in the eyes respectively.
This substance tends to decrease as part of the natural aging process and it has been found that patients with arthritis tend to have lower levels.
All this said, there isn't all too much evidence that ingesting this orally will have positive effects, although it makes sense that it would.
Oh.. And by the way… The old formula contained only 4 mg of hyaluronic acid while the new advanced formula contains 5 mg.
Last but not least is Bioperine, which I was very excited to see on the list of ingredients.
What is this stuff? Well the name "Bioperine" is just a trademark the name for piperine, which is the extract from black pepper that is so darn effective at increasing bioavailability of nutrients.
In simple terms, Bioperine helps your body absorb more of the nutrients in this supplement and has been shown to be very effective when it comes to increasing turmeric curcumin absorption, which I actually wrote an article on
But this is no one trick pony. Bioperine has lots of benefits besides increasing absorption, such as improving cognitive function and mood.
According to studies it has been found that, in general, it can increase absorption by at least 30% and I have even came across studies that claim it can increase absorption by a heck of a lot more than that, but either way, a 30% increase is pretty darn good.
All of the ingredients on this list have at least some scientific backing behind them. There is nothing here that is based purely on myth or theory… They have all had scientific studies testing their ability to reduce joint pain either directly or indirectly by reducing inflammation.
Now will it work? Well… There is some controversy surrounding the effectiveness of some of these ingredients within the scientific community, as there always be, but overall it definitely seems that this supplement should have a positive effect on joint pain, lack of joint mobility, etc.
As with any supplement out there to be some potential side effects and it is always the safest bet to consult with your doctor before taking something like this. That said, there aren't any crazy ingredients in here and most people should have no problem taking this.
And there is no glucosamine so you don't have to worry about shellfish allergies like you do with the original Instaflex.
Some potential side effects that you could get from the ingredients included in this supplement could be upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, etc.
As stated, you should always consult a doctor. On their website Instaflex says that they are unaware of any specific interactions with medications. What this means is that if you are taking a mainstream medication then you are probably okay, but of course, like I said, ask your doctor first.
On the Instaflex website it states under their FAQ section that you should take 1 pill a day with water, but I slightly disagree with this. While I do agree you can take it with water, because of course need some sort of liquid to take it with, I think it would be better if you also take it having some food in your stomach so either right before or after you eat.
The reason for this is because some of the ingredients are better absorbed with food. Take the Boswellia serrata extract for example. This extract contains an important compound called AKBA that is fat soluble and absorbs much better if you take it with fatty food, instead of just with water alone.
How much of a difference will this actually make? Who knows… But if I were going to take this and wanted to give it the best chance of working possible, I would take it with a meal.
The big question… What are people who have actually taken this supplement saying? Are they seeing positive effects or are they seeing nothing at all?
Finding real user reviews is something I always like to look for when reviewing a potential scam supplement.
What I found here is a combination of good and bad reviews, as I would expect. However, the good outweighed the bad.
There are a fair number of people praising the supplement for fixing their knee pain. Knee pain seems to be one of the common problems that people are taking this before and have found relief while taking it. In fact, I was reading one review where a person was to the point where they were on crutches their pain was so bad and Instaflex Advanced help to relieve it significantly.
Is this going to be a 100% fix? Probably not. Based on what I have found most people have found it to give them some level of relief, not entirely getting rid of the painful condition.
The overall rating it has on Amazon isn't all that great, but it isn't bad either. It has a 3.8 out of 5 star rating with over 700 customer reviews…
So why the low star reviews? Well… Some of the more common complaints I came across are listed below:
The main complaint is simply that it does not work. Some people have tried this for an extended period of time and took it just as they were supposed to, yet experienced no positive results. This is just the way things are. You will never find a supplement that works for everyone and there are many reasons for this, some of which I will go over in a bit.
Free Trail Scam
I also saw several complaints about this being a scam. I am not completely aware of the situation, but apparently there is, or was, a free trial in which you could order a sample pack and pay $4.99 for shipping. However, the people complaining say that they all of a sudden got a full bottle in the mail later on and were charged nearly $75, in which they were billed automatically.
Like I said, I don't know exactly what is going on here, but I think it is worth mentioning. But although it is a complaint, negativity like this is not associated with whether or not the supplement actually works.
And of course there is the complaint that this supplement is simply too darn expensive. It is expensive and I completely agree with this complaint… Not much to say here.
Poor Customer Service
There were multiple complaints I came across about there being poor customer service. Most of these complaints seem to be coming from people who were trying to get refunds and had a very unpleasant encounters with customer service representatives.
And the last complaint worth mentioning is that some people have even experienced negative reactions while taking this. Yes, it is possible for this to happen, although it seems highly unlikely.
There our two different bottle sizes from what I have seen. You can either buy a 14 day supply for around $30 or a 30 day supply for around $60.
It is a lot of money, but they do have a moneyback guarantee in which they state that they cover you for 30 days after the product is shipped to you and if you are not 100% satisfied you can send back the unused portion and get a full refund.
I'm guessing you will have to pay return shipping however.
The reason I am including this section is because I think it is always important to know who manufactures the supplements you are putting into your body. In this case it is Instaflex, which is owned by Digital Direct LLC. The same company also owns other brands such as Nugenix, which is fairly well known.
It it is nice to see that they have an A+ rating with the BBB (not that this really means much) and that their products are being sold in trusted stores such as Amazon, GNC, Walgreens, etc.
So can they be trusted? It appears so.
One thing that everyone has to understand is that this supplement, although it may work amazingly for some people, will not work for everyone. The reason is because there are 100 different causes of joint pain and there will never be a "cure-all" supplement.
Just think about it… Your joint pain could be from arthritis, tendinitis, maybe some sort of sprain or strain, etc. And even arthritis alone has hundreds of different causes.
The treatment for different causes can be very different and while this supplement does have a nice lineup of ingredients that will attack joint pain from multiple angles, it still isn't going to cure everything.
In my opinion Instaflex Advanced is not a scam. It is a supplement that has good ingredients that are proven to work and has plenty of good reviews.
It seems that many of the people calling it a scam are those who have took the free trial offer and have been charged additionally without knowing. And in these cases I totally understand why they are calling it a scam. But like I said earlier, these complaints have nothing to do with whether or not the supplement works.
The decision is ultimately yours, but I do think that this is a very well formulated joint pain supplement and there's a good possibility that you could see positive effects from it. Now of course I have no idea what is causing your joint pain, but I am just talking in generality.
It is somewhat pricey but it might be worth giving a shot. You never really know and you try something like this. And if you are looking for the best deal, I would check it out on Amazon.
But anyways, I hope you enjoyed my review and found at least somewhat helpful. If you have any questions, any at all, please leave them them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Instaflex Joint Support is promoted as a one-stop solution to joint stiffness and joint pain, but is it really all that great? Will this stuff really improve your painful joint condition in a short period of time? Or is Instaflex Joint Support a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money?
The last thing you want to do is to waste money on another supplement that does not work. Sometimes it seems that more supplements out there simply don't work, rather than do. But is this different?
In this review I'll be going over all you need to know about Instaflex Joint Support, including what exactly it is, I'll be going over each and every ingredient, the potential side effects that you could face, what real users are saying about it and more.
If you are interested in this product but are a little bit hesitant to go through with purchasing it, you are definitely going to want to read this over.
* This is a review of Instaflex Joint Support not Instaflex Advanced.
Instaflex Joint Support Review
Name: Instaflex Joint Support
Type: Joint Health Supplement
Price: ~ $50 for a 30 day supply (varies)
Recommended?: Overall, yes
As I am sure you are well aware, Instaflex Joint Support is… Well… A joint supplement just as the name implies.
On the bottle it says that it can relieve discomfort, improve flexibility and improve mobility, which it does appear to be effective app for many people who try it.
One thing that I like is that it includes a lot of natural ingredients. And I'm not talking about the next big thing on the market, like ingredients that are over-hyped and sold at ridiculous prices… It contains ingredients that are actually proven to work, at least to some extent.
The downsides are that it does not work for everyone and it does not work for all types of joint pain, and of course it is rather expensive. Oh yeah, and you have to take three pills a day which can be a pain.
Below is a picture of the ingredient profile straight from the bottle. You can see that it contains glucosamine sulfate, MSM, white willow bark extract, ginger root extract, Boswellia Serrata extract, turmeric root extract, cayenne fruit, and Hyaluronic acid...