Can you really use BENGAY for toenail fungus and is it effective?
There are so many home remedies out there for this nasty little condition, but the problem is that a lot of them simply DO NOT WORK.
Using BENGAY is just one of many out there. It’s cheap, you can find it at just about any store, and it is well-known to be safe, so there are a lot of reasons why this is something a lot of people are looking into using. HOWEVER, if it doesn’t work there is obviously no point.
So does it work or doesn’t it?
The answer is a bit complicated. It definitely does have potential. But before we get into all of that, let’s first talk little bit about nail fungus itself.
Onychomycosis is the technical name for this condition. It can have various causes, but the most common cause is that of a dermatophyte, which is a type of fungus.
Some common symptoms that you may experience if you do have onychomycosis include…
And then of course if you do have some of the symptoms they may also be accompanied by foul faces from onlookers.
Nail fungus is a big problem and some estimates state that around 10% of the population have it, although many people have just minor cases.
You are more likely to develop a fungal infection if you…
This is why toenail fungus is so much more common than fingernail fungus. It is possible to get both, but because the toes spend much of their time inside shoes and live much of their life in dark/damp environments, fungi are much more likely to thrive in this area.
BENGAY is a topical pain relief cream that is used for temporary pain relief for minor aches/pains of muscles and joints. It is a well-known name brand product that can be found that pretty much any store, your local Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, etc.
But… Like VICKS VapoRub (which I will talk more about in a minute), BENGAY also has multiple uses besides that which it is marketed for.
Now one of the uses of course is that it can help treat toenail fungus, which is the point of this post I’m writing. And… It does have some potential.
Well… lets take a look at the ingredients included in a tube of BENGAY and you will see why there is definitely some antifungal potential here.
A look at the ingredients..
Listed above are the 3 common “active ingredients” that you will find in a normal tube of BENGAY. There are some different variations of BENGAY out there that include additional ingredients, but these are the “core” ingredients if you want to put it like that.
Camphor is something that I’ve seen before used for its antifungal effects. It’s most commonly used topically for pain relief and as an anti-irritant (makes sense… after all this is BENGAY), but does have antifungal properties. A study published in Biological Research shows that it was able to inhibit fungi growth to some extent, although this study wasn’t conducted specifically on nail fungus.
Menthol, which gives BENGAY some of that really nice refreshing smell, is often used for reducing inflammation, as a soothing topical treatment for pain and for respiratory problems. As far as antifungal activity goes, there has been some research looking into it. One study found it to be at least somewhat effective at inhibiting both bacterial and fungal growth, and another study showed supporting evidence of antifungal activity.
Methyl salicylate also helps with the smell that BENGAY has. It is the oil of wintergreen and is widely used for pain relief. It is particularly effective at reducing inflammation which could also help with the healing process of nail fungus infections.
Unfortunately there isn’t any direct evidence that shows BENGAY to be effective against toenail fungus. What I mean by this is that there have not been any studies specifically testing out its effectiveness against such a condition. That said, there is obviously some indirect evidence as shown above that suggest it can be effective, at least to some extent.
All three of the active ingredients show some promise as a treatment for toenail fungus.
Now I mentioned a bit ago that I wanted to talk some about VICKS VapoRub. And the reason for this is because it is a very similar product. In fact, it actually contains 2 of the 3 active ingredients in BENGAY… Which are camphor and menthol.
However, the amounts it contains are different. It has slightly more camphor than BENGAY, yet has much less menthol than it. And it has no Methyl salicylate.
That said, VICKS VapoRub has several other ingredients contained in it that could help increase its effectiveness, such as cedarleaf oil for example, which has shown antimicrobial activity in lab studies.
You would probably get very similar results no matter which product you use because they are so similar, however, if I had to pick between the two I would probably go with VICKS VapoRub. I think it has the edge by a small amount.
If you have a table of BENGAY lying around then why not give it a try?
It defintely has “at least some” potential to fight off a case of toenail fungus. Now whether or not it is going to make much of a difference depends on a lot of things, such as application, the severity of your infection, and so on. But it still might be worth a try.
If you do decide to try it out be sure to clean the infected area as much as possible, which includes filing down your nail and getting all the dead debris out of there. When applying, get the BENGAY all around your nail and underneath as best you can. Apply it liberally and even to the skin around the area… This isn’t going to hurt you.
A Better Option: Emuaid MAX
If you are willing to spend a bit more money then you might want to take a look at Emuaid MAX, which is another product that you would be applying topically. It is one of the very few toenail fungus products that we actually recommend here at Operation Wellness.
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Is VICKS VapoRub for toenail fungus effective?
There our a lot of home remedies out there for curing toenail fungus, but a lot of them simply do not work. You have apple cider vinegar, Epsom salt baths, all the essential oils, etc.
VICKS Vaper Rub, which is really called the trademark name of VICKS VapoRub, is one of the many cheap treatment options out there that some people suggest… But… Does… It… Actually… Work?
The answer is YES, at least to some extent... It definitely does have some potential as a treatment option as you will see. And... it's easy to find in stores and it's cheap, so of course this is something that a lot of people are going to be interested in, especially when you look at other treatment options which can get pretty darn expensive.
Some statistics say that around 10% of the population has at least some amount of toenail fungus and around 50% of people 70 years old and older have it. It's a pretty crazy statistic and there is no doubt that toenail fungus is a big problem.
Much of the time it goes away on its own due to the body's effective immune response, but sometimes it can get out of hand and requires serious attention. Of course you do not want that to happen so treating as soon as possible should be a priority.
The scientific name for toenail fungus is onchomycosis, and this becomes a problem when microscopic fungi organisms begin to set up camp underneath or on your nails. Fungi thrive in the warm and often damp environment that is usually found in that area of your body, which is why people who wear air tight shoes all the time and don't let their feet air out are much more likely to suffer from this.
These nasty little organisms feed off your nail tissue and leave debris in the area, which causes the nail to fracture, lift off the bed, and turn into an all around gross looking mess. Infection can lead to symptoms like...
The first thing you want to do before trying a bunch of treatments is to find out for sure if your problem really is a fungal infection. There are other problems that have similar symptoms. And this is something you want to do ASAP, because the longer you wait the more damage it will cause and the harder it will be to get rid of.
That said, using VICKS VapoRub isn't very expensive so if you are fairly certain it is a fungal problem it may be worth the try. After all, even if it isn't, applying this stuff isn't going to be harmful.
All this talk about Vicks VapoRub, but what actually is this stuff in the first place?
In short: Vicks VapoRub is a #1 selling branded children and adult cough cold product. Well... That is the main use of it anyhow. However, this Proctor & Gamble Company product is a very versatile and also is commonly used for pain relief when applied topically to aching muscles and joints.
Using it as a way to treat toenail fungus is much lesser-known, but nonetheless is something that people are using it for and finding some success with.
And one of the many good things about it is that you can trust it. There are plenty of toenail fungus treatment "scammy" products that have been exposed on this site, like Fungus Hack for example, and VICKS is definitely not one of them.
Let's get right to the point here... is there any proof that this stuff actually works? Because I'm sure a lot of people reading this have wasted a lot of time, patience and money trying things that simply turn out to be complete duds.
Does it really work?
Well... when it comes to the effectiveness of VICK's specifically dealing with nail fungus, there unfortunately isn't much research out there. That said, there is some...
A study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine in 2011 took a look at the effects of VICKS on 18 patients who were suffering from onychomycosis (toenail fungus) over a period of 48 weeks (yes... a long time!).
The results were measured in 3 ways. They measured its effectiveness as a cure both mycologically and clinically, as well as on a personal assessment by the patients themselves.
The results: 15 of the 18 patients, or a whopping 83%, showed positive effects. And... 5 of the patients, or 27.8%, had been cured based on mycological and clinical results after the 48 weeks were up. 10 patients, or 55.6%, had infections that cleared up partially and only 3 had no change.
All in all... pretty good results.
Lack of proof?
As stated, there really isn't much information and research out there specifically on VICKS VapoRub's effectiveness when it comes to this.
The study mentioned above definitely proves some effectiveness and has some positives, however there has been some criticism as to the way this study was conducted, which might make it carry a little less weight.
However, there is a fair amount more research that has been done on the ingredients that are contained in this vapor rub product, which make results seem all the more promising when used as a treatment.
In order to answer the question of why does VICKS work?... we first need to take a look at the ingredients it contains.
It has some proof of working, so what it is exactly that makes it effective?
The ingredients included in the normal VICKS VapoRub include the following:
Potential to Attack Fungus from Multiple Angles
VICKS VapoRub contains many good ingredients that have the potential to fight off fungal infections... and they are all ingredients that are overall healthy and pose no big health risks.
There are a lot of essential oils here. You have camphor and eucalyptus oil that have been tested against fungus and shown positive signs. Then you have other essential oils that are "inactive ingredients" for VICKS's intended use, but will actually help out in the fight against fungus. For example: Cedarleaf oil is listed as inactive but has been shown to have antimicrobial properties.
And of course you have menthol, which we all love the feel of. It carries much of the responsibility for the cool and soothing feeling you get when you apply VICKS... and does actually have real benefits as well.
There are many good ingredients here, both "active" and "inactive" that have the potential to help from many different angles. There may still be a lack of research done directly on the effectiveness of VICKS against fungal infections such as toenail fungus but there is a fair amount of supporting indirect evidence to back it up.
There is a lot of talk about using VICKS for toenail fungus and a lot of people recommending it online, HOWEVER, there is a lack of information coming from people who have actually used it to treat such.
Most of the information I have found comes from sources saying things like "it can be used for this", "it has been used for that", and things like this.
It would be nice to see some more good evidence of it working, but at the same time, the lack of good evidence doesn't mean that it doesn't work.
I was able to find a small number of reviews (pictured below) on Amazon. Of course there weren't many because most people's reviews talk about other things since treating toenail fungus isn't the reason most people buy it.
*If you do have your own success story with VICKS VapoRub be sure to leave it in the comment section below for others to see!
If you are going to try a treatment for toenail fungus then one thing you definitely have to consider is the price... and the price here is pretty darn good fortunately.
A 1.76 oz (50g) little tub usually costs somewhere around $5-6 and you can pick it up at any Walmart, Walgreen's, CVS, and plenty other stores.
That is a very cheap treatment and I'm sure you are well aware of that if you have been searching for treatments for any good length of time.
There are some rather ridiculously priced toenail fungus treatments out there that show less promising results than VICKS.
*Emuaid MAX is a more expensive topical treatment, but is something else you may want to read about. It is one of the very few toenail fungus treatments that we recommend here at Operation Wellness.
Now there is no real right or wrong way to go about applying it. However, there are a few tips that can help to increase the likelihood that it is going to be effective.
1) Put your feet in warm water for 15 minutes and then wipe dry with a clean towel
This helps to soften up the area to allow for better absorption. If you don't have time for it you can skip it though, because it is not too important.
2) Trim the nail
Then you are going to want to trim up the nail. Cut off as much of the dead debris as possible. This way the VICKS can get to the root of the infection faster rather than having to try to absorb through already dead nail.
You may also want to trim the edge at a slight angle. This allows for more surface area at the end, which is where much absorption can occur.
3) Apply liberally
Don't skimp out when it comes to applying the vapor rub. Get it on your toenail, underneath it really good, and all around the area. It works best to apply a little, rub it in and let it absorb, and then apply a bit more.
Gloves should be worn so that you don't touch the infected area with your hands and a q-tip can be used to help get around the nail.
4) Repeat 2 Times a Day
Rinse and repeat. You should try to do this at least twice a day.
Another good alternative if VICKS does not work or if you just want to try something different is EmuaidMAX, which I briefly mentioned above.
EmuaidMAX is another treatment that you would apply topically. It can be used for a number of things due to its antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
However, it is more expensive. That said, it seems to be more effective as well and is also marketed by the company for toenail fungus due to it's effectiveness.
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Funginix it said to be "the trusted topical nail fungus treatment" and the single best combination of antifungal agents, essential oils and extracts for fighting fungus… But is it really?
There are so many antifungal products on the market that are over-hyped and are basically complete ripoffs, like Fungus Destroyer and Ultra Fungus Fix for example, so I completely understand why people are suspicious of this as well.
Is Funginix a scam or is this the miracle treatment you have been waiting for?
Let's take a look…
Funginix is an antifungal topical treatment manufactured by a company based in California called Sisquoc Healthcare, which seems to be a decently reputable company by the way. They or a very small company but the good news is that they do have an A+ rating with the BBB.
There are also other Funginix products they make, such as a foot soap and foot soak, but I'm focused on their main product here, which is the topical antifungal treatment that comes in a little bottle.
Funginix can be applied to 2 times per day and they say that you should start seeing results within 2 weeks, much of the time a lot sooner than this.
Like any sort of topical antifungal ointment, you should apply under the nail bed and into the cuticles. Pro Tip: you may also want to cut your infected nails at an angle. This can allow for better absorption through the ends of your nails.
But you can apply all you want to and if the ingredients are not any good, it is not going to work. However, the ingredients in the lineup are actually pretty good all in all.
Now I'm not going to go over every single ingredient on the list, because there is a heck of a lot. I will go over some of the more important ones however. If you do want to see the entire list you can go to the official website here.
The list of ingredients, based on the information I can find online and what has been proven in scientific studies, seems to be a pretty good combination. While it might not be the "single best combination" as they say it is, it definitely does have the potential to have positive effects against toenail fungus.
On the official website it states that there are no adverse side effects to using this ointment, and this seems to be the truth.
You may experience some minor irritation and burning sensation, depending on how bad your infection is, but there is nothing major to worry about. It is not like this has a bunch of harsh synthetic chemicals or anything like that.
When I review a product like this I always like to see what "real" users are saying about it. Sure, they can show all the great testimonials they want to on their website, but I want to hear all of the negative reviews as well.
Amazon as a good place to find real user reviews and fortunately Funginix is indeed sold on Amazon.
I look at reviews here quite often so I have a good feel for how many negative reviews is "too much". This product, as I am writing this, has around 600 customer reviews total and in average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars... And to be honest that is pretty darn good, especially when it comes to antifungal treatments.
Sure, you have a fair number of people that simply do not see any results from this, but you also have a lot of people that are seeing positive effects. Nail fungus can be extremely difficult to get rid of so you will never find a product that has perfect ratings.
Based on what I see Funginix seems to be a decent product and very well could be worth a try if you have been trying everything trying to get rid of a bad case of toenail fungus… And this is coming from someone who can be pretty harsh when it comes to product reviews.
I don't see any reason to call it a scam.
My only concern is that the company that manufactures the product is a very small company and doesn't really have much of a reputation. Sure they have an A+ rating with the BBB like I mentioned in the beginning, but I would still rather see a more well-known company. However, this definitely does not mean that it is a scam or anything like that.
Emuaid MAX is another good topical toenail fungus treatment that I recommend that may be worth a look.
Is Erectify ULTRA really the amazing erectile dysfunction cure that is said to be, or is this just another scam that is going to be a waste of your money?
They claim that this 100% natural treatment is a "secret" that the big pharmaceutical industry doesn't want you to know about… It can supposedly work miracles… But of course you can't always believe what you hear online and there are plenty of other scams out there that have made similar claims that I have exposed in the past.
I have gotten several comments by readers asking me to review this product so I finally decided to look into it. I quickly became aware why I was getting comments from people who were suspicious of the whole thing… It is marketed in a very "scammy" fashion and just seems a little bit too good to be true.
But is it a scam?
Well... This get into this review and find out.…
But before I get into the actual meat of the review, I first want to go over the ridiculous video presentation that I came across while doing my research. The video, which you may or may not have seen, with a massive 45 minutes in length and was put on by some guy named "John Stonner", who is supposedly a 58-year-old retired mechanical engineer from Chicago that had ED problems and spent months looking for answers.
*There may be more than one promotional video for this product.
If you were able to make it through the video that you should give yourself a pat on the back. Most people probably would cut out before even making it halfway through.
In the video presentation there are many things that caught my attention and seemed a bit suspicious… Leading me to believe that this very well could possibly be a scam.
Of course the guy tells you that this has nothing to do with anything you have ever heard of before… This is because he just wants you to sit there and watch the whole video and lure you into buying the product he is promoting.
He starts out talking about some "hidden sex organ" that controls your erections and is the key to more stamina, libido, sex drive, etc. But of course it has nothing to do with anything you have ever thought of… Nothing to do with testosterone or bloodflow.
* This is already one small lie because as you will see it does have to do with bloodflow.
Right on Que… He talks about how the pharmaceutical industry is furious about this video and it will likely get taken down before long. This is because they don't want you to know the real treatments for ED so that they can keep sucking money out of your pockets, or at least that is what he wants you to believe.
I highly doubt this however. I have reviewed a handful of other scams that have made this same exact claim, including Diabetes Destroyer and Vedda Blood Sugar Remedy. While it may be true that the pharmaceutical industry is less than ethical at times, I doubt they have any concern with this video or product.
He also claims that this "secret" was discovered being used for centuries in a remote part of the world... Which is also another common claim that I have found many of these "miracle health products" to make.
Apparently it all comes from the mating ritual used by the Tupi Indians.
He tells you that these Indians never get ED and have hard erections into their 70s, 80s and even older.
After doing some research he supposedly found that the reason for this comes from the health benefits of some herbal tea that they drink, which contains a "secret ingredient" called Turnera Diffusa.
As you are probably well aware, there is a lot of rather misleading information in this sales pitch… Which is the reason you are probably suspicious of this whole thing in the first place.
However, there is some truth behind it.
Lets first discuss the endothelium… Which he claims is the "hidden sex organ" that the mainstream medical industry does not want you to know about. What he tells you is that it plays an important role in the formation of blood vessels in the penis and the rest of the body, and also produces nitric oxide. Basically what he leads you to believe is that the endothelium is the key to rockhard directions.
With endothelial dysfunction the smooth muscle cells can't relax properly and this prevents vasodilation, which means little to no erection. In a 2006 study (mentioned in the video) this was founded and it is suggested that ED and a dysfunctional endothelium are related.
However, Mr Jon Stonner presents the information in a very misleading way. While there is a good amount of research pointing to this being true, it is only "one piece of the puzzle" so to speak. Having a healthy endothelium does not necessarily mean you're going to have rockhard erections, although the two are linked.
Turnera diffusa (damiana):
Turnera diffusa, or damiana, is what he claims is the key to boosting endothelium health and maintaining erections into your 80s and beyond. He mentions several studies that supposedly prove this to be the miracle cure he claims it to be.
One of the studies mentioned (source here) suggests that it may hold sexual stimulant properties. Another study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology shows that high doses of flavonoids given to rats can prevent endothelial dysfunction... Flavonoids that are found in damiana.
This all sounds like great news, but the problem is that most of the studies are performed on rats at very high doses and is a far reach to realistically say that humans can get the same results.
This is just another good example of there being some truth to what he tells you, but all in all the claims are blown out of proportion.
But anyways… Enough of this… Let's get to the actual review of Erectify Ultra.
Erectify Ultra is supposedly the creation of this Jon Stonner guy, who might not even exist and is probably just a fictitious character that was made up to promote this product.
But anyways… It is a 100% natural supplement that is marketed as a "cure all" miracle, or at least that is how it seems to me.
In the video presentation you are told that it contains the "perfect amount" of 16 different ingredients, but really doesn't tell you much more than that. Not even on the official website do they tell you the amount of these ingredients that the supplement contains.
I had to do a little digging around and was finally able to find a list of the dosages of all the different ingredients on another website. They are as follows…
Now you probably recognize a fair number of these ingredients, such as vitamin D, vitamin E and so on. You may also recognize that a lot of these ingredients are going to be pretty much completely worthless. For example… What the heck is 20 IU of vitamin D going to do for you? Practically nothing. And the same goes for vitamin D… That is such a small dose that I don't even know what the point is of including it in such a supplement.
It is the more exotic ingredients in this supplement that catch your attention… Things like horny goat weed, the damiana leaf, catuaba bark, etc. But don't be fooled by these strange ingredients and all the hype surrounding them.
While this supplement does have a lot of good ingredients that "could" help, if you do little bit of research and look around on reputable sites like WebMD and Examine.com, you will find that these ingredients lack good hard evidence to support many of the claims made by Erectify Ultra and are not going to be comparable to prescription pills.
The upside is that these ingredients are all 100% natural. There is nothing crazy about them and you don't have to worry much about side effects. Of course you have the typical side effects that some people have experienced, like upset stomach, nausea, asthma, and so on… But for the most part there's nothing to be too concerned about.
My readers and followers wanted me to review this product and I am giving you my honest answer here… It seems like another over-hyped product that simply is not going to be the miracle they lead you to believe it is.
If it really were an amazing product they would not have to use all the ridiculous "scammy" marketing tactics to lure people in… You know, like the scare tactics they use where they say you have to buy in right away because "big Pharma" is going to shut them down, how they try to scare you away from other ED pills and warn you about all the dangers, and also how they say that the price is going to be increasing if you don't buy in right away.
Will you see any positive benefits to taking the supplement?
While it does have some potential, the doses are too low to have any significant impact.
You should also know that this product is made by a company called "Healthy Male Concepts", which I have looked into and can't find any information on. This is a bit worrisome because when taking supplements you want to be able to trust what you are putting into your body.
I don't know if I would call this a straight up scam, but I can definitely see why other people are calling it such. If your definition of a scam is a product that is over-hyped and marketed in a incredibly misleading way, luring people in with the hopes and dreams of it being some miracle, then yes this is a scam. However, I'm not going to call it a pure scam myself simply because there is a possibility that it could have some positive effects on erectile dysfunction.
In conclusion this is another product I definitely would not recommend.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my honest review and found it helpful. Please leave your comments and questions below. I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Dr Ho's decompression belt is advertised as a simple and effective way to alleviate back pain and provide necessary support, but does it really work as good as they claim? And… Is it really worth the money or is it just another scam back pain product that is going to be a big letdown? Let's find out…
There is plenty of promotional material out there for this particular decompression belt, making it by far one of the most popular on the market. It is advertised as being good for people who drive for long periods of time, sit around for most of the day, cook, garden, and so on. Pretty much it is shown as an effective solution for mostly anyone with back pain.
While it does have its perks and is effective for some, this is not going to be an all-in-one solution. It is not going to be a cure-all that works for everyone, as you will see in this review.
As the name suggests, a "decompression" belt decompresses your lower back where the belt is put in place. Basically what it does is stretches your back and relieves stress on your lower spine, along with providing good support and improving posture.
This belt is very easy to use. It features Velcro for easy fastening and adjustment along with a small hand pump for inflation, which I will talk more about in a bit. It can easily be worn underneath clothing throughout the day. And you don't always need to have it inflated... Walking around with it on un-inflated will still provide some support which might be helpful.
One of the good things about this particular decompression belt is that it is backed by a leader in the back pain prevention industry, Dr. Michael Ho who is a doctor of chiropractic and acupuncture. He is the creator and his life's work has been devoted to musculoskeletal pain and self-care, much of it focused on the spine.
It's pretty simple really… The belt features interior tubes that inflate with air and provide a vertical traction as well as support once they are fully inflated. Inflation is made possible by a small hand-held pump and expands the inner tubes by about 4.5 to 7 inches as they are blown up with air.
The picture above really shows what's going on here. As the belt inflates it compresses the back and expands vertically, pushing up on the rib cage and down on the pelvic crest, thus decompressing the spine and providing more space in between the individual vertebrae.
After it is fully inflated it maintains a rigid shape that also provides good support to keep your back sturdy.
Basically it does the same thing as an inversion table, which are well proven to do wonders for lower back pain. While it isn't going to provide as good of separation between the individual vertebrae as an inversion table, it does have some perks… perks like being able to walk around with it on, which you obviously cannot do when you are hanging upside down on an inversion table
Okay... I get it, I get it… In theory it makes perfect sense… The belt decompresses the spine and relieves stress/tension, which then relieves pain and so on. But what are people who have used this belt actually saying about it? Are they cheering with joy at the miracle it has performed or are they disappointed?
Well… If you read reviews online you are likely to find both types of stories. I have read reviews of people with herniated discs and severe sciatica pain that have experienced instant relief when using the belt… People who have blown through tons of money trying to get rid of their back pain and had incredible results… But then there are also those who have negative things to say about it.
Amazon is a good website to find real customer reviews when looking into products like this. While you can't trust every review you read, you can still get a good idea of what real users have to say about things.
There are plenty of good reviews that you will see when scanning through the hundreds of them, such as these two that I took a screenshot of…
And there also a fair amount of somewhat negative reviews, such as these…
Now I will say that there are more positive reviews than negative, but the bottom line is that this is NOT going to work for everyone, and in some cases it may even make conditions worse.
Whether or not you are going to experience relief from the belt depends on a lot of things such as what exactly the cause of your back pain is, where it is occurring specifically, and even things like the shape of your body and how well it fits.
If you are considering buying this belt then just make sure you would know exactly what you are buying, because it is a bit expensive. However, if you have tried just about anything and think this has a fighting chance, it may be well worth it.
It is a back pain product that is worth further consideration if you have…
...which is going to account for a large percentage of people with back pain out there.
In addition to relieving tension and stress on your lower back, one thing that is not talked about very much is that it can also help your lower back heal itself. By providing separation of the vertebrae it allows for better blood flow and delivery of nutrients, which very well could be the little extra boost that your body needs to heal itself. But again, this is just a possibility and depends on your situation and cause of back pain.
The Dr Ho decompression belt can be purchased directly on Amazon here.
If you do purchase it on the official website the good thing is that you can easily get it covered by Medicare or private insurance.
You will be able to submit a bit of personal information about yourself and the company will submit a request on your behalf to have it covered, which may be partially or fully depending on your insurance.
Something else you may want to look into buying to relieve back pain is Turmeric Curcumin, which has shown to be a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
I hope you enjoyed this unbiased review and found it helpful. Questions or comments? Leave them down below in the comment section and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Do the Keto Ultra Diet pills really work? Is this really the "easiest way to lose weight"? Will these pills actually help your body get into a state of ketosis?
And what is up with this "BHB formula"?
There are a lot of claims made about this diet supplement, which made it seem like the greatest thing to ever hit the market, but can you really trust everything that you hear? The answer is of course you cannot trust at all, which is why I am writing this review in the first place.
And one thing I want to make known right off the bat is that I am not promoting it, which means that this is actually and unbiased review, unlike the many others that I read while doing my research which are just trying to promote the product and make money off of it.
In summary... the Keto Ultra Diet pills are not something that I'm going to be recommending to my readers, and for good reason as you will see.
The Keto Ultra Diet is a supplement that supposedly can help you get into a state of ketosis, which can in turn help you lose weight and provide other benefits, such as increased energy and so on. It has the same goal as the Keto OS supplement I've reviewed recently, which is also achieving a state of ketosis.
It is said to be 100% natural, can help you burn fat faster than ever, and I even saw promotions online of claims that people are losing up to 1 pound of fat per day with this stuff.
However, right off the bat... When I first started digging a little deeper into this supplement I was getting suspicious.
One of the first rather unusual things that I came across was that this supplement used to go by the name of "Keto Pro Diet"… And now of course it is called Keto Ultra Diet.
Now there is nothing wrong with a company changing the name of one of their supplements, but this brings up the question of why? Why did they change name? After all... "Keto Diet Pro" isn't any better or worse of a name than "Keto Ultra Diet", so why the change?
Well the first thing that comes to mind is bad publicity… As and they change the name due to it getting a bad reputation and wanted to start with a clean slate.
But anyways… That is just a guess, and as you will see there are more "strange occurrences" that I will go over.
But first let's talk about what exactly ketosis is… Which is point of taking this supplement in the first place.
In a nutshell, ketosis is a state in which you can get your body into where it starts burning fat as its main source of energy, rather than glucose or carbs. This is of course a desirable state to be in because many people out there are looking to burn fat and lose weight, not to mention that ketosis has also been shown to provide a nice steady flow of energy throughout the day.
This point of this supplement is to help your body get into ketosis much faster, which naturally can take quite a long time.
This supplement is all about Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) which they tell you starts the process of ketosis and which they claim they have "modified".
Now I have no idea what exactly they mean when they say they have "modified" BHB because they offer no explanation about such.
While I probably wouldn't go as far as saying that it is a "revolutionary breakthrough", there is some science to back up the claims that supplementing BHB can bring your body into ketosis.
According to Everyday Health, taking supplements like this can help "enhance" your state of ketosis.
First off... Let me start by saying that it was rather difficult to find the actual list of ingredients in this supplement. I read over multiple "shady" reviews with mixed information… One review would say that it has these ingredients, while another review would say completely different ingredients. It took me a while to actually find out what the heck was in this stuff… Because even on the official website they do not tell you, which is definitely strange.
But anyways… Here you can see a picture of what is actually in the bottle…
If the print is too small, it states that there is a 800 mg "proprietary blend" of…
Now all of these ingredients are what you call "BHB", just in different forms, and they all occur naturally, forming from the digestive process of fat.
So basically the point of taking these BHB ingredients is to trick your body into thinking that it is already burning fat and in a state of ketosis, which will then (mostly in theory) lead to your body burning more fat and continuing a state of ketosis.
While the information is limited, there have been some studies suggesting supplementing BHB's effectiveness in inducing such a state.
That said, if you are planning on supplementing something like this, you are also going to have to be on a keto diet, meaning a very low carb diet.
One important question that definitely needs to be addressed is whether or not this supplement can actually be trusted.
When it comes to the supplement industry, there are plenty of scams out there that were created for nothing more than to trick people into spending their money on things that do not work, or on supplements that claim they have all the special ingredient in the bottle when in reality they don't.
I saw on the official website that they state this supplement is manufactured under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), but unfortunately I see no evidence of this or no other information on it.
One thing that I noticed is that many of the websites that sell this supplement are very sketchy… Often engaging in misleading marketing tactics, such as false scarcity and other rather "scammy" things.
Another thing that I noticed is that my malware blocking software that I run on my computer constantly actually restricted me from going to several of these websites, and obviously had a reason for placing such a restriction.
Then something else that is a bit odd, is the fact that there is another supplement on the market, actually available on Amazon, called "Complete Keto Diet" that looks like another duplicate product with a different name…
This supplement has the exact same ingredients in the exact same dosage as Keto Ultra Diet, and the bottle has pretty much an identical design, with very little difference.
Not only is this strange enough, but to make matters even worse, there are plenty of negative reviews of this product on Amazon, such as this one for example…
Of course it is always a good idea to look into the companies that are manufacturing the supplements that you take. As I mentioned earlier on, there have been plenty of cases where untrustworthy companies have ripped off customers, such as by lying about what they put on the label and so on.
Can you trust this place?
Well… In my opinion… Probably not. Unfortunately I was not able to find any information on the company behind the Keto Ultra Diet pills.
*If you are reading this and do have any information about the manufacturer, please let me know in the comment section below.
While this supplement could perhaps help your body get into a state of ketosis faster than what is naturally possible, and in turn could help you lose weight as well as help provide you with a better energy flow, this is definitely not a supplement that I am going to be recommending to my readers.
As far as I see, this stuff just can't be trusted. The company is not transparent by any means and there is little-known about this supplement other than what is said on the label, which really isn't all that much. It reminds me a lot of the shady Ultra Omega Burn product that is still really popular.
Yes... taking BHB supplements might be worth a try, but I would recommend trying a different supplement that actually has some credibility.
Keto Ultra Diet it is marketed in a very over-hyped and somewhat misleading fashion, and overall there is just a lot about it that I don't like the looks of.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave your thoughts, comments, questions, etc. below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
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Tinnitus 911 is said to be a "cure all" to tinnitus, but is it really? Will this supplement really perform miracles and get rid of that annoying ringing sound in your ears... or is true what some people are saying... that Tinnitus 911 is a scam?
They say that 90% of tinnitus treatments out there do not work, but will this one finally do the trick? Is this the treatment you have been waiting for like they tell you?
Well… In this review I'm going to be going over everything you need to know about this particular supplement. Will it work? It might, it might not. There is no doubt that this is a very overhyped product that isn't the miracle is claimed to be, however there are some upsides to it and some users will likely see positive effects after taking it.
In this short review I'll cover what exactly it is, some of the claims made and red flag is raised, I'll go over each of the ingredients, what real users are saying about it, complaints and more.
Tinnitus 911 Review
Name: Tinnitus 911
Website: Click Here
Type: Tinnitus treatment supplement
Manufacturer: Phytage Labs
Recommended?: Not really. You will see why
So as you are probably already well aware, Tinnitus 911 is a supplement that is intended to treat tinnitus.
What is tinnitus? It's is something else you are probably well aware of, or at least I would assume so, but it is a condition that involves ringing in the ears when there is not any auditory sound present. Basically it is your ears playing tricks on you and in some cases can be incredibly hard to deal with.
The reason I am reviewing Tinnitus 911 in the first place is because there are very bold claims made about this supplement. It is promoted as a sort of "cure all" and this is very hard to believe since tinnitus can have many different causes.
Overall, based on my research I think that this supplement does have the potential to work for some people, but it is not something that I am recommending and you will see why throughout this review.
There are probably several different video presentations out there promoting Tinnitus 911. Maybe you came across one or maybe you didn't.
The promotional video I came across was presented by some guy named "Charlie Gaines" who supposedly suffered some tragic story about how he lost everything and then stumbled upon some 100% natural cure to tinnitus. He tells you that everything in the story is true, but this is a lie in of itself.
I'm not going to discuss the entire sales pitch and everything that was said in the ridiculously long video presentation, but basically he claims that this 100% natural cure you came across works flawlessly and can even work with in a few days.
Also, in addition to fixing your tinnitus problem, it also reduces or even eliminates degenerative brain problems such as dementia.
But as I said, when he tells you that the story is true he is lying.
There are a heck of a lot of red flags throughout the promotional video and if you watch to yourself I am sure you agree with me on this. It just seems a little bit too good to be true and is definitely a bit unbelievable.
Also, I did some thinking around and found out that "Charlie Gaines" himself is actually not who he says he is. I've reviewed similar overhyped products with ridiculous sales pitch is in the past, so I knew what to look for. I ended up doing a reverse Google image search for the man showed in the video presentation and found that is actually nothing more than a stock photo that anyone can purchase online…
In other words, this is NOT "Charlie Gaines".
After figuring this out for myself, I found that they actually tell you this in the disclaimer at the bottom of the sales page. As you can see below, they actually tell you that Charlie Gaines is just a pen name…
So what can you believe and what can you believe? Or the ingredients in this supplement even going to do anything for you?
Well… Let's take a look…
You can see a screenshot I took off the ingredient label below…
Will these ingredients fixture tinnitus once and for all? I'll go over each of them individually… One thing you will notice is that pretty much all of these ingredients are packed with antioxidants. This is good because tinnitus is sometimes caused by damaged structural and functional cellular components due to free radicals, which antioxidants fight against.
While most of the ingredients included in this supplement are either proven to work to some extent, or at least have potential, this is not the "cure all" miracle supplement that is promoted as.
One thing that you have to realize is that many people, who are suffering from tinnitus, are already benefiting from many of these ingredients. Vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, folic acid, vitamin B12, garlic, and green tea are all things that many people probably already get enough of… Yet you still might have tinnitus. So what's the deal?
I'm not saying that this supplement is not going to work, but I am saying that it is overhyped and isn't going to be a sure way to cure tinnitus.
Luckily there aren't really any side effects that are going to have to worry about. This is a 100% natural supplement and there are no "crazy" ingredients included that are going to make your body wonder what the heck is going on.
All in all, this is a very mild supplement.
Of course I do have to say that you should always talk to your doctor first before taking something like this however.
What are people who have actually taken the supplement saying about it? Are they all saying that it has cured there tonight is in that is the greatest thing ever?
Unfortunately… The answer is no.
This supplement is actually sold in a number of places, including on Amazon. On Amazon I skimmed through the reviews and found that many people are saying to avoid it, calling it things like a scam and an "expensive hoax"…
There are some people that claim that has worked for them, but all in all… The reviews are not that great on this product.
Which brings me to my next point… Beware of the fake reviews!
I came across quite a few different fake reviews out there claiming that this is the greatest tonight's cure to ever exist. However, the people making these reviews are just promoting it so that they can make a quick buck.
Take for example the YouTube video I found below. The woman in this video claims that Tinnitus 911 is the greatest and that it cured her tinnitus, yet she is actually a paid actress that is available for hire on the website Fiverr (a digital freelance marketplace)…
And this is just one example… There are plenty more out there.
Is it a scam like some of the other tinnitus products I've reviewed?... like for example Tonaki Tinnitus Protocol?
I would not call Tinnitus 911 an outright scam, because I do believe it has the potential to work for some people. It is packed with a lot of good ingredients that are very high in antioxidants among other things that could possibly have a positive effect on tinnitus.
The "scammy" part about it all is how it is being promoted. It is promoted in a very misleading way and giving people false hope. That is why I am warning people about it. It depends on how you look at things but in some ways this is a scam in my opinion.
Not only do I not really recommended because of the deceptive promotion going on for this product, but it is also rather expensive and without a doubt overpriced.
For example, on the official website it costs $69.95 for one bottle, but when you order four bottles the price per bottle drops down to $49.95.
How is it even possible that they have this much room to move the price around… Dropping it down from $69.95 to $49.95? The answer is that it was massively overpriced in the first place.
That said, if you are desperate and want to give Tinnitus 911 a chance and see if it works for you, you can purchase Tinnitus 911 on the official website here.
I hope you enjoyed my honest review and found it helpful. Please leave any questions or comments down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Super Memory Formula is supposedly some incredible memory enhancing formula created by Dr Michael J Duckett that is 100% natural and works in a matter of weeks. Or at least that is what they tell you… But can you really trust everything you hear? Is this the real deal or is Super Memory Formula a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money and leave you discouraged at the end of the day?
With all different supplement scams out there you can never be too careful with what you buy… Especially when they seem a little bit too good to be true, as this one does.
But anyways… I did some investigating into this supplement and in this review I'll be exposing it for what it really is, which is not as good as you are led to believe. Sure, this supplement could have some positive effects on your memory and overall brain health, but it is not the "cure all" miracle worker that it is promoted as.
If you are possibly thinking about buying into this supplement, you are definitely going to want to read this over before-hand.
Super Memory Formula Review
Name: Super Memory Formula
Type: Memory enhancement
Creator: "Dr Michael J Duckett"
Recommended?: No and you will see why
I'm guessing that you probably came across the "controversial video" with the spokesperson Dr Michael J Duckett, who supposedly created this supplement. The video presentation probably sounded a bit far-fetched and you then became suspicious that this might be one big scam.
Maybe this is what happened, maybe it isn't, but anyways… The first thing I want to talk about is the ridiculous promotional sales pitch video for Super Memory Formula.
The video starts out with Dr. Michael J Duckett talking about how his 23-year-old son killed himself. Apparently he was suffering from depression and ended up using a gun to end his life.
But this is just the beginning of the story. The real story is how Dr. Michael J Duckett got depressed after this and slowly became more and more forgetful, his memory fading. He claims that he would forget where he put his car keys, forget dates, and all sorts of stuff.
This situation then sent them on a journey to find the "truth" about memory problems, which he found is some brain destroying chemical that is links to all degenerative memory diseases, which later in the promotional video you find out he is talking about an enzyme called STEP.
The story goes that he spent countless hours doing research in academic journals, forms, etc., and then came across some amazing study by Yale researchers that was all about some compound called TC-2153 that was shown to inhibit the STEP enzyme in mice.
So anyways… He took a mortgage out on his house and offered $300,000 to anyone who could help them re-create this TC-2153 compound which was shown to be so amazing. Yes… He actually claims that he took out $300,000 and was offering it to anyone who could do this. Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn't it?
However, he was then informed by a medical researcher that all of the same elements that are included in this magical compound can be found in nature. It was at this point that he developed some pill formulated from natural ingredients.
He was supposedly the first want to test out this new pill and saw big differences after 10 days, and by 21 days he was feeling very sharp and his wife was impressed.
Sounds amazing and all… But is this just a bunch of crap? A bunch of BS? Or is there any truth to this promotional video?
Well, there is some truth to it as I will discuss shortly. But first, I want to discuss some of the red flags that caught my attention and made me more suspicious than ever that this could be a scam.
I think we can all agree that the whole story sounds a little bit ridiculous. In fact, it sounds completely fake.
When he talks about his son's death and walking in on him, only to find him laying in a pool of blood, it sounds fake as can be. He talks about this in a very calm and collected manner as if he is a real spokesperson, not a father who loved his son.
Another red flag is how he places a lot of emphasis on the evil pharmaceutical industry, constantly making them out to be the devil in every way. Things like this remind me of other scammy products I've exposed like Diabetes Destroyer and Vedda Blood Sugar Remedy.
Sure, the pharmaceutical industry is a bit "shady", I think we can all agree on this, but this guy goes a bit too far and the purpose of this is to instill fear in you.
He claims that big Pharma is teaming up in trying to take the presentation down, because they don't want you to know the truth, but this is just a marketing tactic called false scarcity and is intended to give you a push to buy this product as fast as possible.
And a very big red flag is the fact that there are fake reports presented throughout the video. In the video he mentions a couple different people, such as "Brian S" of Grand Rapids Michigan…
He tells you that these people supposedly saw miraculous recoveries in their memory after using this supplement, but unfortunately they are more than likely completely fabricated stories.
Why do I say this?
Well… Because I found out that the images of these people are actually fake. Take "Lisa R" of Spokane WA for example (pictured below). I ran a reverse Google image search for the picture shown and found that is used on multiple other websites online, meaning that is probably a stock photo that is available for anyone to use and also meaning that it is not really "Lisa R"…
And the last red flag I will go over is the fact that this guy really uses the fear mongering approach to try to sell you Super Memory Formula. He talks about some common memory drugs that are often prescribed by doctors and acts like they are going to kill you.
At one point he mentions the chemical formula of some popular drug and says that you should avoid taking it because they name is hard to pronounce, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If you take any sort of chemical formula, whether it be to a natural compound or synthetic, it is almost always difficult to pronounce.
Okay... So you probably already know the answer to this, but what exactly is Super Memory Formula?
Well, in a nutshell it is a supplement that is made up of "100% natural" ingredients that is formulated to the boost memory retention capabilities of your brain, as well as improved focus, mental sharpness, etc.
But is it really worth buying? Probably not and you will see why.
Okay... So let's talk about the ingredients included in this supplement and whether or not they really work. Below you can see the label from the back of one of these supplement bottles…
First on the list is pantothenic acid, which is just a fancy name for vitamin B-5. This vitamin is important for healthy brain function and has been shown to enhance alertness, mental cognitive abilities, mood, and even reduce brain fog.
It has a role in the synthesis of proteins, carbs, and fats and helps keep your brain energized, which leads to many of the benefits.
In addition to this, it is also involved in neurotransmitter synthesis.
All in all, this is an ingredient that is well backed by science for improving mental capabilities.
L-carnitine is called a "mitochondrial boosting supplement" because it helps to produce energy, which is made by the mitochondria of our cells.
Supplements with this ingredient are often taken for a variety of degenerative mental conditions, such as Alzheimer's.
Dimethylaminoethanol is another promising ingredient and can potentially boost your ability to learn and retain memory.
I found several good scientific sources discussing the importance of this compound, such as that published in Drug Metlab Letters. Apparently it is needed for the optimization of acetylcholine production, which is a neurotransmitter that is very important when it comes to learning and memory.
This ingredient is a synthetic phenylalanine that produces epinephrine, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which are all neurotransmitters that are very important for cognitive function.
According to Neurohacker, it also binds to glutamate AMPA receptors in enhances the communication in your brain, which means better learning and memory.
The good thing about this DL-phenylalanine compound is that it provides benefits of both D-phenylalanine and L-phenylalanine. However… It is synthetic and what this means is that it is not natural… Which means that the "100% natural ingredients" statement is false.
Now this isn't better anything, it is a well tested compound that is backed by science. That said, it makes you question whether or not there are other lies told in the video presentation about the ingredients and whether or not you can actually trust the company manufacturing this supplement.
Choline it is important for cell membrane production. But this is in all that important for what we are talking about here. What is important is that it is a precursor to acetylcholine, which as mentioned above is a neurotransmitter that is important for learning and memory.
And last on the list is phosphatidylserine.
This little guy carries messages between cells, helping with cell to cell communication. The problem is that the amount of this you have in your body decreases as you age and since it is important for a sharp mind, your sharpness decreases along with it.
On WebMD it states that when supplemented it can improve short-term memory, mood, and concentration.
I don't know about you, but I think some of these ingredients are pretty darn hard to pronounce and according to what Dr. Michael J duckett tells us… We shouldn't be taking ingredients that are hard to pronounce.
So does this mean we shouldn't take it supplement?
As far as I see there really aren't any side effects that you have to worry much about… Just the general side effects that come with pretty much anything, such as a headache, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting. However, these are just "potential" side effects and most people probably won't have any problem taking this.
That said, I do have to say that it is always recommended to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.
So is Super Memory Formula really all that great? The answer is know… Not by a long shot. This is a great example of a very overhyped supplement that is not going to perform the miracles that you are led to believe it will.
And I'll explain why…
Take pantothenic acid for example, which is one of the ingredients included in this product. With each serving you get 10 mg of this ingredient, which might sound good and all, but the problem is that many people out there are probably already getting enough of this ingredient in their normal diet.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it can be found in sunflower seeds, chicken, tuna, avocados, mushrooms, and in high amounts within fortified breakfast cereals…
And Choline is even a better example for the point I'm trying to make. In Super Memory Formula you get 300 mg of this stuff per serving, but most people out there are probably getting more than they already need just from their normal diet alone.
Check out this chart from NIH...
You can see that there are many common foods that are very high in choline and that an extra 300 mg isn't really going to make much of a difference.
There are a few ingredients that it has which most people probably don't get enough of their normal diets, which is good, but the point is that most of this "special formula" is really not special at all and is going to do much for you.
So is Super Memory Formula a scam? Well… I will leave this question up to you to decide. Do you consider extremely misleading promotions and supplements that are not nearly as good as their claim to be to be scams? If the answer is yes, then yes this would be considered a scam in your opinion.
All this said, this supplement does have the potential to provide some positive mental health benefits and I wouldn't doubt that some people will see improvements. However, it is rather expensive and there are definitely better alternatives out there on the market, such as Memory Hack for example.. For this reason I'm not going to be recommending it.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my honest review and found it helpful. Please share this post to help spread the truth so that others don't buy into this without really knowing what they are buying.
Also, if you have any comments or questions, please leave them down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
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...
Glucosamine helps keep your joint cartilage healthy and strong to keep your bones nice and cushioned. That said, there is not much proof that taking glucosamine sulfate supplements helps.
According to arthritis.org, most studies show little to no improvement with the supplementation of glucosamine. And WebMD says that "some" studies show it relieves mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis and that it "may work for other joints, too".
Overall there is definitely a lack of evidence that this works, but I will say that many people who take such as supplements will tell you that it does help.
MSM is often consumed for its anti-inflammatory properties. According to this publication in the scientific journal Nutrients, it has been shown in human and animal trials to help with inflammation and joint pain, among other things.
White Willow Bark extract is an ancient remedy for inflammation that has been used for thousands of years. It works similar to aspirin because of a chemical that contains called salicin.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it is commonly used for joint pain and many people swear by it.
I'm sure everyone has probably heard of ginger root and its effectiveness at reducing inflammation. Well, ginger root extract is another ingredient on the list and, according to arthritis.org, it has similar anti-inflammatory properties to that of ibuprofen.
Boswellia Serrata it's probably something that most people have never heard of before. This is actually a gum resin that is extracted from a tree. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
And then we have good old turmeric root extract. Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries but has been growing a lot in popularity recently, in particular in the Western world. It is becoming one of the most popular natural joint supplements on the market and for good reason.
The benefits of taking the concentrated turmeric root extract are fairly well studied, showing that it is high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
On the bottle it states that this extract is standardized to 95% curcuminoids, in which the main ingredient is curcumin. This is what you want to see on a bottle. Curcumin is the magical chemical that makes turmeric such a good choice for joint pain.
However, this supplement only contains 50 mg per serving and does not contain any piperine, which often goes by the trademark name Bioperine. Piperine is a black pepper extract that has been shown to significantly increase the absorption of turmeric, some studies showing as much as 2000% increase absorption.
Based on the fact that it only contains 50 mg of the extract to begin with and then doesn't contain piperine, I can imagine getting all that much benefit out of this particular ingredient.
I have a post about the effectiveness of taking Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine if interested.
This ingredient is more commonly applied topically to the skin in order to reduce pain. Ingesting it, as you will be doing if you take this supplement, might not be as effective but it may still have some benefit for pain reduction.
This stuff is produced by the body and is part of lubrication fluids such as synovial fluid, which keeps your joints lubricated, as well as the location fluid that is in your eye.
That said, ingesting this ingredient doesn't appear to be all that effective and considering the low dose of just 4 mg, I'm not too sure you will get much benefit out of this either.
While I am definitely a bit disappointed in some of the doses, which are rather low in my opinion, this does have a lot of really good ingredients and when used in combination I imagine the potential for being much more effective.
It it's also worth noting that there was an 8 week clinical study performed by a "Major University" that showed significantly reduced joint discomfort as well as improved movement over a placebo group.
The only concern I have with this is that Instaflex, which is the source that mentions the study, does not provide the University's name. I find this a bit strange.
There really isn't all that much to worry about when it comes to the side effects. Most of the side effects you might come across from the majority of ingredients included in the supplement are things like nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, hair loss, bloating, etc.
The more abnormal side effects that you could potentially get come from the willow bark extract, which contains salicylates. Potential side effects from this include vomiting, upset stomach, ulcers and stomach bleeding.
But as I said, there really isn't much to worry about here. There is nothing that I see that is dosed to high and for the overwhelming majority of people who take this supplement there will likely be no problem.
Also, be sure to follow the precautions that are mentioned on the label…
One thing that I always like to do when I'm reviewing supplements like this is to find real user reviews… But of course this is easier said than done because it is hard to tell what is real and what's fake on the Internet.
One source where usually find some good independent reviews is good old Amazon. As I'm writing this Instaflex Joint Support has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars with around 1500 customer reviews, which is in all that great but it isn't bad either…
This supplement is also sold on other websites, such as Walgreens where has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars… Much better.
When reading through reviews you will find a lot of people claiming that this supplement does indeed work unit that it can produce noticeable results in a week or less.
However there are always complaints as well. Some of the more common complaints that I have come across include the following.
Of course the main complaint is going to be from people who simply did not see any positive results from taking it, which brings up a good point.
Results will vary and, just like any supplement, it is simply not going to work for everyone due to a variety of variables in play, such as the cause of joint pain you may be experiencing.
Another complaint is that you to take three pills per day. Now for me this is no big deal, but I know a lot of people really have trouble taking pills and it can be quite a task. Taking three pills per day for a single supplement is quite a bit.
And then you even have some people complaining that this supplement has made their condition worse than it was originally. While this is worth mentioning, it is also worth mentioning that the number of reviews that I found like this are very few… Very few.
Why does this supplement possibly make some people's conditions worse? This question is something that is left to be answered.
Something else that I think is very important to discuss is the manufacturer behind the product. When it comes to supplements like this that you have to ingest, it is a big deal knowing whether or not you can trust the company who creates it. There are plenty of stories about supplement companies lying to customers about what is in the bottle and you don't want this.
Fortunately, Instaflex seems to be a reputable company. Right off the bat I say that the product has a good ingredient formula, is not too over-hyped or promoted in a misleading way (well maybe to some extent), and the company even goes out of their way to do some good such as by sponsoring the Arthritis Foundation.
You also may have seen some of their supplements sold at GNC, Of the Vitamin Shop, etc.… Which aren't going to waste their time with unreliable brands and scam products.
All in all, what I see with the company is good and I think they can be trusted.
Like I went over in the complaint section, this supplement is not going to work for everyone. It is unfortunate but it is true.
Why not? Well… Because joint pain is just a symptom of some other underlying condition. There can be a thousand different reasons why you may be experiencing joint pain… Arthritis, cartilage tears, tendon strains, the aging process and damage from free radicals, and so on. So it makes sense that there is not any "cure all" supplement out there that is magically going to fix all joint pain.
That said, inflammation is a symptom of all joint pain. It is your body's natural response to injury and isn't necessarily a bad thing, however relieving inflammation can relieve pain and if you think of it like this, then Instaflex Joint Support should be effective (to some extent) for just about everyone, although some people will experience unnoticeable results.
Instaflex Joint Support is definitely not a scam. This supplement is produced by a company that has a good reputation and is formulated with a list of scientifically proven ingredients, many of which are natural and good for you in a variety of ways besides just alleviating joint pain.
Sure, it has its downsides, like how the doses of certain ingredients could be higher, but overall it seems like a pretty solid supplement that can potentially produce some pretty solid results.
This is ultimately a decision that you have to make. If you have never tried anything like Instaflex Joint Support then it very well may be worth the money.
Are you guarantee results? No. But there is a good chance you will get results and it is just one of those things that you never really know until you try.
If interested you can find it at the lowest price on Amazon here.
I hope you enjoyed my review here and found it helpful. If you have any comments or questions you can leave them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂