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 🙂
Kyle is an avid health enthusiast that believes in nature as a cure-all. When he's not drinking spirulina smoothies or dealing with the horrible aftertaste of stevia, he is probably working out, researching healthy herbs, or dealing with hand cramps he gets from writing articles like this.