Is Joint Advantage Gold 5X A Scam? (My Honest Review)


It’s time to review Joint Advantage Gold 5X – a product I tried about 1-2 years ago. At first – it made me a pretty good impression:

  • really good ingredients
  • most have high doses doses
  • lots of authentic reviews 

However – many of these reviews were negative.

So is Joint Advantage Gold 5X a scam?

Considering its high price, it could be. But what about it great ingredients – are they really useless?

Well, I tried this supplement myself – so here’s all the things you need to know about it.

Note: This review is based only on my experience with this product, not on general info. I am not praising/criticizing the product or the company, I am simply telling how it worked for me.


So Let’s Get To The Review

Full Name: Joint Advantage Gold 5X + Turmeric from Dr. David Williams

Is Joint Advantage Gold A Scam? My Honest Review

Quantity : 180 tablets

Best Actual Price: $49.49

Where I Bought It From:

Designed For: Joint problems and pain in general.

It contains lots of different ingredients – so it looks strong enough for several conditions:

My Rating: 9 out of 10 – It’s one of the best joint products I know.

Worth Buying?: Definitely – but only if you afford the high price.

In terms of relieving pain, it’s a great supplement because it works for real. But it has one major downside:

  • really expensive
  • too expensive to buy monthly (at least for me)

That’s why it’s not my top recommendation. There’s a product that costs $20 less and works the same – so that’s what I recommend instead.


What I Liked About It

  • Really impressive ingredient (one of the best I’ve seen)
  • Contains both classic ingredients and original ones 
  • Most ingredients have high doses
  • Contains both anti-inflammatory and cartilage re-builders 
  • Can work both for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Works pretty fast (less than a week in my case)
  • Lots of authentic reviews


What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Extremely expensive overall
  • You have to take 6 pills per day, which is huge
  • One bottle only lasts for a month




Joint Advantage Gold – A Quick Overview

To be honest – this supplement is really special.

Is Joint Advantage Gold 5X A Scam? My Honest ReviewIt’s pretty clear that it has great ingredients and high doses – but that’s not all.

There’s 1 major reason why it impressed me – it works for both:

  1. Inflammatory pain – due to the herbs it contains.
  2. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage damage – because of glucosamine.

So basically – it’s a 2 in 1 supplement.

However – it’s not all that amazing:

  • its anti-inflammatory power isn’t that high
  • that’s available for its cartilage re-building proprieties

Basically – Joint Advantage isn’t as strong for OA as a glucosamine + chondroitin supplement.

Also, it’s not as strong for inflammation as a turmeric supplement alone.

It is indeed a 2-in-1 product, but it’s not made for a certain problem – that’s what makes it less powerful.

Besides, it’s super pricey (even for this kind of supplement). 

So now that you know the major facts about it – it’s time to analyze it closer.

Now that you know what to expect, let’s take a closer look at each of its aspects.



#1 – Ingredients (9.80 out of 10)

In my opinion – that’s the strongest point of this supplement.

To be honest – that’s one of the best ingredient lists I’ve seen lately:

  1. Contains many substances that helped me in the past
  2. Both classic and modern ingredients

Note: These are the doses/serving. You’re taking 2 servings per day – which means the real dose is multiplied x 2.

So let’s take a quick look at each ingredient.

1. Glucosamine Sulfate (1500 mg) is probably the best substance for osteoarthritis:

  • rebuilds cartilages
  • prevents future damage and tear
  • strengthens weakened joints

But keep this in mind – glucosamine isn’t very effective for inflammation.

So I wouldn’t recommend it in RA or inflammatory pain (at least not alone).

Other than that – 1500 mg is a great dose, especially because it’s the strongest form (the sulfate).

2. Meriva Phytosome (1000 mg) is a combination between:

  • Meriva curcumin 
  • phosphatidylcholine

Now – Meriva is one of the best curcumin on the market, because of its special technology.

But I personally prefer the classic curcumin+bioperine – it works better for me.

3. NEM (Natural Eggshell Membrane – 500 mg) that’s a pretty original ingredient.

According to several studies, it’s effective for:

  • general joint pain
  • loss of flexibility

 Also – studies recommend a dose of 500 mg per day, which is exactly the dose from Joint Advantage.

4. HerbaZyme Soothing Blend (400 mg) it’s a mix of several herbs. I will analyze it more deeply below.

5. Boswellia Extract (100 mg) it’s the second best herb for inflammation, after turmeric:

  • really strong effect (compared to most herbs)
  • side effects are pretty rare

6. Bovine Cartilage (100 mg) from what I read, it can help degenerated cartilages (but it’s still in trials).

7. Calcium (260 mg) – it’s more helpful for bones than for joints.


What Is “HerbaZyme Soothing Blend”?

It’s the first time I come across this mix – that’s why I wanted to analyze it separately.

Note: This is a trademark ingredient of the company behind Joint Advantage.

Basically – HerbaZyme is a combination of several herbs with 1 common point:

  • they’re all anti-inflammatory

So here’s what herbs you can find inside this mix:

  1. Hibiscus Extract
  2. Devil’s Claw Extract (+ another similar species)
  3. White Willow Extract
  4. Yucca Extract
  5. Feverfew Extract
  6. Celery Extract
  7. Papaya & Bromelain Extract

As I said – all these extracts have anti-inflammatory proprieties.

Now – there are 400 mg of this HerbaZyme mix per day. However, the doses of each herbs aren’t mentioned.

But either way – 400 mg seems like a high dose (event though I don’t know the standards for this mix).

So in my opinion, it looks like a promising ingredient for inflammation.


#2 – My Initial Results (9.50 out of 10)

To be honest – Joint Advantage Gold managed to impress me from the first week.

1. My Background – Here’s what I could tell about my joint problems:

  1. Is Joint Advantage Gold A Scam? My Honest ReviewI had both RA and OA.
  2. My OA was affecting my knees and it wasn’t so bad.
  3. But my RA pain was really terrible sometimes (up to a 7).
  4. I had flare-ups at least once a week.
  5. My hands were the worst – sore, stiff and very painful.

So basically – I could keep my osteoarthritis under control (at least the pain).

But I was constantly taking something for my RA, because it was really bad.

However – I gave up my usual supplement about a week before taking Joint Advantage.

2. First 2 Weeks – I took the pills as the label recommended:

  • 6 per day – 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening
  • taking so many pills was really hard

However, I followed the recommendation. And to my surprise –  I noticed a small change in less than one week:

  1. My joints weren’t as swollen as before.
  2. The pain was pretty much the same – but my hands didn’t seem as painful as before.

So basically – the pain from my body was pretty equal.

But after about 2 weeks, I could see some real changes:

  1. My pain went from a 7 to about a 5.
  2. My morning stiffness was also a bit better.
  3. It would now last about 20-30 minutes (compared to 50).

So it was pretty clear that these pills were working – it wasn’t just the placebo effect.


#3 – Long Term Results (9.50 out of 10)

Joint Advantage Gold didn’t disappoint me on the long term either.

Is Joint Advantage Gold A Scam? My Honest ReviewWith some supplements:

  • they stop working after a while
  • my body starts tolerating them
  • I sometimes need to take a much higher dose for the same effect

So that’s one of my biggest fears when a product works for me. But it wasn’t the case here.

1. After 1 Month – my condition was getting better with every week:

  1. My pain had went from a 7 to about a 3-4.
  2. Sometimes it was pretty insignificant.
  3. Other times it was really strong.
  4. But overall, it was much better than it used to be.
  5. My morning stiffness also decreased (to about 20 minutes).

Now – I didn’t get any better results after 2 or 3 months (from what I remember, that’s how long I took these pills).

My pain stayed that low, but it never went any lower. So in my case – I think that was the best this product could do.

So overall – Joint Advantage Gold really helped me.

I was considering it might be a scam before I tried it – but that’s surly not the case. It’s a very legit product.

Conclusion: As a supplement alone, Joint Advantage Gold is really good.

However, it’s not my #1 recommendation because you can get something that works just as well for $25 less.




#5 – How To Take It (6 out of 10)

That’s one of the few downsides about Joint Advantage Gold.

1. The Pills – here’s what you should know:

  • average to large size
  • no gelatin cover
  • so they’re not too easy to swallow

Now – these pills are surely not the worst ones I’ve tried. 

But considering they’re not coated up in gelatin, they don’t slip off that easily. So you need to take them with a lot of water.

In case you want to get an idea – here’s how they look like:

2. The Schedule – that’s the real problem:

  • you need to take 6 pills per day
  • the label recommends 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening

Now – that’s way too much, if you ask me. 

The pills aren’t easy to swallow – so taking 6 every day is a real hell. 

Plus – it’s your liver that opens up all these pills. On the long term, it’s surely not benefit.

That’s why I advise people to stay away from supplements that require more than 3 pills per day.

Conclusion: The pills aren’t very easy to swallow and you need to take 6 per day.

From this point of view, Joint Advantage Gold has a major downside.


#6 – Price (6 out of 10)

To be honest – I couldn’t afford buying Joint Advantage Gold on a monthly basis.

1. The Exact Price – it costs nothing less than $49.99:

  • it contains 180 pills inside
  • that’s the dose for 30 days

To be honest – that’s extremely expensive (at least for a regular person like me).

Now – the price is probably so high because of the trademark ingredients inside (which are usually more expensive than the original ingredient).

However – I still believe it’s way too much.

2. Competitor’s Price – I don’t know any other supplement with this exact formula.

However – I recommend one that has some similar ingredients:

  • costs around $30 per bottle
  • you can get it for about $19 (if you follow my tips)

Now – that supplement works pretty similarly with Joint Advantage Plus (in terms of effect).

The only difference is that it doesn’t have such impressive ingredients. But it also contains some really good stuff.

So instead of paying $50 per month – I prefer to use a $30 product that does the same thing.




#7 – Other Opinions (7.50 out of 10)

As I said in the beginning – I found quite a few negative reviews on this supplement.

1. What People Say – don’t imagine that I only found bad things about it.

As with other supplements, opinions were divided:

  1. Some people say it’s really effective for joint pain.
  2. Other complain it doesn’t work as well as its other versions (Original or Gold without turmeric).
  3. Some complain the pills are too large.
  4. While others say you need to take too many per day (totally agree).
  5. Quite a few people complain about the high price.

So basically – the biggest downsides are the ones I mentioned: pills and price.

2. Biggest Complaint – I noticed many people were unsatisfied about 1 thing:

  • the price

So I’m not the only one who think Joint Advantage Gold is really overpriced.

I found many reviews complaining about that overall.

Conclusions: There are indeed many negative reviews – but not about its effect.

Instead, people complain that it’s too expensive and you need to take too many pills per day. I totally agree with that.


My Verdict – Is Joint Advantage Worth Buying?

Short answer: If you afford the high price – yes. It’s a great product overall:

  • Is Joint Advantage Gold 5X A Scam? My Honest Reviewvery good ingredients
  • really effective for joint pain
  • works pretty fast

However – it also has 3 major downsides:

  1. Very expensive at $50 per bottle.
  2. Pills aren’t too easy to swallow.
  3. You need to take 6 pills per day.

Overall, its price is the biggest problem for me. It’s simply too pricey to buy on a monthly basis – at least for me.

For this reason, I would surely not buy Joint Advantage again. Nor use it on the long term.

Actually – I recommend another supplement instead:

  • works as well in terms of relieving pain
  • it’s way more expensive (even $19 per bottle)
  • has some similar ingredients (though they’re not as impressive)

So basically – I prefer to buy that product instead of Joint Advantage Gold (mostly because of the price).

If you afford Joint Advantage, it’s great – go for it.

But if you agree with me that it’s too expensive – then I recommend you my #1 alternative. It’s a much better choice on the long term.

Heather Pharm.D.

Heather Tracy Foley is a Pharmacy graduate, Blogger and Author with a vast experience in health sciences. She has a particular interest in joint pain and rheumatology and spent several years studying health problems. You can find her on Pinterest or via email.

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6 Responses

  1. Rudolf Green says:

    Hi Heather, I personally used Joint Advantage Gold and loved what it did to my knees. They used to be so achy and stiff especially in the cold season. Since I’m using this supplement there’s no such thing! I don’t have arthritis but I think I’m very close, or used to be. With these pills I feel almost as good as before my pain even existed. I’m also taking only 3 right now, from 6 as I used before. That seems to do the thing, so I won’t take any extra if there’s no need. Agree with the price tag issues but if you take less pills it’s going to be much cheaper than $50 per month.

  2. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hello Rudolf, thanks for telling me how Joint Advantage Gold worked for you. I’m glad to hear you have a good opinion on this product, as I also do. So it’s surely not a scam!

    Rudolf, it’s totally normal for your pain to increase when there’s a storm or rainy coming by. Weather and climate are also important for arthritis, as pain and stiffness are always worse during winters or in places with colder weather (compared to hot ones). I just wanted you to be aware of that.

    It’s really impressive to hear that you could go from 6 to 3 pills per day with the same intensity of effect. May I ask how long had you been taking 6 before you got to 3? Also, did you get to 5 first, then to 4 and lastly to 3 – or you just tried to go from 6 to 3 suddenly? 

    That sounds really impressive but I doubt all of us could have the same results with 3 pills. Especially since the label clearly recommends taking 6 every day (not just in the first months, as some products recommend).

    Anyway, I’m really happy you could get to such a low number. 6 pills per day is really uncomfortable, and it used to be the biggest downside I found in this supplement.

    And yes – it’s going to last a lot more in this way. So it could actually become a pretty good deal, instead of a pricey product.

    Thanks again for sharing your experience with Joint Advantage Gold. And I’d love to hear your answers to my questions, maybe it will also help me, who knows?

  3. Juliet says:

    Wondering what happens if I take 3 or 4 pills instead of 6. I discovered I have RA 2 months ago and my doc says it’s just an early form, so it’s very mild. I’m already taking the pills he prescribed but would like to add some supplement too (he also recommended that). I can see this one is expensive, so I’m thinking it must work. But 3-4 pills should do for my form, what do you say? I have very little pain and discovered my condition while doing a routine check. Taking 6 pills per day additionally to my prescribed treatment is too much, honestly.

  4. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Juliet, I totally understand what you mean.

    So considering you have a mild form of RA, 3 or 4 pills should do the work – in my opinion. They probably won’t work at 100%, but you don’t even need that.

    Now – if you really want a supplement besides your prescribed treatment, I would advise you to go for turmeric. It’s the best natural anti-inflammatory and it has lots of other benefits. I know some people who are healthy and take it regularly, just for its general benefits.

    So it’s not too strong for you, I can guarantee for that.

    Joint Advantage Gold also contains some turmeric, and it’s one of my top recommended supplements for RA. But as you said, it’s quite pricey. So if you want to go for something cheaper, I think you should check all the options you have. 

    Here are the best turmeric supplements I know – and they are in a wide price range. So you can also find cheaper products there, in case you want to save some money.

    Keep in mind that you will have to take the supplement for at least 3-4 months, if you want to see all of its benefits. Then if it works, you should continue taking it. That’s why I would choose something I can afford on the long term.

    Additionally, you can also use turmeric as powder, paste or tea. The effect won’t be as strong as in supplement, but it will add up. You can find more recipes here.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Rich says:

    Hello HEather and thank you for your recommendation!. I have RA and sciatica pain and these pills helps soothe my pain. I also have lesser flare-ups now, thank you. I’m not too fond of swallowing six pills every day but if that’s the price I have to pay for getting some relief, let’s go for it! 

    I am also using Omega 3 fish oil capsules, as my specialist advised. But I recently came across Krill oil and its benefits for the joints, apparently it’s similar to fish oil but better. Wondering what’s your opinion on this.. Have you heard about Krill oil, Do you think I should add it to my supplement list, Is there any brand you’re into more? Thank you again!

  6. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Rich, thanks for your feedback on Joint Advantage Gold. It’s great to hear it was so useful for your RA. 

    I totally agree it’s hard to take because of those 6 pill per day, but that’s it. If you remember taking them every time, there’s no problem.

    Regarding your question, I would start by mentioning this:

    I have tried different brands of fish oil pills, because of the positive reviews and praises they have throughout the internet. But in my case, the results weren’t as amazing as expected,

    I mean – they do help with inflammation, but not as much as other herbs (Turmeric, Boswellia, Devil’s Claw). At least in my case. That’s why I don’t really recommend fish oil (a lot) on my website. 

    If you check out some of my article, you will see that I have very few reviews about fish oil supplements. That’s because I haven’t tried out so many (compared to herbal supplements).

    Now getting back to your question. 

    I definitely heard of Krill oil, I even tried a supplement from Viva Labs – which worked decently. 

    Basically – what makes Krill oil better than fish oil is that it has more Omega 3s, and they are stronger (compared to the ones from fish oil). But obviously, supplements with Krill oil are also pricier. You can’t find too many under $30…

    Besides, they don’t work amazing alone (at least in my case). So compared to fish oil, Krill oil is indeed stronger – but its effect is still not amazing.

    However, if you’re also taking a good supplement (like Joint Advantage Gold) – the effect will surely add up.

    The only problem I can find is that you’re already taking 6 pills per day. So adding 2 or 3 more would be even more uncomfortable. 

    But anyway, you know better than me. Hope this helps.

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