My Celadrin Review – Cream Or Pills?

My Celadrin Review - Cream Or Pills?

It’s time for my Celadrin review – because it’s not a typical joint product:

  • Celadrin is actually a trademarked blend
  • Basically, it’s an ingredient – not a product 
  • Many different brands and supplements use it

So when I say “Celadrin” – I’m talking about all products containing this trademarked ingredient. Because there are quite a few.

Now – there are 2 types of products containing Celadrin:

  • creams
  • supplements

So which of these 2 is more effective? Or actually – is Celadrin as good as they claim? Or it’s just a useless ingredient?

I tried to dig deep into several products containing it.

Note: This review is based on my experience with this product. I’m not trying to praise/criticize it or its company, I am simply telling my opinion about it.


So Let’s Get To The Review

Full Name: Celadrin (depending on the brand or product)

My Celadrin Review - Cream Or Pills?Forms: Most versions I found were supplements, but there are also creams.

Best Actual Price: Around $30, depending on the brand.

Best Place To Buy It: Ebay or Amazon.

Designed For: Several types of joint problems: 

  • osteoarthritis
  • joint pain without a clear diagnosis
  • stiffness

My Rating: 6.50 out of 10

Worth Buying?: Not really. Most products containing it aren’t anything special:

  • very expensive
  • most contain a lower dose than regular

In my case, Celadrin was much weaker than glucosamine supplements – which are cheaper. So that’s what I would choose instead.


What I Liked About It

  • Trademark ingredient
  • Several studies behind
  • There are many products containing it (both pills and creams)
  • Many brands to choose from
  • The cream I tried worked pretty fast
  • Both the creams and the pills are easy to take


What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Most supplements contain a lower dose
  • The pills didn’t help me too much
  • Even though it decreases the pain, the cream only works on the outside
  • So I wouldn’t recommend the cream as a lone treatment
  • Very expensive
  • No official website to buy products from




Celadrin – A Quick Overview

As I said – Celadrin isn’t a joint product, it’s just an ingredient:

  • it’s a blend of several substances
  • it’s registered as a trademark

For this reason – brands have the right to use it if they buy their trademark from the producers.

That’s why there are so many products called “Celadrin”:

  • they simply contain this blend

Now – you can find this ingredient in 2 forms:

  1. Creams/Ointments
  2. Supplements

Some contain Celadrin + other substances, while others contain it alone. Obviously, there are many different brands producing them.

So in this review, I won’t take a certain Celadrin supplement – just in general.



#1. Ingredients (8 out of 10)

As I said, I won’t focus on a certain brand – but on the Celadrin blend in general.

Now – what exactly contains this blend? Here’s what you should know:

  1. It’s made of several EFAC (esterified fatty acid carbons).
  2. Its formula is the same in every supplement or cream.

So let’s take a closer look at the main ingredient:

1. Esterified Fatty Acids – these are actually esterified oils:

  • they’re very similar to fish oils
  • they work by increasing the fluidity of cell membranes
  • in this way, they improve joint lubrication

In Celadrin, you can find these EFAC in several forms:

  • myristate and myristoleate
  • laurate
  • oleate
  • palmitate and palmitoleate with tapioca

The Dose: Now – the regular dose of Celadrin is around 1000-1500 mg per day. I’m talking about the supplement.

However, 80% of the products I checked out only have 500 mg per serving – which is less than half.


  • the supplements with 500 mg cost around $25-$30 per bottle
  • the ones with higher doses are over $40

So you either use the regular version that is probably too weak, or you pay a lot more for the quality one.

That’s one of the reasons why I don’t like Celadrin too much.



2. Smell & Texture (10 out of 10)

At this chapter, things are pretty similar – no matter what brand you’re choosing.

1. THE CREAM: It’s really comfortable to use:

  • light consistency and doesn’t stick to your skin
  • not greasy
  • nice peppermint/menthol smell
  • white color

So it doesn’t really look different from most creams.

The smell is a bit too strong for me, but considering it’s based on menthol – it’s pleasant enough.

2. THE SUPPLEMENT: I haven’t tried every brand, but I checked out several customer opinions.

And it seems the pills are pretty similar too:

  • made of gelatin, so they are pretty light
  • easy to swallow
  • you need to take about 1-2 per day (that really depends of the brand)

So there’s not much to say at this chapter. If you tried a particular Celadrin supplement, maybe you can tell me more in the comment lines from the end.

But from my point of view, both the pills and the cream have a nice texture.

My Celadrin Review – Cream Or Pills?



#3. How It Worked (7 out of 10)

Celadrin was one of the first products I tried – since it’s been on the market for a long time.

Now – that was several years ago, so I can’t really tell the exact brand I tried. 

However – I know I used both the cream and the pills. So here’s what I can say about each.

1. THE CREAM – it really surprised me:

  • my pain decreased within a few minutes
  • it didn’t go away completely, but there was a change
  • the cream didn’t numb the painful area, it simply reduced the pain
  • the effect lasted about 1-2 hours (from what I remember)

So overall, Celadrin cream was pretty effective for me.

However, I had to apply it every few hours – which was pretty uncomfortable.

Plus, it would only hide my pain for a while – it did nothing for the cause of my pain. That’s the reason why I didn’t continue with it.

2. THE SUPPLEMENT – it wasn’t as effective:

  • I needed several weeks to see a change
  • but my pain didn’t decrease as much as with the cream
  • also, my joints were still very stiff

So the pills didn’t help me as much as the cream. But the reviews I read were quite mixed up – so I wasn’t the only one.

CONCLUSION: The cream worked much better, the pills were pretty weak in my case.

But considering the cream isn’t a real treatment (it only hides the pain for a few hours), I wouldn’t recommend it.




#4. Price (5 out of 10)

Celadrin can be quite expensive – and I’m talking mostly about the pills.

1. THE SUPPLEMENT: So here’s the thing – I’ve also said it before:

  • the regular dose would be around 1000-1500 mg per day according to studies
  • however, most pills contain only 500 mg

Obviously – the price depends a lot of the concentration:

  • 500 mg pills cost around $25 per bottle
  • the ones with 1000 mg are over $40 per monthly supply

So basically – if you want a good Celadrin supplement, you would have to pay a lot.

A $40 supplement seems quite expensive to me – no matter what it contains.

That’s why I never recommend products that cost so much (as a #1 alternative). So I would surely not recommend this one either.

2. THE CREAM: It depends a lot of what brand you choose:

  • the cheapest one I found costs around $19 for 4 oz
  • the others are around $30-$40

So if you get the cheapest option – the price is decent.

But if you go for another one, I would surely not recommend it when most creams aren’t that expensive.

My Celadrin Review - Cream Or Pills?

CONCLUSION: In terms of price, I would surely not recommend Celadrin.

The supplements are pretty expensive (the ones with good doses) and the creams are also quite pricey.



#5. Other Opinions (7 out of 10)

Just like most products, Celadrin has both positive and negative reviews. 

Now – I tried to take a look at several products, not just one. 

So here’s how I would sum up what other people say:

  1. The cream has mostly positive reviews.
  2. But some people complain it stopped working at one point.
  3. However, the supplements have more complaints.
  4. For some people, they simply don’t work.
  5. For others, they also cause side effects (especially stomach problems).
  6. Some other people say it’s just pricey and not better than other joint products.

If you want my opinion, it’s also rather negative.

I don’t remember experiencing any side effects, but I know the pills weren’t very helpful either.

The cream did work, but it only helped on the inside. So on the long term, it would only make my problem worsen – since I wasn’t treating the cause.

So I would probably not recommend Celadrin. For what it does, it’s really expensive.



#6. Best Things About Celadrin

To be honest, Celadrin isn’t one of my favorite products at all.

However, there are several things I really praise it for:

  1. Several studies behind (for the blend, not for a certain supplement/cream)
  2. Unique formula
  3. The cream works within minutes
  4. You have many different brands to choose from

I’m not sure if these advantages are enough to make Celadrin worth the price.

But either way – it surely has a positive side.

As I said, this review is based on my experience with it – so I have to be subjective.

However, there were more things I didn’t like about Celadrin – compared to the ones I did like.



#7. Worst Things About Celadrin

As I said, it’s not all positive. And in my opinion, there are quite a few downsides about Celadrin:

  1. Ingredients are not very powerful (in my opinion)
  2. No official website to buy it from and no major product
  3. Quite expensive (both the pills and the cream)
  4. The cream doesn’t treat the cause of the pain
  5. The supplement isn’t very effective (at least in my case)

Now – I personally wasn’t a big fan of Celadrin for 2 reasons:

  • the cream worked – but it wasn’t a real treatment
  • the pills would have been a real treatment – but they weren’t effective

Just like I said, I didn’t try every possible brands. So who knows – I might have used some that weren’t so great.

But either way, for what Celadrin does – I think it costs too much.

You can get a quality joint treatment under $30, so that’s what I prefer to use instead.




#8. Final Conclusions

Here’s how I would sum up Celadrin in 3 phrases:

My Celadrin Review - Cream Or Pills?1. Original Mix – there’s no other blend containing these ingredients.

In fact, I haven’t even seen any EFAC (its main ingredient) in other joint products.

So from this point of view, it’s a trademark formula – which explains the price.

2. Very Studied – believe it or not, Celadrin has been involved in several clinical trials:

  • most had positive results
  • it was mainly tested for osteoarthritis
  • there were also some tests for knee pain

So basically – it seems to work better for pain caused by injury or tear.

When it comes to inflammation, Celadrin doesn’t work that amazing.

3. Expensive – that’s my personal opinion about it:

  • the pills cost about $25 per bottle (the lowest dose)
  • a supplement with a regular dose is around $40 or more
  • the creams are also quite pricey overall

Now – if you find a Celadrin supplement for less than $20, it might be worth the shot. As long as it has more than 500 mg per serving.

But considering it’s a trademark ingredient, I doubt it.

That’s why I wouldn’t recommend it – it costs too much for what it does.



My Verdict – Is Celadrin Worth It?

Short answer: Not really, if you ask me.

I haven’t tried most of the products containing it – but here’s why I don’t think it’s the best choice ever:

  • its ingredients aren’t that powerful
  • most supplements contain a lower dose (500 mg vs 1000 mg the regular dose)
  • the one I tried wasn’t very effective
  • the cream did help, but it only worked on the outside
  • they’re pretty expensive for what they do

So basically – I don’t think that Celadrin products are so amazing at this point.

There are some way better products on the market – most for lower prices.

And in my case, some worked much better. That’s why Celadrin isn’t really my recommendation.

If you want the good form of this ingredient – you would have to pay at least $40 per bottle. 

That’s way too much on a monthly basis, in my opinion.

If you want a product that really works – you can find one for less than $40. That’s what I would choose instead.

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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2 Responses

  1. Nuttanee says:

    Thank you for doing such an extensive review on Celadrin. My father is suffering from joint pain. He has been taking the supplement and using the cream and using them together can be very expensive but he cannot go through his day without them either. 

    I will tell him about turmeric supplements, they seem much cheaper in general. 

    Have you heard of Undenatured type 2 collagen? (UC-II) My friend told me that this supplement works amazing with his father as well. It does take about a month to see the improvement but it works. Only Schiff and Costco have them at the moment, wondering if you have tried any.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Nuttanee. I don’t know what exact brand of Celadrin uses your father – but he’s surely paying a lot of money for both the cream and the pills.

    But at least they really help him. Now – let me ask you: Has he used any other joint supplement/cream before? If yes, could you tell me the name?

    That could help me understand what kind of products work best for him.

    I don’t know what kind of joint pain he has – but if the cream helps him so much, it might be cause by inflammation. So in this case, turmeric supplements should really help.

    And yes – they are usually cheaper than any Celadrin product.

    Regarding your question, I haven’t tried that exact supplement. But I have tried several types of collagen in different products.

    It is indeed a useful ingredient (especially for cartilage problems) – but in my case, it’s not that effective.

    I mean – it doesn’t work as well as the glucosamine + chondroitin combination.

    That’s why I don’t consider it a “must have” ingredient in joint supplements. It’s great if they contain it – but if they don’t, no big deal. That’s how I see things.

    But that’s my personal opinion and how collagen works for me. If your friend praises it, it’s probably really effective for some people.

    So if you afford the price (I have no idea how much it costs), you can have your father try it. After all, there’s nothing to lose.

    Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

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