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:
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)
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:
- joint pain without a clear diagnosis
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
#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:
- It’s made of several EFAC (esterified fatty acid carbons).
- 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
- 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.
#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.
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:
- The cream has mostly positive reviews.
- But some people complain it stopped working at one point.
- However, the supplements have more complaints.
- For some people, they simply don’t work.
- For others, they also cause side effects (especially stomach problems).
- 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:
- Several studies behind (for the blend, not for a certain supplement/cream)
- Unique formula
- The cream works within minutes
- 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:
- Ingredients are not very powerful (in my opinion)
- No official website to buy it from and no major product
- Quite expensive (both the pills and the cream)
- The cream doesn’t treat the cause of the pain
- 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:
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.