My Herbalife Joint Support Review – Does It Meet The Expectations?
It’s time for my Herbalife Joint Support review, a product I tried because of its brand. I’m a pretty big fan of Herbalife, but this supplement doesn’t look so impressive.
Why? Compared to other joint products:
- pretty different ingredients (a lot of minerals)
- quite expensive
So does this make it any better than the rest? Or it’s even weaker – compared to other products?
I tried this supplement myself, so here’s what you need to know about it.
Note: This review is based on my experience + opinion on Herbalife Joint Support.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Joint Support Advanced from Herbalife
Sizes: Only 1 – 90 tablets (enough for 30 days)
Best Actual Price: Around $34 per bottle
Where I Bought It From: Ebay, but you can also find it on Amazon
Designed For: Joint problems in general.
But judging after what it contains – I say it works better for:
- cartilage problems (damage, tears)
I wouldn’t recommend it for inflammatory pain (like rheumatoid arthritis).
My Rating: 6 out of 10
Worth Buying?: Definitely not. It’s just not worth the money, in my opinion:
- pretty weak ingredient list (there’s basically only glucosamine)
- costs a lot for what it does
- didn’t even decrease my knee pain almost at all
- I had to take an extra pill to notice an effect
So even though I like the brand – this supplement isn’t among their best products.
What I Liked About It
- Trustworthy brand (with lots of quality products behind)
- I didn’t experience any side effect
- Can work in milder problems
What I Didn’t Like About It
- Pretty weak formula
- You need to take 3 pills per day
- Started working only when I took 4 pills (in my case)
- No effective for my knee pain
- Takes a while until it works
- Pretty expensive overall
#1 – Ingredients (5 out of 10)
To be honest – Herbalife’s formula looks quite disappointing to me:
- only 1 strong ingredient (glucosamine)
- low doses overall
Now – these are several substances in this formula, but most aren’t very useful for joint pain. That’s what studies say, at least.
I would divide Herbalife’s ingredients in 3 categories:
So let’s take a closer look at each.
1. Glucosamine HCl (500 mg)
Based on my experience with it – glucosamine is the best substance for cartilage problems:
- supports the joints
- rebuilds damaged cartilages
- protects them against future damage
However – I’m not a fan of the HCl form, which Herbalife uses. Instead, I prefer glucosamine sulfate.
Besides – studies also claim that glucosamine HCl isn’t as effective as the sulfate form. 
2. Anti-Inflammatory (160 mg)
In Herbalife’s product, the anti-inflamamtory herb is Scute Root Extract.
To be honest – it was the first time I heard about it.
I did a quick search in Google and here’s what I found out:
- works for lungs and intestines inflammation
- also helps different infections
However, I didn’t find any info about joint pain.
So how exactly could this Scute Root help the joints? It’s still a mystery for me.
Herbalife Joint Support contains 3 minerals (in different dosages):
Now – I tried to research their joint benefits. But I only find something about manganese. 
The other 2 aren’t really useful for joint pain itself.
That’s why I doubt these minerals could do something significant in this product.
Herbalife Joint Support has a really weak formula overall.
Other than glucosamine – I don’t see what ingredient could help the joints (since they all have little info behind).
#2 – How To Take It (6 out of 10)
Here I will try to give you more details about the pills and their schedule.
1. Pills Facts
I’m not a big fan of Herbalife’s pills.
It’s true that they are quite similar to other glucosamine pills, but they don’t look amazing:
- large dimensions
- quite thick
- not covered in gelatin
- pretty hard to swallow
Now – compared to the largest pills I tried in a supplement (see Osteo Bi-Flex), these are a bit better.
But even so, I had quite a hard time swallowing them.
2. The Schedule
Things don’t look amazing here either:
- you need to take 3 pills per day
- it’s recommended to space them out
Additionally – the label warns about the dose of selenium:
- there are about 23 mg per pill
- the maximum dose is around 150 mg per day
That means you shouldn’t take more than 6 pills of Herbalife daily. Selenium can be toxic in over 150 mg.
I also want to mention another thing.
I didn’t see any major changes while taking 3 pills – so I moved to 4. That’s when I starter feeling a bit better (but more on this below).
Just keep in mind that 3 pills may not be enough (unless you have a mild problem).
#3 – My Results (5 out of 10)
As I said, I wasn’t very satisfied with Herbalife’s Joint supplement.
I’m saying this mostly in terms of how it works.
1. My Background
I tried this supplement for my knee pain (caused by osteoarthritis):
- it came up as a complication to my RA
- my right knee was worse
- the pain wasn’t very intense (compared to my RA pain)
- it was the loss of flexibility that bothered me most
So the #1 improvement I was expecting from Herbalife was to strengthen my knees and improve my mobility.
If it could also decrease my knee pain, it was even better.
2. How It Worked
As I said, the results were quite weak overall:
- I took 3 pills per day for almost a month – with no improvement.
- Afterwards, I added an extra pill (4 pills per day now).
- I could see a small change in my knee in a few days.
- They seemed slightly stronger.
- I could bend down and stand for a little longer.
- In the next weeks, my mobility was slowly improving.
- However, my knee pain only decreased very little.
So basically – these pills didn’t help while I took the recommended dose.
When I tried a higher dose, I could see an improvement. But it wasn’t a major one:
- my knees didn’t get really strong
- the effect was still weaker than in other supplements
- my knee pain didn’t decrease significantly
I could have tried taking 5 pills – but it was way too much.
So it was both uncomfortable and dangerous (because of the high dose of selenium).
For a $35 supplement, Herbalife Joint Support was quite ineffective:
- didn’t help my knee pain
- only improved my flexibility when I took a higher dose
Now – if you have a minor problem, it would surely help.
But for a serious form of OA – this formula is surely too weak.
#4 – Other Opinions (7 out of 10)
I tried to look at other people’s opinions – so that I could create an unbiased review.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find too many opinions on this supplement.
There were just a few – and they’re not very detailed either.
Note: I only considered authentic reviews, not the ones based on general info.
1. What People Say
The reviews I read were quite mixed up:
- Some people really praise it for its effect.
- Others say it works decently.
- There are some who says it was completely useless.
- Others say it’s not the original product.
- Some others complain about the high price.
So I personally wouldn’t count on these reviews if I wanted to make a purchase:
- they don’t give too many details
- very mixed opinions
However – I included most of the reviews from Amazon, so they must be authentic.
2. Biggest Complaints
Many Amazon buyers complained that the product isn’t original:
- Herbalife isn’t the real producer
- the bottle seems to be fake
- the pills aren’t effective at all
Now – if Amazon doesn’t sell the original product, I don’t know what other retailer dose.
But either way, that’s what many customers were complaining about.
So if you’re interested in buying Herbalife’s Joint supplement – keep this in mind.
#5 – Side Effects (10 out of 10)
That’s one of the best chapters of Herbalife’s product. As I said:
- I took the recommended dose in the first month (3 pills).
- Then I added an extra pill, because I felt no improvement.
Now – while I was taking 3 pills per day, there was no secondary effect.
But as I increased the dose, the risk was much higher.
However – I didn’t experience any side effect even with 4 pills per day:
- I had no nausea
- No vomiting
- No diarrhea
That’s why I have a very good opinion about this supplement (in terms of side effects).
I consider it very safe – even for people who are more likely to experience additional issues.
#6 – Price (5 out of 10)
To be honest, Herbalife’s supplement is really overpriced for what it offers:
- a pretty weak formula
- doses aren’t very high overall
- only 30 days supply
But let me get into more details.
1. The Exact Price
Herbalife Joint Support’s price is similar no matter where you buy it from:
- costs about $35 per bottle
- there are 90 pills in total
- on paper, that’s the quantity for 1 month
Now – the price is surely not low, but it’s not really high either.
But the thing is – Herbalife costs too much for the ingredients it contains. That’s actually the point.
2. Competitors’ Price
I will only compare this product with my #1 recommended glucosamine supplement – ProJoint Plus.
Now – the prices are quite similar:
- Herbalife costs around $35
- ProJoint Plus is about $30
But it’s actually their formula that makes the difference.
Herbalife contains only 5 active ingredients (but only 1 that is really effective – glucosamine).
ProJoint Plus contains 8 active ingredients (and 6 are really useful).
So instead of paying $35 for a weaker formula, I personally prefer paying $30 on ProJoint Plus.
#7 – Where To Find It (8 out of 10)
Contrary to my expectations, Herbalife can’t be found so easily.
Basically – you can find it in 2 main retailers:
You would normally expect it to be available on Herbalife’s website, right?
Well, you can find it there – but you can’t order it online.
You can only get it from a Herbalife distributor in your area (if you know any). Otherwise – you can’t get it from here.
So I would recommend either Amazon or Ebay if you want to get this product:
- easier to make an order
- you receive it home
- price is better overall
#8 – Final Conclusions
Here’s how I would sum up my opinion about Herbalife’s supplement.
I will try to be short – so I put everything in 3 ideas.
1. Pretty Weak Formula
You can tell that by looking at the ingredients:
Glucosamine is the only strong substance from these pills. It also has a good dose (1500 mg per day).
But other than that:
- Unknown ingredients
- Some have very little info behind
- Others have no benefits for joints
So the overall formula of this supplement is quite weak. That’s probably why it didn’t make miracles in my case.
For this reason – I would only recommend it for a mild cartilage problem (at most).
2. You Might Need More Than 3 Pills
That’s something I noticed while using this product:
- While I took 3 pills, there was no improvement
- Once I added an extra one, things started changing
So why such a sudden change?
In my opinion – it’s because my body received a higher dose of glucosamine (1500 mg vs 2000 mg).
Because I doubt the other ingredients could do anything.
So if you have a serious problem – you might need more than 3 pills of this supplement.
3. Needs Some Time To Work
Despite taking 3 pills from the start – I felt no improvement for 3 weeks.
That’s why I’m convinced that this product can’t work very fast (as some others do).
Even if I started with 4 pills directly – it would have surely needed 2-3 weeks to start working.
My Verdict – Is Herbalife’s Product Worth Buying?
Short Answer: In my opinion – No:
- pretty weak formula
- doesn’t contain anything valuable
- doesn’t work too well
- pretty expensive for what it does
Besides – for this price, you can get a much better supplement. Especially in terms of formula.
So considering Herbalife’s price and ingredients, I don’t think it’s worth $35.
Not to mention that it didn’t help me considerably. It might work for milder forms, but if you have severe OA – I doubt it would help a lot.
So does it meet the expectations? Well, it didn’t meet mines:
- It cost me enough money
- I had to take 4 pills instead of 3
- In the end, I didn’t even get a major relief
Therefore, Herbalife is not among my recommended products.
Even though I remain a fan of this brand’s products and supplements, I would surely not recommend Joint Support. At least not as a first choice.