My Herbalife Joint Support Review – Does It Meet The Expectations?

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

My Herbalife Joint Support Review - Does It Meet The Expectations?

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:

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



What Is Herbalife Joint Support?

Shortly – it’s a product meant to:

  • support joint health
  • improves joint comfort
  • supports healthy aging
  • antioxidant benefits

Now – the producer behind is a very trustworthy company. Who hasn’t heard of Herbalife?

However, this doesn’t mean that Joint Support is as good as their other products.

In fact, there are some major things that bother me about it (including its claims).

So now that you know some basic things about Joint Support, it’s time to analyze it closer.



#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:

  1. Glucosamine
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Minerals

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. [1]


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. 

3. Minerals

Herbalife Joint Support contains 3 minerals (in different dosages):

  • Selenium
  • Copper
  • Manganese

Now – I tried to research their joint benefits. But I only find something about manganese. [2]

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:

  1. I took 3 pills per day for almost a month – with no improvement.
  2. Afterwards, I added an extra pill (4 pills per day now).
  3. I could see a small change in my knee in a few days.
  4. They seemed slightly stronger.
  5. I could bend down and stand for a little longer.
  6. In the next weeks, my mobility was slowly improving.
  7. However, my knee pain only decreased very little.

My Herbalife Joint Support Review - Does It Meet The Expectations?

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:

  1. Some people really praise it for its effect.
  2. Others say it works decently.
  3. There are some who says it was completely useless.
  4. Others say it’s not the original product.
  5. 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:

  1. My Herbalife Joint Support Review - Does It Meet The Expectations?I took the recommended dose in the first month (3 pills).
  2. 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.

My Herbalife Joint Support Review - Does It Meet The Expectations?Basically – you can find it in 2 main retailers:

  1. Amazon
  2. Ebay

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:

  • My Herbalife Joint Support Review - Does It Meet The Expectations?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.


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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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12 Responses

  1. Vanessa Luis says:

    It’s sooo expensive. I sold herbalife products some time ago and it was bringing me quite a bit of profit. Some of their products are really good, and I mean mostly nutritional snacks. The other ones are quite expensive overall, that’s what i think. It’s the same for their joint products, but i think this is the only one they have.

    I never used it because i didn’t have arthritis, but i sold a few bottles. The feedback i got from my buyers wasn’t a very positive one so i decided to stop selling products that cost much and didn’t work that well. This was one of them. so that’s all I can say about it. You know better about the ingredients and stuff, but i know about my customers’ experience and it wasn’t such a good one.

    so i wouldn’t recommend this brand for medical supplements, only for nutritional products.

  2. Heather says:

    Hello Vanessa, thanks for letting me know your experience. It’s great to hear a view from someone who worked with this company and knows the good and the bad about it. I wouldn’t personally recommend this supplement either, just because it’s expensive for what it does.

  3. Linda Wirley says:

    I was happy with how Herbalife worked. Also tried their protein shakes and other nutritional supplements and I could lose up to 45 pounds in half a year, all because of them. 

    I recently started having some pain in my left knee so ordered their Joint Support Formula and now I am much better, less in pain. My knee only gets a bit painful when I sit in my desk for long and then get up suddenly (I get a phone call or something). It also gets stiff and I can’t walk properly. But it goes away on its own in a couple of minutes. But the knee pain no longer bothers me at night or after effort.

    So I would recommend all their products, I think they’re a great company.

  4. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hello Linda, thanks a lot for letting me know your experience with Herbalife’s Joint Support.

    I’m also a fan of Herbalife’s products in general, but their Joint Formula didn’t really help me. But surely, it doesn’t work the same for everyone – so it’s great to hear you had good results with it.

    If it was so helpful, I suggest you to stick to it and don’t switch to something else. The product itself is affordable (compared to what exists on the market right now) – so there’s no point spending over $40 if Herbalife is good enough for your needs.

    Regarding the stiffness – it’s quite normal that it appears after sitting down and getting up suddenly. 

    I don’t have a clear remedy for that – but applying a hot bottle/heating pad decreases it much faster.

    If your knee also hurts in these situations, I recommend something locally. Herbalife’s supplement works on the inside, so there’s no point adding another supplement. A patch or lotion based on Cayenne pepper is a really fast solution – and you can find it for a few dollars in most herbal shops.

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

  5. Andrea says:

    Hi Heather. I used to be a Herbalife consultant but I was focused more on weight loss and healthy living. My mom developed osteoarthritis so additionally to the treatment from her doctor, I gave her a bottle of Herbalife’s supplement for joints.

    It was the first time I was supervising how this thing works, because I was never on the arthritis/pain advising consultancy.

    My mom asked me for another bottle, saying her creaky joint were a bit improved. I got her another one but this time she wasn’t so happy with it, she said it stopped working and she was in the same pain level as before.

    I insisted on her taking a third bottle but the results ceased to appear. This time she didn’t have any period when she was feeling better.

    I don’t know anyone else who used Herbalife’s joint support supplement, so I can’t compare my mom’s results. But there was no way I could convince her to continue with it, she said the pills were horse pills and she was struggling to take them.

    So it’s hard for me to hear her saying this about a product that I actually promote. But if Herbalife’s joint supplement is no good, I can accept that. 

    Your review also got me thinking, since it wasn’t effective for you either. I appreciate it’s a personal experience, I’ve been looking for something similar unsuccessfully. 

    So I should probably not recommend this supplement again. Any person recommendations for my mom? She’s 72, discovered she has osteoarthritis in her hip in November last year, she a bit overweight (176 lbs) and she also has diabetes. 

    Do you think the arthritis is due to her being fat/diabetic? Her doctor says not really but I’d like to hear another opinion. Any advice is more than welcome, thanks. 

  6. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hello Andrea. Firstly, thank you for letting me know how Herbalife Joint Support worked for your mom. 

    I have a personal explanation why it wasn’t more effective:

    – It doesn’t contain the best form of glucosamine (the sulfate).

    – Also, the overall dose of glucosamine is quite low (only 500 mg vs 1000-1500 mg in other products).

    – No chondroitin, which increases the power of glucosamine.

    You chose the right ingredients for your mom’s problem – glucosamine supplements are my #1 recommendation for OA

    But this supplement isn’t the best thing you can get for the money. 

    I understand you’re a Herbalife consultant, so it makes sense that you try these products first. But unfortunately, your mom will probably have to try something else.

    So my recommendation is a supplement that has:

    Glucosamine Sulfate (over 1000 mg) + Chondroitin + MSM + Turmeric/Boswellia.

    The #1 supplement I recommend you is ProJoint Plus, because I had fast results with it and it’s cheaper than many (around $30 per bottle). 

    So I would advise your mom to take it for at least 2 months before she expects seeing a change (for me it worked really fast, but it depends – normally, she should see an effect after the first bottle).

    There are also some other supplements that I recommend, so feel free to choose any.

    Regarding your question – I doubt her diabetes is responsible for OA. From your description, she doesn’t seem to have a severe form of diabetes – so in this case, it probably has nothing to do with her arthritis.

    However, aging does – because it’s a major risk factor for OA. 

    And being overweight also increases the risk. The extra weight puts additional pressure on the joints, so cartilages wear off faster. 

    But people who are overweight tend to suffer from knee pain and osteoarthritis, so your mom’s case is pretty weird. 

    That’s why I suggest her to start taking a good glucosamine supplement as soon as possible. Her knee cartilages may also be affected – but probably just a bit, since she didn’t feel any pain yet. But she might start to feel it in the close future.

    Besides the supplement, she can also do the following tips:

    1. Start eating healthier and avoid processed foods and sugars (but she probably does that, due to her diabetes).

    2. Drink plenty of water (again, she probably does that too).

    3. Do any kind of movement – walking, moving around the house, any minor thing. If she’s willing, yoga is a great exercising method for OA, because it involves minor effort (at least in the start).

    4. In case she has the possibility, she could move out for a while/visit a place with a really warm climate. Some regions are really good for osteoarthritis, because of their climate.

    Sorry I couldn’t be shorter in my answer, but I wanted to give you every detail I could. Hope this helps your mom.

  7. larry says:

    Hi, Herbalife’s joint support made me really dizzy. I felt bad couple of days after starting my bottle, with headaches and dizziness when I get out of bed. I stopped the pills and 2 days later I was fine. Then I started them again and the dizziness came back. Any idea if I can get a refund on that reason? Larry

  8. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Larry, it’s pretty clear that these pills are responsible for your dizziness and headaches. 

    It can’t be just a coincidence, since the symptoms appeared again when you restarted taking Herbalife’s Joint Support pills.

    Giving them up was a good decision. But as far as I know, Herbalife doesn’t offer any refund for any of their products. 

    You can try to contact them and mention the side effects you had, but I still doubt they will refund you. They don’t have any money-back guarantee on their website. And I don’t think they do this kind of refunds anyway. 

    The amount of money is pretty little, so who knows, they might make an exception. So try and see, maybe you’re lucky.

  9. Lou Stokes says:

    Thank you for your review of Herbalife joint support. I have a problem in my right hip, my specialist says I will need a replacement surgery in the next years. I want to try everything to prevent that. My wife is faithful Herbalife customer and she recommended me the joint support pills. I’m not the kind of person to try the first thing I see, so I did my research. From all the details you pointed out, I can understand it’s not the best product on the market. So I can get something better for about the same money, which I will do. Do you recommend anything else for hip pain, except supplements? I have a form of osteoarthritis, as far as I know.

  10. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hello Lou. I don’t actually recommend Herbalife’s joint supplement, even though I like some of their other products. The joint supplement simply doesn’t have a strong enough formula, in my view. I already mentioned why in this review, so I won’t get back to that.

    But my advice is to choose a product containing:

    – glucosamine sulfate (over 1000 mg)

    – chondroitin

    – MSM

    – turmeric/Boswellia/other anti-inflammatory herbs

    My top recommended supplement for osteoarthritis is ProJoint Plus, because it has an excellent formula and it’s one of the cheapest products I tried and had great results with. It’s effective for OA and cartilage damage in general, whether it affects the knee, shoulder or hip. So it should help a lot more than Herbalife’s product, because of its better formula.

    Anyway, you don’t necessarily have to choose this supplement. There are some others that work really well for hip pain.

    But I also have some other recommendations for you:

    1. Whenever your hip feels stiff and you can’t move well, use a hot bottle to decrease the stiffness. It normally goes away on its own, but it takes time (up to 50 minutes). If you use heat, it goes away in 10-20 minutes or even faster.

    2. Massaging your painful area with oils can help. You can use any oil you have in your kitchen, from coconut to olive oil. You can also use essential oils, like lavender, mint or even CBD oil.

    3. Your pain will worsen when there’s a storm coming by, because of the lower humidity. If you ever plan to move out, choose a climate that is very hot and dry (like Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, etc.).

    4. Stay away from anything that involves sugars, processed foods or even alcohol. Avoiding coffee isn’t a must, though. If you enjoy it, you don’t have to give it up (it wouldn’t change anything).

    5. Try to go for foods that are rich in antioxidants and have a natural source. You can also follow certain diets, but not necessarily for the long term.

    6. Sports, exercising and moving around can also help, even though it may be hard for you to move a lot. Instead, you can practice Yoga because it helps you relax and it’s quite easy to do. It doesn’t improve the pain, though.

    7. I have certain joint hacks that I use whenever my pain gets on a high, at one point. They might also help you.

    8. Also, there’s a guide I created on treating OA naturally. It will surely help.

  11. Michel says:

    I got all excited when I started this supplement but it turned out not-so-effective as I was hoping. I have a tunnel carpal syndrome which is almost cured at the moment, but not because of Herbalife. I know so many people praise this company but I only tried their joint support and was not satisfied. Thank you for offering alternatives, it’s such a shame I did not find your recommendations at the right time, they would have been a life and time saver. Next time I know where I have to go from the first! 

  12. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Michel, thanks a lot for your feedback on Herbalife Joint Support.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome has an inflammatory cause, so it responds best to anti-inflammatory. Herbalife only contains 1 substance for inflammation – Scute Roof Extract. However, this herb isn’t very strong – so it’s not among the best herbs for inflammation.

    On the other hand, Herbalife’s supplement is mostly based on glucosamine – which isn’t really the thing you need. Glucosamine is good at repairing and rebuilding damaged cartilages. That’s a common problem in osteoarthritis, but it doesn’t appear in carpal tunnel syndrome. 

    So that’s why I think you didn’t experience good results with Herbalife. 

    In case your problem ever comes back, my recommendation are turmeric supplements. Turmeric is the best herb for inflammation and it has a really fast effect, compared to others. So in any joint inflammation, turmeric is the best thing you can take.

    I’m glad to hear you’re fine now and hopefully your joints stay healthy in the future. Thanks again for sharing your experience with Herbalife’s supplement. 

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