My Joint Vibrance Review – Powder Or Pills?
It’s time for my Joint Vibrance review, a supplement that impressed me with one thing – its ingredients. And I’m not saying that because it contains some stuff I’ve never seen before. It was their number than impressed me – I counted over 10 different substances.
But there’s one thing you need to know. You can find this product in 2 forms – powder and pills. They contain pretty much the same thing, but there’s a big difference in other chapters. I’ll tell you more later on.
However, this supplement didn’t manage to impress me in terms of how it works. Considering that it’s really expensive, it didn’t work better than the rest. But let me explain you why I have this opinion.
Note: This review is based on my experience with this supplement, so it won’t necessarily agree with other review you find. I am not trying to praise/criticize the product or its company, I am simply telling my opinion about it.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Joint Vibrance from Vibrant Health
Quantity : Both the powder and the pills last 21 days per bottle
Best Actual Price: $41.49
Where I Bought It From: Ebay
Designed For: Mostly osteoarthritis and cartilage problems. It’s based on glucosamine and chondroitin, which work best in OA. It also contains several anti-inflammatory herbs, but in very low doses.
That’s why I wouldn’t recommend this product for inflammation or swollen joints. If you have OA, you may give it a try, but if your pain is caused by inflammation, better skip it. The doses of turmeric and the other herbs are too low to do anything.
My Rating: 7 out of 10 – I rated it so high just because of the ingredients
Worth Buying?: Not really. It’s extremely expensive for what it does. The powder is really difficult to prepare and if you choose the pill version you have to take 12 per day. So both options have really big downsides.
The product itself didn’t help me tremendously, that’s why I think it’s super expensive. One bottle only lasts 21 days, so you end up paying over $42 per month. There are cheaper alternatives that work way better, so I can’t recommend Joint Vibrance.
What I Liked About It
- Over 10 different ingredients
- 3 important substances have very high doses (compared to most supplements)
- You can find it in 2 forms – powder and pills (but both are bad, I’ll tell you later why)
What I Didn’t Like About It
- Uses the weak form of glucosamine (HCl), which isn’t very effective according to studies
- Turmeric and the other herbs have very low doses, so they’re pretty useless in my opinion (unlike what the description claims)
- It didn’t improve the flexibility of my knees too much
- The powder is really hard to prepare, because it doesn’t mix with water easily (try with a blender)
- If you choose the pills, you need to take 12 per day, which is WAY too much!
- Very expensive overall
- One bottle only lasts for 21 days
The Ingredients – So Many!
I have to admit that I was quite blown away by Joint Vibrance’s ingredients. It doesn’t contain anything unusual, it simply has a lot of substances inside. I bought the powder version, but the pills contain exactly the same things.
So let’s analyze them briefly (I will only take the important ones for joints):
– Type 1&2 Collagen (8.8 g overall) – these substances are basically for rebuilding cartilages. Their dose is also very high (I rarely saw such a high dose in a supplement).
– Glucosamine HCl (1.5 g) – glucosamine is the most important ingredient for the joints, but the HCl form isn’t the best one. Compared to the sulfate, it doesn’t have positive results in studies and it’s a lot cheaper. That’s why lots of brands use it. The dose is very good, but as it’s using the hydrochloride form, this is a big downside.
– Chondroitin Sulfate (1 g) – chondroitin is also great for rebuilding cartilages, especially when it’s combined with glucosamine. It increases its power, so the effect is even stronger. The dose from Joint Vibrance is really good.
– MSM (1 g) – this is a natural substance we have in our body, but it decreases with age. It decreases joint inflammation and keeps the joints protected.
– Calcium Fructoborate 2.5% (120 mg) – this isn’t a common ingredient in joint supplements, but from what I read, it also decreases the swelling and keeps inflammatory molecules under control.
– Hyaluronic Acid 95% (120 mg) – hyaluronic acid seems to be really effective for cartilages when it’s injected directly. But if you want to take it by mouth, you need really high doses (around 200 mg, if I’m not wrong). Joint Vibrance has higher doses, compared to most supplements, but I don’t think they’re high enough either.
– Anti-inflammatory Herbs – there are Turmeric, Boswellia, Bromelain and a few others. Though they are really strong substances, the doses are way too low for them to work. So in my opinion, these substances are pretty useless here.
3 Conclusions On The Ingredients
Joint Vibrance’s ingredient list is indeed impressive, because it contains so many substances. But if you take a closer look, there are a few things you can notice. So here are the conclusions I reached after studying this list for a while:
1. Very High Doses Overall – I’ve seen supplements with a high dose of a certain ingredient, but Joint Vibrance has a high quantity of everything. I’m talking mostly about the essential substances – collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM.
Well, I don’t know any supplement that contains such a high quantity of these 4 ingredients. So Joint Vibrance really amazed me at this chapter. I can only praise its formula.
2. Bad Form Of Glucosamine – no matter what a high dose it has, this supplement uses the bad form of glucosamine – the hydrochloride. This substance isn’t very effective and it doesn’t work very well, according to studies. The sulfur from glucosamine sulfate is what rebuilds cartilages.
On the other hand, the HCl form doesn’t contain any sulfur, so it’s far from being very effective. However, it’s much cheaper, which is why brands prefer to use it.
3. Low Doses Of Herbs – in my opinion, the 5 anti-inflammatory herbs from the list are totally useless. Their doses are way too low to do anything, so they’re basically not providing any effect. In my opinion, they’re on that list just to make it longer and more impressive.
My Experience With This Supplement
My Background: I was suffering of RA, which caused me a secondary osteoarthritis in both of my knees. Fortunately, I had enough cartilage left when I discovered it. So the pain wasn’t that bad, but my knees’s flexibility was really affected.
I had a very hard time moving around and doing everyday activities. As I said, the pain wasn’t that bad, and most products I tried would be able to decrease it. But very few managed to improve my flexibility. So that’s how I was hoping Joint Vibrance would help me.
Unfortunately, one bottle is enough for only 21 days. That is really little, in my opinion, too little to tell the difference. But Joint Vibrance promises to treat the source, so I said I would give it a try.
How It Worked: I chose the powder form and I used it everyday in some kind of smoothie (more on this below – don’t skip that part).
My pain was indeed better, but the shape of my knees didn’t change a lot. The powder did help a bit, as I didn’t feel my knees as stiff as they used to be. I was able to move around a little bit more, but that was also. So I was a bit better, but the difference wasn’t huge.
It’s true that I only used this product for about 3 weeks, but it didn’t convince me to buy another bottle. The change in my knees wasn’t very big, and considering the price of a bottle, I preferred to get back to my #1 alternative.
Conclusion: It only helped me a bit. My knees didn’t feel much stronger when I finished the bottle. I still had trouble standing and moving around on my own, so the effect of this supplement wasn’t as good as I was hoping for. Considering it’s really expensive, I didn’t buy a second bottle.
#1 Option – The Powder
What makes this supplement special is that you can find it in 2 forms – powder and pills. I had a very hard time choosing one of them, even though they had the same ingredients.
But I ended up choosing the powder, and I will explain you later on why. However, even this form turned out to be pretty tricky when it comes to preparing it. But let me explain:
How To Prepare It: You have to mix one scoop of powder (the scoop is included in the package) with 4-8 ounces of water, juice or any other liquid. That’s what the label says. In reality, it’s extremely hard because the powder doesn’t mix properly with water.
At least in my case, it didn’t. I tried to stir briskly for several minutes, but all I got were big clumps of mixture, which you couldn’t possibly drink.
So I tried to add the mixture in my blender, which sorted things out. Once I took it off the blender, it was looking like a regular drink (except for the color). So without the blender, I think it’s really impossible to use the powder. It’s just to thick and it doesn’t mix with any liquid properly.
If you don’t have a blender (or you don’t want to use one), just skip the powder form.
#2 Option – The Pills
Normally, if I had to choose between a powder and a supplement, I would always choose the last one. It’s a lot easier to take, because you don’t have to prepare the supplement yourself, as you would do with the powder.
However, Joint Vibrance’s supplements have one major downside. That’s exactly why I bought the powder instead.
You nee to take 12 pills per day! Yes, you read it right, 12 big tablets every day.
I don’t really know how you could possibly do that, since the pills are really large and thick. You know that I never recommend a product with more than 3 pills per day. So how on Earth could you take 12 pills every day? Your liver is going to suffer pretty shortly, if you ask me. So I wouldn’t take the risk.
If you really want to get the pills version, I would advise you to take 3 pills 4 times a day. The label doesn’t offer any recommendation, but that’s the best schedule I could ever find.
And don’t worry, you can’t dissolve the pills into water, I tried that. You simply have to swallow them whole, so I couldn’t possibly recommend you this supplement.
Biggest PRO – The Ingredients
That’s the only possible reason why I could recommend Joint Vibrance – it contains some really good stuff.
But I’m only talking about 3 ingredients: collagen, chondroitin and MSM. They have really high doses and in my opinion, they’re the only reason why this supplement works. It doesn’t work too well (at least for me), but you can notice a change after one bottle.
The dose of glucosamine is also very good, but the fact that it comes in the bad form really spoils all that. If there was glucosamine sulfate, I might have even recommended this supplement. But glucosamine is the #1 ingredient for OA, so I couldn’t just get over this.
Therefore, I love 3 of the ingredients from Joint Vibrance, mainly because of their doses. I hate the form of glucosamine it’s using, because that ruins a lot of its effect (in my opinion). But overall, the ingredients are still an advantage rather than a bad point.
Biggest CON – Price + Preparation
It was hard to pick only one thing I didn’t like about this supplement. There were just too many, but I tried to choose the most important 2.
The Price: Considering that it only lasts 21 days (about 3 weeks), this supplement is way too expensive. I understand it has some really good doses, but that’s not a reason. For the quantity, it costs almost a fortune. So that is completely unfair, in my opinion.
That’s a major reason why I didn’t buy a second bottle. I spent a lot on the first bottle and it didn’t work amazingly. So why spend even more just for the sake of trying it out?
But that’s not all.
The Preparation: I was also very disappointed by the powder itself. I didn’t choose the pills version because you have to take 12 pills per day. That is a negative record, so I wouldn’t destroy my liver with 12 pills everyday. That’s just way too much, in my opinion.
However, the powder wasn’t any easier either.
It didn’t mix up with water until I put it in the blender. Before that, I only got huge clumps that were impossible to drink. So you also lose a lot of time with the powder, because you have to prepare it, put it in the blender and so on. Plus that it tastes pretty bad.
So I couldn’t choose one major downside of this supplement, but its huge price and pretty bad powder are some huge NOs, if you ask me.
My Final Verdict – Is It Worth Buying?
Short answer: I wouldn’t recommend it. It works decently, but it has a few major problems. The powder is really hard to prepare, it tastes pretty badly and it takes a while to finish. I was pretty disappointed of how it worked, because I was expecting a lot more from it.
After all, it has some great ingredients inside.
The pills version is far worse, because you have to take 12 large tablets every day. I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone, because it’s a lot for your liver, in my opinion.
Besides, a 21-days bottle costs over $40, which is way too much. So this product is also very very expensive, that’s why I don’t think it’s a good choice. You can get something better for less money, so I couldn’t possibly recommend Joint Vibrance.