My Relief Factor Review (Why I Think It’s A Scam)

My Relief Factor Review (Why I Think It’s A Scam)

It’s time for my Relief Factor review – because I want to point out the real facts about this supplement.

To me – it’s not as amazing as it seems at first sight. Here’s why:

  • hard to believe promises
  • doesn’t contain anything incredible
  • absolutely huge price

Besides, I found lots of complaints about this supplement – that’s what made me check it out, actually. 

So is Relief Factor a scam? I will try to point out the true facts about it, so that you can judge by yourself.

Note: This review isn’t like the others you can find – it’s not based on general info about Relief Factor. I’m not trying to praise/criticize it or its company, I am simply telling my honest opinion about it.


So Let’s Get To The Review

Full Name: Relief Factor by Promedev

My Relief Factor Review (Why I Think It’s A Scam)Forms: Capsules + Softgels (They’re called a “package” together)

Best Actual Price: $19.95 for the first 3 weeks, then $79.95 per month

Where You Can Find It: Only on the official site. It’s not available on Amazon, Ebay or anywhere else.

Designed For: Pain caused by inflammation:

  • swollen joints
  • other inflammatory problems

So it’s not made for joint pain alone – but for any kind of inflammatory pain.

My Rating: 1 out of 10 – If I could rate it lower, I would.

Worth Buying?: Definitely not. It has some huge promises and it actually doesn’t do much – at least in my case, it didn’t reduce inflammation at all. 

Besides, it’s way too expensive – the second supply costs as much as $80 (and you’re charged automatically once you buy the first month supply). 

So in my opinion, it’s a big rip-off – and I will explain you on the whole. 




What I Liked About It

  • Pills are easy to swallow
  • Each dose is nicely packed up – so you can easily tell how many you have left
  • First month supply has an average price ($19.95)


What I Didn’t Like About It

  • No special ingredients (only turmeric + fish oil have real benefits)
  • Some ingredients have low doses – compared to other supplements
  • It didn’t decrease my inflammation too much
  • You need to take 4 pills per day
  • They put you on auto-shipping automatically
  • Absolutely huge price ($79.95 from the second month)
  • No authentic reviews
  • You can only buy it on the official website
  • It claims to do something impossible, in my opinion
  • Overall, it’s a big rip-off because you end up paying lots of money per month (uselessly)


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Relief Factor – A Quick Overview

There’s one thing that makes Relief Factor different from other joint supplements – its claims.

My Relief Factor Review (Why I Think It’s A Scam)The thing is:

  • it improves your body’s response to inflammation

…or at least that’s what it claims. 

Because at this point – no substance I know can do that.

So Relief Factor is the first supplement that makes such an incredible promise. 

And I personally find it pretty hard to believe:

  • no studies behind
  • no real customer feedback (only those videos – but they could be fake)

I mean, there’s no supplement that can make you react better to inflammation – from what I know.

So if Relief Factor was for real, everyone would be using it – doesn’t it make sense? I mean, it would be unique. 

That’s why I don’t trust its promises:

  • they just seem too good to be true
  • and too secret to be true

But now that you know what this supplement claims – it’s time to take a closer look at its aspects.




#1. The Ingredients – Different Approach

Relief Factor is different at this chapter as well. Here’s why I’m saying this:

  • it contains 2 types of pills: softgels and capsules
  • each type has different ingredients

That is something I haven’t seen in any other supplement.

Now – the daily dose includes both the capsules and the softgels.

So you can’t take just one of them (especially since they have different ingredients).

Now – taking 2 different pills is pretty uncomfortable. So it would have been better if they just put all the ingredients into one pill – do you agree?


#1 – The Softgels

Before I start, let me mention one thing. I will skip the ingredients that aren’t important – like fat, calories and cholesterol. 

Other than these – there’s only one substance with any benefits:

1. Fish Oil (1500 mg) – this ingredient is great for inflammation (for real). It has many studies behind and I’ve seen it work myself. (1)

The dose is also really good – 1500 mg is a lot. But here’s what you should know:

  • out of those 1500 mg, only 900 mg are Omega 3 Fatty Acids (the effective ones)
  • there are 647 mg of EPA
  • and 253 mg of DHA

The other 600 mg are probably regular fish oil – which doesn’t have any major benefit for pain. 


#2 – The Capsules

In my opinion, they have much better ingredients – compared to the softgels.

However – some of them are pretty weird and less famous.

1. Epimedium with 20% Icariin (200 mg) – this substance seems to help inflammation (according to Relief Factor’s website).

However, the studies I found about it weren’t related to pain. (2) So Icariin seems to have many benefits – but I couldn’t find much about inflammation.

2. Turmeric with 18% Curcuminoides (667 mg) – this is an ingredient I know really well.

Turmeric is the best natural anti-inflammatory I tried – so it has huge benefits.

However, there are some things I don’t like about it here:

  • dose is pretty low (the average is over 1000 mg)
  • only 18% standardized Curcuminoides (most products have around 95%)

So as it is in Relief Factor – I don’t think this ingredient could do a lot. It’s just not as it should be.

3. Japanese Fleeceflower with 96% Resveratrol (70 mg) – I didn’t know much about this ingredient, but there are many studies conducted on it. (3)

It seems that Resveratrol has 2 major benefits:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant

Now – 70 mg isn’t a great dose (most supplements contain 250-500 mg, from what I read).

So despite having great benefits and many studies behind, at this dose it won’t make any miracles.



2. Why I Tried Relief Factor

Before I tell you how it worked for me, there’s one thing to mention:

  • I tried Relief Factor due to a friend
  • He bought several bottles and gave me one to try it out

So I didn’t buy this product myself – that’s why I can’t share my experience with their staff or payment issues (which seem to be some major problems).

I actually tried Relief Factor a long time ago – so I won’t be able to give out all the details. But I can mostly remember how it worked.

I had rheumatoid arthritis – so there was chronic inflammation inside my body.

That’s why I think I was the right person to see if it works or not. So here’s the result.



3. My Experience With This Product

As I said – I didn’t try Relief Factor recently.

My Relief Factor Review (Why I Think It’s A Scam)But nothing changed in terms of ingredients and claims – so my review is totally accurate.

I will start by telling you some things about the pills:

  • there were 30 small packs inside the big pack
  • each of them had 2 softgels and 2 capsules
  • you had to take 1 pack per day – meaning 4 pills

I followed the schedule – but I didn’t get amazing results:

  • the swelling from my hands and elbows didn’t get any better
  • I was still in pain – pretty much as before
  • my arthritis flare-ups didn’t decrease
  • my general condition didn’t get better either

So one monthly supply of Relief Factor didn’t bring me any big improvement. For me this says it all.

That’s why I have so many reasons to doubt this supplement.

Besides having some incredible claims – it didn’t even reach the level of regular supplements.

So putting all together – in my case, it was pretty much a scam. For this reason – I want to explain each of its biggest problems. 




Problem #1 – Uncommon Ingredients

I already said it – Relief Factor doesn’t contain anything special inside.

But the thing is:

  • it doesn’t contain any classic ingredient (except turmeric)
  • the others are pretty unknown
  • they don’t have many benefits for pain

So Relief Factor may have an unique formula – but I doubt it’s very effective. 

Excluding turmeric and fish oil – I found very little studies about the others (related to pain and inflammation).

Besides, turmeric and fish oil don’t look too good either:

  • low doses of turmeric 
  • only 18% standardized extract (compared to 95% in most supplements)
  • only 900 mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (out of 1500 mg)

That’s why I can’t see how Relief Factor could be such a miraculous remedy – considering it has these ingredients.

To me, this is the best proof that it’s far from as good as it seems.



Problem #2 – Different (Huge) Prices

This is something I didn’t mention about Relief Factor – they have different pricing between the first and the next months.

I mean – totally different. So here’s the thing:

  • the first month supply costs only $19.95 (+ shipping)
  • this is actually enough for 3 weeks

At first sight – it sounds great. At this price, Relief Factor is definitely worth a shot.

So in case you order it – you’re going to have a surprise:

  • the price for the next supplies is $79.95 per month (+$7 shipping)

That’s actually 4 times more than the initial price. Does that seem fair to you? 

But that’s not all – $79.95 is the price if:

  • you decide to get their membership
  • you agree to be put on auto-renewal every month

If you only want to buy one supply – without any further obligations, it will cost you around $94. 

To be honest – that really sounds like a big rip-off.

The $20 initial price is just a trap – to make you agree with their membership and then pay 4 times more every month. Honestly, that’s how it looks to me. 



Problem #3 – Auto-Renewal

I think everyone needs to be aware of this aspect – because it can make you lose lots of money for nothing. 

So let’s say you buy the first month supply and also get their membership.

In this way – you think you can get a lower price for your next order as well. So here’s what happens:

  • they ask for your credit card details
  • you are automatically put on their auto-shipping program (every month)
  • the price for the next supplies is $79.95 per month (+$7 shipping)
  • they send the second one automatically after 15 days

Now – according to their website, you can cancel anytime. But I kind of doubt it – because I read many reviews complaining of that.

So from what I understood – you can’t cancel immediately.

You have to receive the second supply (the $80 one) and only then you can try to cancel. I also read some other things:

  • it’s pretty complicated to cancel
  • many customers said they were sent another package (after cancelling)
  • obviously, their credit card was charged automatically

As I said – I didn’t buy this supplement directly from them, so I can’t talk from experience. But I found many reviews complaining about that.

Once again – to me this doesn’t sound fair at all.

So I wouldn’t recommend you to agree with their auto-shipping – as long as you don’t want to receive another bottle until you’re sure you want it.



Problem #4 – Fake Claims (?)

In my opinion – no supplement can help the way your body responds to inflammation. 

And that’s exactly what Relief Factor claims to do. Believe me, it’s pretty impossible:

  • there’s no medical treatment that can do that 

So if no medicine can do that – how could a supplement do it? Since it has weaker ingredients and it’s not even FDA approved.

Do you get my point?

So in my opinion, the claims of Relief Factor are totally fake:

  • they have no real studies behind
  • I found very few reviews
  • most of the feedback I read was negative

Not to mention that it literally costs a fortune. It’s just the first supply that has a decent price.

Believe me, Relief Factor isn’t going to decrease your inflammation miraculously. If it did – everyone would be using it by now, trust me.




Problem #5 – No Real Reviews

This is a problem I had with many other supplements – and they were similar to Relief Factor:

  • high prices
  • huge claims
  • no special ingredients

So if you check out Relief Factor’s website, you can find several customer reviews. In my opinion, all of them are fake – here’s why:

  • there first video review is clearly made by their company
  • the next ones are customer reviews – but they’re videos (who makes a video review, really?)
  • all customers on the website are super satisfied
  • you can’t write your own review anywhere (not even send it to them)

Besides, I had a hard time finding any authentic reviews all over the Internet. 

The ones I found were on opinion websites – and they were all negative.

But judging after all the details they contained – I’m pretty sure they were authentic. Here’s one I found on YouTube:


So that was the last proof I needed to have a bad opinion about Relief Factor.

They don’t allow customer reviews on their website because they know that most would be negative.



My Verdict – Is Relief Factor A Scam?

Short answer: In my opinion, it’s not far. It just has too many problems to be good:

  • no amazing ingredients
  • the only 2 good ingredients have low doses
  • price is absolutely huge ($80 after the first supply)
  • they put you on auto-shipping automatically
  • no authentic reviews

But the #1 problem is that it claims to make miracles – to change the way your body responds to inflammation.

And that is basically impossible, from what I know.

So I wouldn’t spend my money on this product. It may sound amazing – but it’s definitely not. 

If you really want a product that decreases inflammation – try turmeric. The only difference is that it really works – and it costs way less. 

So if there’s something I can recommend you (based on my experience) – it’s surely turmeric. 


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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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53 Responses

  1. ellen says:

    Thanks for making out time to give this detailed and unbiased review of Relief Factor.

     I too tried many turmeric supplements and you’re right, most of them have over 95% standardized curcuminoides. I didn’t even notice the label of relief factor, but know that you drew my attention to that, I realize you’re right. 

    It’s obvious the turmeric they use is either synthetic or not very pure. Otherwise why such a low percent in such a highly priced supplement?

    Haven’t tried it but I agree, it looks like a scam.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Ellen, thanks for letting me know your opinion. I’m curious if you find the right turmeric supplement for you.

  3. Solomon says:

    When I stopped using it, they still charged me for two extra months until I transferred all the money from one card to another, so after I cancelled they weren’t able to charge me anymore, and so they stopped shipping their product to me. This is a very honest and correct review of Relief factor. I know I only used their product for a short while, but isn’t that all it takes!?.

  4. Heather says:

    Hey Solomon, good idea with transferring the money to another card. 

    I heard some other people complaining about this kind of problems with Relief Factor’s auto-shipping. It seems like everyone who bought it had a negative experience with them. 

    I’m curious, were you able to get a refund for those 2 months or you didn’t even try? 

  5. Paul says:

    Thanks for being honest about this product. I was suspecting there’s something not right about it, since it’s so expensive. 

    I too read opinions of people complaining about this Relief Factor. But I just thought there were just a few.

    Now I realize that most customers who tried it were scammed. 

    What should I try for my joint pain then? I saw you give an alternative, but from what I read you recommend it for inflammation. I guess that means swelling, right? My joints aren’t swollen at all, they’re just painful (I have osteoarthritis if that helps). 

    So I’m not really sure if that supplement you recommend would work for me. Maybe you can sort it all out. 

  6. Heather says:

    Hey Paul, thanks for letting me know your opinion.

    Now – Relief Factor is designed for inflammatory pain. The supplement I recommend instead is also designed for chronic inflammation.

    But you’re right – osteoarthritis isn’t caused by inflammation. So the thing I recommend isn’t going to help you a lot – it will work, but not amazing.

    So I also have a #1 recommendation for OA as well (I have OA in my knees) – it’s a supplement based on glucosamine sulfate. This ingredient is essential for osteoarthritis, because it rebuilds cartilages. 

    So I actually recommend it because it doesn’t only treat the pain – but it also treats the cause behind.

    However, I can give you several options in this article. It depends on what budget you have, actually. But if you don’t want to spend much, I would stick to that product from above. 

    Hope this helps. 

  7. Daniel says:

    I must confirm that you review is very true Heather. My aunt was using this product and it was not giving any help, she even contacted their support but she did not receive any answer. For our budget it is not cheap at all and I also would not recommend it to anyone.

  8. Heather says:

    Hi Daniel. Your aunt isn’t the only one, I heard this from some other people (since writing this review). So this confirms that Relief Factor is a scam.

    Too bad, lots of people are still falling in its trap. And the worst part is the price – if it wasn’t so expensive, I wouldn’t be so against it. 

    Hopefully people try to find out some opinions before buying it. 

  9. charles 39 says:

    Hi Heather i like the way you have organised your work, I have been close to some one who was using Relief Factor and the user never got well but kept getting worse until we told her that is enough and went for a real doctor. I know she is doing fine right now but she never used this product again. I agree with you that it’s a fake

    Merry christmas Heather!

  10. Heather says:

    Hey Charles, Merry Christmas to you too! 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear this. I knew this product was pretty ineffective, but I didn’t know it could cause additional problems. I didn’t have any side effect while using it, but I didn’t get any better either. Thank you for letting me know your experience with Relief Factor

  11. Michel says:

    There are so many of these auto shipping type products online now and most of them don’t do what they claim to do. Cancelling them is a nightmare, as I have been caught with a beauty product in the past. 

    I didn’t try Relief Factor, but I don’t even plan to after reading this.

    I am sure that it helps a lot being a pharmacist, as you can see by the ingredients whether or not the product is going to work or not. Thank you for also trying the product out, as I wanted to read proof from someone who has tried it before.

    Personally I use a joint supplement that costs a third of the price of Relief Factor, and I can see that it is helping my knee pain, so I will stick to what I know works for me. 

    The other great part is I only need to take one tablet a day, as when it comes to more it becomes a problem for me to remember to take the next dose.

  12. Heather says:

    Hi Michel, what’s the name of the supplement you’re using? I’m curious if I tried it so far. 

    If it helps you and it’s cheap, there’s no point experimenting anymore. Me too, once I found the right products, I kind of gave up trying some new ones. I make some exceptions for the sake of my blog, but I mostly stick to the supplements that work for me. 

    I understand why you like products that only require one pill per day – it’s a lot more comfortable and you don’t risk to lose any dose. 

    Relief Factor has a big downside at this chapter too – it requires 4 pills per day, which is way too much. I would probably accept at most 3 pills per day – anything above that is way too much.

    Thanks for letting my know your opinion and I’d love to hear what supplement helps you so much.

  13. mickey rowling says:

    I was put on auto-shipping by their brand without asking, I only asked for a sample of this product. They told me I had to pay the shipping, which I agreed. But I got another bottle the next month without asking it. The I saw they had charged my credit card without my consent, shame!!! I wrote and called them and no answer. I asked my bank provider to block them from charging me and that’s how I solved the thing. But I never got my money back, I just lost $80 for nothing. Shame Relief Factor!!!

  14. Heather says:

    Mickey, I’m sorry to hear you had such problems with this company. Losing $80 for nothing is really frustrating, I believe you. It’s weird to hear they didn’t answer even the phone, most people said they managed to contact them.

    The only advice I can give you is to investigate a supplement before you buy it. Not just the ingredients, but everything about it – including stuff about company. That should help you avoid products like Relief Factor. 

  15. tarek hsan says:

    Hi i want contact the company because i want money back. I buy this product from us and take it to my home in egypt but it’s not good product. They say they give money back to not satisfied people, i want contact them with my address form egypt. You can help me?

  16. Heather says:

    Hey Tarek, I’m afraid I can’t help. This is just a personal review of Relief Factor, I don’t work for them or anything of this kind. I think you should try to contact their support. 

    From what I know, they only ship Relief Factor within the US, so they could use this in their favor. 

    But I advise you to talk to them, who know? Maybe they can refund you. Good luck!

  17. fyre says:

    Honestly, with the exception of one product  that I have known and loved since the early 90’s — if it involves auto-ship — I steer clear. 

    I wasn’t aware that Relief Factor required that, but I followed your steps from the review and it’s so — they ask me to go on auto-ship before I can purchase the first bottle, yuck!

    Then I searched for other people’s reviews about Relief Factor and again it was like you said, I found none. People either not tried this product or they did not want to speak it badly. So you really said the things as you saw them, this is great for me.

    As for Relief Factor, shady companies like this make my skin crawl!

    I steer clear of any product that claims turmeric is in it but, has zero info about a catalyst. This is just not right.

    I really appreciate you protecting consumers in this manner, thank you.

  18. Heather says:

    Hi there, it’s great to hear my review helped you. 

    Yes, I wrote down things exactly as I saw them – if I was wrong, I allow people to correct me. But so far, everyone who wrote me didn’t have a great opinion on Relief Factor. So this makes me think this product is really a scam.

    You’re totally right, there are many things that are clearly wrong with it – starting with the ingredients and finishing with the auto-renewal program, which is really not fair from them, in my opinion.

    What else can I say – I would not recommend Relief Factor, but that’s just my personal opinion. It’s up to anyone if they decide to buy it or not. 

    Thanks for letting my know your opinion.

  19. Mariah says:

    I really don’t agree with the conditions of Relief Factor. I don’t understand why they make you buy it by monthly supply. Why do you need to have a subscription for a supplement? I think that they must do it because they want to lock you into purchasing it and take your money before you realize that maybe it isn’t all that helpful anyway.

    This is a red flag for me right from the start. If it’s a product that actually works then it should speak for itself and you will want to keep buying after you try it out, instead of you having to buy a month’s worth at a time. I’m not going to fall into this trap. 

  20. Heather says:

    Hi Mariah, thanks for letting me know your opinion about Relief Factor.

    And I totally agree with you – if it’s so go, it shouldn’t condition you to agree with the auto-renewal. For me that was a warning sign that something’s not right.

    I read several reviews on some websites from people who previously used it and they didn’t want to get the second bottle (which was more expensive, around $80). 

    But because they were automatically put on auto-renewal when they got the first bottle – they had to pay for the second one as well. 

    I read many opinions of this kind, so I don’t think they’re fake.

    So yeah, I think it’s better to stay away from Relief Factor at this point. At least I wouldn’t recommend it.

  21. Lisa Wallace says:

    Hello Heather and thank you for showing things as you see them. I don’t know if there are people satisfied with Relief Factor, but I surely was not.

    I ordered their sample bottle for $20 but I didn’t feel it working better than some cheaper products. So I didn’t continue with the next order, but guess what? One month later I received another bottle and realized they took the money from my credit card directly.

    I sent the bottle back and contacted them by phone, so after a lot of calls they agreed to refund my money and take me off their autoshipping (which I don’t remember signing up for, but nevermind). 

    As I was reading the other comments from your review, I realized I was pretty lucky. Many people got an order they didn’t ask for and they never got their money back. 

    So maybe they refunded me because I kept calling them and insisting, otherwise I doubt they had accepted (they didn’t at first). So people, keep on calling them until they answer and they will be forced to give your money back! Tell them you’re calling FDA and they will change their attitude immediately.

    Relief Factor is really far away from what it claims to be, I agree with that. But I think you can get your money back if you do this. 

  22. Heather says:

    Hey Lisa, thanks a lot for sharing this experience and tips. 

    What you did sounds really logical, they are indeed forced to refund you if they promise this on their website. 

    But some of the people writing these comments said they didn’t even answer the phone, so it would be hard just to get in touch with them. I doubt they’re going to answer emails if they don’t answer the phone.

    So I personally think that for now, the best thing is to avoid Relief Factor. 

    I just don’t see any serious reason why you should buy it, when there are so many supplements that cost less than half.

  23. alice says:

    Thank for the effort you took in finding out about this product so I do not have to do it myself. Relief factor was one of the several options that I am looking into as a remedy for my aunt’s joint. She’s been complaining about it for over a month and although she has tried some medications prescribed to her by her doctor, she was not quite happy with the results. So I thought I’d help her find other alternatives. 

    With Relief Factor, I don’t understand the price increase after the first 3 weeks. It’s still the same product, right? And one needs to take 4 pills a day in order to relieve the pain? That’s just wow! I thought pain killers are supposed to be so effective that you only need to take a pill once in 24 hours for a maximum period of 3 days? 

    Now I am very sure Relief Factor is not the pain reliever I am looking to recommend to my aunt. Anyway, I will be checking out your recommended supplement for joint pain and I’ll let you know how things will go.

  24. Heather says:

    Hello Alice. 

    I think the price after 3 weeks is actually the regular price. They simply offer the product for $20 at first to attract clients – who would not buy it if it cost $80 from the start. You get the point? That’s the only explanation I can find. 

    Now – Relief Factor isn’t a pain killer, it’s a supplement. There’s a difference between these 2:

    – pain killers work immediately and for a short time

    – supplements work slower (3-4 days to several months) but they help on the long term

    Sure, not every supplement helps – but pain killers mostly do.

    Now, the problem with painkillers is that they cause serious problems if used more than a few weeks. Usually it’s digestive problems, like stomach ulcer – which is really serious.

    On the other hand, supplements are free of all these side effects. That’s why I recommend turmeric supplements  – which are the best for inflammatory pain and it doesn’t cause the same problems as NSAIDs.

    So they’re basically the best alternative to Relief Factor – which is also meant to decrease inflammation, but it doesn’t have such useful ingredients.

    But I agree – taking 4 pills per day is really uncomfortable. That’s another reason why I don’t like Relief Factor.

    Plus, it doesn’t contain such a high dose of turmeric – and as I said, the other ingredients aren’t amazing.

    So overall – supplements based only on turmeric would be a much better choice for your aunt. Compared to Relief Factor – they’re 60% cheaper. 

    So you kind of made your mind to buy it for her, which is great. I’m waiting your answer on how it goes.

  25. Vicki says:

    Hi Heather

    Thank you so much for this honest review

    There are so many promises when it comes to joint pain cures and remedies and knowing Relief Factor doesn’t do what it says will save people a lot of money. I am so glad you have recommended something decent to take as I too suffer from OA and it gets very painful at certain times so having some relief will be wonderful- Thank you

    I will be back to visit again

  26. Heather says:

    Hello Vicki, it’s great to be able to help.

    I did recommend an alternative to Relief Factor, but that’s not the right thing for your OA. It’s the right thing for inflammatory pain – which is totally different.

    Let me explain the difference:

    1. OA is caused by cartilage tear and damage. Now – why does that cartilage get damaged? Due to aging, an accident, an injury, etc. But basically – it’s the cartilage damage that causes the pain. Your joints are otherwise healthy, they’re not swollen. The only swelling in OA is due to that cartilage damage – but it’s MINOR!

    So it’s surely not responsible for the pain – in OA, it’s the damage of the cartilage causing the pain.

    For this type of problems, my #1 recommendation are glucosamine + chondoritin supplements.

    It’s simple – they’re the best cartilage re-builders at this point.

    2. Now let’s move on to pain caused by inflammation. There are some people with auto-immune forms of arthritis – mostly rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.

    Well, those people’s immune system attacks their joints, so they get swollen and inflamed. This inflammation isn’t minor, like the one from OA – it’s massive and the joints hurt a lot. In these people, cartilages are normally healthy – it’s their joints that suffer.

    So because they are constantly swollen, joints start to hurt.

    In this case, the best solution are anti-inflammatory. NSAIDs are great for the short term, but they cause serious problems if taken for several months.

    That’s why I recommend turmeric, the strongest natural anti-inflammatory.


    – turmeric is my #1 recommendation for pain caused by inflammation
    – glucosamine + chonroitin are my #1 pick for OA or cartilage damage

    That’s something most people don’t know and I’m trying really hard to help them understand, because it’s crucial.

    Now – Relief Factor contains ingredients that decrease inflammation. So I recommended the best alternative for this problem – which is turmeric.

    On the other hand, neither Relief Factor nor turmeric could help you completely. Yes, turmeric can reduce the additional inflammation from your joints (which is a response to your cartilage damage). But it can’t do anything for your cartilages – so most of your pain will stay there.

    The result? You’re not going to feel a huge difference.

    So for osteoarthritis – the best thing is a supplement with glucosamine + chondroitin. That would help rebuild your cartilages – which is causing your pain. So on the long term, your pain will also get better. Here’s the best glucosamine supplement I tried – and I fully recommend it to you because it’s one of the cheapest that really work.

    Sorry for this long explanation but I couldn’t put it in fewer words. I really hope it helps!

  27. Ash says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a quality pain reliever (if possibly not horse pills) and I stumbled upon Relief Factor. I just heard so many people talking about it on forums, but most were potential customers, they never actually tried the product, they were just asking around.

    I haven’t tried it either, but I really agree with you on the reasons why you tag Relief factor as a scam. To me, a good product sells itself although there might be one or two complaints from customers. The company disabling customer reviews on the website makes it too obvious that there’s something fishy about them. 

    I don’t understand why they would put customers on auto-renewal. Is it a network marketing program or what? 

  28. Heather says:

    Hey Ash. I know there’s a lot of people interested in Relief Factor, but I also tried to find customer reviews before trying it out, without much success.

    I think it’s the high price that keeps away these possible buyers – they’re afraid to risk so much money on something that might not even help. And I totally understand them.

    As far as I know, Relief Factor is only selling this product – so they don’t have any network or something similar.

    But I can only find 1 explanation as to why they put customers on auto-shipping:

    – they probably don’t have many buyers, so they try to make the most of each

    That’s the only thing that comes into my mind.

    I don’t know what kind of joint pain you have, but you might want to check this article about the top joint pain supplements (most aren’t horse pills). 

    Now, this article is focused on knee pain but all those products work just as well for any kind of joint pain.

    Maybe it can help you find the right supplement (without paying so much money).

  29. visitor says:

    Hi, I’m an ex customer of Relief Factor so I can tell you exactly how things are from the inside. You said you didn’t order your bottles from them, well I did. I saw their ad in my email news and decided to check it out. After trying to find realistic opinions, I finally gave up because there weren’t too many.

    I bought the first month pack and signed up for the second one because the price was much lower in this way. Otherwise i would have to pay more for the first month pack.

    Long story short, the pills weren’t anything out of the box. I was taking up to 3 packs per day at one point, and that’s about 10-12 pills every day. I had some knee pain that wouldn’t go away, and I felt a bit better after Relief Factor. But i had taken Ibuprofen before, which I gave up because of digestive bleeding. So Relief Factor was helping me almost as much as the Ibuprofen from before.

    So I just thought, if I have to pay $80 to get the same relief as with Ibuprofen, is it really worth it? Surely no. There must be something cheaper for sure.

    So after the 2nd bottle, I decided to cancel my membership and auto-shipping.

    I didn’t have the same issues as some people I read about, but cancelling wasn’t really a piece of cake. I had to call them and give explanation over and over again, but in the end they agreed to cut me off their auto-shipping. I never received any bottle since then, so I can’t say they tried to scam me.

    Sure thing, I didn’t ask for money back because I had no full bottle, I took all the pills. I don’t regret buying this supplement, I needed this to learn my lesson.

    I checked out your list of alternatives and I appreciate you recommend some affordable products, I will surely have to check at least 1. Thanks for listening and I hope my experience with Relief Factor can help you and other potential customers.

  30. Heather says:

    Hey there, it surely helps.

    Thanks a lot for telling how Relief Factor worked for you, your experience shows me it can work – but not as well as it claims. But I agree that for these money, it should be the best supplement ever – otherwise, I can’t see any reason why someone would buy it on a regular basis.

  31. Christine Sellars says:

    I have been using Relief Factor for 2 months. Many people do not like Auto Ship but lets talk about the product not the company practices. I am 56 my body has been so stiff and achy for years now that I felt like I was really old. It had gotten so bad that I could not kneel, sit on the floor or get up from the floor without help. Going up and down stairs was difficult and would leave me breathless. I had brain fog, pressure in my head and trouble sleeping. I can HONESTLY say, Relief Factor has given me my life back! No more aches or pains, I can sit Indian style again and have no trouble getting up from the floor. Brain is working great and I sleep better that I have in over 10 years. I hope you will post this so people can see both sides.

  32. Heather says:

    Hi Christine, I will surely post all opinions I get about any supplement, because I want to be honest in my reviews.

    So your experience with Relief Factor really surprised me. You’re probably the only person who had positive results with it – and not even positive, your results seem actually amazing.

    All I can say is that if it helps you so much, keep using it. There’s no point moving to something else, if you afford Relief Factor.

    I’m just curious, have you tried any other brands/supplements before? Did they help as much as this one? I would love to hear more details from you. Thanks for letting my know your experience with this product.

  33. Hollie Mandon says:

    Hi, I tried Relief Factor too and would like to add up a few things.


    1. Dosage – each daily dose has a special cover so there’s no way you mix them up. So you can’t say that one bottle lasts for less than 30 days.

    2. Not the usual stuff – it doesn’t contain the ingredients you see in every joint pill.

    3. Really cheap to try out – the first month price is super cheap.

    4. Effect – my wrist inflammation got better pretty soon.


    1. Selling policy – you can’t buy the 1 month supply unless you sign for the auto-shipping. Otherwise it’s not worth it (almost $100).

    2. Auto-shipping hard to cancel – even though they say it’s easy to do it, I had a hard time cancelling my membership (and so seem to have had others too).

    3. Unfriendly staff – they’re great and really helpful when you’re ordering, but they change the attitude to 180 degrees when you call for a membership cancel.

    4. No refund policy.

    5. Works, but not in 5 days as they advertise.

    I know you also mentioned most of these facts, but I recently tried Relief Factor so just wanted to share my last minute view on this supplement and company.

    We seem to have a pretty similar opinion, but I have to argue with you regarding its effect. Maybe for you it was weak but for me it really worked (I don’t have RA or arthritis, only a wrist inflammation – could this be the reason why it worked better?). But not in 5 days as in the ad.

    Would I re-buy Relief Factor? No, it’s indeed very expensive and not worth the money in my opinion.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review and I hope my extra details will be helpful. All the best, Hollie.

  34. Heather says:

    Hello Hollie, thank you so much for adding such a detailed opinion. I think you could write an entire review on Relief Factor and how it worked for you – which is great.

    You’re not the only person telling me that Relief Factor worked – so I’m sure it is effective for certain people. 

    But as you also mentioned, you don’t have arthritis – probably just a minor inflammatory problem. So in this case, a low dose would be enough – that’s why I think Relief Factor helped you. If you ask me, any supplement with a decent dose of anti-inflammatory would have helped. 

    Overall, I do agree with you. No matter how Relief Factor works (or doesn’t work) – it’s still not worth such a high price. Especially when you can find joint supplements for more than 50% less.

    Thanks again for your great review, it surely helps.

  35. Tony says:

    This product is so fake! Ordered one bottle, paid it with my credit card but the order never arrived. I contacted them and they said there was a thing going on with the shipping, due to weather conditions. I waited and waited for 2 weeks and still no order. Called again and was told the same thing – the order it’s on the way. But it’s been 2 weeks, man! 

    Well after 1 month there was still no trace of it. This time when I called they ask my info to issue a refund, which I was okay with. If I didn’t get my pills, at least I would get the money back. But guess what? Even though they had my info, I had no money returned. I tried to contact them for almost 1 week every day and I was hearing only promises every time. At one point I threatened with suing them and I got the money back in the same day. 

    So what’s the point of this story if I didn’t even try Relief Factor? They’re not a serious company! I don’t know about their product, because I didn’t get the chance to see what it can do. But if their customer support is so bad, I wouldn’t make high hopes from the pills themselves.

  36. Heather says:

    Hi Tony, you experience with Relief Factor is indeed shocking – even though you didn’t manage to try the product.

    I heard some other people complaining of similar things (about refund) – but I never heard anyone not getting the order. So you were probably just unlucky, I wouldn’t really blame the company for that (even though I’m not their fan). Shipping isn’t really up to them, so they were probably telling you to wait for 1 reason – not to lose a customer.

    But I do agree that it was really rude from them not to refund you from the start. Anyway, it’s great to hear you got your money back. That’s what really matters, right?

    Next time, try to choose a supplement that is less pricey – maybe this would help not stressing out. 

    Thanks for letting me know your experience with Relief Factor.

  37. September says:

    I wanted to share a different opinion here. I have been using Relief Factor for about 6 months and can honestly say it is one of the things I contribute to saving my life last year, I’m talking really dark suicidal moments. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphocytic colitis and a host of gastro issues. Struggling with these new diseases exacerbated my depression and anxiety. I was trying every product I could get my hands on- because the healthcare system was no help. I tried relief factor and in just over a month started seeing a huge decrease in ra pain and some of my fibro pains. I had a delay in my auto shipment due to me messing up the dosage and oh boy did I pay for it- in pain. I think the auto shipment is very beneficial because I cannot screw it up and order to late and miss doses… my fibro brain makes me inconsistent. I think it works for the company too, because if you dont stick to the dosage consistently you will not get results and may think the product is not working. It is expensive, but worth it for my pain and my sanity. I still have fibro pain in my back and ra in my wrist which are my worst two pain spots in my body, but when I don’t have a flare it lessens the pain in these two spots. And, it takes away all the pain in other parts of my body (i.e. my body aches, pain in my forearms, hips, shoulders, knees and hands). If you are going through some rough times like I was it is definitely worth a try.. if you can live with the auto ship horror stories should you want to cancel- still worth the risk I think.

  38. September says:

    Wanted to add another comment here. I also had great results with solgar no 7. The only reason I switched to Relief Factor was because it included other things I was taking with Solgar… so, for me the price was actually less when I switched over.

  39. Heather says:

    Hello September. Thanks a lot for letting me know your experience, especially since it’s on the other side of the story. As you can see, most people had negative experiences with Relief Factor – that’s why I’m kind of surprised to hear such an positive opinion as yours.

    To me Relief Factor remains a product I would not recommend – but mostly because of the price and the auto-shipping issues I read about. But you’re right – for some people, this auto-shipping may be beneficial (though I personally couldn’t forget reordering before it runs out).

    Regarding Solgar no.7 – I know it doesn’t have similar ingredients with Relief Factor. So I’m not really sure what ingredients Relief Factor contains that you can’t find in Solgar.

    Anyway, Solgar’s supplement seems quite affordable to me – so I’m surprised to hear Relief Factor is a much better deal for you overall. But anyway, you surely know better.

    Thanks again for sharing your experience with this supplement, it really helps.

  40. Tanya says:

    Hi Heather, I have used Relief Factor since January and I could see an improvement in my symptoms. I have tried many products with mixed results. This is surely not the best, but I would place it somewhere near the middle.

    I just paid a ton of money for it, this is why I stopped buying another monthly supply. If it cost under $30 I might have continued using it, it didn’t soothe away my pain completely but it made it bearable. 

    But paying the high cost didn’t make it worthy for me. 

    Will look into your recommended supplement as the price is much lower, which is what I need right now.

  41. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Tanya, your experience is very helpful for me, especially because it’s positive. I personally didn’t like Relief Factor but I know there are enough satisfied customers, so I’m happy to hear opinions that are different from mine.

    However, I agree it’s very expensive. That’s the main reason why I personally didn’t like it – and I know there are many people who didn’t try it for this issue. I’m not very sure what kind of joint pain you have – but it’s an inflammatory one, my advice is to go for a turmeric supplement.

    Out of all herbs I tried, turmeric decreases inflammatory pain best. That’s why I consider it the best solution for rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory problems. Hope this helps.

  42. Ritchie J says:

    Hi. Have used Relief Factor for 4 months and I’m extremely disappointed. It did not work but I’m assuming it’s partly my fault… 4 pills a day was a lot so I would sometimes forget about them and end up taking 1-2-3 and only sometimes 4. Maybe this is what made the difference. Anyhow, in the last month I did my best and took almost daily all 4 pills, but that didn’t change a thing in my hip pain. Maybe it’s not the right thing for me, but I can’t forgive them for charging me so much money and not offering a refund. Disappointed!

  43. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Ritchie, thanks for sharing your experience with Relief Factor. I’m sorry for your disappointment, but in my opinion – it’s not the best product you could have got, especially in terms of money.

    Normally – I recommend taking the number of pills recommended on the label. But I doubt that taking 3 pills instead of 4 would change so much. I mean, you should still see an effect even with 3 pills per day. The effect should be better if you take 4, but it should still exist even with 3 pills.

    So I agree that Relief Factor isn’t the best product for you.

    Now – I don’t know what kind of hip pain you have. You didn’t mention if it’s arthritis behind or if it’s just a simple pain. That’s why I can’t give you a clear recommendation. But if you’re not really aware of the real cause, these symptoms might help you get an idea about what you have. Also, here are some products that I generally recommend for hip pain. If you give me more details about your problem, I could help you choose the most suitable thing for you.

    Hope this helps.

  44. MElanie says:

    Hi Heather and thank you for your opinion! I’m a regular user of Relief Factor and both agree and disagree with your opinion, which I fully respect. I have psoriatic arthritis and have been recommended this by a friend, it took me less than 3 months to feel my knees getting stronger and less painful. I think everyone is different so maybe your RF isn’t right for your body issues, but it definitely works for me. Though I have to agree that it’s extremely expensive and the higher auto-shipping prices were a challenge for me too. I did not believe I could afford it at first but once I saw I was feeling better I decided to cut off from my other expenses just to be able to afford this. Maybe I would have felt better even with a cheaper product but I’m not planning on switching Relief Factor too soon, I’m afraid the pain would return. I also don’t like that you have to take 2 different pills, which can be a chore sometimes. But given that my knees are better and my psoriasis flare-ups have reduced, I would recommend this!

  45. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hey Melanie, thanks a lot for your feedback on Relief Factor. I agree that it works differently for everyone, so your experience with it seems a lot better than mine. In this case, my advice is to continue using it, especially if you afford it. If it’s so helpful, there’s no reason to change it.

  46. Ricks says:

    This is a scam! They don’t answer phone or email right after you place an order but they’re super nice and friendly before. They wouldn’t let you get off auto-shipping and keep on charging you for order you don’t need. I reported them to BBB and still waiting for those to do their job and shut Relief Factor down!!!

  47. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi there Ricks, unfortunately there are many people who were in your situation and most of them never got their money back. Congratulations for reporting Relief Factor to BBB, hopefully they manage to do anything and help all those scammed users. Thanks for sharing your opinion with this product and sorry I can’t help with anything.

  48. Emilia says:

    They do not answer the phone if you call to cancel the order. Yet, if you choose the option “order” when you call, they answer promptly. It took me several days to get them to cancel my order. I received the product and returned unopened. I paid $28.72, but they refunded me only $21.30. I guess the $7.42 extra was a tip!

  49. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Emilia, thanks for the feedback. You can pretty much tell those $7 were a tip lol. But at least you managed to get the biggest part of your money back, most people didn’t.

  50. steve gerstner says:

    Is there a postal fraud case opened against relief factor?

  51. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Steve, I can’t really tell for sure. You might want to do some research about this, but I personally have no idea.

  52. Jeanette Gross Cummings says:

    I got the starter pack they suggest you take it 3 times a day. So they send you 49 That is only enough for 16 days, Not 21 Then I reorderd It is not a 1 month supply If you take it three times a day, it only lasts 21 I am angry You only get a refund if you DO NOT OPEN the package.

  53. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hey Jeanette, thanks for these clarifications. Yes, unfortunately that’s true, these things are not specified on purpose, so that they encourage potential buyers (who might not buy it if they knew about those facts).

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