In all of our evaluations, we’ve found that probably 90 to 95% of all the joint supplements on the market simply do not work. Most were full of either ineffective ingredients or ingredients at too low of a concentration to actually be effective. The nutritional supplement industry is as yet, unregulated by the FDA, so there is very little accountability and many of these supplements contain ineffective ingredients or worse, potentially dangerous filler ingredients. Finding the right joint supplement for you can seem like an impossible task.
That’s why Joint Health World offers expert reviews, user contributed evaluations, and in-depth joint nutritional information to help you make the best possible decision for your own personal joint health needs. These are the most potent and powerful joint supplements we have found.
Our current number 1 choice is Joint StimuFlex by Whole Body Research. This is the only complete formula we’ve found that contains all of the ingredients we look for, (Natural Eggshell Membrane, Boswellia, Tumeric, Piperine) but also was completely free of binding agents, fillers, or ineffective ingredients. This was also one of the only supplements we found that was completely safe for sufferers of shellfish or seafood allergies. Many supplements containing Glucosamine and Chondroitin are refined from shellfish.
Whole Body Research Joint StimuFlex gets its glycoaminoglycans from Natural Eggshell Membrane. These are some of the key building blocks for joint tissue and they are crucial for healing internal damage of the cartilage and ligaments. Not only that, but Whole Body Research Joint StimuFlex also contains powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents, making it one of the only formulas we’ve found that not only address the causes of pain and swelling but also work to repair the internal structure of your joint tissue. Allowing your damaged joints to begin the healing process so you can get rid of your joint pain once and for all.
#2 Kirkland Signature Clinical Strength Joint Supplement
Coming in at number 2, the Kirkland Signature Clinical Strength Joint Supplement was actually our number one joint supplement last year. It contains 1500 mg. of glucosomine HCI and 1200 mg. of chondroitin sulfate (derived from shellfish and animal bovine). These two components have been the “go-to” formula for joint pain alleviation as well as possible tissue restoration for many years however not all joint supplements with these ingredients perform as expected. What it comes down to is the absorption quality of this formula. Kirkland Signature Clinical Strength Joint Supplement contains no dangerous metals (often a consideration when ingesting a seafood and animal based product) and contains 90% or more of the ingredients on the advertised label. There is no gluten, lactose or any preservatives added and it requires two tablets per day for optimal performance.
# 3 FlexoPlex
This formula works on many levels making it one of the best on the market. In addition to the regimented glucosomine and chondroitin ingredients FlexoPlex includes a natural mix of Boswellia serrata, trypsin, cat’s claw bark powder, hyaluronic acid, and bromelain. Boswellia has been linked to a variety of systemic advantages including the reduction of inflammation which has shown great potential in relieving joint pain. Cat’s claw is derived from a woody vine native to the Amazon forest as well as other sources found in South and Central America. The University of Maryand Medical Center cites results from various studies showing significance in cat’s claw potentially alleviating symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
# 4 Joint Juice Glucosomine and Chondroitin
Joint Juice maintains its longevity through reputability and overall effectiveness. Former NFL quarterback Joe Montana even endorses Joint Juice claiming, “My joints have gotten a little stiff lately, and at first I thought I had to live with it because of pro football and just getting older, but then my doctor told me about Joint Juice,” Created by orthopedic surgeon Kevin Stone after his patients advocated glucosomine and chondroitin but complained about having to take too many pills. It contains 1500 mg of glucosamine and 200 mg of chondroitin along with additional, effective ingredients including vitamin C, D3, and green tea extract an effective antioxidant. It is the perfect formula for those that have a difficult time digesting pills on a daily basis. All it takes is a small glass of one of the three flavor choices and absorption is close to instantaneous. The company offers a 30-day trial period and if you do not see results by then they will refund your money.
Working with a formula that incorporates a short list of ingredients may be the best way to go for some people suffering from joint pain. EverFlex from Nature’s Sunshine offers a 1900 mg proprietary blend of glucosomine derived from crab shells; chondroitin from animal cartilage and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) a naturally occurring sulfur believed to alleviate joint pain when combined with glucosomine and chondroitin. In addition, devil’s claw root extract is added due to its systemic pain relieving properties. It is a simple formula that when combined with Nature’s Sunshine EverFlex pain cream makes for a well combined protocol.
# 6 Cosamin DS
One of the very first joint formulas to be studied and published twice in U.S. peer reviewed journals (Leffler, et al 1999 and Clegg, et al 2006), Cosamin DS from Nutramax, Laboratories contains 1500 mg of glucosamine and 1200 mg of chondroitin (the same amount used in both successful studies). Through cartilage cell culture research it was found that this unique formula stimulates production of the cartilage matrix that seems to degenerate in so many people’s joints, especially the knees. In addition, it inhibits enzyme breakdown of cartilage making it work on a dual level. Three capsules daily build up an effective accumulation according to studies showing successful results in some within two weeks and others after three months. This is the expected protocol for all glucosamine and chondroitin formulas as each individual responds on various levels.
#7 Joint Advance
Keeping in line with the published research on Cosamin DS and most other joint formulas, Joint Advance contains the industry standard of 1500 mg of glucosomine and 1200 mg of chondroitin. However, adding vitamins and botanicals always pushes the potential for joint pain alleviation that much further. In this supplement MSM, vitamin C, ginger root and white willow bark all come into play. Ginger root helps ease digestion and assists in the secretion of bile which allows the liver to discharge toxins. White willow bark was the first “aspirin” used since 400 BC. It is a natural form of salicin (one of the active ingredients found in aspirin) however because it comes from the bark of a tree it is naturally absorbed without damaging the kidney, liver or stomach lining. Vitamin C is linked to a variety of health benefits including acting as an antioxidant, improving mood, strengthening the immune system and rejuvenating the skin. However, it is the formation of collagen that is highly beneficial when combined with glucosamine and chondroitin. Collagen helps enhance muscle and joint firmness. So Joint Advance makes it to the top ten for its well put together overall spectrum of ingredients as well as absorbability.
#8 Schiff Move Free Advanced Triple Strength
Schiff has a large variety of joint formulas but its Move Free Advanced Triple Strength made it to the top ten glucosamine and chondroitin formulas that Consumer Reports researched. Only two tablets per day are needed to quickly absorb into your system for joint lubrication and cushioning. Although it contains the allotted 1500 mg of glucosomine it only holds 200 mg of chondroitin however its high absorption rate tested by Consumer Reports along with its other unique ingredients may make up for this. The other ingredients include Hyaluronic acid (HA) aka joint juice and Uniflex aka FruitX-B Calcium Fructoborate. Hyaluronic acid is one of the many naturally occurring components assisting in joint lubrication. As found by Balogh L, et al., published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2008, HA was shown to decrease with age but is possible to replenish through daily supplementation. Calcium fructoborate is a compound of boron, fructose and calcium found naturally in plant foods. A 2005 study published in ‘Biological Trace Element Research’ found that Calcium fructoborate has antioxidant properties that show protection of cells from oxidant induced inflammation and potential injury.
# 9 Purity Products H.A. Formula
Purity Products Hyaluronic Acid Formula uses a different joint formula without glucosamine in the ingredients making it one of the few supplements that are safe for those allergic to shellfish. This combination consists of 100 mg of HA derived from olive extract patented under the name Hidrox®; Vitamin C 120 mg; Vitamin B-12; Magnesium; Super Lignans (from flax seed); Quercetin; and Boswellia serrata extract under the name 5-Loxin®. It also contains 200 mg of chondroitin which goes hand-in-hand with HA and 600 mg of Hydrolyzed Collagen Type II primarily absorbed into joint cushioning spaces. This combination reaches into joint pain afflictions working on a deep cellular level while successfully surpassing the benefits associated with the highly studied and effective glucosomine.
#10 Joint Advantage Gold
Dr. David Williams Joint Advantage Gold throws in just about everything except the kitchen sink. Joint Advantage Gold may be the perfect choice when it comes to a full spectrum delivery making it eligible for the top 10 best joint supplements list. It incorporates 750 mg of glucosamine and 25 mg of bovine cartilage (chondroitin) with white willow bark extract, Boswellia serrata, and Devil’s Claw extract as well as some other interesting ingredients not found in any other brand. These other ingredients include:
Natural Eggshell Membrane – NEM (high in calcium)
Bromelain derived from pineapple which works as a protein digestive enzyme that when taken on an empty stomach travels to and clears out impeded protein covered joints.
Plant stem of Wild Rosella, Leaf of Mountain Pepper, Lemon Myrtle, and Aniseed Myrtle.
Extract of Yucca, Feverfew, Papaya and Celery.
Because of this unique hodgepodge of active and effective ingredients Dr. David Williams Joint Advantage Gold claims to alleviate joint pain by using each of these compounds to target specifics such as: stiffness, inflammation, cushioning, lubrication and pain. It is a powerful package with an even more powerful punch.
The top 10 best joint supplements described here should bring a sense of relief when trying to determine what is right for you. The best way to tell is to choose one that seems like a good fit and finish the bottle. If by that time you do not feel any relief move on to the next. Do keep in mind that according to the absorption study conducted on Cosamin DS it could take up to three months before any change occurs when taking glucosamine and chondroitin. However, many report significant relief before that timeframe. For those that need a vegetarian friendly joint supplement there are many plant based formulas on the market including: Natrol Hyaluronic Acid, MSM & Glucosamine, Vegetarian Capsules; DEVA Vegan Glucosamine, MSM and CMO; NOW SAMe; and NOW L-Proline. These shellfish/animal-free formulas work on a completely different level of effectiveness that need their own top ten description.