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ProJoint Plus Review – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

ProJoint Plus Review – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

This article reviews the safety and effectiveness of ProJoint Plus. Learn the science behind this product.

About ProJoint Plus

ProJoint Plus is a supplement on the market meant to improve joint mobility and flexibility by supporting the health of joints and cartilage.

ProJoint Plus is made by Vita Balance, a natural health company that makes several other types of supplements. ProJoint Plus contains a variety of natural ingredients to improve the overall health of joints.

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ProJoint Plus Ingredients – The Breakdown

There are several active ingredients in ProJoint Plus:

  • Glucosamine Sulfate: a natural substance in the body found in cartilage and synovial fluid between joints. Found in the tough exterior of shellfish, glucosamine is necessary for the synthesis of glycosaminoglycan, which contributes to both the constitution and actual repair of joint cartilage.
  • There are a few different forms of glucosamine used in supplements and there is conflicting research about the effectiveness of them treating joint pain. However, the Mayo Clinic and Medline Plus highlight glucose sulfate to show the most promise in reducing pain for those with osteoarthritis and may slow the deterioration of joints.
  • Boswellia Extract: is from a tree native to India and is known for its ancient anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties commonly used in Ayurveda medicine. Several studies have found Boswellia to relieve pain in patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. This study[2] discusses Boswellia’s beneficial properties and potential in preventing further loss of cartilage.
  • Chondroitin Sulfate: a chemical found in cartilage and in supplement form, is from animal sources like cows, pigs, or sharks. This ingredient is an excellent anti-inflammatory! This study[3] discusses how chondroitin significantly reduced joint pain and the narrowing of joint space, as well as improved overall physical function in those with osteoarthritis. Some research also shows taking this on a long-term basis (upwards of 2 years) may even be effective in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis.
  • Turmeric: as a popular spice in the Indian cuisine, turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory traits due to its active compound, curcumin[4]. This spice has been found to treat symptoms of arthritis just as well as ibuprofen and may be beneficial in the treatment of Diabetes, colitis, and various cancers. Turmeric is also commonly used in both Chinese and Indian medicine to modify the response of the immune system and prevent further joint inflammation caused by arthritis.
  • Quercetin: a flavonoid found in various types of foods that also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Quercetin has proven to reduce inflammation in animal studies and a recent clinical study[5] found it to relieve stiffness and pain in women with rheumatoid arthritis. Quercetin may also play a role in reducing risk of diseases[6], but more research is needed before supplementation can be recommended.
  • Methionine: an essential amino acid found in animal products. Research is very limited on methionine and joint health, but one animal study[7] found methionine alone to not reduce arthritic symptoms nearly as much as methionine and glucosamine combined. Although methionine does not appear to be popular in the treatment of joint issues or promote joint health, S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) is. SAMe is produced by the liver from methionine and is commonly added to supplements to reduce pain, inflammation, and improve overall physical function.
  • One study[8] found this substance alone to be just as effective in managing osteoarthritis in the knee as Celebrex, a common anti-inflammatory drug.
  • MSM: a natural sulfur-based chemical found in the body and several types of plants necessary for the formation and repair of connective tissue. This study[9] discusses how MSM can reduce joint pain and inflammation, enhance joint mobility and range of motion, potentially preserve joint cartilage, and even improve post-exercise muscle soreness.
  • Bromelain[10]: an enzyme extracted from pineapple commonly used to treat a variety conditions including osteoarthritis, but does not appear to be a popular treatment quite yet. This study[11] discusses the potential benefits of bromelain in treating osteoarthritis, but more research is needed before definitive recommendations can be made.

How Does it Work – The Science Behind ProJoint Plus

The science behind the oral supplement is in the ingredients. Most of the individual ingredients are promising, but there is no research available in regards to the combination of ingredients used in ProJoint Plus and there have been no clinical trials conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of it.

The company website mentions you may start to experience benefits within days of taking the supplement, but specifically states individual results may vary.

ProJoint Plus Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Most of the active ingredients are clinically supported to improve joint health
  • The supplement only includes 2 inactive ingredients – appearing to be a very pure supplement

Cons

  • 3 capsules per day is a lot, making it quite expensive
  • Appears to be a fairly new supplement
  • Contains shellfish (for those with food allergies)
  • Customer reviews of the supplement are very positive on the company website, but reviews elsewhere are not nearly as supportive
  • There is no scientific evidence through clinical trials to support the use of ProJoint Plus
  • Unsure if ingredients are tested by an outside lab for accuracy and purity

Customer Questions and Answers

Is ProJoint Plus Safe?

The company website states ProJoint Plus contains natural ingredients that are safe.

Does it Have any Side Effects? What if I Have a Health Condition?

There seems to be no history of negative side effects at this time, but always talk with a healthcare professional before using any supplement to ensure there are no pre-existing health condition concerns or medication interactions.

How Much Does ProJoint Plus Cost?

The cost varies depending on how many bottles you purchase at a time and the company website appears to sell the supplement at the lowest prices as compared to other sellers like Amazon. You will also pay a shipping fee ranging from $4.95-9.95, depending on when you want to receive the product and if you live outside of the U.S.

  • 1 bottle (60 capsules/20 days): $29.95
  • 2 bottles (120 capsules/40 days): $52.96
  • 3 bottles + 1 free (240 capsules/80 days): $78.96

All prices listed here are as they appear on the ProJoint Plus official website and are subject to change.

How To Use ProJoint Plus?

Take 3 capsules per day - the website does not provide further recommendations on when to take them.

What is ProJoint Plus’s Return & Refund Policy?

The official website discusses several return policy circumstances on their return and refund policy link found at the very bottom of their page. In most cases, the product needs to be unopened upon return, unless it is faulty during the warranty period of opening it.

It is encouraged to contact Vita Balance immediately when there’s an issue. A phone number, e-mail, as well as a physical address are listed for easy access.

ProJoint Plus Alternatives

There are similar products available on the market. However, none are comparable to the lengthy list of active ingredients found in ProJoint Plus.

Some similar products include:

ProJoint Plus Customer Reviews & Results

The reviews and results presented a red flag. All of the reviews on the official website are positive: reduced pain and stiffness in several parts of the body, improved flexibility, a noticeable increase in knee strength, and time frame of benefits observed ranged mainly from 5 days to 2 months, but up to 4 months.

No reviews rated the product less than 4 stars and no side effects were mentioned. Although those are all good things, reviews on other websites are mostly negative, mainly stating the product did not work. The large gap in ratings raises an eyebrow.

The Bottom Line On ProJoint Plus

Projoint Plus appears to have a solid blend of active ingredients that most other supplements do not have and because clinical research supports the effectiveness of almost every ingredient, it is safe to assume it will work to some extent.

However, the official website does not disclose how or where the product is made and if the supplement ingredients are tested by a third-party lab to ensure accuracy. It is also on the expensive side and the supplement appears to be fairly new.

The official website does not boast about a money-back guarantee – so you may be taking a risk on buying it, it not working, and you not being able to get your money back. Fortunately, a positive review did mention great customer service, so don’t rule it out completely!

You could reach out to the company prior to purchasing this supplement to get more detailed answers to your questions. If you are looking for a likely effective supplement to ease symptoms of joint-related issues with no side effects, ProJoint Plus is worth trying out.

Is There Anything Else I Should Know About ProJoint Plus?

ProJoint Plus ships internationally to 23 countries and there is also a ProJoint Plus formula for animals!

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References

[1] https://www.projointplus.net/
[2] Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 May-Jun; 73(3): 255–261. doi: 10.4103/0250-474X.93507 PMCID: PMC3309643 PMID: 22457547 Boswellia Serrata, A Potential Antiinflammatory Agent: An Overview https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309643/
[3] Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 May 26. Published in final edited form as: Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015; 1: CD005614. Published online 2015 Jan 28. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005614.pub2 PMCID: PMC4881293 NIHMSID: NIHMS781262 PMID: 25629804 Chondroitin for osteoarthritis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4881293/
[4] J Med Food. 2016 Aug 1; 19(8): 717–729. Published online 2016 Aug 1. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2016.3705 PMCID: PMC5003001 PMID: 27533649 Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5003001/
[5] J Am Coll Nutr. 2017 Jan;36(1):9-15. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2016.1140093. Epub 2016 Oct 6. The Effect of Quercetin on Inflammatory Factors and Clinical Symptoms in Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Double-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27710596
[6] Pharmacogn Rev. 2016 Jul-Dec; 10(20): 84–89. doi: 10.4103/0973-7847.194044 PMCID: PMC5214562 PMID: 28082789 Overviews of Biological Importance of Quercetin: A Bioactive Flavonoid https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5214562/
[7] Exp Ther Med. 2012 Oct; 4(4): 640–644. Published online 2012 Aug 16. doi: 10.3892/etm.2012.668 PMCID: PMC3501438 PMID: 23170118 Evaluation of the effect of methionine and glucosamine on adjuvant arthritis in rats https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3501438/
[8] BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2004; 5: 6. Published online 2004 Feb 26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-5-6 PMCID: PMC387830 PMID: 15102339 S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe) versus celecoxib for the treatment of osteoarthritis symptoms: A double-blind cross-over trial. [ISRCTN36233495]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC387830/
[9] Nutrients. 2017 Mar; 9(3): 290. Published online 2017 Mar 16. doi: 10.3390/nu9030290 PMCID: PMC5372953 PMID: 28300758 Methylsulfonylmethane: Applications and Safety of a Novel Dietary Supplement https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372953/
[10] Bromelain | NCCIH https://nccih.nih.gov/health/bromelain
[11] Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2004 Dec; 1(3): 251–257. Published online 2004 Oct 6. doi: 10.1093/ecam/neh035 PMCID: PMC538506 PMID: 15841258 Bromelain as a Treatment for Osteoarthritis: a Review of Clinical Studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC538506/

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