Today we review a product that, according to manufacturer Nature’s Plus, is formulated with the key ingredients of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM to alleviate and manage joint health. Typical joint problems lead to slower motion, decreased mobility and flexibility, stiffness, pain and inflammation. The manufacturer says this is the most advanced formula ever developed to treat joint ailments.
Almost everyone is susceptible to joint pain at some point in their lives. It could be due to putting excess and sustained pressure on a joint such as the knees or ankles as a result of being overweight. Lower back pain, for example, is often as a result of sitting for too long without standing up. Athletes sometimes experience hip and knee problems later on in life due to the excess strain that was put on these joints. Of course, joint pain could also manifest due to injury, such as when a ligament is torn due to a hard fall. Then, diseases such as arthritis directly affect joint health, as does aging. As we age, our bones become more brittle, cartilage becomes worn and the joints are not as well lubricated as they were before.
Each dose of 4 tablets contains:
- Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate) – 200 mg
- Manganese (as glycinate) – 20 mg
- Glucosamine Sulfate (as amino monosaccharide) – 1000 mg
- MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) – 1,000 mg
- Chondroitin Sulfate – 800 mg
- Celadrin (a proprietary blend of esterified fatty acid carbons) – 750 mg
- Black Cherry (Prunus cerasus) 5:1 Extract – 100 mg
The two most common ingredients vital to joint health and present in almost any joint supplement are also present here, namely glucosamine and MSM. Glucosamine is key to the fluid surrounding the joints, which naturally becomes less as you age or due to disease. It cushions the joints from force and hard blows, and thus helps prevent injury, grating and inflammation. Glucosamine occurs naturally but is often derived from shellfish when found in dietary supplements. We are not certain what the origin of the glucosamine in this product is as the information is not provided. Celadrin and manganese as well as vitamin C help the bioavailability of the key ingredients and also support their working in the body.
Chondroitin sulfate is a vital ingredient in connective tissue, cartilage, bone, skin, ligaments and tendons. When found in dietary supplements, it is often derived from bovine cartilage.
MSM in supplement form is synthetically made. It lowers inflammation and keeps tissue healthy. It is present in green leafy vegetables in its natural state.
The dose is two sets of 4 tablets per day, so these amounts will be doubled if you adhere to the dose. They are high doses and should make an impact. It is probably not correct for the manufacturer to assert though that this is the most advanced formulation ever. As thorough a synthesis of ingredients as it is, we have found other products in our research with up to 15 potent ingredients. Other ingredients which could have targeted inflammation are missing from this formulation.
Take 2 tablets twice a day with food and water, or 4 tablets twice a day in severe cases. Although not explicitly stated, proceed with caution if you have a shellfish allergy. Seek medical advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
A 120-count bottle retails for $35.93 on Amazon. Two and four-packs of 120 tablets sell for $40.99 and $80.99 respectively. This is a discount of of $40.50 and $37.50 for two packs and 4 packs of 120 tablets respectively.
Despite our research we could not find any clear evidence of a returns policy. An attempt to buy the product on Amazon seems to indicate that the product is not returnable.
Nature’s Plus Triple Strength Ultra Rx-Joint Tablets – Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM with Celadrin & Black Cherry Review – Conclusion
The product gets very good consumer reviews despite the high price point. This product sells for about double what other joint formulations do and although the synthesis is thorough, it will end up being costly. It is a chronic medication. Moreover, you need to take 8 capsules a day in the event of extreme pain.
The product does contain higher than average doses of MSM and glucosamine which probably accounts for the high price. However, bear in mind that while the formula can indeed be considered ‘advanced’, it is difficult to back the assertion that it is the most advanced. Our research yielded insights into products that contain up to 15 key, quick acting ingredients that synthesize well to provide total protection against both the causes and symptoms of joint pain. In that formulation, potent key ingredients such as turmeric, ginger and boswellia were present at a lower cost. We recommend trying this product if you are willing to risk not being able to obtain a money-back guarantee only.