Originally available only in Europe, the GOPO all-natural joint supplement now promises to help those across the pond maintain healthy, flexible joints; to support joint function, and deliver long-term joint and cartilage care. How so?
Containing a unique rose cultivar, GOPO claims their blend of rose hips (and the galactolipids they contain) is clinically proven to deliver positive results in 8 out of 10 users, with no reported side effects. In other words, GOPO tells us they’ve combined the “gentleness of nature with the power of science to make progress toward joint care.”
In order to achieve these benefits, GOPO recommends taking 3 capsules twice daily for the first 3-5 weeks, followed by 2 capsules twice daily.
Millions of people—including you—suffer from some type of chronic joint pain or stiffness. But if you’re looking for something beyond the standard fish oil and omega 3 supplements, does GOPO represent a new way to find some natural relief? To answer this question, we’ll discuss what we learned during our research.
What Causes Joint Pain & Stiffness?
Just like asking “what causes other types of pain”—headache, for example—there can be dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of different causes of joint pain and stiffness, including arthritis, injury (such as sprains, strains, and fractures), fibromyalgia, bone infections, inflammation, Lyme disease, psoriasis, the aging process, and many more.
Of these, the most common causes are aging and arthritis. However, there are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, so it’s important to speak with your doctor about which one you have (if any) before beginning a treatment regimen.
In a nutshell, your joints are cushioned by a tough, flexible tissue called cartilage. As we age, two things occur that can cause this cartilage to decrease its cushioning ability:
- The cartilage wears away after years of moving, exercising, and walking, leading to chronic inflammation (arthritis). If left untreated, the cartilage can completely wear away and cause even more pain.
- The cartilage also loses a great deal of its water content (cartilage in younger individuals consists of 65%-80% water), leading to decreased flexibility and joint stiffness.
Is there anything contained in GOPO that can help address these root causes of joint pain and stiffness?
How Does GOPO Work?
The main ingredient in GOPO is a special type of rose hip (the fruit of a rose plant), which contains a galactolipid thought to help reduce inflammation. Specifically, GOPO claims their galactolipids “stabilize neutrophil membranes, reducing their migration into tissues, which can cause inflammation.” On top of this, the antioxidants found in GOPO’s rose hips, along with the added vitamin C, is claimed to combat free radicals that can also lead to inflammation.
Combined, GOPO tells us that their supplement can help maintain mobility and flexibility, improve occasional joint stiffness, support healthy collagen formation, reduce fatigue and tiredness caused by aging joints, and even help provide more restful sleep. And because it’s all-natural, the company claims it is non-habit forming and can be used along with other “holistic joint care measures.”
Granted, all of this is according to the company. Do they provide any clinical evidence to back up these claims? Let’s find out next.
Is GOPO a Clinically Proven Joint Supplement?
GOPO tell us that their supplement has been studied in clinical trials with real people, and that their research has been published in “many respected journals.” They even claim that the amount of clinical evidence supporting GOPO’s efficacy is more than any other rose hip supplement, and is “unique in the world of natural food supplements” in general.
What is this research supposed to show? Here’s how the company puts it:
“ … research has shown that 82% of people, or 8 out of 10, have reported improvement in 3 weeks; even more report improvement at the 4 and 5 week milestones. This 3-5 week period is called the “loading period” and it is important to maintain the initial recommended dosage of 3 capsules, twice daily for the duration of this period.”
To this extent, the manufacturer provides 8 different clinical studies performed specifically on GOPO. Reading through the conclusions, though, it seems like only one study found that participants experienced “significant” pain reduction, while others experienced “at least some reduction in pain.” Still another study only found Rosa canina (the cultivar found in GOPO) to have “moderate clinical relevance.”
Finally, one reference involved a report on the potential benefits of rosehip (not an actual study), while another indicated that rosehip may be effective for reducing inflammation, but made no reference to pain or flexibility.
By themselves (not included as part of a supplement), WebMD indicates that rose hip is listed as “possibly effective” for reducing pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis, while vitamin C has dozens of potential benefits, including potentially reducing “cartilage loss and worsening of symptoms in people with osteoarthritis.” On the other hand, there seems to be insufficient clinical evidence showing that hypromellose will provide any of the benefits advertised by GOPO.
Important note: However, WebMD doesn’t list any specific dosing to achieve these benefits and GOPO doesn’t provide a supplement label on their site. As such, we can’t know exactly how much rose hip and vitamin C it contains, or if it contains enough to deliver these same results.
Will GOPO Cause Any Side Effects?
Although its ingredients might not be quite as effective as we’re led to believe, the good news is that they probably won’t cause any side effects worse than mild digestive upset—if anything at all. In rare instances, rose hip can lead to fatigue, headache, and inability to sleep.
How Much Does GOPO Cost?
GOPO is sold through dozens of third-party retailers, who generally price the supplement as follows:
- 120ct Bottle: $23-$28
- 200ct Bottle: $42-$50
Outside of the refund policies provided by each of these retailers, GOPO also offers a money back guarantee if “after our three week recommended loading period your joints do not show improvement to your satisfaction.”
In order to request a refund, GOPO’s customer service department can be reached at 866-205-1185.
Does GOPO Come with Positive Customer Reviews?
GOPO’s 200 and 120-count packs on Amazon had a combined 20 customer reviews, with an average rating of about 4.6 stars. There, common compliments cited effective pain relief, improved joint flexibility, and reasonable price. One customer even claimed it “transformed” their life.
Like most other pain relief supplements, however, GOPO’s most common complaint referenced failure to work.
From an international perspective, GOPO had a similar 4.7-star rating on the Boots website, with many of the same compliments.
How does this feedback compare to other joint health supplements?
Are There Other Joint Health Supplements Like GOPO?
In short, there are literally hundreds of different joint supplements claiming to help relieve your pain and stiffness, which you can see in just a couple seconds by searching online. We’ve even reviewed many of these popular supplements here at HighYa, including Arthri-D3, Whole Body Joint Stimuflex, Instaflex Advanced, Axial Rx, and many others.
As we mentioned at the beginning, however, most of these supplements contain fish oil, omega-3s, and/or glucosamine. Regarding rose hip specifically, you’ll find this supplement available from many other third-party manufacturers in pill form, liquid, and even as dried whole fruit.
Pro tip: Returning to WebMD, they note: “It is true that fresh rose hip contains vitamin C. But processing and drying of the plant destroys most of the vitamin C.” To prevent this, GOPO claims to use a “highly controlled environment of low temperatures and low humidity to gently, but thoroughly, dry GOPO’s rose hip in just days, protecting the valuable galactolipids and other nutrients to maximize efficacy.”
Given this, GOPO might provide more beneficial results than other rose hip supplements that use different drying processes. Does this necessarily mean you should hand over your money, though?
Should You Use GOPO to Address Your Joint Pain & Stiffness?
It’s not often we get to say this about nutritional supplements, but based on the available clinical evidence, it appears that the specific type of rose hip found in GOPO really could help reduce inflammation, and therefore decrease at least some measure of joint pain and stiffness. Just like any other supplement though, GOPO almost certainly won’t work for everyone, but it appears the company stands behind their product with a money back guarantee.
Regardless of whether a rose hip supplement like GOPO works, a big consideration to keep in mind is that they’ll only address pain and stiffness—not the underlying cause. For example, if your pain is caused by worn, degraded cartilage, GOPO will not replace or rebuild this cartilage. As such, as soon as you stop taking the supplement, it’s likely that your pain and stiffness will eventually return.
Did you try GOPO? Was it effective for addressing your joint pain and stiffness, or did it leave something to be desired? Tell us all about it in your very own review below!
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
Male 53. I was having back and hip pain and virtually popping pain killers through out everyday.
I've tried all others with no result,
I decided to give GOPO a try. I followed the dosage recommendations for the first 4/5 weeks and then to the normal dosage. By the 6th week I was virtually pain free, back walking and sleeping great.
The one thing I did notice was the place where I was having bad pain with my back and hips, GOPO hid the pain of smaller ailments like knees and shoulders. Now after a year I'm really pain free, unless I really over do it.
Sure, it's tough to stick with the regimen because if you forget them it will return, which I noticed once on a trip to the Lake District. Anyway, good luck and for me what's the harm in trying, I have no side effects at all.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend