ActivMotion Review - Experience Pain Relief?
ActivMotion is a water-soluble collagen supplement that contains a proprietary mix of ingredients that its manufacturer, United Naturals, claims will help you alleviate aches and pains.
United Naturals’ Chief Wellness Officer is Dr. Vincent Pedre who, according to the United Naturals website, is a functional medicine certified practitioner. The site says Pedre graduated from Cornell University “with honors”. He also graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine.
We did a quick check of his credentials and found that U.S. News & World Report lists Dr. Pedre as being affiliated with New York’s Mount Sinai hospital and that Pedre did, in fact, graduate from the University of Miami’s medical school. At the time of publishing, Pedre’s LinkedIn page confirmed this information.
United Naturals’ ActivMotion seems to provide benefits for your joints based on the collagen and propriety spice mixture in its powder. And, United Naturals notes, the product has been tested by an FDA-approved lab.
In this review, we’re going to examine how the product works, the ingredients and dosage amounts in ActivMotion, as well as the pricing and refund policy of the product.
At the end of our review, we’ll give you a few conclusions that will help you decide if this particular product is right for you.
How ActivMotion Works
As we mentioned in our introduction, ActivMotion is a power that you mix with water and drink. According to the back label of the product, you should mix 1 teaspoon of ActivMotion with 6-8 ounces of water and mix it well.
The product contains cow and chicken collagen, as well as a resin extract of Boswellia serrata, turmeric root extract, Stevia leaf extract and black pepper fruit extract (more on those in a few minutes).
Drinking in these ingredients, the product’s website says, leads to the relief of aches and pains and, as they point out, your body uses collagen (in general) to strengthen your body and maintain flexibility.
According to a March 2018 article from WebMD, collagen is a protein whose main job is to hold tissue together. When tissues hold together – muscles, tendons and ligaments, for example – they're stronger and less likely to tear.
But collagen’s help isn’t limited to muscles, tendons and ligaments. WebMD goes on to say that collagen helps skin stay elastic which leads to fewer wrinkle and an overall younger appearance.
As you get older, collagen-related aches and pains are more prevalent. For example, Healthline points out, your cartilage weakness and joints that used to move freely now have to contend with aging cartilage and, as a result, you may feel pain in your knees, shoulders and other areas.
From a cosmetic perspective, your body produces less collagen as you age and, as it declines, skin flexibility decreases and wrinkles.
ActivMotion’s Ingredients: What They Do, Side Effects and Safety
According to ActivMotion’s website, there are six main ingredients intended to help your body to fight aches and pains:
- 6 g hydrolyzed cow (bovine) collagen
- 40 mg chicken collagen (“type II”)
- 200 mg Boswellia serrata resin extract
- 120 mg stevia leaf extract
- 100 mg turmeric root extract
- 10 mg black pepper fruit extract (piper nigrum)
Each of these ingredients is allergen- and GMO-free, ActivMotion’s packaging says. Also of note is that the label says that a daily value has not been established for the six ingredients, which means, at the very least, there is no consensus opinion among regulatory bodies as to how much of each ingredient you should take every day.
Scientific Evidence for the Effects of ActivMotion’s Ingredients.
Based on our research of the product’s pair of collagen ingredients as well as its proprietary extract mix, we believe there is some scientific evidence that would lend legitimacy to ActivMotion’s claims that it can ease aches and pains.
In this section, we’ll do a quick overview of what existing studies say about each ingredient.
Cow and chicken collagen
Based on our research of existing studies, we believe that collagen has the potential to provide your skin with more collagen content and, because the substance is high in protein, it has the potential to help you build muscle and burn fat if you add collagen to your weight-lifting routine.
These conclusions come from a pair of studies, both of which WebMD references in their 2018 article about collagen we referenced earlier.
The first study tested collagen on 69 women age 35-55, some of whom took 2.5-5.0 grams of collagen daily for eight weeks and some of whom took a placebo.
The results, which appeared in a 2013 edition of the Skin Pharmacology and Physiology medical journal, indicated that the women who took the collagen had “a statistically significant improvement (of skin elasticity) in comparison to placebo.”
The second study came to light when a team of German doctors published their results in the British Journal of Nutrition. They gave 15g of collagen supplements daily to older men (72.2 years, on average) who were dealing with sarcopenia, a condition in which muscles become weaker with age.
The doctors concluded that, while most research focused on how collagen can help your skin, there seems to be some grounds to support the idea that its high protein content can help strengthen your muscles along with weightlifting.
A Quick Word About Cow Collagen as a Topical Application
WebMD has a formidable list of potentially helpful uses of cow collagen, all of which require a topical application. The list does not include any uses that rely on a drinkable collagen solution.
Stevia, Turmeric, Black Pepper Fruit and Boswellia Serrata
These four ingredients make up the proprietary mix that ActivMotion claims will ease your aches and pains.
According to a conversation with an ActivMotion chat representative, Stevia is used purely as a sweetener and has no specific value for joint pain or helping strengthen your body.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which, as mentioned in the previous section, is a property that your body uses to fight inflammation. As we point out in our guide to turmeric and curcumin, there seems to be enough evidence to support the claim that it can help with joint pain.
One of the sources with whom we spoke for that article noted, “Turmeric can definitely be used as an adjunct in treating many diseases, including arthritis, skin disease, pain and weight loss – but should not replace medications prescribed by your physician.”
Black Pepper Fruit
Consumer Lab notes that the extract from this pepper fruit contains piperine, which, according to the site, has the ability to help your body more efficiently use curcumin, an anti-inflammatory property found in turmeric.
This extract is more commonly known as Indian frankincense and is a tree-based ingredient that, according to Examine.com, has shown in some studies it can be effective in fighting inflammation and pain related to osteoarthritis, the most popular form of arthritis.
Side Effects of ActivMotion’s Ingredients
Based on our research of various articles covering the side effects of collagen, we found one side effect mentioned: mad cow disease.
WebMD notes that, while no link has been made between mad cow disease and human consumption of bovine collagen, it’s best to avoid products that use ingredients made in counties where “mad cow disease has been found”.
We did some quick research and found that there are only a few instances of mad cow disease in the United States, such that, according to the CDC, you shouldn’t be worried about the disease making its way into the food supply.
As for the other ingredients, here’s a quick rundown of the side effects we found on WebMD and RX List:
- Chicken collagen: Possible stomach issues; reactions for people with chicken and/or egg allergies
- Stevia: Possible reaction for those with ragweed allergies, low blood sugar, low blood pressure
- Turmeric/curcumin: Nausea, diarrhea and ulcers
- Black pepper fruit: Same as turmeric curcumin
- Boswellia serrata: Diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, rash (when applied to skin)
The sources we read put an emphasis on pregnant women avoiding the addition of these various ingredients to their diet. The suggestions weren’t so much based on data as they were on the “better safe than sorry” mentality.
ActivMotion’s Pricing and Return Policy
At the time of publishing, ActivMotion offers three different price points for their 11.8-ounce supplement jars:
- 1 jar: $49
- 3 jars: $134
- 6 jars: $224
If you aren’t satisfied with the product, you have 30days from the date of purchase to return it for a full refund, according to United Naturals’ fine print. Also, you’ll be responsible for return shipping costs. To start the refund, you need to call 1-844-794-7728 to process the refund.
When you get ready to buy your product online, ActivMotion will give you the option of signing up for a subscription plan. This plan will send you shipments and charge your credit or debit card automatically.
According to the terms and conditions, ActivMotion won’t sign you up without your permission. If, for any reason, you want to cancel your subscription, you can do so by phone (1-844-794-7728) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pro tip: Shipping is $5 for a single-jar order and free for multiple jars. Estimated shipping time for all orders is 3-8 days.
Conclusions About ActivMotion
Based on our research of this supplement, we believe there is sufficient evidence to believe that the various ingredients ActivMotion contains can have a positive effect on the “aches and pains” that you may feel in your joints.
These ingredients directly affect those ailments in two ways, the research seems to suggest. First, curcumin has been proven in certain situations to reduce inflammation, which can reduce pain. Second, the protein content in collagen can strengthen your muscles when used conjunction with resistance training, which can include lifting weights.
With these in mind, it’s important to balance the benefits with the fact that there is no formalized body of evidence we found, either on websites or in journals, that provides parameters for how to take curcumin and collagen (pill form, topical, water-soluble).
Therefore, we cannot say with certainty either way if taking a water=soluble form of collagen or curcumin will be as effective as what was observed in the studies we referenced earlier.
Also, keep in mind that there are collagen and turmeric supplement pills at big-box stores like Walmart. Buying a jar of each supplement could end up costing you less per month than ActivMotion.
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Truly a miracle!
I have dealt with lower back, hip, knee, and ankle pain for several years. Most of the time using OTC pain pills for short time relief while worrying about what they're doing to my stomach. I viewed the ActivMotion video and when they said "if you are an ibuprofen user this is for you!" I ordered and have taken two days - AMAZING! I was pain-free on day one and slept well. Today, day two, again doing well. I have alerted all my friends - must try ActivMotion!
I celebrate my 88th birthday in a couple of weeks - BEST GIFT EVER!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend