ActivMotion Review - Experience Pain Relief?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Oct 22, 2018

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 powder 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. There seems to be enough evidence to support the claim that it can help with joint pain.

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.

Boswellia Serrata

This extract is more commonly known as Indian frankincense and is a tree-based ingredient that, according to, 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 the 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 or email.

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 in 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!

    • By Adele S.,
    • North Palm Beach, FL,
    • Jan 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Worked for me.

    • By Ron T.,
    • California,
    • Mar 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Due to lower back pain that I've suffered with for years, I was taking a minimum of 800mg (400 morning, 400 late afternoon) of ibuprofen just to make it through the day. About 2 to 3 weeks of using ActivMotion, I rarely need any pain relief for my back. In the last three months, I have taken 800mg total!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Excellent product that doesn't have an overabundance of anything

    • By Debbie H.,
    • Muncie, IN,
    • Mar 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    As a Family Physician, I'm very particular in products I evaluate and purchase related to health claims. I reviewed everything about this before considering making a purchase. I realized it contained nearly everything I was already taking plus collagen which made sense as a product to build cushioning of the joints. With all these supplements in one product, it's far less expensive than purchasing them individually. It also tastes good.

    My husband and I have been using it for 6 weeks now. Since this is his 1st time trying any products of significance, how he does is the best trial since he's developed some back and knee pain whereas I've had more long-term pain. He's beginning to notice less back pain and I've noticed he's having less difficulty arising from chairs. His knees are still having some difficulty but that's to be expected as rebuilding collagen takes time.

    I certainly recommend this to anyone who takes supplements already or wants to try a good product at a reasonable price.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Helping stay free of pain

    • By Lori P.,
    • California,
    • Mar 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been taking ActivMotion for several months and I am free of joint pain that has plagued me for years! I have had hip and low back pain that is virtually gone now! No more NSAIDs! Yay!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Knee arthritis

    • By Patsy D.,
    • Summerville, GA,
    • Mar 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I use this and a brace and occasional acupuncture to delay total knee replacement (one doctor predicted in 2014 that I would have to have it in 2019, another predicted it would have to be earlier). I've avoided shots (both cortisone and rooster comb) for almost 4 years; take no NSAIDs or stronger pain medications for the knee. My goal is to be able to walk in the park nearby (has hills) for 2-3 miles daily and to avoid medicines and treatments that do more harm than good.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Helps relieve knee pain

    • By Eric V.,
    • Apple Valley, CA,
    • Mar 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I started taking ActivMotion a couple of months ago, and am now on the last bottle of my 3-pack order. I am taking much less ibuprofen and acetaminophen and have even started a Tai Chi class. I am also sleeping much better. In the past, I would wake up between 3:30 and 5:30 AM. Lately, I have been sleeping in until 7:30 or even 8:30 AM.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • My use of ActivMotion

    • By Roger D.,
    • Willow, AK,
    • Mar 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used this product for three months (October-December 18). Before that, I was popping quite a few pain relievers for my sore joints/back. After using this product, my use of the pain relievers dropped to almost zero. It has been two months since I ran out of the product and am back on the pills again. I am counting on my new order to get me back to pain-free again. Summer is on its way and I want to be ready to make the most of it, without the pain.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • ActivMotion

    • By James P.,
    • Dallas, TX,
    • Mar 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have tried a number of joint relief products due to my knee pain, especially as I get older. ActivMotion seems to work 150% better than anything else I have tried. I even tried a change before I finished my first order. I can feel the difference now that I am back on it. My gait is noticeably quicker and my knees have forgotten to hurt.

    Just placed an order for four more units. It’s easy to use, doesn’t taste bad and above all else, it works great without having to take anti-inflammatory Rx.

    Thank you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Best product I have found

    • By Thomas J.,
    • Colorado Springs, CO,
    • Mar 26, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have had an issue with getting stiffer as the years go by. I'm in my late seventies and would like to continue playing for a long time. I don't want to give up my active lifestyle (modify, maybe ). This is the only product that really helps, besides the fact that it tastes good. It's just part of the start of every day.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Fast relief

    • By Donald S.,
    • Hawaii,
    • Mar 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    By the 3rd dose, my pain had reduced by 70 percent and is still improving. Nothing I had tried gave this kind of relief. I'm placing 2nd order now. I was suffering from tennis elbow. I totally recommend this product to my family and friends.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • It does the job.

    • By Carmen S.,
    • Florida,
    • Mar 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    ActivMotion provides me with the relief I needed from arthritis in my joints and back. I am very pleased with the results because I feel better about taking the product. I intend to take it regularly and see if it improves the inflammation in the joints.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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