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Relief Factor Review

About Relief Factor

Relief Factor Review

Have you ever heard the Buddhist proverb “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”? With Relief Factor supplements, we hope to prove this old adage wrong – who needs to live with suffering or pain?

Relief Factor is a health and wellness brand best known for its trio of products, which the company claims are suited for pain relief, energy, and relaxation. 

Unfortunately, there is a high prevalence of chronic pain among older adults. As described in one review article[1], chronic pain is a major contributor to overall suffering, disability, social isolation, and economic burden. Moreover, chronic pain is a risk factor for cognitive decline and premature death. Available painkillers are only partially effective and have substantial side effects when continuously used. It comes as no surprise that there is a high demand for alternative medicines to mitigate this “pain problem.”

After reading the above information, it will probably come as no surprise that Relief Factor is mainly targeted toward the elderly demographic. If you are curious, take a read, it has been reviewed by countless blogs, including Westword and Nebula.org

The main question is, “Are you tired of back pain and sleepless nights?” If so, perhaps this supplement brand can provide some relief. As always, talk with a medical professional before taking any supplements.

Trainer’s Tip: consider doing a “pain history inventory.” Look at what you have done for your pain – which practitioners you have spoken to, which treatments you have tried, etc. Take this (along with info on Relief Factor) to a qualified health practitioner and noodle on how the products might help your case. Be an informed consumer. 

Stay tuned, as this Relief Factor review will take a closer look at the company, its products, customer ratings, promotions, and more to help you decide if they’re worth checking out.

Overview of Relief Factor

Relief Factor Review

Not much is known about the story behind Relief Factor. Co-founded by Pete and Seth Talbott, this health and wellness brand is presumably headquartered in Kirkland City in Washington state. 

You may have seen their advertisements on TV, which feature a few encouraging testimonials about its products. Marketed as safe and effective to use, Relief Factor states that they use 4 primary ingredients within their 3-Week QuickStart medicine, which is formulated by a team of physicians located in the Pacific Northwest. 

As a final note, co-owners Pete and Seth Talbott state that it’s normal to feel skeptical when taking their products but promise it’s ultimately worth it in the end. A statement from the brand reads:

“Relief Factor has helped tens of thousands of people struggling with everyday aches and pains. Taken as designed, Relief Factor reduces or eliminates pain all day, every day.”

Trainer’s Tip: Whether or not Relief Factor is for you, never give up hope that there is a solution for your pain. The key to life is realistic expectations. Your pain will probably never be completely eliminated (“body awareness” of some sort does tend to be a “problem of the privilege of being alive”), but you can find something to lessen the duration, frequency, and intensity. You can make it liveable. First, accept your reality. Then find a way forward.

Before we get into this Relief Factor review, let’s go over some highlights:

Highlights

  • Offers a natural way to help reduce pain, exhaustion, and stress 
  • Reasonable prices 
  • Provides a subscription plan for customers to opt for 
  • Accepts HSA cards as payment 
  • Has a generous return window of 90 days 

Life is meant to be lived. In order to “live life to the fullest,” we want to be able to jump, run, stretch, bend, etc. Pain can stand between our dreams and our lived reality. This is where Relief Factor comes in. Designed to help you turn lemons into lemonade, Relief Factor offers a trio of naturally-made remedies that they claim are suited for pain relief, stress, and energy. Offered as a one-time purchase or as part of a subscription plan, customers can get their fill of supplements by simply clicking the checkout button. 

Looking to expand your bathroom cabinet? This Relief Factor review has got you covered, as we will highlight a few of their best-selling products for readers to compare. 

Relief Factor Review

Say goodbye to couch potato days. This health and wellness brand provides the treatments you need to help you get back on your feet. Offered in three different formulas, this Relief Factor review will comb over their products for customers to try out. 

Relief Factor QuickStart Review

Not surprisingly, people with chronic pain were significantly less active[2] compared to healthy individuals. No matter the severity, a simple ache can swell into an annoying nudge. The result? Say goodbye to productivity, not to mention exercise. Plus, the less you move and the more pain you are in, the greater the chance you will start to fear movement.

Trainer’s Tip: Here’s a saying we’ll never forget, “chronic pain is depression, and depression is chronic pain.” Over time depression and pain become so entwined that it becomes almost impossible to pull the two apart. Unfortunately, the less you move, the less fit you become, and a low fitness level is typically a disincentive to move. We get it. It is almost impossible to feel peppy when you are in constant discomfort, and it is tough to make yourself do the things that help relieve the symptoms of pain when feeling depressed. It is a vicious cycle. The good news is exercise has been proven to be a helpful intervention[3] for chronic pain. The key is to find ways to break the depression/pain cycle through physical, behavioral, social, and medical interventions[4].

Enter Relief Factor. Designed for those needing to stay on their toes, the QuickStart treatment is formulated with 4 Relief Factor ingredients to quell discomfort and soreness.

Icariin is an active component of the herb Epimedii (horny goat weed). A literature review[5] published in the European Journal of Pharmacology states that Icariin has anti-oxidative, anti-neuroinflammatory, and anti-apoptotic effects[6].

What does this mean in English? Icariin helps protect cells from free radical damage, helps prevent cell death, aids in decreasing inflammation in the brain, and has a potentially positive impact on disorders that impact the nervous system[7], including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. 

In addition, as highlighted in a review article[8] published in Osteoporosis International, this flavonoid has the potential to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis. Lastly, animal studies show that Icariin may be a promising alternative pain killer[9]

Resveratrol (RV)[10] is a naturally occurring polyphenol. Polyphenols help protect the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and associated pathologies such as cancers, coronary heart disease, and inflammation. Resveratrol possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, and antioxidant properties, which may be harnessed in strategies against chronic diseases.

Not yet sold? Resveratrol is also associated with slowing down or preventing cognitive deterioration and improving insulin sensitivity (a good thing, especially if you are concerned with warding off or managing type 2 diabetes). 

Still not sold? As reported in a literature review[11], resveratrol induced neurological recovery after central nervous system injuries in animal studies. Meaning that Resveratrol helped the brain recover!

Trainer’s Tip: Want to eat your resveratrol? No problem. Regularly consume grapes, peanuts, berries, and (in moderation) red wine.

Next up, turmeric. Turmeric (curcumin) seems to be all the rage these days. Coffee shops sell turmeric lattes, health food stores sell turmeric teas, and even Laird Hamilton (the famous surfer) has a Turmeric version of his superfoods creamer.

The infusion of turmeric into almost everything is not surprising, considering turmeric[12] has been shown to aid in the “management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and performance in active people.”

Check out this literature review[13]. It describes the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and its potential clinical applications in arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, dermatitis, and pain, including neuropathic pain. 

Trainer’s Tip: Want to add turmeric to your diet? Try adding it to smoothies, humous, salad dressing, stir-frys, and/or cauliflower rice.

Lastly, let’s discuss Omega-3 fatty acids. Similar to Icariin, Resveretriol, and Turmeric, Omega-3 fatty acids have proven anti-inflammatory properties, improving cardiovascular and neurological health, and omega-3 supplementation has the potential to significantly reduce pain[14] in patients with osteoarthritis in synovial joints. This study even showed a reduction in neuropathic pain[15]. Larger studies are obviously needed, but the current research is very promising.

According to Relief Factor, this formula was developed by a leading team of naturopathic physicians and medical professionals. Relief Factor claims that it can help reduce pain in the back, knee, neck, shoulder, and hip.

Currently, there are 3 ways to purchase the QuickStart treatment. To keep things easy to read, we’ll provide the details for each option in point-form down below:

  • QuickStart treatment (60 ct bag): one-time purchase for one month’s supply, $94 
  • QuickStart treatment subscription (60 ct bag): monthly deliveries with a free gift included (options range from Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, or the CoQ10 supplement), $80 per shipment
  • 3-week QuickStart treatment subscription: 
    • 49 supplement packs 
    • Free gift each month 
    • Anti-inflammation diet booklet 
    • Costs $20 per shipment

For the 3-week treatment, Relief Factor advises you to take 3 packets a day to help find the right dosage for you. From there, users can adjust from one to two supplements going forward.

And as always, we recommend consulting with a physician first before making any changes to your diet. 

Trainer’s Tip: Do you move your body regularly? We’re not talking about “high intensity, work it till you cry” activities like Crossfit or running. We mean gentle walking and mind/body activities such as yoga and Pilates. Movement has been shown to be a potential successful intervention[16] for chronic pain management. If you are suffering from chronic pain and not moving, try starting small. Make a goal of ten minutes of walking a day or 10 minutes of restorative yoga. Break the fear factor. Progress appropriately.

Relief Factor Calm Review

Nothing is more irritating than a sleepless night. Aside from tossing and turning, our gremlins tend to come out at night. Our 3 am self is either inundated with negative self-talk or a marathon of nonsensical thoughts. “Why do people say chai tea instead of chai? Why do we bake cookies and cook bacon?” No one needs the 3 am monkey mind.

According to Relief Factor, their Calm treatment quiets down those fumbling notions, as it’s intended to relax the mind, body, and soul. This nifty treatment is ideal for reducing stress and adrenaline and acts as a stand-in for melatonin tablets. 

This is thanks to its superhero duo of ingredients, which includes phosphatidylserine and passionflower extract. Together, these additives help moderate cortisol levels while strengthening the central nervous system. 

It makes sense that passion flower[17] would be included in a product sold to promote calmness and aid sleep. It’s regularly used to fight anxiety, aid restorative sleep, support pain management, reduce menopausal symptoms, and manage attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

A systematic review[18] published in Nutrients evaluated the effect of passionflower extract in neuropsychiatric patients. (Neuropsychiatric is a broad term that includes issues such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD). The results? Passionflower extract may help reduce symptoms in neuropsychiatric patients with no adverse events. How does it work? (In scientific terms, what is its “mechanism of action[19]”?) In short, “GABA,” aka the principal inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain (in English, GABA[18] helps to counter neurotransmitters that cause excitement, which typically has a calming effect).

The last ingredient is Phosphatidylserine, which supports normal cognitive functions[20]. For example, it helps in the formation of short-term memories, aids the consolidation of long-term memory, and supports the ability to learn, retrieve information, and concentrate. 

The Calm supplements come with a free 60-day supply. As an added cherry on top, customers are also treated to complimentary shipping and handling. Helping you dream faster, this treatment costs $22, compared to its original price of $29. 

Relief Factor Energy Review

Ah, the third cup of coffee. For most, it’s a necessary dosage to kickstart the day. For some, it’s a guilt-inducing reminder to lay off the caffeine. If you’re looking to curb your Arabica binge, the Energy supplements are offered as a natural way to ‘generate buzz’. 

Introducing a blend of taurine, vitamin B-complex, and a bit of caffeine, Relief Factor claims that this treatment does the most in absorbing key nutrients while enhancing physical performance. Other ingredients include folate, biotin, and choline, which are vital in regulating your circulatory system. 

Let’s go through the ingredients list. Taurine is a common ingredient in energy drinks. As described in this literary review[21], taurine is an amino acid with antioxidant properties (Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body, which are linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.) Taurine also helps keep calcium levels stable. Taurine could potentially be beneficial for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease and is also used in energy drinks to neutralize the effects of caffeine[22] excess. 

A review article[23] published in Practical Neurology highlights that caffeine increases alertness, helps concentration, improves mood, and limits depression. Moreover, it has proven pain-relieving properties, especially for treating headaches and migraine.

As of lately, the Energy supplements are offered in three different pricing options. This includes:

  • 1 Relief Factor supplement bottle: $35 (one-time purchase)
  • 3 bottles: $30 (one-time purchase)
  • 6 bottles: $25 (one-time purchase)

Who Is Relief Factor For? 

Relief Factor Review

A simple gloss through their social media tells you that this pharmaceutical brand is marketed for the middle-aged to elderly demographic. 

Although there are no age restrictions written on their supplements, it does make sense that the company markets to and showcases older customers. As we grow older, we’re more at risk for joint pain, loss of energy, and increased stress.

Since Relief Factor is primarily sold online, customers don’t need to worry about visiting their local pharmacy. Instead of purchasing supplements individually, buyers can opt for their subscription plan, which provides a monthly delivery of capsules before you start to run out. 

Comparison: Relief Factor vs. Balance of Nature

Relief Factor Review

Inflammation response medication is definitely not new. In fact, if you’re a regular visitor of Honest Brand Reviews, you’ve probably familiar with a few supplement brands already. 

With that in mind, how does Relief Factor size up to its competition? To help readers answer that question, we’ve decided to look at another company: Balance of Nature. 

Down below, this Relief Factor review has compiled a shortlist of similarities and differences between these two brands. So what company deserves to fill your pill organizer? Let’s find out. 

Relief Factor:

  • Offers supplements for pain relief, exhaustion, and stress 
  • Provides a subscription plan for most of their products 
  • Reasonably priced 
  • Does not offer international shipping 
  • Limited customer reviews 

Balance of Nature:

  • Offers nutritional supplements made out of fruit and vegetables
  • Also provides a subscription plan for customers to opt for 
  • Pricier compared to Relief Factor 
  • Has a health coaching service on their website 
  • More customer reviews 

After reflection, it is almost impossible to crown a winner; it would be like comparing apples to peanut butter. These two brands are entirely different, as Relief Factor is designed to provide pain relief while Balance of Nature provides nutritional boosts. 

If we were to size up the company in terms of perks (vs. the product), Balance of Nature takes the cake. Customers can access their additional services, such as the health coaching program, on their website. We suggest that Relief Factor should build in more online support, coaching, accountability options, etc.

Relief Factor Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

Relief Factor Review

In the previous segment, we learned that Balance of Nature deserves a spot in your bathroom cabinet. With that in mind, can Relief Factor out beat this nutritional brand in terms of online reviews? There’s only one way to find out. We’ve searched far and wide to see what customers are really saying about this pharmaceutical company. 

Unfortunately, the reviews are pretty limited. Its official website does hold a few encouraging testimonials, but there are no independent comments listed for its products. So far, it seems that Relief Factor is a brand recommended by many, as it’s reportedly used by ‘tens of thousands’ of customers nationwide. 

“I heard about Relief Factor from my wife…I took it every day, three times a day. I woke up, rolled over and told her ’The pain is gone!’” one customer detailed on their website. 

This is an AMAZING product which has saved me from having a second hip surgery,” one reviewer wrote for the 3-Week Relief Factor quick start treatment. “If I had known about it sooner, perhaps it would have kept me from having BOTH knees and my right hip replaced.”

While there are little to no review forums posted for Relief Factor products, we did find a couple of blogs that critiqued this brand. According to Nebula.org, the QuickStart treatment earns a total of 4/5 stars for its results, scientific claims, and overall cost.

On the other hand, the blog site The Wellness Verge gave a mediocre rating of 3/5 stars. While the author gave credit to the efficacy of the formulas, they noted the potential of side effects—which was coupled with its high prices and non-existent, money-back guarantee. 

“The product requires a person to take 2 pills per day indefinitely and is expensive compared to other joint health supplements. But if you’re in the market for a joint health supplement that has a nice blend of well-researched ingredients, perhaps Relief Factor is worth a try,” reads the Relief Factor review by The Wellness Verge.

Based on a review posted by Phactual.com, the article posited a critical question. Is Relief Factor snake oil? According to their research, this online company isn’t guilty of false advertising. We did find some controversy about this supplement brand. A Relief Factor advertisement was under fire for misleading claims in an FTC-related complaint. 

In a particular segment, their products were endorsed by a celebrity. More specifically, a former Trump administration official—Sebastian Gorka—was named a doctor, even though he didn’t hold a medical degree.

The negativity doesn’t stop there, as the Better Business Bureau holds over 35 complaints with a 1.68/5 star rating. In addition, a majority of customers complained of its deceptive ordering process and ineffective products.

Based on what we’ve gathered so far, this Relief Factor is wary of recommending this brand. This is partially due to the lack of testimonials online. Coupled with its past controversy and poor ratings on BBB, this company might be one to skip.

Is Relief Factor Worth It?

Relief Factor Review

With thousands of supplement brands out there, Relief Factor seems to pale in comparison. Aside from their limited inventory, I wasn’t sold on the efficacy of their formulas. While I’m sure that some customers found success, there’s not much information as to how their additives work. 

On top of that, Relief Factor scores low when it comes to credibility. There’s not a lot to learn from the dismal amount of reviews online. And so far, early signs aren’t promising due to the company’s past controversy. 

Overall, this Relief Factor review suggests that you opt for a different supplement brand. It’s best to have a checklist at hand when shopping; if the company in question values transparency, cost-effectiveness, and its online reputation, chances are that it’s a keeper. 

Relief Factor Promotions & Discounts 

Customers can save a bit of money by signing up for the brand’s subscription plans. As of lately, this Relief Factor review hasn’t come across a promotion or discount code, but we suggest keeping an eye on their social media pages for any future updates. 

Where to Buy Relief Factor

You can purchase Relief Factor’s products exclusively on relieffactor.com

FAQ

Relief Factor Review

Where is Relief Factor made? 

This Relief Factor review hasn’t found where their products are manufactured. We do know that their headquarters are located in Kirkland, Washington. 

Is Relief Factor vegan and cruelty-free? 

Relief Factor makes no claims that its products are vegan and cruelty-free. We suggest looking up their FAQ page for information on its ingredients. 

What is Relief Factor’s Shipping Policy?

This Relief Factor review is happy to report that they offer free shipping and handling on all of their products for a limited time. 

Unfortunately, the company does not provide international delivery outside of the United States. As of lately, we found no indication of a tracking number that customers can use to monitor their orders. 

What is Relief Factor’s Return Policy?

Relief Factor offers a 90-day window for customers to send back their orders. This is only for products that have their original blue and green bag intact. 

To initiate the return, buyers need to write ‘refused’ on the outside of their package and take it to a local post office. This Relief Factor review found the following mailing address:  

Relief Factor by Promedev
Customer Care 11031
117th Place NE
Kirkland, WA 
98033

How to Contact Relief Factor

Have any questions beyond this Relief Factor review? You can contact the company through:

  • Phone number: 833-888-1533
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Filling out their request form online 
  • Direct messaging them on their social media pages

Here are some other trustworthy supplement brands we recommend for your health issues and concerns:

Perfect Keto

Goli Gummies

Ritual

The Nue Co

Proper Sleep

Nutrafol

HVMN

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