Vital 3 Review
Vital 3, developed by Bronson Laboratories, is a liquid anti-inflammatory joint supplement intended to safely and effectively decrease joint discomfort, morning stiffness, and mobility issues.
The official website claims Vital 3 has been extensively tested and researched in 10 human clinical trials. It also mentions millions of dollars were invested to develop Vital 3. Although these claims are impressive, I was curious to find out if Vital 3 is really effective, safe, and worth trying. So, I did some research and here is what I found.
Neither Vital 3’s official website Vital3.com, nor Bronson Laboratories official website BronsonVitamins.com, offered an ingredient list for Vital 3. Since those are the only two online locations where Vital 3 can be purchased, I used the “live chat” option to speak with a customer service employee to find out more ingredient information.
The response I received was surprising. Vital 3 only contains 1 active ingredient: Active Peptide Fragments of Collagen Type-II. Type-II collagen is a protein that makes up 50% of the protein in cartilage and allows cartilage to be flexible and strong.
Type-II collagen is clinically studied and shows promise to reduce joint pain and swelling. 
Other than type-II collagen, Vital 3 contains distilled water and acetic acid, a natural preservative.
Clinical Testing and Effectiveness
Vital3.com mentions that there are 10 human clinical trials backing up their product. I expected from this statement to see 10 separate studies. Vital3.com provides links to 3 studies, not 10. However, each link directs you to the same study.
I was curious why Vital 3 claims to have 10 studies backing it up since there is really only one. So I did some more research to see if I could find other studies. There are a few others, but I am not confident there are 10.
Fortunately, all the studies I found showed the same thing. Oral administration of type-II collagen was effective for joint pain relief in patients with arthritis.   
Although the studies’ parameters differed, in each trial, subjects reported a significant decrease in joint swelling, pain, and stiffness.
There were no adverse side effects reported in any study.
Vital 3 is a small bottle of tasteless liquid drops. Directions state users are to consume 3 drops each day in a glass of water or juice. According to Vital3.com, 1 bottle lasts for 6 weeks.
Cost and Guarantee
The only two online retailers who sell Vital 3 are Vital3.com and BronsonVitamins.com (manufacturer’s website). Customers can buy one bottle at a time, but discounts are given for bulk purchases, or for automatic shipment plan members.
• 1 bottle (6 week supply): $38.99 + $4.95 shipping
• 2 bottles (12 week supply): $75.98 +$4.95 shipping
• 3 bottles (18 week supply): $101.90 + $4.95 shipping
• Automatic product shipment(12 week supply at a time): $68.58 +free shipping
Bronson Laboratories has a very lenient return policy. If at any time, within one year of purchase, you are unsatisfied with Vital 3, return the unused portion to Vital 3 and take the proper steps outlined on their website to complete the return.
Both Vital3.com and BronsonVitamins.com provide dozens of customer reviews. Most reviewers were extremely positive and stated Vital 3 made a huge difference in their lives. However, these reviews were posted on the product and manufacturer’s webpages so the reviews are likely biased.
Negative Vital 3 reviews are few and far between on both websites. However, the few I did find stated Vital 3 had little to no effect on their joint pain and swelling or that it took several bottles before any significant change was noticed.
Vital 3, although relatively simple in formulation, seems like an effective and well-liked product. It is moderately priced and easy to use. While not all the claims appear to be founded, I still feel the product would be effective for those struggling with joint pain.
Since there are no adverse side effects or drug interactions from taking Vital 3, you should feel safe taking it. I would recommend Vital 3 to those looking for an effective, easy-to-use, inexpensive, and safe joint treatment.
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