I've had my Joovv combo red light panel for over a month now and I wanted to share my review, my before and after and benefits that I have experienced to date. Plus, I spent a bit of time testing the EMF output on the Joov full body device so will share with you the nnEMF radiation readings below.
*** Update ***- A few years after writing this article I can say that yes I still use and recommend Red Light Therapy. However since I wrote this review, I have tested many other red light panels and have been very impressed with their performance. In my 2019 Red Light Therapy Body Panel series I took 6 popular red light panels (including the Joovv Solo) and tested them across various metrics. Joovv ended up 4th out of these 6 panels - showcasing that there are much better red light panels in todays market.
Best of all, these new panels not only perform better than the Joovv panels (higher power output, more wavelength options, lower EMF values etc) but they are much cheaper than the Joovv Units.
Some of the panels I now use and recommend are the PlatinumLED BioMax range (discount code ALEX will save you 5% on their already low prices) and MitoRed (again, discount code ALEX will lower the price).
These two units took out first and second place and the MitoRed tested for the highest power output.
The Joovv panels still work as a red light therapy device - there are just better (and cheaper) options on the market now. Which is a good thing for us as consumers.
You can read why I like the Platinum BioMax so much in my review here - PlatinumLED Therapy BioMax Review - The Best Red Light Panel On The Market?
And you can read the full body panel comparison series here - The Best Red Light Therapy Body Panel For 2019 (You Won't Believe Who Won!)
But if you would like to read my original review of my Joovv panels (written a few years ago) read on.
I've tried to keep this review brief and to the point, so I will use bulletpoints. Please watch the video above to see my full review. Otherwise, read on!
We know the science shows that it it does. But what about my experiences?
To date, after 1 month of regular daily use (5-10mins exposure to 70-100% of the body) I have noticed:
I have two 'high gums' on either side of my jaw. I believe this was the result of a mouth guard I wore for tooth grinding. Anyway, for the past 18 months I have had a very sensitive spot on the outside of two of my teeth. It was sensitive to cold and hot temperatures and nothing has been able to fix it - conventional and unconventional approaches. I figured I would just have to deal with it for the rest of my life.
About 2 weeks after regular use of the Joovv Panel - including 5-10minutes of of red light exposure on either side of my cheeks and also front on (with my mouth open), I started to notice that my tooth sensitivity was decreased.
After a month of use, one of the teeth is completely pain free. The other still flares up now and then. But I think with time and regular use I may be able to eliminate this pain once and for all.
Note - I highly doubt that this is a placebo effect, as studies have proven that red light can help regenerate dentine and assist with dental health and pain.
I'm fortunate that I don't have an issue with facial acne. But, I do get a few pimples on my arms and back. They don't bother me directly (I don't see them), but they do bother my partner (and in turn me when she tries to 'fix' them!)
As I use the Joovv on my back every day (I have to do it in halves, I really need to upgrade to the bigger Joovv Max!) I have started to notice less 'bumps' on my back. Tell a lie, Rebecca has noticed them more than me!
Again, I doubt it's a coincidence, as there is plenty of research showing red light decreases acne and improves skin health.
Sorry if this is TMI, but I'm sure I have noticed, ahem.. growth, down their. Unfortunatley I can't quantify this and I'm definitely not going to upload before and after photos, so you'l just have to take my word on this one.
And yes, I drop my pants and stand naked in front of my Joovv panel every morning.
And know I'm not totally wacky, there is solid evidence showing that red light on the testicles helps boost testosterone and libido.
I know I know, grose! And way to much information... but I wanted to share my experiences with you folk. These devices are rather expensive, so you should know these things before forking out hard earned cash.
I touched on this in the video above, and again you have to take my word for it as I'm not going to upload images here, but I have had a cyst or a growth of some sort since I was about 15 years old (I'm 30 at the time of writing). It's been with me all my adult life, my buddy (I call him Charlie... Charlie the Cyst. Only joking!)
Sometimes it becomes inflamed and gets really big and sore, and other times it shrunk ( I noticed Bio-Curcumin helped a lot with the inflammation by the way). But it's always been there and I know roughly how big it usually is.
Well, after 4 weeks of regular red light therapy, I have noticed its the smallest it's ever been. Seriously. I cannot remember a time when it was this small. It's still there, but its getting smaller.
Again, coincidence? Maybe, but when multiple coincidences start appearing you have to question if there is a driving cause..
Those are the main things I have noticed so far. I am using it after training, but it's so hard to quantify recovery and I'm not really doing anything too intense on the training front at the moment.
I want to see if I can get some hair regrowth, but I actually forget to expose the top of my head to the light. Though this is an experiment I can quantify (and would be happy sharing my before and after pictures). I'll be sure to take some before shots and start using the Joovv light on my head.
Rebecca has started using it herself, but she can be rather inconsistent with her scheduling. She thinks she has started seeing benefits with her skin, but again, she's only done a few sessions (she thought it was too woo and gimmicky, until I told her to read THIS). I can report back on her progress.
This was something I was always afraid of. I am spending 10-30minutes standing 4-10 inches from this electronic device. I know how dangerous EMF (Electromagnetic Field) exposure can be on the body, so is it safe?
I cover it in the video, so I won't go into detail here. But pretty much, if you are staying a few inches away from the panel (as described in the Joovv manual - always follow the safety instructions kids!) then you're in the safe zone.
If you go right up to the surface of the light panel, then you start getting a higher reading.
And this is why you need to investigate power irradiance when buying a red light panel (I cover this in more detail here). Some of the weaker panels (albeit cheaper) require you to be right next to the light source for proper dosing. In this scenario you are in a stronger EMF field.
To summarise, I'm happy with the EMF readings on my Joovv.
Update - For a full comparison of the EMF readings from the Joovv Solo compared to competitors such as the MitoRed and PlatinumLED panels please click HERE.
If you have read this entire article then you know what I am going to say next..
I admit its still early days, but with the scientific proof and my own anecdotal experience, red light therapy is legit and the Joovv Device is a safe and effective way to benefit from this revolutionary technology.
*** Update ***- A few years after writing this article I can say that yes I still use and recommend Red Light Therapy. However since I wrote this review, I have tested many other red light panels and have been impressed with their performance. Best of all, these new panels often perform better than the Joovv panels (higher power output, more wavelength options, lower EMF values) AND they are much cheaper than the Joovv Units.
Some of the panels I now use and recommend are the MitoRedLight.com range (discount code ALEX will save you 5% on their already low prices) and Platnium LED Therapy BioMax (again, discount code ALEX will lower the price).
You can read more about why I prefer these panels over Joovv in my article The Best Red Light Therapy Body Panel For 2019
I still like the Joovv panels - I just think there are better (and cheaper) options on the market now.
I explain why this is important in my review of the BioMax 600
I aim to spend 5-10minutes on each body part. I have the Joovv Original Combo, which has 5 light 'clusters'.
For size comparison purposes, I am 5'10" / 178cm tall. You can see how the Joovv Original compares in size to me. Its 5 clusters down, 1 across. The Joovv Max is 8 down 2 across and would be a better option for an adult.
Using this protocol, I spend a session on each body section:
That alone is 20-40minutes a day.
If I then to the 'extras', I add:
There is another 25-50minutes.
Now if I had the Joovv Max - with its 16 clusters (8 down by 2 across) it's not only wider, but longer, I could literally do:
In 10-20minutes and get most of majority of my body covered in one quick session. No raising and lowering the panel etc.
And you may think, well the Original is half the price of the Max, I think I would rather spend an extra 30 minutes a day and save the money. And that makes sense, but after a few weeks of using the panel, already I have decided I am going to start saving for the bigger device.
It will free up 30minutes a day - 3.5 hours a week! of my time.
I hope that gives you a bit of insight into this device.
As I mentioned, I have only been using it for 4 weeks now, but the results so far are promising.
Feel free to leave your questions or comments below and I'll do my best to answer them!
I have uploaded this video of the Joovv Mini for those who were interested in that option.
Check out the below video where I unbox, setup and review the Joovv Max:
See the new second generation Joovv range
And my Joovv Go review is now up on my site, read it here Joovv Go Review: Portable Red Light Therapy In The Palm Of Your Hand.
I have compared the new Joovv against 5 of it's biggest competitors.
I compare these panels in various metrics including:
You can see all the results and read the full report by clicking HERE.
This blog post was written by Alex Fergus. Alex is an ISSN Sports Nutrition Specialist, Fitness Professional and certified Superhuman Coach who continues to expand his knowledge base and help people across the world with their health and wellness. Alex is recognized as the National Record Holder in Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing and has earned the title of the Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Having worked as a health coach and personal trainer for over a decade, Alex now researches all things health and wellness and shares his findings on this blog. Learn more about Alex's Credentials HERE.
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