Quick Take: Let me warn you. This is going to be a long review. When you get to the part where I list all the ingredients, you’d understand why this one is a tad longer than my other reviews. For now, all I can tell you is that Progene has ingredients from virtually ALL OVER THE WORLD. The question now is, will those ingredients make Progene stand out as a T-booster? Or will it be just another blue pill? Read on because you’re about to find out.
- Progene Daily complex is registered as trademark product of Progene HealthCare, Inc.
- This “T-booster” has a LONG list of ingredients coming from all over the globe
- These “international” ingredients are mixed in a prop blend that’s dosed at an astoundingly low dose
- Progene is a blue-pill that’s advertised to have a dual-action formula that contains “rare herbal extracts & clinically proven testosterone precursors”
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including GNC and Amazon
- Has relatively mild concentration of Tongkat Ali 50:1 extract
- Also has DHEA – a WADA banned substance.
|L-Arginine HCl||1000 mg|
|Tongkat ali 50:1 extract (Eurycoma longifolia jack) (root)||60 mg|
|DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)||50 mg|
|Guarana seed extract||10 mg|
|Progene™ Proprietary Blend (below)||200 mg|
|The Americas and West Indies
Saw Palmetto Berry Extract, Damiana Leaf, Sarsaparilla Root, Jamaican Ginger Root, Muira Puama Aerial Parts Extract
Eleuthero Root, Korean Ginseng Root, Chinese Red Panax Ginseng Root, Tienchi Ginseng Root (Panax Notoginseng)
Oat Straw Extract, Stinging Nettle Extract, Lycopene
Mucuna Pruriens Seed, Withania Somnifera Root, Licorice Root, Tinospora Cordifolia Leaf, Nutmeg Seed, Tribulus Terrestris Root
|Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate)||5000 IU|
|Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopheryl succinate)||30 UI|
|Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate)||1.5 mg|
|Niacin (as niacinamide)||30 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)||10 mg|
|Folate (as folic acid)||400 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||30 mcg|
|Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate)||10 mg|
|Zinc (as zinc citrate)||15 mg|
L-Arginine – By increasing Nitric Oxide production, vasodilation is the main function of this semi-essential amino acid which indirectly influences levels of testosterone and testicular health.
Tongkat Ali – This study states a 37% climb in testosterone and 17% dive in cortisol. However, at 50:1 concentration and 60 mg, it’s T-boosting effects in the Progene formula is a little bit questionable.
DHEA – It’s a testosterone precursor which is needed in T synthesis but it doesn’t seem to do anything to circulating test levels.
Vitamin B6 – It’s an essential vitamin that plays a role in blocking the binding of testosterone which would otherwise render it useless.
Zinc – A proven T-booster. It serves as a raw material for T synthesis.
Progene™ Proprietary Blend
This is the part I dislike most. I mean, the ingredients do come from all over the world but it’s a prop blend. On top of that, it only has 200 mg to be divided amongst a long list of ingredients. I can only imagine how low dosed all these ingredients are to be summed at only 200 mg.
The Americas and West Indies
- Saw Palmetto – Does have positive effects in male health mimicking the effects of testosterone but it doesn’t look like it can boost T.
- Damiana – This has been as used for its libido enhancing effects both in ancient times and in our modern civilization but is a bit questionable as a T-booster since it supports estrogenic health.
- Sarsaparilla – This plant has been used to boost sexual desires and a remedy to joint pain. Doesn’t look like a T-booster though.
- Jamaican Ginger – An ingredient that has shown anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting potential which is always benefitial. Although, I still wonder why it’s in a T-boosting formula.
- Muira Puama – Traditionally used as a sexual enhancer. However, it hasn’t really been well researched.
- Eleuthero – This study has shown this plant to improve stamina. It’s also shown to be a libido booster but its ability as a test booster remains to be a question.
- Korean Ginseng, Chinese Red Panax Ginseng, and Tienchi Ginseng Root – These are adaptogenic herbs that have shown to have mild T-boosting prowess.
- Oat Straw – Otherwise known as Avena Sativa, it’s a natural male performance enhancer that gets you fired up for sex. No T-boosts here though.
- Stinging Nettle – A multi-tasking T-booster that acts by inhibiting aromatase activity, blocking test from converting to DHT, and binds with SHBG in place of testosterone.
- Lycopene – It promotes arterial health and is used in the treatment of prostate cancer but, again, no T-boosting.
- Mucuna Pruriens – It’s active ingredient L-DOPA makes this ingredient a very promising T-booster.
- Withania Somnifera – Better known as Ashwagandha, it’s an adaptogenic herb that decreases stress levels and also has evidence backing it as a T-booster.
- Licorice – A questionable ingredient. It seems to counteract the positive effects of Tongkat Ali and Ashwagandha because it’s shown to increase levels of cortisol (stress hormone) while also decreasing T levels.
- Tinospora Cordifolia – I honestly don’t even know why this is here. It doesn’t seem to have any kind of male enhancing effects nor does it provide T-boosts.
- Nutmeg – Another questionable ingredient. Potentially has pro-estrogen and anti-testosterone effects,
- Tribulus Terrestris – An herb that strengthens the erections and has shown to boost sex drive but not really a T-booster.
Finally we finished an essentially useless, long list of ingredients in an extremely low dosed prop blend. Now, for MORE ingredients that do nothing to promote testosterone.
Guarana – It’s a plant that has even more caffeine than coffee. As a male supplement, it has potential as a fat-burner but not as a T-booster.
Vitamin A – Has retinol and beta-carotene that are used for eye health.
Vitamin E – Has anti-oxidant properties.
Thiamin – Or Vitamin B1 is a nootropic. Not a test booster.
Riboflavin – or Vitamin B2. May increase energy levels but nope, still no T-boosting.
Niacin – Or Vitamin B3. I can sense a recurring pattern here. It can improve cholesterol levels but still no test boosting.
Folate – Another one of those B vitamins that don’t do anything to raise testosterone.
Vitamin B12 – Like Vitamin B1, it’s a nootropic that doesn’t offer any kind of T-boosting effects.
Biotin – More of these B vitamins in a T-boosting that don’t boost T. Sigh. It does help the body convert food into energy so I guess that’s good.
Pantothenic acid – Or Vitamin B5. Still a nootropic. Still no T-boosts.
Take 2 tablets a day after a meal. Optimal results are evident after the 60th day of continuous use as a part of an on-going health regimen.
After that extremely long list of ingredients, I’ll try to keep my analysis relatively short. First off, the formula has Zinc and Vitamin B6 that falls one ingredient short (Magnesium) of the tried-and-tested ZMA formula. Honestly, an adequate dose of these 2 plus magnesium is more effective at T-boosting than that prop blend of theirs. Zinc Citrate is an okay form and at 15 mg, it MIGHT be able to produce T-boosts but it’s definitely a little bit under dosed for my liking. Vitamin B6 also isn’t given at the best form but at 10 mg, it does seem adequate to boost testosterone levels. Props to Progene on that.
Tongkat Ali is a great T-booster so it was nice seeing it in the formula. However, at 50:1, it’s really not that concentrated. Not to mention, 60 mg is a low dose for this. There’s also DHEA in the formula which doesn’t really do much for T. Also, having DHEA here means that Progene isn’t an athlete enhancing supplement because, well.. It’s illegal for athletes to take it. L-Arginine is a wonderful addition to the list if you’re looking for a pre-workout because that’s generally where you find this amino acid.
That being said, with the T-boosters in the ingredients, you could get mild to decent testosterone boosts. Progene™ Proprietary Blend is practically useless. Even with all those international ingredients, it’s too low dosed to create any kind of effect in testosterone, muscle, libido or anything for that matter. The prop blend also does have a few questionable choices such as Damiana, Licorice, and Nutmeg because these ingredients have testosterone inhibiting properties.
The “other ingredients” not part of the prop blend that still aren’t T-boosters are mostly B vitamins that are used as nootropics. So if you’re looking for something that makes you smarter without actually doing much for your bodybuilding needs or your testosterone, go ahead and take it.
Does it Work?
Well, for the heck of it, I’m not entirely sure. It probably does. It probably doesn’t. The dosage is just way too low and the choice of ingredients are head-scratching. I’m sure if they just took out Progene™ Proprietary Blend, added bona fide and scientifically backed test boosters, and increased the dosage like some of the best T-boosting stacks do, this would have been a great formula. But in that sense, it also wouldn’t be Progene. The way it stands now, if it does boost T, it will be just by a little bit. To Progene’s credit, it does look like it can have some positive effects on male health and stamina.
- Zinc – To be precise, no zinc=no testosterone.
- Mucuna Pruriens – It’s one of my favorite natural T-boosters. Unfortunately, it’s in a low dosed prop blend so it probably won’t do anything much if at all.
- Diversity – To their credit, they did go to the trouble of getting ingredients from all around.
- No side effects – None reported. With these low dosages, I wouldn’t expect any.
- Progene™ Proprietary Blend – This is utterly useless.
- Low Dosages – They probably did this on purpose so people won’t see how LITTLE of those ingredients they put in the formula. But that’s just me speculating. Still, I hate prop blends.
- Questionable Ingredients – It doesn’t make sense putting anti-testosterone ingredients in a supplement that’s supposed to boost T.
Expensive – Nearly 60$ a bottle for something so under dosed.
A Word of Advice:
I suggest you pass up on Progene’s Testosterone Kit. The way it works is you collect samples of your own saliva before & after supplementing with Progene and mail it to their labs. This way, you know how far your testosterone levels have increased since you’ve started taking it. Sounds cool, right? There’s a catch. I’ve read reviews about customer’s being charged upwards of 150$ for breaking their rules. There were even some who still got charges even when they followed it. The whole thing COULD BE a scam so be wary. If you could get it at GNC or Amazon or any other 3rd party sellers, I suggest you do that instead of ordering directly from them.
The Bottom Line
To conclude this review, I’m sure there’re other products worse than Progene. But there are also other T-boosters that are cheaper, grants more T-boosts, gets your libido flowing, and overall better supplements. If you have the cash to pay for something with mild testosterone, energy, and mild libido boosts, then I’m not going to stop you. It’s your money anyway. If you don’t, then maybe check this out.