Quick Take: In today’s society, both genders are viewed as equals. Heck, we even have same sex marriage now! Thanks, Obama.
This new culture has spread even to the testosterone boosting industry where typically, it was predominantly geared towards men. Let’s get to the review and find out how Testogain benefits both men and women and to see how this supplement bridged the gap between both genders.
- A product of the legit Douglas Labs, Testogain is a “hormone specific” formula that aims to help both men & women.
- According to their website, this formula is a mix of “phytoandrogens, androgenic adaptogens, androgen agonists and androgen mimetics”. Taking those fancy words out, this just means that Testogain is comprised of plants that have the same or mimic the effects as testosterone, testosterone boosters, and stress reducers.
- The entire formula is made of all natural botanicals. No fancy synthetics.
- The #1 prioritized ingredient is Horny Goat Weed which isn’t even a testosterone booster. This could suggest Testogain’s primary motive of libido enhancing.
- The second prioritized ingredient in the formula, however, is a strong testosterone booster in Mucuna Pruriens.
- This formula is available to buy online and in retail stores including Amazon. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this or any other Douglas Labs products in GNC.
|Proprietary Blend||1,310 mg|
|Horny Goat Weed Extract (Epimedium sagittatum, aerial parts, standardized to 10% icariin)||**|
|Velvet bean Extract (Mucuna pruriens, seed, standardized to 15% l-dopa)||**|
|Gokhru fruit Extract (Tribulus terrestris, standardized to 45% saponins)||**|
|Maca root (Lepidium meyenii)||**|
|Damiana leaf (Turnera diffusa)||**|
|Muira Puama bark (Ptychopetalum olacoides)||**|
|Eleutherococcus senticosus root Extract (standardized to 0.8% eleutherosides)||**|
|Tongkat Ali 100:1 Extract (Eurycoma longifolia, root bark)||**|
|Panax ginseng root Extract (standardized to 3% ginsenosides)||**|
|Ashwagandha root Extract (Withania somnifera, standardized to 8% withanolides, 1% alkaloids, and 1% withaferine-A)||**|
Testogain’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Horny Goat Weed – Not exactly a testosterone booster but it’s a potent libido enhancer that mimics the effects of testosterone.
Mucuna pruriens – One of the most promising natural testosterone boosting herbs because of its active ingredient L-Dopa. It increases LH which then signals for the release and synthesis of test. It also reduces levels of Prolactin which is a female hormone that can drive down levels of testosterone.
Tribulus terrestris – One of the most common ingredients in testosterone boosters but it doesn’t actually boost testosterone. It does bolster sex-drive though and increase sensitivity to androgens, so that’s good.
Maca – It has traditionally been used for sex and stamina. Not really a testosterone booster.
Damiana – Personally, I think this is a questionable addition to the mix. First of all, it does show anti-aromatase potential. However, it also supplies phytoestrogens which can mimic the effects of estrogen. Contradicting, aye?
Muira Puama – This ingredient has shown to be a pretty decent libido enhancer. But it’s really more for women than it is for men.
Eleutherococcus senticosus – This is an adaptogenic herb that reduces stress caused by fatigue.
Tongkat Ali – According to this study, Tongkat Ali can increase levels of testosterone by 37% while also reducing the stress hormone cortisol by 16%. However, no matter how good it is as a testosterone booster, it’s even better as a libido enhancer. All this sums to a great herb for masculine health.
Panax ginseng – Here we have another adaptogen that might help testosterone by reducing stress. It also reduces levels of prolactin.
Ashwagandha – As a manly herb, Ashwagandha acts as a testosterone booster by reducing reactive oxygen species that could otherwise kill testosterone. It also boosts strength and performance.
Take 2 capsules (1 serving) everyday with food for 1 to 2 weeks or as instructed by your physician. This is sort of an introductory dose.
The dose may then be increased to 4 capsules (2 servings) per day with food for 2 to 4 months or as instructed by your physician.
After those 2 to 4 months, dosage may be lowered back to 2 capsules (1 serving) per day with food and may continue on that dosage as needed or again, as instructed by your doctor.
Let’s start with this formula’s testosterone boosters: Mucuna Pruriens, Tongkat Ali, and Ashwagandha. In that same order, these are all proven and science-backed natural T-boosting herbs. If the purpose of this formula was truly to boost testosterone, then these herbs should’ve been the first on Testogain’s priorities. Sadly, the most promising (Mucuna Pruriens) is only ranked second, while the other two are way down the prop blend.
To Testogain’s credit, they also included other ingredients in this blend that hold promise in terms of boosting testosterone. Specifically, I’m talking about adaptogens Eleuthero and Ginseng. As adaptogens, both of these ingredients show test boosting potential by reducing levels of stress caused by fatigue. In bodybuilding, this is particularly important as stress and fatigue could lower levels of testosterone especially after a heavy bout of iron lifting. Sadly, these ingredients are also at the bottom half of this blend’s priorities.
With the exception of Mucuna Pruriens, the top ingredients in this formula are Horny Goat Weed, Tribulus, and Maca. Horny Goat weed in particular, mimics the effects of testosterone. Tribulus on the other hand, enhances our body’s sensitivity to androgens which of course, includes test. Both of these ingredients with the addition of Maca, make for a potent sex, libido, and performance enhancement.
The other two ingredients that are basically right at the middle, are Damiana and Muira Puama. These are both good for women’s health.
Does it Work?
For testosterone, I’m pretty sure it works because a very promising herb is ranked at #2 (Mucuna Pruriens). However, the formula doesn’t look to be very potent. This might be because Testogain was aiming for a gender neutral testosterone booster to start with and they chose to stay on the safe side considering that men & women both have different hormonal needs.
All in all, the formula includes sexual enhancers that either mimic T or enhance testosterone sensitivity, adaptogens, and testosterone boosters. This pretty much matches Testogain’s description of their formula so in that regard, good job Testogain! And let’s face it, even if it’s not really a strong testosterone booster, these benefits actually do good to both genders.
- Gender Neutral – In an industry predominantly focused on masculine perfection, it’s nice seeing a supplement that targets both genders.
- Reputation – Basing on the customer reviews I’ve read, Testogain is doing a lot of people good.
- Earth-grown – These ingredients would make even Mother Nature proud.
- High Quality – I haven’t mentioned it in the review yet but man, these herbs do look top class. I see a lot of standardized ingredients here.
- No side effects – I’ve seen a few customer reviews complaining of migraines and other minor changes but these are to be expected considering that you’re dealing with hormones. If anything, these changes could mean that the product works. Generally though, there have been no reports of major side effects.
- Sex and performance – Let’s face it. Both genders NEED sex and that looks to be this formula’s top priority. In terms of performance, that boost can also be easily chanelled to the gym which gives this formula some kind of athletic twist.
- Weak – And by this, I mean testosterone. The formula itself looks promising but the testosterone boosts aren’t anywhere near the best test boosters.
- PROP BLENDS – If I were in the shoes of Douglas Labs, I’d show all the dosages of these ingredients. Why? Because the best supplements do. And with these high quality ingredients, why even hide the dosage?
- Gender Neutral – Yeah, I know I said this was a good thing but the fact still stands that men and women have different hormonal requirements. let me explain.
First of all, don’t start some none sense argument regarding gender neutrality because that’s not what this is about. Secondly and more importantly, men and women have different hormonal needs. Here’s how it works:
Testosterone and Estrogen are found both in the female and male biology but part of what differentiates men from women are their proportions.
Estrogen is typically known as the “female hormone” because it’s mostly abundant in the feminine gender. To women, this is particularly important because in healthy amounts, this hormone is in charge of developing the female reproductive system and sexuality. To men, it is found in much smaller doses because it’s typically a by-product of testosterone conversion. It’s important to keep these levels low in men because it could cause unwanted effects from hormonal imbalance such as lean muscle loss, fatigue, and reduced sex drive.
Testosterone on the other hand, is the “male” hormone that works similar to how estrogen works for women. It plays a major role in masculine health and sexuality which includes muscle, stamina, and libido. To women, it’s also important to maintain a healthy level of testosterone for the same reasons as men (muscle, energy, and sex drive). However, when testosterone is too high in women, it can also lead to unwanted side effects such as acne, facial hair, aggression, and may even interfere with female ovulation.
The Bottom Line
To end this review, let me go back to the intro. Does Testogain benefit both men & women? Did Testogain bridge the gap between both genders? Excuse me, but let me answer my own question.
Yes, Testogain does have both masculine and feminine benefits. And yes, Testogain also managed to bridge the gap. In reality, that’s actually pretty hard to do because again, both genders have different hormonal needs. This is probably why most testosterone boosters target men ONLY, while a few are geared towards ONLY women. Testogain isn’t a perfect supplement though but given that what they were aiming for was a pretty hard target to hit, they did pretty well.