Quick Take: To the less informed consumer, Testogen might look like a legit testosterone booster. First of all, because their official website looks pretty well designed albeit lacking a few key details. Secondly, they sure do have the ingredients that make a powerful testosterone booster. But it’s not just about the ingredients or how well the product is marketed that makes it a competent supplement. There are other things to consider including the dosage, the quality, and the strategy that comes with the formula – all of which are pretty questionable in Testogen. I can’t spill too much beans here because of the limited space so let’s get to the review.
- Testogen is manufactured by WOLFSON BERG LIMITED who, as they say, is “a trusted name that takes pride in leading the supplements industry for over a decade”.
- Advertised on their website to boost your testosterone the safe and easy way.
- Speaking of their website, it wasn’t very helpful. But more on this later.
- The formula includes what may currently be the most powerful natural testosterone booster in D-Aspartic Acid.
- Also has the manliest mineral for testosterone in Zinc.
- I couldn’t find it in both Amazon and GNC so if you’re planning to buy a bottle or two, looks elsewhere.
|D-Aspartic Acid||2,000 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris (fruit extract)||300 mg|
|Panax Ginseng (root)||250 mg|
|Fenugreek Extract (seeds)||200 mg|
|Zinc Gluconate||72 mg|
|Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6)||56 mg|
|Riboflavin (B2)||20 mg|
|Calcium Pantothenate (B5)||12 mg|
|Cholecalciferol (D3)||10 mcg|
Testogen’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamins and Minerals
- Zinc – As I’ve said, this may actually be the manliest mineral for testosterone. It plays a key role in testosterone synthesis and release while also maintaining levels of testosterone after a workout. This gluconate form is looking extra crispy too with a study showing that it has 60.9% absorption.
- Selenium – This study states that selenium deficiency may implicate male and female infertility which is probably why it’s here. However, the same study also says that more trials are needed to reinforce the need for selenium supplementation in reproductive health.
- Vitamin B6 – According to this rat study, low levels of this B vitamin are linked to low levels of testosterone. Therefore, healthy doses of this vitamin could also mean healthy levels of testosterone.
- Vitamin B2 – According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, riboflavin (B2) helps the body convert food into energy. In addition, it also acts as an antioxidant that protects our cells from free radicals.
- Vitamin B5 – As stated in this article, B5 helps the body use another B vitamin. Particularly, Vitamin B2 which is also found in this formula. Similarly, it also aids in the conversion of food to energy and is critical in the production of sex and stress-related hormones.
- Vitamin D3 – According to this large scale study, sufficient levels of Vitamin D are correlated with higher levels of testosterone and better T to SHBG ratio.
D-Aspartic Acid – Like I said, this may currently the best ingredient for boosting testosterone with a study showing an increase in testosterone by 42% in just 12 days.
Tribulus Terrestris – I wouldn’t necessarily consider this a testosterone booster. However, this study does show that Tribulus Terrestris supplementation raised levels of total and “free” test but this was on males who’re already complaining of testosterone deficiency. These effects might not translate to men who already have healthy levels of test. Regardless, it’s great for boosting libido and might also work for raising physical performance.
Panax Ginseng – This is a natural libido enhancer that may provide some support for testosterone with it’s adaptogenic properties.
Fenugreek – There have been a number of benefits shown by a number of different studies. All in all, Fenugreek seems to work for testosterone by blocking the activities of aromatase and 5a-reductase. It also boosts libido and physical performance.
Take 4 capsules (1 serving) per day with food.
Like I always do, I’m starting with this formula’s vitamins and minerals. To Testogen’s credit, they included two of my favorite testosterone boosting ingredients: Zinc and Vitamin D. They used high quality forms too! Way to go, Testogen! Vitamin D is given at its D3 form which is better absorbed compared to the D2 form. Zinc is also given as one of the better forms in Zinc Gluconate. The dosages are out of whack though. Vitamin D is given too low while Zinc is given so high that it’s risky.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DOSAGE!
According to this study, men who took more than 100 mg/day had elevated risks for acquiring prostate cancer. Also, those who took Zinc for 10 or more years share those same risks. Testogen’s Zinc Gluconate, given at 72 mg, definitely borders on the risky. If you pay attention to your Zinc though and make sure you’re not taking in any more than this, I think you should be fine.
Combined, the B vitamins work to enhance energy and testosterone while providing free-radical protection. With Selenium, I’m not entirely sure why it’s here especially considering that selenium deficiency is rare. Regardless, it offers benefits to reproductive health.
D-Aspartic Acid (DAA), currently the best option when you want to straight up boost testosterone, also makes an appearance in this formula. Technically, this should be enough to make any supplement a decent testosterone booster. However, it requires a heavy dosage to work and even at this formula’s 2000 mg, it might not even be enough. The minimum dosage of DAA I’ve seen to have an effect is 2.66 g as used in this study.
Fenugreek and Panax Ginseng as a duo might work marvelously for manly health. With Fenugreek, you get hormonal regulation with it’s ability to inhibit aromatase and 5a-reductase activity. This means less testosterone will be converted to either estrogen or DHT, which then leads to higher levels of “free” and unbound test. I’d typically advise against messing with DHT though since it’s an even manlier hormone than testosterone. Thankfully, that’s where Panax Ginseng works its magic. While Fenugreek lowers DHT, ginseng brings it back up. Ginseng also provides further testosterone support by helping the body adapt to stress which could otherwise bring down testosterone.
Lastly, we have Tribulus Terrestris who’s not a great testosterone booster (if at all) but great for libido. The sex boosts from TT go well with Fenugreek and Ginseng’s boosts in libido as well as the enhancements in physical performance. However, while these herbs are great for manly health, it’s pretty disappointing to see them in basic extracts when they could’ve been given at potent standardized forms.
Does it Work?
Yes, and dangerously so. Let me explain. But first, here are the claimed benefits of Testogen as written in their label:
- Strengthen: Muscle Mass & Build Lean Muscle
- Stimulate: Increased Testosterone Levels
- Sharpen: Maximised Training Performance
With the ingredients chosen for this formula, Testogen looks like it delivers on those claims. So, props to them. Technically, increased levels of testosterone would also lead to a better bodybuilding experience and fat loss, especially when coupled with Fenugreek, Maca, and Tribulus. These same herbs also improve physical performance so really, everything checks out. So if you’re the older guy and your goals fit with these benefits, TestoGen might be worth a try.
However, I can’t get my mind off their wacky dosage. Specifically, Zinc is bordering on the dangerous while Vitamin D3 and DAA are dosed a bit too low.
- NO PROP BLENDS! – Frankly, I’m getting tired of all these products hiding their dosages. Thank you, Testogen!
- Quality Vitamins and Minerals – I’m talking about Zinc Gluconate and Vitamin D3.
- Good Choices – The ingredients found here are what you’d like to see if you plan to buy a testosterone booster.
- Sex – No sex is bad sex. Except, of course, the ones that give you STD’s. Practice safe sex, boys.
- Plain ingredients – Aside from Zinc and Vitamin D3, all the ingredients here could use an upgrade. Heck, even Zinc could be Zinc Citrate if I’m being picky.
- Risky – Well, generally, the customer reviews I’ve read haven’t reported any major side effects. But I can’t say this quite enough. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR ZINC INTAKE. Unless you want prostate issues, that is.
- Wacky dosages – Zinc is dosed too high for comfort. You getting tired of this, already? I am. But it has to be said. Also, DAA and Vitamin D3 are dosed too low.
- TESTOGEN DOT COM – Yeah. I said it. Let me explain.
The Bottom Line
Well, I can’t help but think that this was a poorly organized formula. For one, the ingredients found here are some of the best ingredients found in the testosterone boosting world but with the dosages and the poor forms of most of these ingredients, their strategy is amateur. Regardless, it still looks to have some benefits. But for the last friggin’ time, BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR ZINC INTAKE!