Quick Take: Taking TestroVax is like opening a pack of Lays. You know this bag of chips has awesome flavor but you also know that junk food is bad for you and there’s just not enough chips inside to satisfy your cravings. That’s kind of like of TestroVax – a low dosed blend of awesome ingredients mixed with others that are counterproductive to male health. This review is meant to show you whether the good ingredients outweigh the bad, and to determine if this testosterone booster is actually worth taking. Let’s get to it.
- A product of Novex Biotech, TestroVax is a testosterone booster that, as their label states, is designed for enhanced muscle mass, stamina, and libido.
- Also on their label, TestroVax is said to increase levels of testosterone by 42% in just 12 days and a compound here actually has that bold potential.
- Has a proprietary blend called Testrothione™ with 2.7 g spread across 13 ingredients.
- The primary ingredients of the prop blend are DAA and Fenugreek which are great choices for natural boosts in testosterone.
- Also in the formula are a few questionable ingredients that seem to be detrimental to this product’s goal.
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including Amazon, GNC, and bodybuilding (dot) com.
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)||2 mg|
|Folic Acid||400 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (as cynacobalamin)||6 mcg|
|Testrothione™ , A Proprietary Blend Containing:||2.7 g|
|Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) (seed) Powder|
|(S)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid HCl|
|Resveratrol (Polygonum cuspidatum) (root) Extract|
|Grape (seed) Extract|
|Grape (skin) Extract|
|Rhodiola rosea (root) Extract|
|Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (root) Powder|
|Red Clover (blossoms) Powder|
|Damiana (leaf) Extract|
|Withania somnifera (root) Extract|
|Schizonepeta (aerial parts) Powder|
TestroVax’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin B6 – This vitamin is essential to maintaining healthy levels of testosterone. As this rat research has shown, Vitamin B6 depletion lead to significantly lower levels of testosterone. However, this pyridoxine HCl form isn’t the best form of Vitamin B6 which means that this should’ve been dosed higher than what it is. 2 mg does fit the RDA for adults but it probably won’t do much for testosterone.
Folic Acid – This B Vitamin is required to make healthy new cells which theoretically makes it a good supplement for recovery in bodybuilding. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t to have any benefits for testosterone and most research surrounding this vitamin is on pregnant women.
Vitamin B12 – As this study states, Vitamin B12 helped improve the quality of sperm which makes it a pretty good vitamin for male health. Sadly, the same study also suggests that “serum LH, FSH and testosterone were unchanged” with Vitamin B12 supplementation. 6 mcg looks adequate enough to influence male health but cynacobalamin isn’t the most bioavailable form of this manly vitamin.
- (D)-Asparaginic Acid – This research shows that DAA can increase testosterone by 42% in just 12 days. This is what makes D-Aspartic acid one of the most powerful straight-up testosterone boosting compounds that actually work.
- Fenugreek – This herb has shown to positively influence libido and physical performance. It also inhibits aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase activity. This then leads to higher levels of “free” test and lower levels of estrogen and DHT. Beware of messing with DHT though because it’s actually a more potent androgen than testosterone.
- (S)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid HCl – All those numbers and scientific terms make it sound like a steroid, right? Don’t worry. This is actually just L-Arginine. This conditionally essential amino acid doesn’t seem to have direct testosterone boosting properties but it’s a great ingredient for muscle growth. It enhances circulation for better pumps and nutrient transportation and also plays a role in protein synthesis.
- Resveratrol – This is a compound found in red-wine and it has antioxidant as well as nitric oxide boosting capabilities. According to this research, Resveratrol (as well as melatonin) has shown to inhibit aromatase activity, leading to lower levels of estrogen.
- Grape (seed and skin) – The skin is what people use to make red wine and thus, this is the part that has strong links with resveratrol. Both the seed and skin have antioxidant properties.
- Rhodiola Rosea – This herb is a powerful adaptogen that battles the effects of stress which by the way, is pretty useful for muscle growth. As we exercise, our bodies naturally interpret this as stress and this, leading to higher levels of cortisol and lower levels of testosterone post-workout. By countering stress, Rhodiola Rosea helps maintain test levels after exercise. It could also possibly reduce estriadol which is a potent estrogen known to lower levels of T.
- Licorice – This legume has been linked to several health benefits. That’s good. However, it’s a bad ingredient for testosterone boosting products. As this study states, Licorice was able to reduce test levels by an average of 26%. It’s also shown to increase cortisol. These negative effects are counterproductive to men and bodybuilding.
- Red Clover – This plant’s effects on testosterone are pretty much still on its early stages and the science is actually a bit conflicting with some saying that it has the capacity to enhance testosterone and reduce estrogen while some others say it doesn’t have any significant influence. In theory though, it might be able to help with testosterone by producing more LH and slowing down the conversion of testosterone to DHT. It might also help in lowering levels of estriadol.
- Damiana – This plant has been used to enhance libido but as a testosterone booster, Damiana’s effects are quite questionable. It does show potential as an aromatase inhibitor which makes it somewhat valuable. However, it also contains phytoestrogens that mimic the effects of estrogen so it basically counters itself.
- Withania somnifera – Otherwise known as Ashwagandha, this herb has shown to lower levels of stress (cortisol) while also enhancing muscle strength and physical capabilities. These benefits are backed by a study that shows Ashwagandha, combined with resistance training, significantly increased muscle mass, strength, and even testosterone.
- 2-Aminoethanesulfonic Acid – Again, all these scientific terms are making it sound like some kind of anabolic steroid but really, it’s just Taurine. This compound looks to have benefits as a pre-workout supplement by acting as antioxidant that protects our muscles from the damage it gets when we workout. This then effectively lowers the amount of soreness we experience.
- Schizonepeta – Commonly called as Japanese Catnip. No, it’s not the same catnip that gets cats high. It’s been used by Asian countries as a traditional herbal remedy for colds and allergies but honestly, I don’t even understand why it’s here.
As Novex Biotech suggests, you are to take TestroVax to start your day by taking 3 capsules (1 serving) per day with breakfast.
Let’s start with the vitamins found in TestroVax. This product has 3 B vitamins in Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid. Among these three, only Vitamin B6 is backed by science to promote healthy levels of testosterone but it’s not given in its best form and dosage so don’t expect too much out of it. Vitamin B12 is a manly vitamin even if doesn’t boost test just because it enhances our sperm. Again, it’s not given in optimal form and dosage. Folic Acid on the other hand, may theoretically influence recovery but I think it’s a troubling addition because the research surrounding this vitamin are mostly on women.
On to the Testrothione™ prop blend, it’s basically more of the same. It has a few questionable ingredients, a few great choices, but the overall dosage is pretty low. Allow me to put that into perspective.
The bottom half of this prop blend is filled with counterproductive ingredients. Licorice may increase cortisol and lower testosterone. Red Clover isn’t strongly backed by science. Damiana can mimic estrogen. Schizonepeta… Well, I don’t even know what the hell it does for male health. Which then brings up the question, why are they even here? If the goal was to enhance muscle growth and increase testosterone, all these ingredients act against that.
Now we go to the better half of this prop blend. I say “better” but to be honest, it’s actually still not very good. Starting with DAA, this compound is actually (to me) the best ingredient you can have for natural boosts in testosterone. However, the overall dosage of the prop blend basically kills its supposedly massive potential. Let me explain.
The same study that showed DAA increasing testosterone by 42% in just 12 days used 3.12 g of this manly compound. You know how much the prop blend has overall? 2.7 g. That’s way lower than the dosage used in the study and considering that there are 12 other ingredients in the prop blend, DAA’s dosage will be compromised that much more. I think it might still have some influence on testosterone but don’t expect 42%. That’s just total BS.
Thankfully, the next ingredient doesn’t require as much dosage as DAA. Fenugreek, being the second most prioritized ingredient in this prop blend should have considerable mg’s. It increases “free” testosterone which is good for muscle growth. This is then followed up by L-Arginine, adaptogens Rhodiola Rosea and Ashwagandha, and Taurine. The combination of these benefits lead to enhanced circulation, reduced cortisol, and enhanced recovery. All these benefit anabolic muscle growth.
Lastly, we have the aromatase inhibitors or anti estrogens. Resveratrol doesn’t seem that strong when it comes to regulating estrogen but with Grape Skin (AKA more resveratrol), it should still do a decent job considering that there isn’t much boosts in testosterone to start with.
Does it Work?
Hmm. That’s a really good question. When I thought about it, I think it still does have benefits on bodybuilding and testosterone albeit nowhere near as powerful as the ones on my list of the best T boosters.
According to Novex Biotech, “TestroVax is definitely not for everyone. In fact, you shouldn’t even think about taking TestroVax if you are under thirty, have adequate testosterone levels, or are a bodybuilder who simply thinks that increased testosterone levels will turn you into a ‘Superman.’ ” and I do agree but probably for different reasons Novex Biotech had in mind.
If you’re still in your 20’s, you’re most probably still at your testosterone prime. What you need to build more muscle is “free” testosterone which honestly, TestroVax doesn’t provide much of. If you are, however, over the age of 30, you probably have some degree of lost testosterone. Vitamin B6 and DAA might help with that. The bodybuilding ingredients found here include antioxidants and anti-stress which as we know, the older generation needs to counter the effects of aging.
- Target specific – It’s easier to know what demographic a T-booster is most suitable for if they actually mention it in their marketing.
- DAA & Fenugreek – Although the overall dosage is questionable, I have to commend TestroVax for making these two their top ingredients.
- All natural – all the ingredients found here are gifts from Mother Nature and being natural, this reduces the chances of having side effects.
- Testrothione™ – Why? Because prop blend, that’s why. It’s hard enough analyzing a formula with transparent dosages but when you have a prop blend with 13 ingredients and unknown individual dosages, all I’m left with is mostly speculation.
- Questionable ingredients – Licorice, Red clover, Damiana, Schizonepeta
- Quality – There are actually quite a lot of extracts here and these are a step above plain ingredients. However, if I’m being extra picky, all these ingredients still could’ve had better forms.
- Dosage – From the B Vitamins down to the prop blend, everything looks lightly dosed.
- Reputation – Like how their prop blend is a mixed bag of positives and negative, the customer reviews I’ve seen are either really good or really bad. Users rated this as low as 1 star and as high as 4.
- False advertising – Don’t get me wrong though. It’s not like they were lying. When they claimed to have a clinically studied compound that increases testosterone by 42%, they actually do have it. However, with the dosage looking questionable, I doubt DAA can boost test by that much. When you claim to have a clinically studied ingredient, you might as well use the clinically effective dosage, aye?
The Bottom Line
To summarize, TestroVax is supplement for the active man above 30 who’s looking for a bump in his testosterone and support for the gym. The T boosts here are looking dicey but it might still work to, at most, regain healthy levels of test. If that’s what you’re looking for, then it probably won’t hurt to give this a try. However, just know that there are other products in the market that are far more powerful. You might want to check these out.