Quick Take: Virectin is primarily designed to help men achieve rock-solid erections and higher levels of libido. However, it also has the potential to boost testosterone. In this review, you’ll see that while it does indeed accomplish its goal, it also has quite a bit of errors and imperfections. Let’s see if its pros outweigh its cons.
- Gentopia Laboratories is the company that makes Virectin
- As stated in its marketing, Virectin is “designed for men who are looking for bigger, rock-solid, intense erections!“
- There’s A LOT more to be desired when it comes to ingredient quality
- Most dosages look decent but some ingredients do need more milligrams
- The Virectin formula is a mixture of libido boosters, natural testosterone boosters, and a bunch of supplements for erectile dysfunction
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including the official Virectin website and on Amazon. It doesn’t seem to be on GNC though.
|Zinc (as Zinc Sulfate)||30 mg|
|Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine)||50 mg|
|Tribulus Fruit Extract||500 mg|
|Oat herb Powder||500 mg|
|L-Arginine (as L-Arginine HCl)||300 mg|
|Eurycoma Longifolia Root Powder||200 mg|
|Velvet Bean Seed Extract||100 mg|
|Fenugreek Seed Powder||100 mg|
|Grico Leaf Powder||100 mg|
|Epimedium Herb Extract||100 mg|
|Saw Palmetto Berry Powder||100 mg|
|Maca Root Powder||50 mg|
|Ashwagandha Root Powder||50 mg|
|Cnidium Herb Powder||30 mg|
|Xanthoparmelia Scarbosa Bark Powder||30 mg|
Virectin – Ingredients Review
Niacin – Otherwise known as Vitamin B3, Niacin lowers cholesterol and fat in the blood which then also improves circulation. According to research, these effects may translate to better erections in men with mild to moderate ED (erectile dysfunction).
Zinc – The process of synthesizing testosterone needs Zinc as a raw material. Simply said, no Zinc = no T. Furthermore, it helps maintain high levels of testosterone after intense exercise.
Selenium – As suggested in research, there might be a directly proportional relationship between Selenium and sperm motility. Basically, more selenium gets you better “swimmers”, if you know what I mean. There might be a similar relationship between Selenium and testosterone but as of right now, there aren’t any strong human studies to back this up.
Tribulus – Effectively boosts libido but older men (i.e., 30 y/o and up) might also benefit from this herb as a natural testosterone booster. Unfortunately, young and healthy men can’t seem to reap the same benefit.
Not everything that makes you horny boosts testosterone
Higher levels of testosterone almost automatically means an improved sex drive. However, the opposite isn’t always true. As evidenced by Tribulus and a bunch of other herbs here on Virectin, a lot of supplements falsely market boosted T for increased libido.
Oat herb – Otherwise known as Avena Sativa. Research on this herb is mostly about its effects on brain health which is probably also why it’s more popular in nootropic supplements. Furthermore, this herb is rich in L-Arginine (see next ingredient) which probably makes it healthy for erections and bodybuilding
L-Arginine – Popular in the bodybuilding community, L-Arginine boosts nitric oxide resulting in better blood flow. The improved circulation may translate to both the gym for better muscles pumps or the bedroom for harder erections.
Eurycoma Longifolia – Traditionally and popularly used for its benefits on sex, Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) is more than just a libido booster. For hormones, research shows a 37% boost in testosterone along with a 16% decrease in cortisol in moderately stressed subjects.
Velvet Bean – AKA Mucuna Pruriens, this itchy and hairy bean holds plenty of promise as a men’s health supplement. For instance, it seems capable of improving sperm, libido, and testosterone. All this promise stems from its active ingredient L-Dopa.
Fenugreek – Both an aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, this herbs lowers estrogen and DHT on its way to boosting testosterone, libido, and muscle strength.
What in the hell is GRICO?
Grico is the next ingredient in the Virectin formula. To be totally honest with you, I have no idea what this is. Nothing turns up when I search for it, too. What in the hell are you putting in these capsules, Virectin?!
Epimedium – Commonly known as Horny Goat Weed, this herb is exactly what its name suggests – an herb that gets goats (and humans) horny. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look it boosts testosterone but according to research, it can inhibit PDE5 and therefore makes it a plausible treatment for ED.
Saw Palmetto – Typically used to treat prostate issues such as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), this herb does so by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase. As a result, it lowers excess levels of DHT.
Maca – This herb was previously marketed as a testosterone booster but the truth is that it only increases libido and sperm. That’s still quite manly though.
Ashwagandha – I call this herb “The All-in-one Man Enhancer”. As an adaptogen, it helps lower levels of cortisol but it also has benefits on testosterone, libido, sperm, and muscle strength.
Cnidium – An exotic Asian herb that’s used to increase libido
Xanthoparmelia Scarbosa – This lichen increases libido and improves soft erections. However, research on this scarce.
RED FLAG ALERT!
Many supplements with Xanthoparmelia Scarbosa are marketed as alternative natural treatments for erectile dysfunction and sexual difficulties. To this extent, it’s not surprising that Virectin also has this herb and no, this isn’t the red flag.
The issue with this herb is that I’ve seen multiple reports of toxicity even at low doses. Combined with its lack of scientific evidence, I think this is a major cause for concern because this could mean undiscovered and possible risky side effects.
Each serving of Virectin consists of 3 capsules and as instructed, simply take 3 capsules (1 serving) daily with water. DO NOT EXCEED THIS AMOUNT.
Looking at the sheer number of ingredients used in Virectin, it does kind of look impressive. After all, it’s not everyday I get to review a stack this long. Unfortunately though, not all of these ingredients are testosterone boosters but let’s get them out of the way first.
When it comes to boosting testosterone, Virectin has Zinc, Tongkat Ali, Fenugreek, Mucuna Pruriens, Saw Palmetto, Ashwagandha, and possibly Tribulus Terrestris if you’re older and already have low T. To Virectin’s credit, I like seeing these herbs used in testosterone boosters because they have promising (if not solid) scientific evidence behind their backs.
Regrettably though, Virectin has two major flaws.
Most of Virectin’s ingredients are hard to absorb while some are inadequately dosed
For the most part, Virectin does look like it has okay dosages. However, a good handful of its testosterone boosters, especially the ones nearing the bottom of the formula, aren’t getting enough milligrams. Plus, nearly all the forms are plain and sub-par. Because of these flaws, a lot of these ingredients won’t be functioning to their maximum potential.
Moving on, most of what’s here on Virectin are meant for sexual health. Heck, even its testosterone boosters are primarily for libido, sperm, and erectile dysfunction. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but considering the lack of scientific evidence of some of these herbs, do be mindful of side effects. If anything alarming comes up, stop taking Virectin and immediately see your doctor.
Virectin Benefits: Does it Work?
I think Virectin works best for older men who’re looking to jumpstart their sex lives. To be totally honest with you though, there are far better and safer choices for testosterone, virility, and erections.
Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a testosterone booster to help you with your bodybuilding needs, I don’t think Virectin should be on your short list.
Virectin Review Summary
- Notable T boosters – Zinc, Fenugreek, Mucuna Pruriens, Tongkat Ali are testosterone boosters that work
- Natural – No synthetic, man-made sh*t here
- Accurate – It was designed for “men who are looking for bigger, rock-solid, intense erections” and that’s exactly who it’s for
- Inefficient – Poor ingredient quality, sub-par dosage, scarce scientific evidence
- Reputation – I’m seeing mixed customer reviews on Virectin but what’s alarming, to me, is that the negative reviews are almost unanimously 1 star ratings
- Side effects – The sulfate form of Zinc is the same form that’s correlated to gastric side effects. Moreover, the toxicity reports on Xanthoparmelia Scarbosa are nerve-racking.
The Bottom Line
I think it’s safe to say that Virectin is nowhere near the best testosterone supplements this 2018. While it does accomplish its goal of improving libido and erections, it also carries with it the risk of unseen toxic side effects. That’s a major red flag right there so do keep that in mind if/when you decide to buy this product.