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Nugenix is a free testosterone boosting supplement that supposedly helps to increase sex drive, help you feel stronger, increase your vitality, and boost free testosterone levels.
It has been heavily advertised on the internet for the last few months, and is distributed by a company that sells several other over the counter supplements.
As you probably already know, testosterone decline is one of the major culprits for the appearance of symptoms of erectile dysfunction in men, and is commonly referred to as “Andropause“.
There are dozens of companies selling testosterone boosting supplements nowadays, and pharmaceutical companies have also been jumping on the bandwagon with gels, ointments, and creams that supposedly help with testosterone production.
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How Nugenix Works
After the age of 30, most men begin to experience a fairly rapid decline in the amount of testosterone their bodies produce. In fact, starting at 31 men see a decrease of 1 % per year.
There’s other factors involved that cause reduced testosterone other than aging, including chronic dieting, alcohol intake, chronic stress, and even lack of sleep.
But One Thing Is For Sure, It Sucks Getting Old.
This is where Nugenix comes in.
Nugenix is a combination of zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and a testosterone booster complex that combines the properties of several herbal extracts.
Zinc is known to be a natural testosterone booster, as well, which means that there may be some truth to the manufacturer’s claims.
Contrary to what we stated before, the manufacturer does go through extensive detail about how the ingredients in their formula work, although it should be noted that most of their claims are not medically reviewed.
Well go through a couple of them here as well to give you a better idea of how Nugenix works.
The Nugenix blend contains a compound called Testofen, which is actually a clinically studied ingredient that has been proven in lab studies to increase testosterone levels dramatically.
What is Testofen and What Makes It So Damn Special?
Testofen is actually a patented version of the popular Fenugreek Extract, which is found primarily in the middle east and southern Europe.
Testofen is a standardized extract of Fenugreek, and is very careful extracted and standardized to its content of fenusides. These are saponins, which basically means they have a molecule structure a little bit like a steroid hormone.
When you ingest these, they are enough LIKE a steroid hormone to bind to a protein in the blood called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (ShBG).
When that happens, a very small percentage of the testosterone that’s bound to this protein is released and activated.
This results in approximately a doubling of free testosterone levels.
Why Is This Important?
As we get older, more stressed, and tired by the constant demands of work / life / etc., very often testosterone levels fall as a result.
As those testosterone levels fall, we experience a loss of libido, drive, and even muscle tone.
By taking supplements like Nugenix which contain Testofen, and thereby doubling free testosterone levels, all of these adverse effects are reversed.
On top of that, studies have shown that when combined with exercise, these leads to increased muscle building.
What’s even more interesting is, during a clinical trial conducted on middle aged healthy males in Australia, researchers found a VERY dramatic improvement in:
- Sexual Performance
- Sexual Satisfaction
Lastly, reseachers also noted that Testofen also enhances sexual desire and libido in both males AND females, something no other compound has been found to do thus far.
Here’s Dr. Paul Clayton, former Senior Scientific Advisor to the UK government’s committee on the Safety of Medicines, discussing Testofen and it’s benefits.
Tribulus Terrestris is probably the most widely used ingredient found in over the counter testosterone boosters.
In fact, out of the dozens of testosterone boosters I’ve personally tested, I would say that probably 70% of them contain Tribulus.
What is Tribulus Terrestris and Why Is It So Damn Special?
Tribulus Terrestris is an herb that’s found all over the world, and in large parts of the world has been used for medicinal purposes.
In the United States, however, it’s mostly known as an all natural sexual enhancer.
There’s been an awful lot of claims about Tribulus Terrestris, and if you google it, you’ll find millions of websites that are spreading a lot of misinformation.
As an aphrodisiac, there is no doubt that Tribulus Terrestris is effective, which is probably the main reason why it’s been added to the Nugenix formula.
There’s been numerous animal studies (specifically in mice) that have shown increased sexual activity in the animals that have been given the herb.
I’ve personally used Tribulus Terrestris in the past, and I can attest to it’s effectiveness at increasing sexual activity.
This is especially true after dosing with it for several days.
What’s even more interesting is that Tribulus Terrestris can help increase sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction in both men AND women as well.
HOWEVER, Thus far…
Studies have NOT shown Tribulus Terrestris to be effective at helping with athletic performance, losing weight, or increasing lean body mass.
Several studies have also been conducted and shown NO effect on testosterone levels, both free and total.
It will definitely give you great erections, but if you’re looking for your testosterone to shoot off the charts, it’s not gonna happen.
Nugenix also contains L-citrulline, an amino acid found in a wide array of supplements, including the new pre workout formula called 4 Gauge. It also contains Tribulus Terrestris, which is found in literally hundreds of other testosterone booster products.
One thing that users may not like that much about Nugenix is that it must be taken daily in order to deliver effects. Three capsules per day is the recommended dosage and a free trial bottle has 42 capsules, giving you 14 days to try the product out. A standard bottle contains 90 capsules, and costs about $70 per bottle, making it quite expensive when compared to other natural testosterone boosters.
What About Nugenix Maxx?
Just recently, Nugenix came out the a new “premium” testosterone booster. They call it Nugenix Maxx, and you can read our full review here.
Side Effects with Nugenix
I have personally taken Nugenix (see below), and I did not notice any adverse effects. That being said, there are some reviews from other guys that I have read and they said they experienced a wide array of side effects like hair loss, headache, and stomach discomfort.
One guy even said that his blood pressure went up pretty significantly, although he did note that he felt an increase in energy.
Of course, there is no way to be sure it was cause by the supplement in question, but it’s worthy of noting.
I did a little bit of research on the ingredients and noted that Fenugreek seed extract, a primary ingredient in Nugenix, has a wide range of side effects, including: nasal congestion, upset stomach, coughing, wheezing, facial swelling, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. (1) I looked around for potential side effects from the consumption of Tribulus Terrestris, but I couldn’t find any credible information that it actually causes any.
Like all supplements, there is always the potential for health risks so it’s best to check with your doctor to be sure it’s safe for you to take Nugenix.
My Results With Nugenix
At 32, I noticed that I’ve been experiencing the dreaded Testosterone decline. My mood, energy levels, and even my libido have taken a little bit of a dive the last few years.
I came to the conclusion that I needed to try something to help combat this, and the makers of Nugenix happily sent me some free boxes to try out.
At first I was a bit skeptical, like I pretty much am with any of the products I try out.
The claims like enhanced muscle mass, increased sex drive, and more energy all appeal to me, but can a supplement really do all that? Well, I started taking the recommended dose of Nugenix, which specify 3 capsules a day with water on an empty stomach.
I have to admit, the first couple of days I used Nugenix I didn’t notice anything. There was no increase in sex drive, no motivation for the gym, and certainly no enhanced muscle mass.
Then out of nowhere I started feeling it. About 5 days in I woke up with a “morning wood” for the first time in as long as I could remember. It quickly subsided, but I knew right then that I might be onto something.
The following monday I got that “hey, I’m not so tired, let me hit the gym” feeling first thing in the morning.
Usually I struggle to get out of bed most mornings, but today was different. Today I was like a spring chicken, ready to tackle on the days tasks and take on the world. Throughout the week my workouts had become more intense that I’ve had in a long time, and I started to feel more invigorated, youthful, and more importantly started to see the scale drop down from a moderately fat 198 lbs. to a “I feel good” 195 lbs.
Not a huge amount of weight, but I could tell the difference…
Moving along to the third week was when I really saw a difference. Not only was I sleeping better, but I could feel a distinct improvement in my overall mood and sex drive. I won’t get into any nitty gritty details, but let’s just say my fiance was “impressed with my performance” 😉
Finally, at the end of the month, I practically felt like a 20 year old again. I dropped about 12 pounds, and was looking and feeling great. I stopped taking the Nugenix after the 30 day point, and could feel the effects gradually diminish as the ingredients were washed out of my system.
I still felt good for the following month, but not quite as invigorated as I was when I was on it. But, I could definitely tell that it had made a significant difference, in a very good way.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I take it?
The instructions on the Nugenix label state that you should take 3 tablets everyday with a glass of water. It can be taken on an empty stomach, but take it with food if you experience any stomach upset.
How long does it take to start working?
Generally speaking, the best results are seen after 4 – 6 weeks.
How can I expect to feel?
From my own personal experience, and from the experience of others I’ve read in the past, you can expect to feel:
- Increased drive and vitality
- Feel stronger and more athletic
- Increased erections
Do I need to cycle it?
This product does not require cycling.
Can I take Nugenix if I have high blood pressure?
As with most supplements, it’s always prudent that you speak with your doctor before taking Nugenix. There is always the possibly of interactions between the supplement and other medications, and only your doctor will know if it is safe for you to take.
Can I take it if I have diabetes?
Do I need to take it with an estrogen blocker?
I didn’t do this, but the company that makes Nugenix recommends that you take it with their “Estro Regulator” estrogen blocker.
Estro-regulator contains Diindolymethane, which is a powerful ingredient that acts as an estrogen blocker. This is important if you want to limit the potential Nugenix side effects that some may experience.
Will I fail a drug test if I take it?
There aren’t any ingredients in Nugenix that will trigger a false positive on a drug test, so you should be good in that regard.
If you’re really that worried then I would suggest you bring the bottle with you to the blood test center so they can rule out anything that may trigger it.
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What’s The Difference Between Nugenix and Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone?
The makers of Nugenix came out with a new and improved formula that they names “Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone” about a year ago, but unfortunately have not had a chance to try it out yet.
However, I have done a good bit of research on it and this is what I found out:
It contains an almost totally different formula.
In fact, the only common ingredient the 2 share is Fenugreek extract. Unlike with the original Nugenix, the Ultimate Testosterone formula comes with the following ingredients:
- D-Aspartic Acid
- Epimedium Sagittatum
- Stinging Nettle
- Maca Root Extract
- Eurycoma Longifolia
From the looks of it, this (to me) is definitely an improved formula.
Many of these ingredients, including D-Aspartic Acid and Maca root, are found in some of the best testosterone boosters I’ve ever tried.
2. It’s More Expensive, But There’s A Catch
A bottle of regular Nugenix, which contains 90 capsules, will run you about $56 at your local GNC. This is a 30 day supply.
A bottle of Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone, which contains 120 capsules, will cost you about $75. This is ALSO a 30 day supply.
So instead if taking 3 capsules a day you’ll be taking 4.
Not a huge deal, unless you’re not a fan of popping more pills.
3. The Reviews Are Practically The SAME For Both
From researching all of the reviews I could come across, it seems that the vast majority of men who’ve used Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone got pretty much the same results as the ones who used the original.
So Which One Should I Get?
Considering the end results seem to be the same with both, than I would recommend you just stick with the original.
There’s a fair amount of guys out there that don’t respond well to ingredients like D-Aspartic Acid and Maca, but practically EVERYONE will get good results from Tribulus Terrestris and Testofen (at least in the bedroom department).
Other Original Nugenix Reviews
If you look around on some of the other sites that have Nugenix reviews, you’ll find that a good majority have reported great results.
For example on Amazon a fair amount of reviewers rated it 4 stars or better, which is not very common with free testosterone boosting supplements.
Most of the people who said it works well seemed to be getting the best results after a few weeks of taking it.
This is supported by the fact that a good majority of the reviews of Nugenix here on SupplementCritique.com rate it favorably as well.
Most of them mention that it helped improve their overall well-being, improved their vitality, and increased their endurance, especially during exercise.
It’s also interesting to note that many of the men who experienced positive results were 40 years of age or older. I have no idea why this is the case, but that’s what I noted in my observations.
Who Makes Nugenix?
The company responsible for Nugenix, and many other brands, is called Direct Digital LLC. Founded in 2009 by Brandon Adcock, Direct Digital LLC is a company located in Charlotte, NC, and own brands like Instaflex, Lumiday, and Luminite.
Their products are sold in a wide variety of retailers, including Rite Aid, CVS, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, Vitamin World, Duane Reade, and Vitacost.
The Better Business Bureau gives Direct Digital LLC an A+ rating, the highest achievable.
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Where to buy Nugenix
Nugenix can be found both on their official website, as well as online retailers such as Drugstore.com, LuckyVitamin.com, and Amazon. Nugenix is also sold through brick and mortar stores such as GNC, and it’s actually one of the best testosterone boosters there if you ask me.
The official Nugenix website has a function that allows you to search for a health food store near your location, just in case you’re nowhere near a GNC.
As stated earlier, a one month supply averages about $70. The official website also offers both a straight sale and a free trial option.
With the free trial they will automatically sign you up to pay for and receive a new bottle each month.
However, be aware that they will charge you $69.99 18 days after ordering your free trial.
If you want to cancel you have to call their customer service phone number at 855-714-3234 and tell them you would like to cancel.
The nice thing about their sample is that, while many other companies that run free trials make you send the product back, this is not the case with Nugenix.
The sample is yours to keep, completely free.
How Does Nugenix Compare to Other T Boosters?
Nugenix Vs. P6 – Cellucor P6, which is a direct competitor of Nugenix, clearly has an “award winning” product.
The reviews speak for themselves, and although I haven’t personally had a chance to test it out myself, one look at it’s formula and you can tell it’s going to work.
What makes P6 different from Nugenix is it contains a number of alternative ingredients like black cohosh (its primary ingredient), Wild Yam Extract, and Stinging Nettle.
On a cost basis, P6 is comparable to Nugenix, coming in at around $60 for a one month supply, even though they only sell it as a 2 month supply (2 capsules per day, 120 capsule bottle).
When comparing the reviews, it looks like the majority that have used Cellucor P6 have gotten great results from it, while Nugenix only has a limited number of positive testimonials.
Nugenix Vs. Test X180 – This is a supplement I actually have tried.
For me, Test X180 didn’t do a damn thing.
I took it for about a month and personally thought it was a waste of money. The only real difference I noticed was I actually got a bad reaction to Test X180.
After the first week of using it I noticed I was waking up with raging headaches (and a raging hardon, which was a good thing). For me, the side effects were not worth the benefits, and I ended up dumping the bottle.
If I had to choose the lesser of the evils, I would certainly go with Nugenix.
Nugenix Vs. Testofuel – This is another one I have tried, so it’s easy for me to compare the 2. What I find lacking about Nugenix is that, while it contains zinc, fenugreek, and tribulus terrestris, it doesn’t contain one VERY important ingredient….D-Aspartic Acid.
For those of you who don’t know, D-Aspartic Acid (D-AA) works to help release growth and follicle stimulating hormone, allowing for an increase in testosterone. (2)
This action is limited however, and testosterone levels can quickly drop off if your taking it too long.
Testofuel contains D-AA….Nugenix doesn’t, and I feel that it is a totally necessary ingredient if you are looking into using a testosterone booster that you will get great results with.
As far as price, they are both on the same page with that one, coming in at around $70 for either supplement.
Nugenix Vs. Maxgenics – A relatively newcomer to the market is called Maxgenics, and unfortunately I have not had a chance to test it out yet.
However, I have done some preliminary research, and it looks relatively comparable to that of Nugenix. It contains many of the same ingredients, but also includes the likes of Tongkat Ali, Muira Puama, and Piperine.
However, without the addition of Fenugreek extract, I can’t see Maxgenics being as effective as Nugenix, although it is cheaper at $50 for a one month supply.
I recently learned that Maxgenics was forced to cancel most of its claims by the ERSP review board (Extension of the Better Business Bureau).
They also have an F rating with the BBB, and are not comparable to Nugenix.
- I personally received great results from it.
- An all natural formula
- It contains important minerals and vitamins in promoting testosterone production
- Can be found in local nutritional stores such as GNC.
- Professional looking website
- Manufactured / Distributed by a reputable company
- Price, definitely one of the more expensive T Boosters I’ve used.
- Only available in the US and Canada
- May cause side effects
- Takes at least a month to start working
After personally testing Nugenix out, I can easily say this is one of the best testosterone boosters I’ve ever used. It started working quickly, didn’t cause any side effects, and gave me long lasting energy and enhanced libido.
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2. D-Aspartic Acid: http://examine.com/supplements/D-Aspartic+Acid/
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John stewart's Review
I am a 60-year-old man. I was very skeptical about Nugenix, but was curious enough to try it.
I checked with my doctor first to make sure it was okay to take it with my other health concerns. With the okay from my doctor, I ordered the sample.
After just a week, the changes were remarkable. I had more energy than I've had in years (decades).
I am sleeping better and seem to have boundless energy during the day. I have dropped some weight... and the "other" benefits have become very evident! It's not a "magic pill", but this product does what it says it will do.
When I first began to take it I did experience a bit of stomach upset.
But after consistently taking it, that has subsided.
For those who are complaining about the auto-ship program. It's as easy as a 5 minute phone call to remove the auto ship.
The customer service reps are friendly and helpful. No problems!
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
I am currently using Nugenix (www.Nugenix.com) as part of my supplement regimen. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week. I'm 56 years old. since starting Nugenix, I've lost 2" from my waist. my waist is noticeably smaller yet I've only lost 15lbs. My energy, strength, stamina and mental clarity have all improved. I've added the Nugenix PM to my regimen as well. Too early to make any determinations. I am very please with the results and improvement in my BMI. I was 28.5 after 3.5 months I'm now at 23.5 with a target of 20.
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Worked for me!
Five years ago I contracted Lyme and Bartonella diseases from a tick in Michigan while visiting there.
I picked up a lot of weight basically from having little no energy.
Exercise was something I just couldn't get into.I'm 57 years old and in January I realized if I didn't do something I'd be a couch potato the rest of my life.
I'm 6'4" and at that time I weighed in at 261. I got the 4.99 month trial for Nugenix that month. It suggests taking 3 capsules a day which I did religiously that month.
At the 15 day mark I noticed an improvement in my general well being.I felt more alive than I had in the last 5 years.
After waiting another week I started riding my bicycle.I couldn't even think about that before.
I'm currently riding 14 or 28 miles a day at around a 16.5 mph clip.
I've lost 31 pounds and plan on losing another 20.
I decreased dosage during the last month to two a day with great results. This absolutely worked for me.
33 out of 39 people found this review helpful.
I tried this product for one month.I noticed the changed in my stamina after two weeks but it worked for me.
I can't finish 50 mins of jogging on the treamill without stopping at 30 mins but, like I said, after using it for 2 weeks, I can finish 50 mins without stopping at all.Now, I can finish 1 hr but I stopped at 50 mins.
then run, as in sprint for 2 mins every after 2 mins of walk to finish off the 1 hr window.This is after doing some abs exercises.
After these two workouts, I don't feel very tired.It works but very expensive for me.
22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.
At age 61, I experienced the first signs of diminished drive.I took the recommended dose for just 2 days and haven't felt so horny since I was about 14. No kidding.
Unless a tolerance builds up, I certainly don't need 3 per day, and will investigate a less frequent shipping schedule.I think the effect must depend on the person.
20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.
User Questions and Answers
User Questions and Answers
Why should I take nugenix on an empty stomach instead of with food? -Eddie
Typically when you take something on an empty stomach it absorbs much more efficiently. The idea is that it's the only thing in the stomach that is being "worked on", so naturally you get the most benefit out of it.- Rob
146 out of 164 people found this question helpful.
Can I take Nugenix if I have high blood pressure? -anthony
It's probably ok, but you should check with your doctor first.- Rob
102 out of 126 people found this question helpful.
Are there any side effects? -kevin
I didn't personally experience any. However, others have reported a wide array of side effects, including hair loss, headache, stomach discomfort, upset stomach, and congestion. Check with your doctor to be sure it's safe for you to take Nugenix.- Rob
19 out of 20 people found this question helpful.
How do I cancel my free trial of Nugenix? -David
Give them a call at their customer service number: 1-855-714-3234, and let them know you want to cancel.- Rob
9 out of 9 people found this question helpful.
Am i supposed to take all 3 pills at the same time or 1 pill 3times -brandon
The instructions say to take all three pills at once.- Rob
151 out of 168 people found this question helpful.
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