Nugenix is a premium dietary supplement that’s claimed to naturally boost your free testosterone levels, resulting in a boosted libido, supercharged sex life, increased blood flow to your muscles, and better fitness results. In other words, Nugenix’s carefully blended ingredients are claimed to help you feel younger and more vibrant, including:
- Testofen & Tribulus Terrestris – Made from the fenugreek plant, this is claimed to “sexual activity, arousal, desire, performance, and satisfaction.”
- L-Citrulline Malate – Claimed to relax blood vessels and provide firmer erections.
- Zinc – May help improve cell repair and promote prostate and sexual health.
- Vitamin B6 – May help improve arousal and red blood cell formation, both of which may be reduced due to low testosterone levels.
- Vitamin B12 – May help promote digestion and boost energy.
In fact, Nugenix claims to work so well that it’s become the #1 selling men’s vitality product at GNC, and was the recipient of GNC’s 2013 Innovation award.
In order to experience these benefits, Nugenix’s manufacturer claims you should take 3 capsules once daily on an empty stomach, and that it is safe, drug-free, does not contain stimulants or hazardous fillers, and causes no side effects.
Remember the good old days when you used to be able to work a full shift, go to the gym, and come home a please your partner, all with energy to spare? Sure you do, which is why you’re here. But can you reasonably expect the ingredients contained in Nugenix to boost your free testosterone and provide these benefits? Likely not, and here’s why:
What Is Free Testosterone?
According to the Mayo Clinic, most testosterone in your body is attached (e.g. bound) to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), while the remainder is bound to albumin and is considered “free” because it’s biologically active. In other words, free testosterone is the only one that’s “readily available for tissue uptake” and that can increase strength, muscle mass, and more.
As men age though (especially after the age of 30), this free testosterone can decrease significantly, leading to reduced libido, decreased strength, “flabby” muscles, and more. And its these side effects that Nugenix’s ingredients are claimed to combat.
However, WebMD claims that you should “forget the supplements” claiming to increase your free testosterone, as “you aren't likely to find any that will do much good.” Instead, you should focus on getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, controlling stress, and watching any medications that could potentially reduce your testosterone levels.
What’s Causing Your Low Testosterone?
Next, remember that there are numerous reasons for decreased testosterone that have little to do with age, including quitting smoking, testicular injury, hormonal disorders, diabetes, obesity, and more.
Because of this, you’ll definitely want to speak with your physician before trying any testosterone supplements, as they’ll be able to advise the best course of action based on your individual diagnosis.
Can Testofen, or Any Other of Nugenix’s Ingredients, Boost Free Testosterone?
Overall, according to the product’s website, Nugenix contains the following ingredients:
- Zinc 5mg
- Vitamin B6 2mg
- Vitamin B12 50mcg
- Nugenix Testosterone Complex (Testofen® Fenugreek Extract 50% Fenuside™, L-Citruline Malate, Tribulus terrestris) 2,103mg
According to Supplement Geek, there are only 3 pieces of research associated with Testofen, which is a proprietary fenugreek extract manufactured by Gencor Pacific: 1) A user self-assessment from 2011 (in other words, men simply reported how they felt, 2) a 2010 study conducted on rats, and 3) an unpublished study titled Human Study on Free Testosterone and Performance. Ultimately, this means there’s no clinical research available showing that Testofen can reliably increase free testosterone levels in men. Despite this, Testofen can be found in a wide variety of testosterone boosters, including Ageless Male, Chamonix T-Gen, Everlasting T, and many more.
In addition, according to WebMD, although tribulus is “possibly ineffective” for enhancing athletic performance, there is insufficient evidence showing that l-citrulline, zinc, vitamin B6, or vitamin B12 can provide the testosterone-boosting (or any other) benefits claims by Nugenix. Note: This doesn’t mean these substances can’t provide any benefits, just none of the ones promoted on the Nugenix website.
Nugenix’s Mixed Online Reputation with Consumers
Despite this lack of clinical evidence, SupplementCritique claims to have used the Nugenix and experienced good results, although they noted some consumers complained of hair loss, headache, digestive upset, nasal congestion, and more when using the supplement.
Also, although Nugenix may have won an award from GNC, consumers on GNC’s website only gave it a 3-star rating (out of 5), with some of the most common complaints referencing failure to work and high price. Amazon.com reviewers gave Nugenix a 2.5-star rating, with some of these same popular complaints.
From a company perspective, Nugenix, who is based out of Salt Lake City, UT and also manufactures Instaflex, holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau based on nearly 60 closed complaints (as of 1/26/15). Most of these appear to relate to the company’s free trial and autoship program (more about this in the following section).
Nugenix Pricing & Refund Policy
If purchased directly through the manufacturer, a one-time order of Nugenix is priced at $69.99 plus $4.99 S&H.
Alternately, a 14-day trial is available for $4.99, for which you’ll be sent a 30-day supply of Nugenix. Then, after your trial has expired, you’ll be billed $69.99 for the full price of the product, and will also be enrolled in the company’s autoship program. This means you’ll continue receiving a new order of Nugenix once per month, and your credit card will be billed $69.99 plus $4.99 S&H each time.
Important note: Based on our professional experience, free trials are often intended to all but ensure you’ll end up being charged full price, and autoship programs to lock you into recurring shipments (and the associated charges). Because of this, we often recommend avoiding products sold through these methods.
Outside of the 14-day trial, Nugenix comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, even if you’ve used the entire bottle. However, you will need to send the bottle back to the company, and your return package must be postmarked within 30 days of your original purchase.
In order to request a refund or un-enroll from the Nugenix autoship program, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-714-3234 for an RMA.
Note: If you’d rather purchase Nugenix through a third-party retailer, the supplement is also available at GNC, Drugstore.com, Lucky Vitamin, The Vitamin Shoppe, and many others.
Is Nugenix the Key to a Younger, More Vibrant You?
Chopping to the Point: Considering the fact that:
- Most medical professionals recommend abstaining from supplements that claim to boost free testosterone levels, and
- the clinical evidence showing Nugenix’s ingredients can provide any benefits is tangential at best,
…we’d recommend speaking with your physician about more effective methods of boosting your testosterone levels.