Attention athletes: Have you heard about EPO-Boost? This all-natural dietary supplement claims to help stimulate EPO production in your body, which can ultimately help you train and perform at your best. As such, the manufacturer even goes so far as to claim that EPO-Boost represents “cutting edge endurance research in a bottle.”
But can EPO-Boost really help increase your speed, strength, and endurance, or is it just another way to flush your money down the toilet? To answer these questions we did some in-depth research, and here’s what we found.
How EPO-Boost Works
As an athlete, whether you’re running, biking, or swimming—or perhaps a combination of all three—you’re probably interested in anything that might give you an advantage over the competition. This is why EPO-Boost, an all-natural dietary supplement, claims to use Echinacea to stimulate erythropoietin production in your body, which is a hormone responsible for increasing an individual’s oxygen carrying capacity. As a result, the manufacturer claims that the “revolutionary” EPO-Boost can help:
- Increase VO2 max
- Improve running economy
- Boost stamina and endurance
- Prevent the onset of fatigue for longer periods of time
According to the company, the scientifically formulated and patent-pending ingredients in EPO-Boost includes 3 different sources of iron and 3 nutrients to improve its absorption, in addition to 6 nutrients that help your body produce healthy red blood cell counts, as well as 6 antioxidants that reduce exercise-related inflammation. The full list of ingredients include:
- Vitamin C 125mg
- Vitamin B-3 ( Niacinamide) 2.5mg
- Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCL) 3.1mg
- Folate (Folic Acid) 100mcg
- Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) 75mcg
- Iron 1mg
- Alpha-lipoic Acid 7.5mg
- Echinacea purpurea
- Yellow Dock Extract
- Dandelion Extract
Despite all of these benefits, EPO-Boost is claimed to be tested and certified to be free of any banned substances.
EPO-Boost Pricing & Refund Policy
EPO-Boost is only available directly through the manufacturer, and in the following purchasing options:
- 1 Bottle: $59.95
- 1 Bottle w/Autoship: $44.95
- 3 Bottles w/Autoship: $129.90
Shipping for the one-bottle options is $6.95, while shipping is free for the three-bottle package.
If you choose one of the autoship options, this means that you’ll automatically receive an order of EPO-Boost once every month, and your credit card will be billed accordingly. The company claims that your enrollment options can be changed or cancelled at any time (see more about this in the Bottom Line section).
EPO-Boost comes with a 90-day return policy, less shipping and handling charges. However, this policy only applies to 1 opened bottle.
In order to cancel your autoship enrollment or initiate a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-780-4331.
What’s the Bottom Line About EPO-Boost?
As an athlete, your interest is probably piqued at all of EPO-Boost’s claimed benefits. But when it comes down to it, does it actually work or is it just more hype? Let’s consider the following:
First, there are no legitimate online reviews from consumers who’ve actually used EPO-Boost. We did find several instances where it appears that company representatives posted false positive reviews on online forums, although the general consensus among athletes is that performance-enhancing supplements such as EPO-Boost appear to be a waste of money.
With this in mind, while the EPO-Boost website does a good job of referencing studies to support their claims, as well as providing an ingredients list and product label, we have some concerns about overblown claims (for more information about this, see our Nutritional Supplements Buyer’s Guide). This is because the Echinacea purpurea study displayed on their website states that participants were given 8,000mg (or 8 grams) of Echinacea per day. And while these participants appear to have boosted erythropoietin, it’s important to note that EPO-Boost’s entire proprietary blend only amounts to 7.5mg, which contains 12 different ingredients, and likely contains much less Echinacea than found in the study.
On top of this, there is no clinical evidence showing that Echinacea increases your hemoglobin/hematocrit levels, which are essential for effectively increasing your VO2MAX.
Finally, the presence of an autoship program typically speaks volumes about the level of trust a manufacturer places in their supplements, and are often just a way to get as much of your hard-earned money as possible. In short, we recommend staying away from manufacturers who offer these types of programs.
Bottom line: By far the best (and most proven) way to boost your erythropoietin levels and your VO2MAX, as well as to perform better when the time comes, is to eat right and train properly. Ultimately, this can provide many of the same benefits—and perhaps even more—as taking EPO-Boost, while also saving more of your hard-earned money.