About Nugenix

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff

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.

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.

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Average Consumer Rating: 1.8
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5 star: 3 4 star: 1 3 star: 0 2 star: 2 1 star:  14
Bottom Line: 25% would recommend it to a friend
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  • It doesn't do anything

    • Jun 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I should know by now that these products are just taking advantage of all the men that have problems with erectile dysfunction but I still keep believing the claims. I bought this for my husband on Amazon and gave him the recommended dose every day for two months and he didn't notice any difference AT ALL. I would give the review one star but one star stated that you had a bad experience and two stars states that it was not what you hoped for. He didn't have a bad experience, he just didn't have any experience because it didn't do anything. I will stick to the FDA approved ones from now on.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Actually pretty good

    • New Hampshire,
    • Jun 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    So the premise behind this supplement is uncoupling testosterone that is bound to hormone binding globulin, which is the body's way of keeping testosterone inactive. The main ingredient is fenugreek extract, and natural bodybuilders have been using it for decades.

    I am honestly saying that I didn't expect much. However, it is the ONLY thing I have changed in my supplements in the past 2 weeks, and I feel like I had been spinning my wheels in the gym for a month prior. I now notice an undeniable difference in recovery time and stamina right about at week 2. It's better than what I expected.

    Honest review...from a physician...

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Lost me just after hello

    • Vancouver, WA,
    • Apr 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hope you read this, like the idea of the product, shipping and handling are excessive. Follow up email was a good idea. Follow up call, a bit much, caller not respecting me, saying I was working and unable to talk right then, unacceptable.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Trial deception

    • Marina Del Rey, CA,
    • Mar 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered the trial bottle. They advertised it on TV as free, you only pay postage. Two weeks later, I get a charge for $81.35. This charge is a surprise to me since I haven't consented to continuing with this. I haven't even opened the bottle yet after reading the reviews of this product. Do not fall for this scam. They're supposed to tell you when they'll charge your account and how much. I don't even know how many months supply the $81.35 is for. Again, be cautious. This is the last time I'm ordering anything advertised on TV.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Didn't feel any difference

    • California,
    • Feb 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been taking Nugenix for two weeks and I don't feel any difference on anything I do! I have been going to the gym 5-6 days a week and don't feel more energy, in general, I don't see any reason to keep using Nugenix.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 29 people found this review helpful

    It really does boil down to a good diet and workout to get the benefits

    • New Market, TN,
    • Feb 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've studied many male enhancements and this product really does what it says it does, but, it is only as good as your diet and workouts. If you want real results with true and natural Test boosters, it's better to get your BCAA in order, L-Carnitine, L-Tyrosine, Maca, just to mention a few. I learned the hard way! I take all my BCAA's very strictly, have lost more weight, gained lean muscle mass, and my Test is through the roof. Oh, I also take a good multi-vitamin and mineral as well. I'm 57 years young and my wife tells me I'm too much in the bedroom. The Fenugreek or Tribulus is very good and natural. The bottom line "Nugenix" needs to be taken with a serious diet plan and workout, otherwise, why not go my route? BCAA and multi-vitamin and mineral?

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Mild effects

    • Cumbria, England,
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used Nugenix test booster for a month. I bought it from Amazon as it was a bit cheaper than from their website.

    It had some effects, but they were not that noticeable. After studying the ingredients, you can see why. The main ingredient is fenugreek, which is a weak test boosting ingredient.

    Not bad, but I wouldn't buy again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 67 out 71 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money on Nugenix

    • California,
    • Oct 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Worst and most terrible supplement product I have ever used. It gave me terrible stomach aches when taking the recommended dosage, and I also had the worst tasting hiccups ever.

    This product, in my opinion, is just a rip-off.

    There is no accreditation at all that the ingredients used provides any help with increasing your Free Testosterone level. This is just a rip off to get you on an auto-ship program that charges your card $75.00 a month.

    Nugenix really must have paid huge amounts of money to have a famous ballplayer endorse such a worthless product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 64 out 68 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Iowa,
    • Oct 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Poor quality. I was charged $75 after buying the sample and was charged $34 overdraft fee. I knew nothing about this but they charged me, and I am supposed to send their second product back, which I never received, to get my money back. The person I talked to had a hard time speaking and was rude when asking me a question, she would cut me off each time I tried to answer her.

    As for the product, if you can stand how horrible it tastes, you will get a bad stomach ache and won't be hungry while feeling like your insides are dissolving. The powder in the pills is all over the pills, like half pills and half powder. I'm telling you, the taste is so bad and lingers all day, so you won't be taking these long enough to finish their sample. I'm out close to $100 and nothing to show for it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 56 out 58 people found this review helpful

    Total rip-off

    • Georgia,
    • Oct 2, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This product did NOTHING for me; in fact, I felt the opposite of what they claimed it would do. Also, the 30-day money back guarantee is a farce. The salespeople also tell you to give it a month and a half to work, thus throwing you out of the refund period.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 40 out 70 people found this review helpful

    Bad stuff

    • Iowa,
    • Sep 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I got a free bottle. I only took two, it made me act totally different than I am. I don't know what's in this, a steroid or what, but it gave me extreme moods, anger, irritability, and I felt violent. Any more of this and I may have hurt someone. I didn't check with the doctor either, she was very upset and said I should never take male boosters.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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