About Nugenix

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Feb 9, 2015

Nugenix is a dietary supplement that’s claimed to naturally boost your free testosterone levels, resulting in a boosted libido, improved sex life, increased blood flow to your muscles, and better fitness results.

Nugenix’s ingredients include:

  • 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.

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.
  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.

» Recommended Reading: Do Testosterone Booster Supplements Work?

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 and 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.

Bottom Line: Is Nugenix Effective?

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.

» Recommended Reading: 7 Ways to Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

Read 25 Nugenix Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 1.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 3 4 star: 2 3 star: 0 2 star: 2 1 star:  18
Bottom Line: 20% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Trial sample

    I tried their 14-day sample to see how it reacted. I have an irregular thyroid, so my hormone levels are under normal standards. It is better than P6 Red. It doesn’t have an estrogen regulator, but the price reflects that. I use it in tandem with Performix Super Male T. Nugenix has a great level of B12. I definitely will buy more in store. Overall a great compound, and if you complain that you don’t feel results, remember that any supplement is limited to your diet and exercise plan.

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

  • Negenix performance review.

    • By Kenny F.,
    • Ocala, FL,
    • Jun 5, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Extremely good immediate results. Lot's of deep internal energy, immediately took 10 lbs of useless weight off with immediate strength gains. I was inspired by a friend to get back in shape, layed around and did very little for 5 and 3/4 years due to raising my son who is now 6. High level of sexual energy and stamina.

    I am on about my 6th bottle, and though I'm seeing substantial progress, I wonder if I'm building an immunity to it. I may switch to Tribulus for a month or two and go back and see. It's a phenomenal product that will immediately deliver everything it says it will, and I commend the inventor and the company that brought it to us. As a former user of steroids, it's absolutely amazing to know that I look the way I look and feel the way I feel due to my own bodies hormone production versus synthetic testosterone. When I look in the mirror, I know it's all me! Thank you so much!

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

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

    • By Art M.,
    • 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

  • Actually pretty good

    • By James S.,
    • 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

  • 20-day trial version

    • By Mark L.,
    • Massachusetts,
    • Aug 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have tried Nugenix original formula in the past. The 20-day supply was offered and I tried it. For 20 days, 16 days I felt more energy and vitality so I decided to order the monthly supply.

    I took 3 capsules in the morning of the 30-day supply but noticed that I did not feel the same energy boost that I received from the trial version. After 30 days had passsed I decided not to order it again.

    One year has passed and I had seen the commercial for the Total T Nugenix. Again the trial version worked as advertised. I ordered the 30-day supply and received it on 8/8/19. I took 3 capsules at 9 am this morning and am waiting for the same energy boost to happen. I'm not feeling it!

    If anything changes I will let you know.

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

  • Mild effects

    • By Alex P.,
    • 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

  • It doesn't do anything

    • By Alicia G.,
    • 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

  • Fraudulently charging for product not received!

    • By Doug Parmer,
    • Fountain, CO,
    • Aug 2, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This outfit is a complete rip-off. After less than one month the company charged my bank account over $74.00 for a product that we never received. When I called, I was told that I clicked on some area that spells out the terms and conditions of their charges and was refused a refund. This is odd because I did NOT order the product online, I ordered it via a text message. I hung up on the first uncooperative rep (Operator 303 - very rude person!) and I called back. After sitting on hold for several minutes, the rep came back on the phone and told me his supervisor gave the okay for an immediate refund. We shall see if the product ever arrives (you can bet it will be returned) and we shall see if we are issued that refund.

    It is beyond unethical to charge for something that you never receive and further be charged when I never approved those charges or any future orders. Again it was ordered via text message and not in a website with click thru capability.

    I will be reporting this as a fraudulent transaction on Nugenix's part and will be posting to every website I can to warn people to STAY AWAY from this company! I am extremely angry and upset that anybody can randomly take my checking account information and charge over $74.00 for a product that was never received!

    Buyer beware. I had to rate it as one star because there is no zero stars option. Otherwise, the rating would be a zero.

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

  • Don't do it!

    Total scam. Recurring billing is IMPOSSIBLE to cancel unless you fight with customer service. It is an MLM out of Utah (surprise!). Drink a RedBull and be better off, both in money and other ways as well.

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

  • Waste of money!

    • By Paul,
    • Jupiter, FL,
    • Dec 11, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have to say, Nugenix did two things for me: jack crap! And, as this review states, you will be hosed for more money before you FINALLY get out of the autoship!

    I am in the health field, and I can tell you, DO NOT waste your money or your time!

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

  • Scam

    • By M Hoss,
    • Ohio,
    • Jan 27, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This company and product is a complete scam. I should have known better than to buy into this scam. The product doesn't work at all. It is a bait and switch to get you in the door. They make you pay shipping to return the product that you didn't order in the first place.

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

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