What Is Vars Performance?
Advertised as a natural, sexual performance-enhancing dietary supplement, Vars Performance features a blend of clinical strength ingredients that promises to help boost nitric oxide and testosterone levels, improve blood flow, and lead to firmer, longer-lasting erections.
The website indicates that the supplement can also help regulate general blood pressure, increase libido, improve endurance and strength, reduce fatigue and recovery times, and boost energy and virility. All you have to do is take one pill per day on an empty stomach, about two hours before sexual activity.
Can Vars Performance really help you satiate your desire and satisfy your partner like never before, as claimed on the website? Even then, will it work as well as prescription medications, but without harmful side effects?
You have questions about Vars Performance. Here, we’ll cover what we learned during our research so you can make a more informed decision.
What Is the Role of Testosterone & Nitric Oxide in the Body?
Healthline reports that testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes for men, and in much lower concentrations in women via the ovaries and adrenal glands. In a male, testosterone production ramps up during puberty, leading to increased muscle size and strength, the growth of body hair, a deeper voice, and sexual characteristics such as increased penis size and the production of sperm.
After about the age of 30, though, testosterone production begins to decline, which can eventually lead to side effects like depression, moodiness and decreased self-esteem, reduced energy and libido, and weight gain. Combined, these side effects could also lead to less-than-stellar sexual experiences, and even erectile dysfunction.
Here’s where the nitric oxide mentioned on the Vars Performance website comes in. This chemical helps widen blood vessels and boost blood flow, which can lead to (among other things) firmer, longer-lasting erections. In fact, this is functionally how prescription drugs like Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil), and Cialis (tadalafil) work.
In this instance, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients used in Vars Performance to boost nitric oxide, and whether or not you might reasonably expect similar performance to a prescription pharmaceutical.
Which Ingredients Are Found in Vars Performance?
There wasn’t a supplement facts label listed on the Vars website at the time of our research. We reached out to several customer support representatives who assured us they’d send the label via email, although this hadn’t been received at the time of publishing.
Nonetheless, the website indicates Vars contains the following:
- Red Korean Ginseng
- Urtica dioica root extract
- Ptychopetalum olacoides extract
- Coleus forskohlii
In order to assess the available clinical evidence for these ingredients, we relied on the summarizations provided by authoritative sites like WebMD, Examine.com, and the Natural Medicines Database.
Together, they list 1,400 - 2,700 mg of Korean (Panax) ginseng as possibly effective for improving sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction (ED).
Outside of this, however, they report there’s insufficient clinical evidence supporting the manufacturer’s claims for any of Vars Performance’s remaining ingredients.
Could Vars Performance’s Ingredients Cause Side Effects?
Per disclaimer at the bottom of the supplement’s website, it “should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications.”
WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database indicate that Panax ginseng is possibly unsafe when taken for longer than six months, since its hormone-like effects could cause “adverse effects with prolonged use.”
They also note that Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) could cause sweating, with no circumstances or dosages specified, and that there isn’t enough known about Ptychopetalum olacoides (muira puama) to fully understand potential side effects.
How Much Does Vars Performance Cost?
The only way to purchase Vars Performance is through a 14-day trial, where you’ll start by paying $1.99 for handling, along with $4.99 for regular shipping (3-5 days per the customer service reps we spoke with), or $9.99 for express shipping (insured first-class with tracking, 2-3 days). For these prices, you’ll receive 30 capsules, which is a 30-day supply.
On the 14th day after placing your order, your credit card will be billed the full price of $74.99. You’ll also be enrolled in the recurring membership program, which will send you a 30-day supply of Vars once per month and charge you $84.98 each time ($74.99 plus $9.99 S&H).
Important note: The terms listed on the Vars site is filled with important details, so we strongly suggest you read through the entire document before placing your order. For example, if you cancel “after the first 14 days of any monthly Autoship period, this will result in one final shipment and associated monthly charge.”
Furthermore, it goes on to explain:
“In the event that we are unable to process the regular monthly subscription fee of $84.98, we will attempt to bill you at a discounted rate of $29.99. If we are still unable to process the monthly subscription fee at the discounted rate of $29.99. We will attempt to bill you at the final discounted rate of $19.99. If after all these attempts we still are unsuccessful at processing the monthly subscription fee, we will cancel your subscription and terminate your account. No other charges will be attempted, and no further orders will be processed.”
Similarly, while the Vars Performance supplement comes with a 14-day refund policy, the terms stipulate this is less original and return shipping, a $10 restocking fee, and an additional $7 for the “product shipping and handling cost.” Together, this means you could lose well over $20 if you give the supplement a try, aren’t satisfied, and don’t cancel your trial within 14 days.
Furthermore, “the item must be in its original packaging, fully sealed and unused” in order to qualify.
With all of this in mind, customer support can be reached at 855-979-6674. Who, exactly, will you be calling?
Taking a Closer Look at the Company Behind Vars Performance
Vars Performance is sold by National Supplement Beauty Solutions Ltd., based out of Glasgow, Scotland. The company was incorporated in November 2016 and sells other popular supplements and anti-aging products such as Apex Belly Melt, Apex Garcinia Cambogia, Apex Booty Pop, Apex Lashes, Mastermind, and Miracle Bust.
Regardless of the manufacturer, are there other dietary supplements competing with Vars, and is there a ‘best’ option for you?
How to Choose the Best Testosterone/ Nitric Oxide Supplement
Based on our experience researching and writing about these types of products, we’ve learned that there are hundreds—perhaps thousands—of testosterone, nitric oxide, and male enhancement supplements competing in the same space as Vars Performance. A quick search on marketplaces like Amazon and Google Shopping will reveal that you can pay anywhere between $10 and $100+ for one.
So, how can you possibly make an educated decision about the most appropriate option for your needs?
Whether you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, a sudden drop in your mood or motivation, weight gain, or any of the other potential side effects related to low testosterone levels, the fact of the matter is that this is a medical condition. As such, only your doctor can provide scientifically sound recommendations based on your diagnosis.
If they recommend you pursue different supplements, as we outline in Your Complete Guide on How to Buy a Nutritional Supplement, you’ll want to focus on those that:
- Provide peer-reviewed clinical studies to support their claims
- Clearly list all ingredients, including dosages, and little-to-no proprietary blends (which don’t provide dosages)
- Price their supplements reasonably among competitors, with at least a 30-day refund policy (so you’ll have plenty of time to decide if it works) and no restocking or other fees
- Don’t force customers to sign up for a ‘free’ trial or subsequent recurring shipping membership
Let’s apply these guidelines to Vars Performance as we come to a final conclusion.
Our Bottom Line About the Vars Performance Supplement
The bottom line is that you want to unleash your manhood, but you don’t want to get ripped off in the process. And while we didn’t test the supplement ourselves to provide firsthand feedback, it’s our opinion that there are several important considerations to discuss with your doctor before placing an order for Vars Performance.
For example, the only way to purchase the supplement is through a trial/ recurring shipping offer, and it comes with a nearly $90 price tag to boot. On top of this, sites like Examine.com, WebMD, and the Natural Medicines Database report only Panax ginseng has clinical evidence that it can address any of the claims made by Vars’ manufacturer.
And even then, without a label (we hadn’t yet received an email response from the company as of publishing), we can’t know if the supplement contains the same dosages found in supporting clinical studies.
To top it all off, you’ll pay more than $20 in S&H and other fees if you return Vars Performance, although this is only eligible if you don’t try the supplement.
Looking for more information after you've scheduled your doctor's appointment? Find out what science says about testosterone boosters.
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
I ordered the introductory pack; 10-capsule blister pack for the price of shipping of about $6. The order turned out to be an auto order scam. That wasn't made clear at the time of order.
I called customer service to cancel the order. I tried to cancel the next order but found out they only return a small portion of the charge, about 1/3. After two calls and about an hour's hassle, the company offered to send me a 30-day supply (which I understood was 30 tablet supply) and refund a small portion of the original charge.
The refund still hasn't shown up or the 30-tablet supply, just another 10-capsule blister pack.
Conclusion: Rip off, waste of money... for a basic Ginseng tablet.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend