Let’s face it when it comes to the most popular and contemporary products for naturally increasing testosterone levels, Nugenix is always up there among the best T boosters. And logically, many folks are wondering – does Nugenix work?
Before I give you a detailed answer to this question by relying on relevant scientific data, let me clarify something, there are two versions of Nugenix – the Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster and Nugenix Ultimate.
Since there are two distinct variations of this supplement, in today’s post we’re going to take a closer look at each of them, their ingredients and most importantly – whether or not they actually work, so make sure to read on!
Okay, So Does Nugenix Really Work?
In short, yes it might work as in optimizing your own testosterone production in a natural manner. Now, let’s examine each of the ingredients of each version of Nugenix so that we can conclude if it’s actually any good at making you manlier:
1. Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster – How Effective Is The Formula?
The ingredient profile of this variant of Nugenix is quite effective as a whole, with the only exception of Tribulus. Also, I’ve already covered the ingredient profiles of both versions of this testosterone booster in my ‘Nugenix ingredients‘ article so make sure to check that one out.
Now, the actual formula of this product does look quite generic for the most part, but that’s not a bad thing per se. The lack of too many bells and whistles is perfectly fine and the addition of several key vitamins is a brilliant idea. Here’s a quick breakdown of Nugenix’s formula:
- Vitamin B6 and B12 – These two are vital for a number of bodily processes, such as maintaining skin and nerve health and improving the production of red blood cells. Also, there are some studies, which suggest that vitamin B6 might play a role in modulating steroidal hormones e.g. testosterone (1).
- Zinc – This is a vital mineral that’s been tested and proven by researchers to positively affect T production, so it’s a no-brainer that this is a great addition to the formula of this product (2).
- L-Citrulline Malate – L-Citrulline is a nonessential amino acid that has the potential to be an adequate alternative to traditional ED (erectile dysfunction) treatment, according to science (3).
- Testofen (Fenugreek) – What we have here is a standardized Fenugreek extract. Fenugreek is a specific herb that’s been shown to elevate serum testosterone levels in clinical trials (4).
- Tribulus Terrestris – Another herbal extract, unfortunately far from an effective one. No studies even remotely suggest that this herb boosts T levels in men and if you’d like to know more, make sure to check my ‘Is Tribulus A Testosterone Booster?’ article.
Overall, this is a rather basic, yet potent formula. The drawback here is that they’re using a proprietary blend and that they’ve added Tribulus extract, which according to science (and in my opinion) is pretty useless for enhancing T production.
2. Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone – Does It Have The Superior Ingredient Profile?
Yes, I think it does and relevant studies agree with me. Let’s take a look at each ingredient now, shall we?
- D-Aspartic Acid – Studies show that this amino acid does indeed increase testosterone levels, both in guys with low T and in trained athletes (5).
- Fenugreek – This is an overlapping ingredient as it’s present in both versions of Nugenix and as I already highlighted in the previous section, studies do show that it boosts testosterone production.
- Epimedium Extract (Horny Goat Weed) – According to science, this herb both optimize libido and bring low T levels back to normal values. The only ‘but’ is that the particular study that mentions this used antlers (not humans) as test subjects (6).
- Stinging Nettle Extract – There’s a lack of human trials concerning the T boosting effects of Stinging Nettle, although one particular research suggests that this herb doesn’t actually improve testosterone production, although it’s good for your prostate (7).
- Maca Extract – Studies show that this Peruvian herb is a potent aphrodisiac that optimizes sexual function, but doesn’t really affect T levels (8).
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract – Mucuna Pruriens is an Ayurvedic powerhouse with proven benefits for guys. Studies claim that this herb can elevate testosterone levels by 38% on average, which is spectacular (9).
- Eurycoma Longifolia (Tongkat Ali) – This flowering plant has been scientifically validated to increase both free and total testosterone levels, while also improving muscle strength (10).
- Boron – This is a chemical compound with a stellar track record. Scientific reviews highlight the fact that supplementing with Boron significantly increases free T levels and that’s simply brilliant (11).
There’s no denying that the ultimate formula of Nugenix is superior and It’s evident that it’s been carefully designed. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if I tell you that for me, the most optimal version of this supplement is its Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone guise.
Does Nugenix Make You Bigger Though?
Yep, it can make you bigger i.e. more muscular both directly and indirectly. This supplement can help you pack on some muscle mass directly thanks to some of the ingredients. Here are a few examples:
- Studies reveal conclusive data regarding Eurycoma Longifolia (a.k.a. Tongkat Ali) and its ability to increase both lean mass and muscle strength. And on top of that, Tongkat Ali also has the ability to lower body fat levels, as test subjects dropped their BF levels by roughly 3% (12)!
- Relevant research also suggests that Boron can be used for enhancing muscle strength, while also strengthening your bones and lowering the risk of developing certain conditions such as osteoporosis (meaning porous/weak bones) (13).
However, the more interesting part is perhaps the indirect effect that Nugenix has on your muscle mass. Basically, if you increase your own testosterone production, you’ll make it that much easier for you to pack on some quality mass and keep it.
Research data shows that having more testosterone coarsing through your veins means that you’ll build and retain muscle mass easier!
It’s worth noting that according to relevant studies, having higher testosterone levels are associated with a lesser decline in lean mass as a result of aging (14). As we get older, a lot of things shrink (no pun intended) and muscle mass is one of them, but the good news is that having more T in your system would mean that you can preserve more muscle mass.
Also, having more endogenous (produced by the body) testosterone in your body may additionally help by supporting healthy aging. But please, focus on the word ‘endogenous’ here – this means only your natural T production, not synthetic testosterone e.g. anabolic steroids!
And don’t forget that if you’re deficient in our primary male hormone, you’ll face rather unpleasant consequences such as reduced muscle size and strength, higher body fat percentages and a decline in sex drive and function (15). If you’re concerned about having insufficient amounts of testosterone, then you better keep an eye out for the symptoms of low T!
Okay, But Does Nugenix Have An Estrogen Blocker?
Yes, although as a separate product. While the regular Nugenix test booster along with the ultimate version don’t have anti-estrogen capabilities, there’s a specific estrogen-blocking product in the Nugenix lineup called the Nugenix Estro-Regulator.
As the name suggests, this anti-estrogen supplement is designed to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Or in other words, it’s supposed to act as an aromatase inhibitor by using certain ingredients. Speaking of which, this is what this Estro-Regulator consists of:
- Vitamin E
- Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract
- Diindolylmethane (DIM)
Now, you’re probably wondering which ingredients actually work at blocking or suppressing estrogen activity in the body and that’s why we’re now going to check only the ones that have been backed by science:
- The fat-soluble vitamin E has been shown to have a role in inhibiting the activity of estrogen receptors via altering estrogen-response pathways (16).
- In vitro studies of 3,3′-diindolylmethane (or DIM) highlight that this bioactive compound (extracted from cruciferous veggies) possesses a clear antiestrogenic activity (17).
If you ask me, this is most definitely not most comprehensive anti-estrogen formula out there, nor does it have enough proven ingredients in it. Seems like instead of adding it one of the Nugenix T boosters, the guys behind this supplement line decided to create a separate product.
However, the great thing about it is that you can actually combine the Estro-Regulator either with the Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster or the Ultimate Testosterone. It’s kind of logical to consider that combining them would yield better overall results, so it’s up to you to give it a try.
Conclusion – Is Nugenix Effective?
I believe that based on its ingredient profile, it might very be a pretty effective tool for boosting your natural T production. Of course, don’t think that this will have the same effect as anabolic steroids for example or that it’ll enhance your testosterone levels so much that you’ll become the next Ronnie Coleman or something.
It’s up to you to give it a try if you’re curious as generally speaking, what works for you might not work for someone else and vice versa. Regardless, most of the ingredients in Nugenix have been backed by science, so it HAS to be effective.
Have you already tried it btw and if yes, what kind of results did you see? Let me know in the comment section below!
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