It’s not uncommon for people to mistake testosterone boosting supplements i.e. testosterone boosters for anabolic steroids. Why? Due to ignorance. That’s why most assume that anything with “testosterone” in its name is bound to be illegal and dangerous. But that’s not the case as most T boosters are perfectly safe. What about one of the most popular natural test boosters TestoGen though? What about the TestoGen side effects… does it have any?
As with any supplement out there, some of the herbs and extracts in TestoGen can potentially lead to certain side effects. However, those are largely dose-dependent and none of the ingredients of this product is dosed so highly dosed to cause any concern. So unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in this supplement you should be fine. Personally, the only side effect of taking this product that I experienced was some excess aggression at times, as evident in my own TestoGen review. Regardless, each body is unique and some people might respond differently!
Firstly, let’s take a look at the ingredient profile of this product. This way you’ll know if there’s something that you’re allergic to.
What Does TestoGen Contain?
It contains a total of 11 different ingredients, derived from natural sources. Here’s the complete list with the amount of each:
- Magnesium – 200 mg
- Vitamin B6 – 20 mg
- Zinc – 10 mg
- Vitamin D3 – 50 mcg
- Vitamin K1 – 10 mcg
- D-Aspartic Acid – 2352 mg
- Nettle leaf – 40 mg
- Red Ginseng – 40 mg
- Fenugreek – 40 mg
- Boron – 8mg
- Bioperine – 5 mg
It’s quite obvious that there are only natural extracts, herbs and compounds in this formula. And if you want a more in-depth take on these ingredients, make sure to check my scientific breakdown of the TestoGen ingredients.
What Are The Potential Side Effects Of The Ingredients In TestoGen?
Potentially and generally speaking you might experience things like increased nervousness, headaches, irritability, acne and even aggression. However, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience ANY of these adverse reactions! That’s because the ingredients in this supplement are dosed correctly and some are even underdosed.
Still, let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that have higher doses:
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – 20 mg (1428% of normal daily values)
The fact that TestoGen uses a dose that’s 1428% greater than the nutrient reference values (i.e. daily values) for Vit B6 might seem frightening, sure. But it shouldn’t be! Relevant research shows that the safe upper limit for Vitamin B6 supplementation is 100 mg (1).
This is FIVE times more than what’s inside TestoGen so stop worrying. Vitamin B6 can cause neuropathy at doses of 1000 mg daily – now compare that to the mere 20 mg dose here!
The same study also points out that occasional toxicity might occur at doses between 100 and 300 mg per day. In this regard, this supplement is as safe as they get, as you’ll be well within the safe range for this vitamin. Nonetheless, here’s what you might expect if you take too much Vit B6 (over 100 mg or more likely over 1000):
Anyhow, B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water and as a result, your body doesn’t store them.
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) – 50 mcg (1000% of normal daily values)
Again, don’t let the three-digit numbers here freak you out. It’s widely accepted that Vitamin D doses of around 4000 UI (100 mcg) are safe. In fact, studies show that doses of up to 10000 UI (250 mcg) didn’t show any toxicity in healthy individuals (2). This means that you need well over 50 mcg of this vitamin to even remotely experience any side effects.
And such side effects are the direct result of calcium buildup in the bloodstream, due to massive amounts of Vitamin D in the body. The scientific name for this condition is hypercalcemia (3) and it can potentially lead to certain unpleasant reactions such as:
Still, the dose presented in TestoGen is far from being excessive so you should be fine.
Zinc – 10 mg (100% of normal daily values)
Okay, okay I know that this is the optimal Zinc dosage per day according to the nutrient references values (NRV). Regardless, I still wanted to tackle Zinc as some folks might be afraid of not overdosing with it. I’m here to tell you that 10 mg of Zinc won’t kill you, especially since the upper intake level or UL for this mineral is 40 mg/day.
Anyway, if you ever decide to go overboard with Zinc supplementation (e.g. doses over 150 or even 100 mg), here’s what you might encounter:
- Metallic taste
On a side note, one particular study found that 150 mg Zinc per day over 6 weeks may cause vomiting (4). In fact, more than half of the test subjects in this research experienced vomiting with this dose. But 150 mg is like 15 times more than the amount of Zinc found in TestoGen, so you’ll be well and alive.