The bigger names in the test boosting industry will often refine or completely redo their formula. It keeps reviewers like us on our toes, because we have to make sure our review is always up to date and relevant.
With that in mind, it’s time to refresh our Testogen review after quite a significant formula change.
Let’s find out how Testogen fares against the competition in 2018.
The product offers the following list of benefits;
- Increase your strength and stamina through improved muscle size
- Sharpen your focus whether at work or at play
- Banish tiredness, irritability, loss of concentration and excess body fat
- Reverse loss of stamina, decreased muscle tone and poor libido
The million $$$ question then is … does it deliver?
How Does It Work?
At a Glance
- Testosterone stimulators such as Vitamin D3, Nettle Root and D-Aspartic Acid
- Estrogen suppression via Vitamin B6 and Boron
- Fenugreek blood sugar and insulin regulation
- Magnesium & Zinc included to help promote free testosterone
- Panax Ginseng for blood flow, faster recovery and enhanced libido
How can we not like the new Testogen? It’s as if they read our last review and made all the changes we recommended. They’ve wisely dropped the Tribulus Terrestris altogether. Our complaints about the D3 levels have been addressed – an extra 500%.
Proven testosterone winners Magnesium and Boron added. Zinc and Vitamin B6 changed to a more bioavailable form. Bioperine added to again boost bioavailability.
This is a 180° turnaround on this formula. Sinner to winner.
So why not 10/10 then? Well, they’ve made one clanger which stops them getting full marks. They’ve picked the wrong Vitamin K. We get 10 times as much K1 as K2 in our diets, it’s the K2 variant that best doubles up with Vitamin D3 to boost test levels.
Incidentally, it’s not that easy to find the ingredients and dosages on the Testogen website, it’s buried at the bottom of the FAQ page. To make life easier for you, we’ve added it below;
Testogen is a premium product which is unsurprisingly priced at the premium end of the market. However, 2 things spring to our attention here;
- It is very slightly cheaper than it’s direct competitors.
- The multi-buy deals offer better value than Testogen’s competitors.
- Shipping is completely free regardless of what you are buying and where you are.
You don’t often see a ‘Buy 2 get one free’ offer, supplements manufacturers normally only start offering free boxes when you are buying at least 3 or more. And free shipping even on one box, regardless of where you live? That’s also unusual.
It’s difficult to find any complaints about Testogen, their customer service, or their refund/guarantee policies online.
As you can see from the comments on this page, occasionally you get people complaining about shipping times. But when you ship worldwide you have to offer a budget shipping option. That means using the national/state carriers in various countries who can be …. erratic, shall we say. Not Testogen’s fault in other words.
The formula is well researched and fully disclosed, the product is manufactured in cGMP licensed premises. A good score here.
The testimonials section on the Testogen website it a disappointment, they should really be putting more effort into that. The product has been around for 4 years and is a massive seller – there needs to be more social proof about it than this;
However, saying that … there aren’t any bad testimonials from dissatisfied users either so a middling score is fair.
Testogen was originally conceived and manufactured by South African company Advanced Health Ltd. It’s since been bought by Wolfson Berg Limited, a much larger (and more successful) supplements company with a range of industry leading supplements.
It is no coincidence that they reformulated the product after buying it, making it 10* better. There’s nothing about Wolfson Berg that causes us concern for the consumer or would prompt us to mark their score down.
How Do I Take It?
Take four capsules a day 20 minutes before breakfast.
Any Testogen Side Effects?
Based on the ingredient profile, we wouldn’t anticipate any side-effects from taking Testogen.
Where Can I Get It?
Testogen is only available from the manufacturer’s official website. Yes, this limits buying options – but it also means there’s no chance you are buying counterfeit merchandise. You’ll be getting the real thing, direct from the source.
Ingredients – In Detail
D-AA, as it’s sometimes known as a lynchpin of effective testosterone boosters because it works on the central area of the brain to release hormones crucial to regulating the production of testosterone.
Luteinizing, follicle-stimulating and human growth hormone for example, all play key roles in testosterone and are facilitated by D-AA. Some studies indicate that D-AA also serves to remove limitations on the rate of testosterone production in the testes, improving the body’s overall efficiency in that respect.
Fenugreek has been found to be an extremely potent libido enhancer. Indian in origin, it influences insulin levels, which regulates testosterone and the sex hormone binding globulin. With lower insulin levels, testosterone production can increase, as can sex drive.
There is an impressive body of scientific evidence to back up the positive health effects of Fenugreek.
Zinc’s ability to release the aforementioned luteinizing hormones allows for the creation of free testosterone and growth hormone. To be fair to TestoGen, there would be serious questions about any supplement that overlooked zinc while trying to boost testosterone.
The other main component of ZMA supplements is Magnesium. Testogen’s reformulation has added Magnesium into the formula, which is an excellent decision by their lab.
One of the key reasons Magnesium is one of the first names on the team sheet when it comes to test boosters is that it lowers SHBG count, creating more ‘free test’ which our systems can use effectively.
Ginseng has proven time and again its ability to boost Nitric Oxide in men, which is important because Nitric Oxide controls blood flow, which aids erectile dysfunction.
It also contains steroidal saponins which increase testosterone levels, DHT, luteinizing hormone and androgens.
Much like zinc and magnesium is, boron is another mineral with strong test boosting credentials.
Another addition in the recent formula update, it’s a clever inclusion because it’s useful in very small amounts.
Nettle Root Extract
Yet another formula addition in v2 of the Testogen evolution, nettle root is another ingredient included to lower SHBG and create more free testosterone.
Not only does it do that, it has been shown in clinical studies to reduce estrogen through it’s beta-sitosterol.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6)
Vitamin B6’s main use is as an estrogen suppressant. estrogen is the female sex hormone and its presence in higher levels can serve to neutralize the testosterone in our systems.
B6 works with the metabolic pathway C2 and it has been shown to decrease estrogen activity once it is bound to the receptor, keeping overall estrogen production low.
Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)
Testosterone levels as a rule have been shown to rise naturally in the summer compared to the winter and the reason for this is in large part down to the Vitamin D3 we get from sunlight.
Vitamin D3 in a supplement then is highly desirable for boosting testosterone as it takes old mother nature out the equation. Many test boosting supplements include it, but often in dosages that are too small to make a difference.
One of the most positive aspects of the Testogen reformulation is that they’ve boosted the D3 levels so much. 500% to be exact.
Bioperine is the branded version of the generic black pepper extract. Produced by the Sabinsa corporation, the reason bioperine is included in a supplement formula is not because there are any direct benefits of black pepper – it’s because it’s inclusion allows the body to absorb the other ingredients more effectively.
Is Bioperine better than normal black pepper? We’ll leave that for another article, for now we’ll just say that it’s a good inclusion.
We’ve seen something of a revolution in Testogen since the first formulation. It was full of holes and problems, there were few buying options on the site and given its poor formula it couldn’t compete at the prices being charged.
What a turnaround. The formula is very strong now, we can only pick one flaw in it. The prices are discounted, shipping is free for all – the evolution of this product has taken it from a mid-table ‘never was’ to a podium finisher.