Have you ever seen a testosterone booster that promises a massive increase in testosterone levels in just 12 days?
Me neither, but this one does.
According to advertisements by Novex Biotech who makes this product, TestroVax increases testosterone levels by more than 42% in 12 days. Sorry, but I think TestroVax makes promises it can’t keep!
I am sure they promise this because they have some good ingredients that are proven to increase low testosterone. Unfortunately, even though TestroVax uses ingredients that have been clinically-tested and proven effective, they are in a proprietary blend. We will discuss this in detail later in this article.
Who was TestroVax developed for?
Who Should be Taking TestroVax, if anyone?
TestroVax is considered a very authoritative over-the-counter T-booster by Novex Biotech. Because it is touted to be so powerful, it is not recommended for all males in all age groups.
If you are under 30 and/or a typical bodybuilder, TestroVax is not for you. Also, if you are a male who already has proper levels of testosterone, it is recommended that you do not take TestroVax.
TestroVax is meant for men over the age of 30 who cannot seem to keep their testosterone levels up to normal. Even though TestroVax is not a prescription testosterone booster, it is supposedly stronger than most testosterone supplements.
TestroVax is said to increase free testosterone levels, lean muscle mass, energy, and even libido.
To decide if this supplement is as powerful as advertised, we need to have a closer look at its ingredients.
What are the Exact Ingredients in TestroVax?
TestroVax consist of 15 ingredients to boost testosterone levels. Three of them are various B vitamins. The other twelve ingredients are part of a 2.7-gram proprietary blend that they call Testrothione. Most of the so-called testosterone-boosting power comes from the Testrothione blend.
I do not like proprietary blends because too many companies use them to mask deficient quantities of ingredients. These dishonest manufacturers take a small proprietary blend and pack with so many ingredients, it becomes impossible for each to be included in their recommended beneficial amounts.
Since the Testrothione proprietary blend is big, it is always possible that included ingredients could the proper quantities.
Here is a list of the ingredients and their function in the blend besides the B Vitamins:
- Schizonepeta Powder: Schizonepeta powder is an herbal extract usually used for skin problems. Other uses include treating fever and sore throat. I have not been able to find any evidence that schizonepeta has any effect on testosterone production. It is a very strange ingredient to put in a T-booster. It is considered an anti-inflammatory so maybe that is why it is included.
- Aspartic Acid: Aspartic acid is an amino acid produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates luteinizing hormone (LH) production. LH travels to the testicles and boosts testosterone production. This makes aspartic acid a very effective T-booster. In a 2009 study, testosterone levels in men taking aspartic acid rose by more than 40% in 12 days. This is the study Novex Biotech refers to in their advertisements. It is highly unlikely that there is enough AA in this proprietary blend to produce the same results.
- Fenugreek: Fenugreek has been shown to increase testosterone levels by inhibiting aromatase and 5α-reductase, which are enzymes that influence how cholesterol is used to produce testosterone. By blocking aromatase, the plant compounds in fenugreek reduce excess estrogen levels in the body, thereby increasing testosterone levels. This ingredient makes sense in this blend.
- Arginine: Arginine is another amino acid which triggers nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide does not directly stimulate testosterone production, but it does open blood vessels to increase circulation. That should allow testosterone to move more freely throughout the body.
- Resveratrol: Resveratrol is an antioxidant and chemical primarily found in red wine. According to WebMD, it works a lot like nitric oxide, expanding blood vessels to increase circulating testosterone. It also decreases estrogen production, which make the most of testosterone’s effectiveness.
- Grape Seed and Grape Skin: Grape seed and skin have several of the same traits as resveratrol. Grape has the additional benefit of increasing blood testosterone levels and sperm count.
- Rhodiola Rosea: Rhodiola is beneficial for many health reasons, including its ability to boost energy levels, boost immune system, relieve depression, strengthen the nervous system, improve cognitive function, aid in weight loss efforts, and increase libido. It improves athletic performance and sexual function and is believed to prevent heart disease. However, I have found nothing about it increasing or even aiding in the increase of testosterone.
- Licorice: I have no clue why licorice is included in TestroVax. As I have reported in other articles, licorice lowers testosterone production. In one of the studies I found in my research, licorice decreased testosterone levels in male subjects by 25% in 7 days.
- Red Clover: The tops of red clover contain isoflavones, which convert to phytoestrogens when metabolized. Phytoestrogens act like estrogen, which decreases testosterone’s effectiveness. So, as with licorice, there is no good reason for this to be in any testosterone booster.
- Damiana: Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac and to boost sexual performance by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians and is used for sexual stimulation in men and women, increased energy, asthma, depression, impotence and menstrual problems. No evidence that this has anything to do with increasing testosterone.
- Indian Ginseng: Listed as withania somnifera, Indian ginseng improves energy and athletic performance. It works mainly by lowering blood sugar. There is some thought that it raises T-levels as well.
- Taurine: The last ingredient in the TestroVax proprietary blend is taurine, which is another amino acid. Taurine improves mental and physical performance, as well as helps treat heart failure and high blood pressure. I could not find any scientific studies that this ingredient has anything to do with increasing testosterone.
And here is a list of additional ingredients directly from the bottle. No clue what most of these are. Another red flag?:
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropylcellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, polydextrose, titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide, talc, FD&C Blue 2 Lake, maltodextrin, and medium chain triglycerides.
As you can see, some of these ingredients have strong testosterone-boosting potential. Others are actually known to decrease testosterone production. Since TestroVax uses a proprietary blend, we have no way of knowing how strong any of the ingredients are.
How Much Am I Going to Pay for TestroVax?
TestroVax retails for around $70 per bottle. Most of the best testosterone boosters cost between $30 and $60.
You can save 20% and qualify for free shipping by signing up for an automatic monthly shipment of TestroVax. Remember, this means you will receive a new bottle monthly and be charged each month, until you cancel.
You can also purchase it at GNC.com, where you can get 1 bottle for $49.99 and a $1 flat shipping rate.
What are the TestroVax Pros?
- Does contain some proven ingredients.
- Comes from a reliable company with more than 20 years of experience.
- Requires just one 3-capsule dose daily.
- Doesn’t cause big side effects.
What are the TestroVax Cons?
- Contains a large proprietary blend with ingredients of unknown quantity and quality.
- Contains several ingredients that are known to lower testosterone levels.
- A bit expensive with limited availability.
- Not many customer reviews yet available.
Another Con or negative is the warning and caution statements on the TestroVax website, that I think you need to read before considering whether to take this product or not. Here it is in its entirety:
WARNING: Do not exceed suggested daily serving. For adult males only. Before consuming TestroVax, consult your physician. Do not use TestroVax if you have any pre-existing medical condition, including but not limited to: high or low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, heart, liver, or thyroid disease, anxiety, depression, seizure disorder, psychiatric disease, diabetes, pernicious anemia, difficulty urinating due to prostate enlargement, or if you are taking an MAO inhibitor or any other medication. Discontinue use if sleeplessness, tremors, dizziness, nervousness, headache, or heart palpitations occur. Do not use if the inner safety seal under the cap is broken or missing. Keep out of reach of children. Use only as directed.
CAUTION: Increased testosterone levels may increase aggression, overconfidence, and sexual arousal.
The warnings about pre-existing conditions is more than enough to scare me away. How about you?
Should I Give TestroVax a Try? Not on Your Life in My Humble Opinion!
Even though this is made by a reputable manufacturer, the proprietary blend has to many unknown quantities of ingredients.
I do not recommend this product!
I have only a few testosterone supplements that I recommend because they contain the correct quality and quantities of excellent T-Boosting ingredients.
Update 2019: I have reviewed many more t booster since this article and here is my Top Ten Testosterone Boosters for 2018.