TESTOMAX is a really interesting testosterone booster. It really walks a fine line between being simple on the one hand and pathetically weak on the other. In the end, we settled on it being weak. Nutravita included some really good ingredients in the TESTOMAX formula, but they dosed them far too low to have a meaningful impact on testosterone levels. We’ve never seen a stack use less than 1,000mg of D-Aspartic Acid. Only once in fact, but even then it was 1g of D-AA Calcium Chelate, not the 600mg of regular D-AA we get here! The main ingredient – the one that practically all the formula is dedicated too – is not particularity effective or reliable a testosterone booster.
All in all, this is a disappointing supplement. You’re not going to get any noticeable results from TESTOMAX. We have no idea why it’s so popular.
Our TESTOMAX Review
Nutravita is a general wellness brand which produces a wide range of supplements designed to improve all-round health and human performance. They aren’t bodybuilding specialists; these guys don’t produce any of the standard bodybuilding or sports-specific supplements we see from the other brands we write about on this site. However, they do have a dedicated testosterone booster – TESTOMAX.
What does TESTOMAX claim to do?
Why should anybody care about it?
As you can see, TESTOMAX does not claim to work like the typical testosterone boosters aimed at bodybuilders. It doesn’t claim to increase testosterone above your usual baseline levels. Instead, it claims to support normal, healthy testosterone levels in men.
The bottle states that this product contributes to the following:
- Normal metabolism of fatty acids
- Normal fertility and reproduction
- Normal spermatogenesis
These are benefits that would primarily be of interest to older guys who think they might be struggling with low testosterone. When we get older, we gain weight easier, we find that our sex drive starts to flag, and we might find that we become significantly less fertile.
Of course, the main, stated benefit of TESTOMAX is that it “contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels”. The benefits listed above would all stem from having higher serum bio-available testosterone levels.
There are some ways to achieve the benefits listed above without increasing testosterone levels. You can treat the symptoms of low testosterone without addressing the problem itself. Good T-boosters will actually tackle the problem, not the symptoms.
So on the face of things, TESTOMAX sounds like a great product for older men who might be suffering from low testosterone.
The question is, how many of these claims are true and how much of this is just marketing speak?
Does TESTOMAX really work?
How does it compare to the best natural testosterone boosters on sale right now?
Find out by reading our full TESTOMAX review below. We cover the ingredients, the doses, the side effects, and the price. Have you used Nutravita TESTOMAX? Did you like it? What did it do for you? Please share your experiences in the comments at the end!
Nutravita TESTOMAX Formula
Let’s take a look at the TESTOMAX formula to see if it can really deliver on the promises made by Nutravita:
That’s a very strange formula in our opinion.
Nutravita obviously know something about natural hormonal manipulation. They’ve included some really great ingredients in here. But the problem is that they’ve just not included anywhere near enough of them, and in some cases they’ve dosed said ingredients FAR TOO LOW to have a meaningful effect on your body.
We would ideally like to see some ingredients added to cover some of the other causes of low testosterone. There’s no cortisol control, and there’s no aromatase inhibitor.
By far and away the biggest problem, however, is the fact that the main ingredient does not affect your hormones in any way whatsoever. Maca Root has been studied plenty of times in controlled, clinical trials, and not once has it shown a lot of promise as a testosterone booster.
Overall we think that TESTOMAX is a pretty poor testosterone booster. We wouldn’t recommend it to any of our readers.
The formula has a lot of potential; with some fairly minor changes it could be made an awful lot better.
Let’s go through some of the main weaknesses in greater detail, starting with the most serious.
Main Weakness – Maca Root Does Nothing
As we see it, the biggest problem with TESTOMAX is the fact that the main ingredient has never been proven to have a significant effect on testosterone levels in men of any age or in any circumstances!
Maca Root is TESTOMAX’s main ingredient. Each serving provides 2000mg of the stuff; the next biggest ingredient is D-Aspartic Acid with 600mg. Clearly, Nutravita see Maca Root as doing much of the work here.
But we have no idea why they have selected this herbal extract as the main ingredient in TESTOMAX – to our knowledge, there isn’t a single clinical trial showing Maca Root having a meaningful effect on testosterone levels in humans.
Quite the contrary in fact!
If you’re interested in using Maca Root to increase testosterone, we recommend reading this paper. It describes a trial in which researchers gave men aged 21-52 either Maca Root (1500mg or 3000mg) or placebo once per day for 12 weeks. The researchers measured various hormone levels at 2 week intervals and at the end of the trial. Here is what they found:
“Data showed that compared with placebo Maca had no effect on any of the hormones studied nor did the hormones show any changes over time. Multiple regression analysis showed that serum testosterone levels were not affected by treatment with Maca at any of the times studied (P, not significant). In conclusion, treatment with Maca does not affect serum reproductive hormone levels.” (Published 2002 in the Journal of Endocrinology).
Maca failed to change any hormonal parameters at doses as high as 3000mg per day for 12 weeks. We haven’t just picked an unfavorable study out of spite either; we have simply never seen a clinical trial in which Maca Root supplementation worked.
And yet TESTOMAX uses it as its main ingredient! We think dedicating so much formula space to such a useless ingredient is really a big mistake. This alone is enough to put us off buying this supplement.
Major Problem – D-AA Dosed Too Low
Another serious problem with this product is the fact that the serving size of one of the best ingredients is far too small to have optimal effects.
TESTOMAX contains D-Aspartic Acid.
This is a fantastic natural testosterone booster. The difference that this simple amino acid has on your own natural testosterone production is incredible. D-Aspartic Acid stimulates the production of Luteinizing Hormone in the pituitary gland. This in turn tells the Leydig cells in the testes to start pumping out more testosterone.
Supplementing with D-Aspartic Acid leads to a sizeable increase in total and free serum testosterone levels in otherwise healthy men (ref).
However, in order to produce a significant effect, you need to consume a sufficiently large amount of D-Aspartic Acid per day.
Pretty much every single study which has looked at D-Aspartic Acid and its effect on testosterone has used a minimum of 2,000mg per day. Most studies have used 3,200mg; this is usually taken as the minimum active dose.
TESTOMAX contains 600mg.
There isn’t a single study which used less than 1000mg. There is no reason to think that using less than 1000mg will bring about any changes in testosterone levels at all.
Big Problem – Vitamin D Dosed Too Low
The final problem we feel we should highlight here is the fact that the serving of Vitamin D we get from TESTOMAX is pretty poor.
We think every testosterone booster should contain some Vitamin D. It is simply too effective, too reliable, and too cost-effective to leave out. Vitamin D deficiencies are also far too prevalent to ignore this aspect of combating low testosterone. If you think your testosterone levels are too low, chances are vitamin D has something to do with it!
TESTOMAX does contain some Vitamin D. However, the dose is really small compared to other products on the market today promising the same effects.
Each serving provides 200% of your RDI of Vitamin D.
This might sound like a lot at first, but when you consider the properties of Vitamin D, you’ll see that it is in fact pretty frugal.
The relationship between Vitamin D and testosterone is highly dose dependent – the more Vitamin D you have, the higher your testosterone levels seem to be. It is a relatively cheap ingredient to buy in large quantities. Most importantly, Vitamin D is safe to consume in relatively large quantities; side effects are unheard of at doses of 125μg per day (we picked this number because few studies go beyond this, although higher doses than this may well be safe too).
In fact, the recommendations for countering Vitamin D deficiency (very common in the West, particularly in northern America and northern Europe during winter) are to take as much as 100μg per day.
The 10μg we get from TESTOMAX probably seems a lot less impressive now!
We have no idea why they have skimped so much on such a potentially effective, safe, and relatively inexpensive ingredient. Whatever their reasons, their supplement has really suffered for it.
Nutravita TESTOMAX Side Effects – Is It Safe?
For the vast majority of users, we have absolutely no reason to think that TESTOMAX is going to cause any serious side effects.
The ingredients used here will be very familiar to those of you who have experience with natural testosterone boosters. These same ingredients are found in hundreds of other products on the market right now, although not in the exact same combination. They are standard ingredients for testosterone boosters. There’s nothing at all novel or particularly exciting about the substances in TESTOMAX.
Much more importantly, every single ingredient in TESTOMAX has been tested for its suitability as a human dietary supplement. They have all been found to be generally safe for regular human consumption. None of the studies we have read raised serious concerns regarding long-term health effects. None of them even seem to cause side effects in a large proportion of users.
The doses used here are all well within what we would deem normal limits.
The only large dose is the Maca Root, but we don’t think this is going to do anything dramatic – that includes raising testosterone! The only likely side effect (for most users) is an upset stomach.
Overall, Nutravita look like they have produced a safe supplement here.
The average user is highly unlikely to experience any side effects worth mentioning.
Of course, every individual is different. You are not the average user – you have your own unique circumstances. It is possible that TESTOMAX is unsuitable for you because of your allergies, diet, supplement regimen, or medications. That’s why you must consult with a doctor before using this stack!
If you experience any side effects whatsoever while using TESTOMAX, discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention.
Please remember the following while reading our testosterone booster reviews:
- We are not doctors
- This is not medical advice
All we are doing here is highlighting the most obvious dangers according to our research and experiences. We can only talk about the ‘average user’; this is not tailored dietary advice. You must do your own research and talk to your regular family physician before using any testosterone boosters.
Your doctor may find that you have seriously low testosterone, in which case they might prescribe more invasive measures like TRT.
TESTOMAX Review Conclusion – Is It Any Good?
Truth be told, we really wouldn’t recommend this product to anybody. Nutravita have genuinely tried to create a decent testosterone booster here; they’ve picked an ingredient they believed to work, and they dosed it well. They then obviously threw in some supporting ingredients to juice it up a little.
Unfortunately, they’ve back ed a losing horse – Maca Root doesn’t do ANYTHING for testosterone.
There really isn’t much room for argument here. If anybody wants to send us some studies in which Maca Root supplementation improved the hormone profiles of healthy men, then we’re very much open to changing our minds.
But as it stands, the science is clear – Maca Root is ineffective.
This is the main ingredient in TESTOMAX, and by some margin too. This is a fatal flaw in our opinion; this by itself would be enough to put us off buying TESTOMAX.
That is the biggest problem with this stack for sure, but it is far from the only problem.
The D-AA dose is laughably small.
The Vitamin D dose is pathetic.
Fenugreek doesn’t actually influence hormonal parameters.
There’s no aromatase inhibitor.
There’s nothing to suppress cortisol.
If the doses of D-AA and Vitamin D were larger, and Nutravita included a potent aromatase inhibitor, then this would be a considerably better product. These changes could be made cheaply, too.
So it’s a real shame that Nutravita have made these massive oversights. If you want real results and some serious bang for your buck, then our advice is to look elsewhere. TESTOMAX doesn’t even come close to delivering the same kind of punch as some of our top rated testosterone boosters.