FDA inspected facilities. GMP approved manufacturing.
These are the accolades under the Intenergy name — the former two earned, the latter self-assigned — to which we have to say: Good job, guys. Congratulations. Keep it up… while inwardly wondering: What’s the MF catch??
After all, Amazon says this product has Vegetarian Caps while the product’s Other Ingredients clearly displays “Gelatin.” So now we’re outwardly wondering: WHAT’S THE MF CATCH.
Let’s read the review to find out.
Manufactured by Intenergy, BioMen is a “powerful testosterone and libido booster” that prioritizes the latter end of that descriptor (libido) over the former (testosterone). Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, right? Formula notes:
- Proprietary Blend: With exception to the vitamins & minerals, the formula is hidden in BioMen’s proprietary blend, aptly named “Proprietary blend.”
- Herbal Extracts: BioMen supplies a mix of concentrated plant extracts (Good!) and cheap plant powders (Cheap!).
- Bad Choices: It isn’t just that BioMen prioritizes libido over testosterone but it lessens the overall bioefficacy of the formula with ingredients that don’t make much sense.
BioMen Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 3 Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin E (as dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate)||20 IU (67% DV)|
|Magnesium (as magnesium oxide)||350 mg (88% DV)|
|Zinc (as zinc oxide)||15 mg (100% DV)|
|Proprietary blend||2732 mg|
|Tribulus terrestris (seed) (from 10:1 concentrate), Horny Goat Weed (herb) (Epimedium sagittatum) (from 20:1 concentrate), Korean Ginseng (root) Powder (Panax ginseng), Damiana (leaf) (Turnera diffusa) (from 4:1 concentrate), Turmeric (root) Powder (Curcuma Longa), Siberian Ginseng (root) Powder (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Stinging Nettle (leaf) Powder (Urtica dioica), GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), Red Clover (leaf) Extract (Trifolium pratense) (standardized to 8% Isoflavones), Calcium D-Glucarate, DIM (Diindolylmethane), DHEA (Dihydroepiandrosterone), Lycopene.|
Gelatin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.
Take 3 capsules in the morning.
Secret, secret — BioMen has secrets: It’s ingredient dosages.
There’s a lot happening in this formula, but only a little that’s shown with complete, non-proprietary transparency — that little being the vitamin & minerals:
- Vitamin E – Antioxidant vitamin, may prevent cholesterol oxidation into LDL.
- Magnesium – Associated with “free” T levels; average form, decent dosage.
- Zinc – #2 booster on our BIG List of T-Boosters; average form, good dosage.
Decent selection, nearly hitting the ZMA sports nutritional mark. Now let’s decipher BioMen’s proprietary blend:
Proprietary Blend, 2732 mg
Of the 16 ingredients nested in this supplement, 13 are hidden in this proprietary blend (bleh), which allots 2732 mg, averaging to a potential 210 mg per ingredient. That’s actually not bad — still nowhere near ideal as we’ll never know for sure the individual ingredient dosages of these 13 ingredients, but not bad.
Tribulus Terrestris – Every T-booster supplement seems to carry Tribulus, despite the lack of evidence in support of its T-boosting abilities. Trib may support male hormone precursors in older men but primarily operates as a physical/sexual performance enhancer.
Horny Goat Weed – Not a T-booster but rather a T-mimic, delivering some of the secondary effects of testosterone (namely libido) without affecting the hormone itself.
Korean Ginseng – Awesome adaptogen for both energy & relaxation, potentially supporting T levels based on one weak, dated study — typically supplemented as an ergogenic performance enhancer.
Damiana Leaf – For women’s health, Damiana makes sense. For men… ehh the research just isn’t there yet.
Turmeric – Commonly recommended for cognitive health due to its neuroprotective antioxidant status that seems to translate to a healthier antioxidant status across the body — the reduction in free radical damage may protect the testes and, consequently, T synthesis.
Siberian Ginseng – Not a true Ginseng but an effective stress reducer, potentially reducing the catabolic elements of stress for enhanced muscle gains.
Stinging Nettle – Believed to support T status by inhibiting 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme responsible for the conversion of T to DHT, and SHBG, a T-binding protein — although we’d need to see more clinical research to verify this claim.
GABA – Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter involved in inhibitory neural activity, the type associated with relaxation & sleep. Dietary GABA, however, doesn’t seem to work.
Red Clover – Some say Red Clover helps T, others say it helps estrogen — our take: Red Clover is an unreliable anti-estrogen, pro-T compound that should be supplemented for its other health benefits.
Calcium D-Glucarate – Viewed as a detox agent, promoting the excretion of certain toxins, but may also reduce steroid hormones, which is sort of counterproductive here.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) – A popular anti-estrogen compound sourced from cruciferous vegetables, although most research is centered on postmenopausal women’s health.
DHEA – Technically a prohormone compound but nothing to freak out over: DHEA may naturally increase T status, however dietary DHEA doesn’t really do anything.
Lycopene – Human research is mixed on this tomato pigment, which is generally valued for its antioxidant status, particularly for the prostate.
More libido- than T-boosts here, and some of the ingredients (GABA, DHEA, Calcium D-Glucarate) should be scrapped entirely.
The first RED flag came with BioMen’s numerous misspellings in their Supp Facts:
- “Epimedium sagitattum” — correct sp: sagittatum
- “Eleutherocus” — correct sp: Eleutherococcus
- “Diidolylmethane” — correct sp: Diindolylmethane
They’re not horrendous mistakes — we still know what’s in the formula — but we take it as evidence of a sloppy supplement.
The second RED flag also pertains to the Supp Facts: The proprietary blend.
BioMen is a large male supplement, stacking up to 16 ingredients, which is usually too much for any supplement but arguably works here for BioMen’s large 3 capsule serving size. However, this is a point subjected to argument because we can’t know for sure if it actually works — the proprietary blend obscures the individual ingredient dosages.
We’re confident that the first few listed items (Tribulus, Horny Goat Weed, Ginseng) will have an effect, as they’re absorbing the most milligrams from the blend’s overall dosage — also the Tribulus & HGW come in potent concentrated extracts. The only problem: None of these significantly boost testosterone.
They may have you feeling noice & manly, but uh… no T.
The benefits touted by Intenergy w/r/t BioMen include:
- Maximum muscle & energy enhancer
- Maintain and restore your sexual potency
- Detoxify the kidneys and liver of estrogen and toxins
- Total prostate health
- Sense of well-being
More grammar Nazi critical points: The first point deals with inconsistency — the list arbitrarily abandons the ampersand after the first point — and the second point pertains to the second list item’s illogical ordering of “maintain” and “restore,” as in you’ll want to restore your sexual potency before maintaining its condition, not vice versa. BioMen, get your copy straightened out!
But ya, anyhoo… These claims actually make sense, given the ingredient choices. We’re happy BioMen doesn’t try to exaggerate its T-boosting potential, as T seems to be a secondary concern with this supplement.
Who Takes It?
Older Men. BioMen aims at the older male demographics, as evidenced by its label:
As men get older testosterone decreases and estrogen can increase to the point of hormonal imbalance… Biomen combines over 12 powerful supplements to target this problem at the source.”
Natural herbal ingredients such as Tribulus, Horny Goat Weed, & Stinging Nettle seem to increase in efficacy as the user’s T levels decline with age.
Any Side Effects?
Nope. For the most part, the customer reviews are generally positive, indicating no serious risk of side effects. In fact, one Amazon reviewer has only one word for BioMen: “Excellent!”
- Herbal Extracts. With exception to a few powders, the plants are concentrated.
- Hefty Serving. 3 capsules almost makes up for 16 ingredients.
- Ergogenic. Physical & sexual performance enhancements.
- Strange Choices. GABA, DHEA, & Red Clover — say whaaaa..?
- Prop Blend. 16 ingredients, only 3 with their dosages shown.
- Sloppy Typos. Humanities have failed us.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $39.99
- Available online and in retail stores
You can buy Intenergy products through various online retailers, including Amazon & Lucky Vitamin shop.
Final Word on BioMen
Typos aside, BioMen actually impresses with a few potent herbal extracts and manly minerals, crafting a formula that, while not a serious testosterone booster, may benefit male health & performance in a number of ways. While we can’t say for sure how good this supplement is, it’s at least worth checking out.