Here’s a bit of important Life Advice from GAT:
If you don’t know what to do, DO IT ALL.
Fries or salad? HOW ABOUT A FRY SALAD! Movie or homework? WHY NOT READ A BOOK, TOO? Late-night party or early workout? PRE-WORKOUT GOES GREAT WITH JAGER!
Learn to say “D) All of the Above” to everything to get the most out of life.
That’s what Testagen is doing, for better or worse, with its 29-ingredient formula. Let’s hit the review to see how much better versus worse is in this bulky stack.
German American Technologies (GAT) has made plenty of awesome supplements, and they seemed to have combined several supplements into one with Testagen. No joke, check out how many ingredients this testosterone booster has. Formula notes:
- Prohormones: One common prohormone, one not so common. Professional athletes beware. Everyone else just chill out, okay?
- Potent Herbs: Testagen’s Mass, Strength & Size Formula is full of green, leafy, potent ass plants, several of which are actually dosed appropriately.
- HUGE Serving: 4 – 6 tablets daily for 29 ingredients. 4 – 6 tablets is a large serving size, but is that even enough for this formula?
Testagen Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 4 Tablets|
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate with mixed tocopherols)||30 IU (100% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||10 mg (500% DV)|
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide)||450 mg (113% DV)|
|Zinc (as Zinc Oxide)||30 mg (200% DV)|
|Selenium (as Selenomethionine)||70 mcg (100% DV)|
|Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate)||100 mcg (83% DV)|
|Testagen Mass, Strength & Size Formula|
|Beta-Sitosterol (from soy and other vegetable oils)||100 mg|
|2-aminoethanesulfonic acid||135 mg|
|Cyanotis vaga extract||95 mg|
|Maca (root)||25 mg|
|Asian ginseng extract (25% ginsenosides)||300 mg|
|Paulinnia Cupana (22%)||200 mg|
|Arctic Root Extract (3% rosavins)||300 mg|
|Puncture Vine (45% saponins) (whole plant)||500 mg|
|Shi Shi Extract (Immature Fruit)||50 mg|
|Mexican wild yam (root)||25 mg|
|Cnidium monnieri (aerial parts)||100 mg|
|Citrus paradise (40:1 extract)||50 mg|
|Mucuna pruriens extract (seed)||25 mg|
|Fenugreek (seed extract)||200 mg|
|Testagen Absorption Blend||700 mg|
|Flaxseed, ginger (root) (from 5:1 concentrate), long pepper (from 12:1 concentrate), fenugreek (seed) (from 4:1 concentrate) and Bioperine® black pepper extract|
Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hypromellose, Stearic Acid, Croscarmellose Sodium, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Magnesium Stearate, Silica and Film Ingredients (Polyvinyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Macrogol Talc, FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Yellow No. 6)
Suggested Use on Training and Non-Training Days: As a dietary supplement take 2-3 tablets with breakfast and another 2-3 tablets with lunch everyday. After 6 weeks of continual use, a one month break is recommended. Then repeat cycle as directed. Store in a cool dry place.
Testagen boasts “the most scientifically advanced, comprehensive, size, and strength Pro-Anabolic,” but is it perhaps too comprehensive?
After all, we’re talking 29 (Count ’em: TWENTY NINE) ingredients in this man stack. Granted, Testagen supplies a hefty serving size to accommodate these 29 (Count ’em: TWENTY NINE) ingredients, so that’s good…
But are the ingredients good?
Take a look:
Vitamins & Minerals
For a testosterone booster, the vitamin & mineral choices here aren’t bad.
We’re seeing the classic ZMA trio with Testogen’s Zinc + Magnesium + B6, in addition to Vitamin E, Selenium, and Chromium, which… meh, fine, so long as they don’t interrupt the T-booster dosages. They don’t seem to be doing that–all vitamins & minerals are adequately dosed.
Even so, the quality of these ingredients could use improvement as Testagen goes with the cheaper forms of these vitamins & minerals (e.g. Zinc Citrate > Zinc Oxide; P-5-P > Pyridoxine HCl).
Testagen Mass, Strength & Size Formula
There are 18 ingredients overall in this “blend.” Not all of them deserve to be covered, which indicates our first issue with this portion of the formula: Not all of these ingredients need to be here.
Starting with the “controversial” ingredients here:
- Epiandrosterone. Listed as 3β-Hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one, this prohormone is believed to convert to DHT, while possessing anti-estrogen bio-effects. Testagen misuses this prohormone by providing it in a 20 mg dosage (nowhere near the 300-400 mg daily requirement), which may trigger a drug test, without providing any of the benefits.
- 3,3′-Diindolylmethane. This is a common prohormone to testosterone supplements, but deserves special mention here for its listed name: 3-(1H-Indole-3-yimethyl)-1H-indole. Perhaps you didn’t know that’s DIM’s proper name (we don’t blame you), but there you go. DIM seems to inhibit aromatase, the enzyme responsible for converting T to estrogen.
The last scientific sounding ingredient (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) is simply Taurine–that energy drink amino that is not actually sourced from bull testicles, but seems to have a relaxing antioxidant effects on the body… nothing much to do with testosterone or strength.
The remaining list of ingredients are largely herbal, a few standalone compounds, some of which seem to have pro-testosterone and/or pro-anabolic effects, including:
- Arctic Root. Or Rhodiola, which is a powerful, performance-enhancing, anti-stress adaptogen with potential T-boosting bio-abilities.
- Beta Sitosterol. Similar to cholesterol in structure, believed to inhibit conversion of testosterone to DHT, resulting in more “free” T, as well as increased prostate protection.
- Tribulus Terrrestris. Not a true T-booster (despite being found in nearly every T-booster stack), but significantly spikes libido and may help regulate hormone levels.
- Maca. Again, not a true T-booster, but seems to aid libido, energy, & general physical performance.
- Fenugreek. Here’s a true T-booster that also pumps up the libido. Fenugreek doesn’t boost T production so much as it increases “free” T levels.
- Mucuna Pruriens. One of our Best 5 Favorite T-Boosters for its ability to boost T-helper Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and block female prolactin.
Other than these, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of testosterone boosting. Most of the remaining herbs are either energy/sex enhancers or are seemingly unrelated to male health.
Testagen Absorption Blend
The name of the game: Increased nutrient absorption.
Testagen spends a hefty 700 mg dosage on this blend, which seems a little unnecessary, considering that the Bioperine alone can accomplish a significant degree of nutrient absorption enhancement in as small as 5 – 10 mg dosages. All the same, Testagen gets an A+ for effort in this category.
In terms of ingredient count & serving size, Testagen is BIG.
To get the full effect of these nutraceuticals, you’re required to supplement at least 4 tablets daily (possibly 6 tablets, iffen you feel so inclined). And we’re saying this under the illusion that Testagen adequately supplies the full bio-effects of its chosen ingredients.
On one hand, we’re slightly amazed that dosage-demanding herbs such as Tribulus, Rhodiola, Fenugreek, & Ginseng are receiving enough milligrams in this bulging stack to have an effect. Yet, plenty of the ingredients are barely receiving any milligrams at all–e.g. Mucuna Pruriens, Maca, Wild Yam… It’s a puzzling strategy, leading us to think that it would’ve been better for GAT to simply hone in on the T-boosters that work, ignoring the rest completely.
Then there’s the issue with Epiandrosterone.
If you’re going to go all prohormone on us, then you better bring the prohormones. Testagen brings the prohormones with Epiandrosterone, but it doesn’t reaaally bring the prohormones, delivering an Epiandrosterone dosage so low that it’s practically useless–except for potentially tainting your urine with “banned substance” evidence.
All Testagen does here is prevent competitive athletes from taking their product over an ingredient that doesn’t do anything.
GAT… guys… come on. What’re you doing?
The four bulletin point benefits advertised by Testagen are:
Their more in-depth claim of benefits states: “The relatively fast-acting compounds in Testagen may significantly optimize anabolic activity and muscle hypertrophy in trained individuals (when used as directed).” In other words, if you don’t consume the tablets over an undirected period of time or if you try to consume them through your ear or something, Testagen should help you gain muscle as you train.
Who Takes It?
Thou Muscle Seekers. Those in search of the muscle are the ones who take Testagen. This sounds about right as it doesn’t seem effectively geared towards boosting testosterone so much as it just wants to pump up the jam. The jam being your muscles, and possibly your boners, too.
Any Side Effects?
Testagen’s Warning Label is larger than average:
So far we haven’t read of any serious reports of side effects, but we’d advised adhering to this warning label, given the high ingredient count of this formula.
- Quality Herbs. Many of Testagen’s botanicals are extracted juuust right.
- Enhanced Absorption. This many ingredients needs an extra absorption boost.
- GAT. German American Technologies is a reputable company.
- Epiandrosterone. Or more specifically: Epiandrosterone’s low dosage.
- Unnecessary Ingredients. Yams? Anyone ask for the yams here?
- Vitamin & Mineral Quality. Bad forms on otherwise solid choices.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $62.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Most online retailers sell Testagen bottles for half, often less than half, the price.
Final Word on Testagen
Testagen is a mixed bag through-&-through, from its list of ingredients to its online reviews. Some are really good, some are really bad. If the retail price was your only option, we’d have a harder time recommending this product, but if you can find a place that sells it cheaper (you can do this easily), then we say go for it. Perhaps there’s something in this mixed bag that works just right for you.