Try not to get tongue tied: Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone vs. Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster may sound like identical supplements sparring off. But these products couldn’t be further apart in terms of, you know …actually working.
If you’re a Best5 regular, then you already know which of these products is the superior option: Nugenix Ultimate has ranked on our Best Testosterone Booster Supplements for awhile now. And, uhm… well, Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster has not.
Not even close.
But supposing you want to know the key differences between these supplements (you do, right?), let’s read the Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone vs. Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster review below.
Supplement Facts Comparison
Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone
Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster
|D-Aspartic Acid||3,000 mg||Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||2 mg (100% DV)|
|Fenugreek Extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum) (standardized to 50% saponins)||700 mg||Vitamin B-12 (as Methylcobalamin)||50 mcg (833% DV)|
|Epimedium sagittatum 4:1 extract (aerial parts)||650 mg||Zinc (as Zinc Chelate)||1 mg (7% DV)|
|Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica L.)||360 mg||Nugenix® Free Testosterone||2103 mg|
|Maca Root (lepidium meyenii)||250 mg||L-Citrulline Malate, Testofen® Fenugreek Seed Extract (50% Fenuside™), Tribulus (fruit)|
|Mucuna Pruriens Extract (Mucuna pruriens) (seed) (standardized to 40% L-DOPA)||125 mg|
|Tongkat Ali 100:1 Extract (Eurycoma longifolia root)||150 mg|
|Boron (as Boron Citrate)||10 mg|
Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone and Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster seem to target total test and free test, respectively.
With “total testosterone” representing the total amount of testosterone in your body at a given moment. And “free testosterone” only represent the active amount of testosterone. Because perhaps you weren’t aware: Most of your testosterone isn’t active at any given moment.
So, if you feel like you have low testosterone levels, it’s either that:
- You do have low testosterone levels.
- Your testosterone activity is low.
Stacking total testosterone boosters with free testosterone boosters seems the best approach for older men to get a grip on their test levels. Yet, does that mean stacking both Nugenix Ultimate and Nugenix Free together? No. And we’ll explain why.
How are Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone and Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster formulas similar?
Really, there’s not much that’s similar between these formulas, with exception to Fenugreek Extract. Nugenix Ultimate carries a potent 50% standardized Fenugreek extract, while Nugenix Free supplies the Testofen® brand of Fenugreek extract. Highly potent Fenugreek that may deliver on the free testosterone boosting end.
Yet, if Nugenix Ultimate has a free testosterone booster, then Nugenix Free presumably has more free testosterone boosters …right?
How are Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone and Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster formulas different?
Nugenix Free does not have more free testosterone boosters than Nugenix Ultimate. In fact, it doesn’t really have anymore testosterone boosters beyond Fenugreek at all, considering that Tribulus doesn’t boost test well, and Nugenix Free’s Zinc doesn’t qualify due to its way low dosage.
Nugenix Ultimate, on the other hand, supplies a hot and heavy load of D-Aspartic Acid, a BIG List favorite and perhaps the best testosterone boosting ingredient on the 2018 market; in addition to several other big time test boosters: Mucuna pruriens, Tongkat ali, Boron… (NOTE: Tongkat ali may actually boost free testosterone as well while limiting the catabolic effects of stress.)
Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone vs. Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster: Unique Benefits
Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone boosts total and free testosterone levels.
With D-Aspartic Acid and Mucuna pruriens, Nugenix Ultimate may increase total testosterone synthesis to help with age-related testosterone decline. Yet, with at least Fenugreek, Tongkat ali, and Boron, Nugenix Ultimate also covers the free testosterone angle as well. Which is perhaps why Nugenix Ultimate subheads itself Ultimate Testosterone rather than Total Testosterone.
Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster boosts free testosterone, maybe?
Having a presumably hefty dosage of L-Citrulline puts Nugenix Free Testosterone more in the pre-workout department than the testosterone boosting category. Perhaps Nugenix Free delivers enough high quality Fenugreek to accomplish significant free testosterone gains. Yet, as we’ll cover in the next round (Dosage Comparison), Nugenix prevents us from knowing whether or not their Fenugreek is the real deal here.
As such, Nugenix Free’s overall formula design greatly pales in comparison to the always impressive Nugenix Ultimate formulation.
- Nugenix Ultimate does free test gains better than Nugenix Free. And Nugenix Ultimate still accomplishes total testosterone production boosts as well.
Nugenix Ultimate supplies more milligrams for one ingredient (3,000 mg D-Aspartic Acid) than Nugenix Free does for its entire formula (2106.05 mg). And so we might as well end this review right there: Nugenix Ultimate has more test boosts than Nugenix Free.
Yet, to provide the full picture on this point, we need to also point out how bad Nugenix Free’s dosages are in general. Whereas Nugenix Ultimate transparently showcases generally awesome ingredient dosages for its entire formula, Nugenix Free opts for the non-transparent proprietary blend.
With this, Nugenix Free obscures three of its ingredient dosages: L-Citrulline, Fenugreek, and Trib. Which isn’t good, considering the heavy dosage requirements of L-Citrulline alone. What’s worse, of the ingredients shown — B6, B12, and Zinc — the dosages are pretty bad.
One milligram for Zinc? Why even list it on the Supplement Facts??
The arguably worst part about Nugenix Free’s formula may very well be the highlight of Nugenix Ultimate’s testosterone boosting design: Dosages.
- Nugenix Ultimate stacks its dosages fat and heavy. Whereas Nugenix Free opts for obscurity and scarcity. Not a good look for the free testosterone booster.
Ingredient Quality Comparison
Across the board, Nugenix does a generally solid job on ingredient quality. Key quality ingredients for each Nugenix supplement include:
- Nugenix Ultimate – Fenugreek Std. Extract, Epimedium 4:1 Extract, Mucuna pruriens 40% L-DOPA Extract, and Tongkat Ali 100:1 Extract. (Really, every ingredient looks good.)
- Nugenix Free – Zinc Chelate, L-Citrulline Malate, Testofen® Fenugreek Std. Extract
Of course, Nugenix Ultimate is a larger formula, so it’ll likely have more high quality ingredients. Having said that, Nugenix Ultimate still has a better quality ratio within its formula than Nugenix Free, which drops the ball on its B6 (should be P-5-P) and plain powder Tribulus.
We would give praise to Nugenix Free for its decent quality Zinc Chelate …but you’re only receiving 1 mg of this stuff. Might as well not even be on the list.
All in all, Nugenix Ultimate simply does a better job at providing high quality ingredients and herbal extracts than its “free test” counterpart.
- Both Nugenix supplements showcase impressive ingredient quality, yet Nugenix Ultimate demonstrates a much higher quality formula than Nugenix Free.
Nutrient Delivery and Clean Label Comparison
Not a whole lot to say here for either Nugenix Ultimate or Nugenix Free. On the whole, both products don’t do much to impress us with regards to nutrient delivery and label cleanliness.
However, Nugenix Ultimate takes a particular nosedive in both departments with its strange attachment to tablet form servings. Why resort to tabs over caps? Especially given all the junk required for the tablets used by Nugenix Ultimate. For point of a reference, compare Nugenix Ultimate’s nine additives to Nugenix Free’s capsule’s two: Gelatin and Magnesium Stearate.
Granted, even Nugenix Free’s setup isn’t too great, considering that one of its two additives (Magnesium Stearate) actually inhibits nutrient delivery. Yet, Nugenix Ultimate seems to carry this additive as well. So, Nugenix Free actually wins a round in this battle.
- While neither supplement does much to enhance nutrient delivery and capsule/tablet quality, Nugenix Free’s simpler design comes out cleaner than Nugenix Ultimate’s tablet servings.
|Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone||vs.||Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster|
|1 Bottle (30 servings)||$89.99||1 Bottle (30 servings)||$69.99|
|Price Per Serving||$3.00||Price Per Serving||$2.33|
Depending on where you buy — Amazon, GNC, etc. — these prices may vary greatly. And depending on how many bottles bought in a single order, or whether or not you signed up for an autoshipment plan, then those Price Per Servings may essentially flip in Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone’s favor.
However, as it stands, Nugenix Free’s 120 capsule product costs lesss than Nugenix Ultimate’s 160 tablets. Which, really, just means both products are pretty expensive.
- Nugenix Free’s listed price is cheaper than Nugenix Ultimate’s. Yet, different retailers may offer completely different price ratios between these supplements.
Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone vs. Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster: Which is Better?
Nugenix Ultimate Testosterone is, without a doubt, better than Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster. So much better that we’re not even sure what purpose Nugenix Free fulfills in the Nugenix testosterone booster lineup. While the other Nugenix products — Nugenix PM, Nugenix Estro-Regulator, etc. — aren’t as great as Nugenix Ultimate, they at least fulfill a specialized need.
Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster does not. It’s essentially a watered down, uneffective version of Nugenix Ultimate that, despite its decent ingredients, simply can’t get the job done on testosterone.
Nugenix Ultimate, on the other hand, gets the job done very well. So well that, even if Nugenix Free worked great for free test levels, Nugenix Ultimate likely still would’ve won this supplement match up. It’s simply that good at boosting testosterone.
However, its test boosts work primarily for mature aged males. Younger bodybuilder types may be drawn to a more exercise oriented booster, such as TestoFuel or any other high ranked anabolic enhancer. But as far as sheer test gains go, Nugenix Ultimate has your back. (And balls.)