Ageless Male Does It Work?

Ageless Male is a supplement “clinically proven to improve testosterone levels by 50% but still keep those levels within a normal healthy range. Impressive, but does Ageless Male work? If you heard the commercial for Ageless Male on XM Radio like I did, you probably did the same thing as me – rush home to look it up on the web. I must admit the Ageless Male supplement did not contain what I thought, given all they alluded to such as improve sex drive, make bones stronger etc.

What Is Ageless Male?

Ageless Male is marketed by New Vitality ( which incidentally also goes by the name NAC Vitamin Company according to the Better Business Bureau. The BBB gives NAC Vitamin Company a rating of “A.” Do check the BBB file for updates. Ageless Male appears to be primarily marketed to men –over the age of fo fo fo forty – who have low testosterone levels – or who think they do. According to the products website, Ageless Male is alleged to:

  1. Helps support healthy testosterone levels already within normal ranges
  2. In research, helped increase testosterone levels by 50%, still within a safe, physiological range
  3. May help support healthy hormonal balance in men
  4. May help reduce the conversion of testosterone into estrogen
  5. In research, helped reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT by 16%

While I see the word “research” mentioned a few times on the NewVitality website, the site doesn’t list any studies to support what they say about the product. I think I know why – keep reading…


Ageless Male Ingredients

When I checked, I discovered that Ageless Male has 2 ingredients which together form a proprietary blend called Re-Settin. These ingredients are:

  • Saw Palmetto berry extract
  • Astaxanthin (a type of carotenoid)

Re-Settin is a catchy word. I guess these ingredients are supposed to “reset” a man’s hormone levels? Regardless, Re-Settin is a marketing word that is holds no scientific meaning.  Two capsules of Ageless Male contain 10 calories and 800 mg of the Re-Settin blend of ingredients. How much of each ingredient is in Ageless Male? They don’t tell us.


*** Ingredient Update. On 4/26/12 I was alerted that Ageless Male now has new ingredients. Scroll to the section Ageless Male New Ingredients to see my review of those.

Ageless Male Research

There does appear to be one study on saw palmetto and astaxanthin and testosterone levels. The study was published in 2008 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

The study did not use Ageless Male. Rather researchers were testing another supplement called Mytosterone (also called AlphaStat) made by Triarco ( which is located in Wayne NJ. Triarco funded this study but the investigation notes that none of the authors had any financial connection to the outcomes of the research.

In this 2 week long investigation, 42 healthy men between the ages of 37 and 70 were divided 2 groups.

  • Group 1 (21 men) were given 800 mg of the Mytosterone supplement
  • Group 2 (21 men) were given 2000 milligrams of the Mytosterone supplement

At the end of the study, researchers noted that men who got both 800 mg and 2000 mg showed:

  • Significant elevations in testosterone and
  • Significant reductions in DHT

 However, significant reductions in estrogen were only seen in men who received the 2000 mg dose

No significant side effects were noted but again this study lasted only 2 weeks.

If this is the study that Ageless Male is based on, keep in mind that it did not look at sex drive, bone growth, strength or muscle development or most other claims made on the Ageless Male website. These outcomes are probably inferred based  on what we know about what testosterone does.

If the results of this study are confirmed, this combination of supplements may prove useful to not only older adults but also bodybuilders and other strength athletes who usually seek ways to naturally boost testosterone levels.


If you try Ageless Male (or Mytosterone aka Alphastat) I recommend getting your testosterone level checked first and then again in a month to see if anything changed.  This is wise since Ageless Male can be expensive.

Myosterone may be found in other supplements also but do check the levels in supplements to make sure you are getting at least 800 mg.

This study did raise some red flags with me. For one thing, the researchers say that the men were divided into two groups. They do not say that the men were randomly divided into the groups. I’m mentioning this because if you look at both groups, they have “significantly different” testosterone levels at the start of the study.

  • Group 1 (whose average age was 55) testosterone level =21.64 nmol/L
  • Group 2 (whose average age was 61) testosterone level =26.26 nmol/L

I’d expect that if the men were randomly assigned to each group, that there would not be a significant difference in testosterone levels between groups.

Also, there was no control group either. Given the differences in testosterone between groups at the start of the study, a control group (who got nothing) would make me feel a little better about how good this study was.

Because of my reservations, I’d like to see a few studies replicate these findings before I Mytosterone it 2 thumbs up. I’d also like to see what happens in a group of men who lift weights while taking Mytosterone.

Another supplement men often ask about is TriVerex so read that review for more info on that product.


Ageless Male New Ingredients

As I mentioned above Ageless Male now has a new list of ingredients so I want to review them here to help you.

1 soft gel of Ageless Male has :

% daily value
Vitamin B 6 (pyridoxine HCL)  4.4 mg 247%
Magnesium (magnesium oxide)  16.88 mg 4%
Zinc (zinc oxide)  15 mg 100%
Testofen (fenugreek extract)  300 mg


I don’t think healthy people are deficient in vitamin B6, magnesium or zinc. I noticed magnesium and zinc were also listed as ingredients in Regimen, another “Low T” supplement so see that for additional information.


It’s the last ingredient—Testofen—that I want to focus on. It’s worth pointing out that Testofen is also one of the main ingredients in the bodybuilding supplement, Syntheroid.

Testofen is now said to be the main magic ingredient in Ageless Male. As they say on the label of Ageless Male, Testofen is there name for the herb fenugreek.

The name Testofen conjures up ideas that this product is supposed to raise testosterone levels.

As they say on the New Vitality Website, Testofen is a registered trademark of the company Gencor Pacific Inc. In other words, Gencor Pacific created the name “Testofen” as a way to subtly drive home the message that this extract of fenugreek raises testosterone. But does it? Let’s look at the research on fenugreek and testosterone.

In case you do your own research on fenugreek, its scientific names are  Trigonella foenugraecum and  Trigonella foenum-graecum.

In my review, I found 4 studies of fenugreek and testosterone. Two were mouse studies which I will bypass as I don’t think they are relevant. The other two studies used humans, and these studies are kind of interesting.

In a study published in 2011 in the Journal Phytotherapy Research, fenugreek was randomly given to 60 healthy males between the ages of 25 and 52 for 6 weeks. Men either received fenugreek (Testofen) or a placebo and they rated how they felt on a sexual functioning questionnaire (called the DISF-SR) over the course of the 6 week study.

Men who received the fenugreek extract reported greater feelings of sexual arousal, orgasm, libido, well being, energy and muscular strength. There was no change in mood reported.


It is odd that the men in the study reported no change in mood, yet they reported better “well being.” To me, that does not compute. How does well being improve, but not your mood?


Keep in mind that this study did not directly measure strength or energy levels. Rather, the men just reported that they felt stronger and had more energy. This is a drawback of the study.

While these points are interesting, if you read the summary of the study, take note that testosterone did not change.

In the study they say “Serum prolactin and testosterone levels remained within the reference range.” That’s fancy talk for ” Testofen did not raise testosterone levels.” Even scientists tap dance around the facts sometimes—and this is an example of it.

Take note that in this study the men reporting improvements were taking 600 mg of Testofen per day. How much is in Ageless Male—300 mg per gel cap.  I called customer service of Ageless Male and they did tell me that the recommended dosage is 2 gel caps per day. This would equal 600 mg.


I believe the main reason fenugreek is in Ageless Male is because  fenugreek is an example of a natural 5 alpha reductase inhibitor. The enzyme 5 alpha reductase is turns testosterone into DHT (di-hydro-testosterone). Thus, anything that could inhibit the 5 alpha reductase enzyme might prevent DHT formation and — cause elevated testosterone levels. If it works, then fenugreek might make some sense.


The next fenugreek study is a little bit more interesting…

This fenugreek-testosterone study was published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2010. It involved 30 college age males who were randomly given 500 mg of fenugreek extract —or placebo—for 8 weeks.

The extract of fenugreek used in this study was called grecunin. The word grecunin looks a lot like  graecum, which is part of the scientific name for fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum).

Food for thought: I don’t know if fenugreek supplements tell how much grecunin they contain.


The men in this study lifted weights for 4 days per week for the duration of the study. They took the fenugreek extract in the morning and just prior to working out. At end of the study, men who received fenugreek extract, experienced:

  • 6.57% increase in testosterone —a significant change
  • 12.26 increase in the bio-availability of testosterone  —a significant change
  • 1.77% decrease in body fat —a significant change
  • 26.62% increase in estrogen (estradiol) —a non-significant change
  • 6.10 % increase in DH  —a non significant change
  • No significant change in muscle strength in the upper or lower body
  • No significant change in protein synthesis or muscle hypertrophy


The researchers also noted that fenugreek did not completely block the action of 5 alpha reductase. It partially blocked the action of the enzyme—which is interesting— but did not block it completely.

This study was funded by Indus Biotech, a pharmaceutical company based in India. Indus Biotech also provided the fenucreek extract. The study lists no conflicts of interest among the researchers.

This study is interesting. If you decide to try fenucreek remember that the people used in this investigation were college age males. I don’t know if the same results would occur in men who are, say, in their 50s.

Looking at these two human studies, we have one that seems to show fenugreek raises testosterone while another, which shows it does not raise testosterone levels. As I see it, one big difference between the two studies is in the extract of fenugreek used.

  • In the study showing an increase in testosterone, the extract used was called grecunin.
  • In the study showing no change in testosterone, Testofen was used.

Ageless Male now contains Testofen.

At this point I don’t know if this is a significant issue or not because even if Testofen does not alter testosterone levels, it did seem to show that men felt better —and performed better sexually. I’d think most men would be fine with this if Testofen really did do this.

Here is Testofen on Amazon.

Just as an experiment, I have purchased the Vitamin Shoppe brand of fenugreek and will be using 610 mg per day for the next 6 weeks to see what happens. If I feel any difference, I will report it here.

More more info also see my review of Mdrive,  and Nugenix two other supplements for men over 40.

Notice that in my review of Regimen, that this product was marketed to men “over 30.” See that review for why I believe they say that…


Update. 7/3/12. Here is an update of my experiment with Vitamin Shoppe fenugreek 610 mg per day. I was unable to finish 6 weeks of fenugreek because of some surgery, but I did take fenugreek for 4 weeks in a row. What  I can say after 4 weeks of daily use is that I did notice a little change in erections (usually in the evening) however it was minimal and I would not call the effect “significant”.

In fact, it was such a minimal change that I almost didn’t notice it. Fenugreek was not Viagra, if that puts things in perspective. I’m open to the possibility that taking it for 6 weeks might cause a different effect, so I do hope to try it again in the near future. When I do, I’ll post my results here.

Update August 14 2012. I have completed 6 weeks of taking 610 mg per day of fenugreek (Vitamin shoppe brand). I cant say that I noted any differences from when I used fenugreek for 4 weeks. I wish I could say that 6 weeks made the difference but for me it didn’t. It could be that other brands of fenugreek may work differently?

For what its worth, here is a brand of fenugreek on Amazon that people rate highly.

Who is Jacob Rosenstein MD?

Dr. Rosenstein is featured on the Ageless Male website. He is a neurosurgeon in Texas. He is also affiliated with an anti aging company called Texas Age Management ( which is associated with Cenegenics, a medically based anti aging company that uses hormones and supplements to slow the aging process. I found the connection to Cenegenics interesting and speculate that for some people, Ageless Male might be a “gateway supplement” to introduce them to Cenegenics if they wanted to “take things to the next level”.


How Much Does Ageless Male Cost?

A 1 month supply of Ageless Male will cost $39.95.  Each bottle has 60 soft-gels and you are supposed to take 2 soft gels per day. There is also a shipping charge of  $6.99.  They do offer free shipping for orders over $150. That said, if the study above is to be believed you should know in about 1-2 weeks if Ageless Male works because that’s how long it took for Mytosterone to work. You can return Ageless Male within 30 days if you don’t like it. Here is Ageless Male on Amazon for those who want to compare prices.

 What do you think?


  1. Mustang Sally says

    Even before going out and getting on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (“TRT”), many men can benefit from taking an OTC supplement called “DIM.” It will allow your existing Testosterone to move to the forefront as it metabolizes out the bad estrogens from the body. It’s on Amazon (and elsewhere), about $25. Nature Made is a good brand for DIM. When the bad estrogens from the environment are in men’s bodies, they dominate the existing Testosterone, which creates a condition called “Estrogen Dominance.” Estrogen Dominance is very bad for both men and women, and both can get it. Estrogen exists in both men and women’s bodies, but it is supposed to be in smaller amounts in RELATION to Testosterone (in men) and to Progesterone (in women).

    After starting on TRT, DIM is a good adjunct to assist it as well. DIM also helps prevent the body from converting the TRT administered into estrogens once in the body, which does occur in some men to varying degrees (particularly when too many refined carbs and sugar are being ingested). So TRT and DIM are a good pair to get together.

    Most health food stores carry bulk pumpkin seeds (aka “pepitas”). They can be found in raw, unsalted form (the best form), or in roasted, salted form. But either way, they are a natural source of testosterone, but probably a very low amount compared to taking TRT. At least it’s worth trying until one makes an appointment with a bioidentical hormone replacement doctor/naturopath that can treat “andropause,” “male hormone imbalance,” and/or “man-o-pause.” You can also buy a little of both kinds of pumpkin seeds and mix them 1/2 and 1/2 if that makes them more pallatable.

  2. LESLIE says

    i’m waiting to hear from fred, I’m 72 and am interested what kind of results he had with the fenugreek, If anybody else my age has tried it I welcome your comments.Thanks Les

  3. Bruce Schimmel says

    Joe, this is a great blog! I’ve read much of it and the linked articles.

    This is for the guy, above, who suffered sexual problems while taking Lipitor. Several of the cholesterol reducing drugs will affect sexual function, as admitted in their long, technical, ultra-small printed literature. I took Gemfibrozil (sorry about the spelling) and had the same effects. As soon as I quit, my sexual function was restored.

    I find that both DHEA and Fenugreek raised my testosterone level, as confirmed by blood tests. The effect was so good that my insurance company refused to authorize testosterone supplementation at the resulting level, whereas, before, it did. These supplements also gave me immediate boost in libido and sexual function.

    I found yohimbime to be too stimulating sexually and resulted in an inability to concentrate on anything other than sexual desire! Not surprisingly, it also resulted in premature ejaculation, as soon as I had a sexual thought! I immediately discontinued use.

    I also take Saw Palmeto, to prevent prostate problems, but have not noticed any sexual benefits.

    Thank again for the good blog.

    • William Madden says

      You seem very serious and I offer this in a positive way. Have a friend–not Bill Gates’ spell checker–proof this for you. Spell check cannot distinguish between “their” and “there” or “college” and “collage”.

      • Joe says

        William, thanks I appreciate the constructive criticism. I do try but freely admit, catching my typos is not one of my powers. I will double up my efforts for the future.

  4. Mustang Sally says

    Since cholesterol lowering drugs were brought up, I’d like to share the fact that on a recent Dr. Oz show, he had 2 guests that mentioned the latest news on them: they are unnecessary in 90% of cases because lowering of cholesterol is a manufactured issue in order to sell drugs by pharmaceutical companies.

    Dr. Oz was astounded, but agreed the guests’ research was irrefutable, so he was in agreement with their assessment. Having high cholesterol numbers is NOT a bad thing. It’s a good thing, b/c the body needs cholesterol in order to make sex hormones.

    The research that initially pointed to the so-called “need” to lower cholesterol was flawed from the start. The recent research proves that ppl with low cholesterol actually have MORE heart attacks than those with high cholesterol. High cholesterol is a NON-ISSUE.

    Only the very aged patient with extremely high “bad” cholesterol can benefit from such drugs. Statins are on their way OUT. They are not helpful, they are actually dangerous.

    • Joe says

      Mustang Sally, heart attacks are a complex issue. As I understand it, current therapies are targeting lowering of LDL (bad cholesterol). I missed that Dr Oz segment. I hope people talk to their personal doctor about whats right for them rather to listening to watered down short discussions on the Dr Oz show.

  5. Mustang Sally says

    Here’s the (non-watered down) link to the video for the 12/12/21 Dr. Oz show wherein 2 doctors discuss with Dr. Oz the faulty science that the worries about cholesterol levels was based on, and the new studies that show it’s a non-issue.

    Following their discussion, Dr. Oz is floored and angry with the medical community over the misinformation, and ends up agreeing with his doctor guests.

    The reason that CURRENT therapies are still touting the old study is that the medical community is very slow to cog to new information. However, if you fast forward about 5-10 years from now, the “current” therapies being touted about cholesterol will be completely different because everyone will know it’s a non-issue by then, and the medical community will have to “lead from behind” as they typically do on any issue that will put a dent in the pocket of big pharma and doctors who get kickbacks from prescribing useless (and often harmful) drugs.

    • Joe says

      Mustang Sally, thanks for the video. Ive seen the research on LDL particle size and its interesting. I actually covered it a bit in my book about supplements (its in the fish oil chapter). If you can afford it, get it tested and see what happens. It is controversial in some circles. I heard a doctor on XM Radio (the station is Reach MD) saying that cholesterol particle size doesn’t seem to hold as much weight as they once thought. I forget his name but the podcast is somewhere on I believe its in the category of “lipid luminations if anybody wants to look deeper into this

  6. Bruce Schimmel says

    I recently watched a video interview of a doctor who had performed bypass operations for 35 years. The video was over an hour long. His opinion was also that high cholesterol was a false issue.

    To paraphrase this doctor, “cholesterol is the body’s way of responding to inflammation of the endothelial cells in the arteries, caused by sugar. Sugar causes inflammation and the body sends cholesterol to the site of the irritation to put a patch over the injured cells.

    It’s like taking a photo from a helicopter above a crime scene after a police shoot out. You see lots of police cars (cholesterol) surrounding the scene (artery) where the cops responded to the culprit (sugar) in a hostage situation (inflammation damage). Then, someone concludes that police cars (cholesterol) cause hostage situations (inflammation damage).

    The Dr. Oz show is just one of several reliable sources to relay the recent conclusions of a British study that tracked 20,000 + men over several decades and concluded that cholesterol lowering drugs did not decrease the occurrence of heart attacks or arterial disease.

    • Steve says

      very impressive use of analogy..(cops, culprit, etc) clear as a bell- reisdual artifact being misinterpreted as the cause- interesting.

  7. Mustang Sally says

    Thanks Joe and Bruce!

    Yes, SUGAR is the real culprit (behind so many medical maladies).

    It sort of makes me wonder which other medical conclusions (concomitant with corresponding pharmaceuticals) the public has been duped by that are yet to be uncovered. More than likely, most of those will likely also demonstrate the SUGAR is again the culprit!

    That’s probably one reason that various diets that limit sugar (whatever they may be and under whatever set of theories they are based) are at least somewhat successful. For example, the Caveman diet, the Paleo diet, the Adkins diet, raw foods, juicing, South Beach, etc.

    Interestingly, avoidance of fats may not be the answer, especially when it comes with an increase in various forms of sugar. Saturated fat is also not evil; however, trans fats are. Good fats plus saturated fats (as long as they aren’t consumed with sugar and refined carbs) are probably actually helpful in staving off cravings and hunger for several hours at a time, AND they provide the necessary elements for the body to create its own hormones.

    So go ahead and hang out in your man cave with a nice (grass fed) steak, some salad greens and some filtered water (sans the beer) and feel no guilt.

    Then make an appointment with your naturopath and get all of your hormone levels tested and proceed with bioidentical hormone replacement, if warranted.

  8. rob says

    If you want to boost your test you need to eat healthy and exercise to increase metabolism…… D- aspartic acid is the best way to boost test naturally usually 3mg or 3 1, 000mg pills spread out thru the day can boost up to 35% of free flowing test! Along with tribulus you can achieve great gains but should also use an estrogen blocker too…..
    For $25-$40 a month you can achieve or better results than ageless male

  9. says

    I have taken Test Boosters with Fenugreek (Testofen), and experienced indications of more Test (more body hair, strength/mass), when in conjunction with a strength training regimen (which is what Ageless Male says in bottom of screen in TV ads). Strength Training is KEY (works MUCH better than just ingesting alone). This does make the muscle gains harder to say if it is the herbs, or the workouts, but I think it is both. The new body hair is definitely not from weight lifting alone…

    These same boosters also contain D-AA (D-Aspertic Acid) and Zinc/Mag (also sold alone as ZMA), and Longfolia extract (which I think is for Estrogen management). The whole idea is that these herbs stimulate Test production IN THE NORMAL RANGE. If you are already close to normal, results will be little to none. If you are like me and 45, the results can be significant/noticeable. It is also very important to have good nutrition. Bad eating will mean your body cannot react as well/at all.

    What I think is important to note is that buying these herbal ingredients from a TV ad for inflated prices/auto re-order scams is silly. All of these things are available at your local Drug Store for less (and even less than that on the web, if you shop around).

    One site I have learned A LOT about this subject from is (and their reviews/forums). And, no, I do not work for them. But I do think it is an Excellent site for this subject, with as much info as anywhere on the web. Good prices and flawless delivery/extra goodies, too.

    • Joe says

      Pete, thanks for chiming in. Ive been to and while maybe they have good prices you do should be careful with any supplement advice you see there. Just my 2 cents.

  10. Rigo says

    As a one time diabetic raised on Cuban food and Fenugreek user I can assure you that Fenugreek does have many amazing properties, one being the ability to control blood sugar levels, however I only use Fenugreek seeds.

    I also use Shilajit, Kapikacchu, Tongkat Ali, Ashwagandha in powder form.

    I have been using all of the above mentioned for over 5 years now after a close doctor friend of mine from India told me about them, before taking any of these products I could barely get an erection due to my ED issues.
    I also want to note that at that time I was suffering from Diabetic Neuropathy.

    Since taking this combination of herbs I am no longer diabetic ( or controlling it at least ) and no longer suffer from neuropathy and achieving an erection is as easy as the wind blowing past my pants!

    Before you ask, I never took a Testosterone test prior to consuming these herbs, however I have taken T tests since then and I am as normal as a 20 year old at 45.

    I am not clear to which of these herbs are having such a life changing experience on my body with energy levels through the roof, all I know that combined they have given me new life!

    Fenugreek SEEDS for diabetics: Add 1 tsp to a glass of water prior to going to sleep, drink it in the morning, do this for one week.

    Week two, do it one day on,then one day off.

    Week three, once a week.

    Please note to NEVER stir the seeds!

    If you stir them ( like I did the first time I used it ) you will see yourself in the bathroom every ten minutes!

  11. Gene says

    Ringo, What did you mean by: “If you stir them ( like I did the first time I used it ) you will see yourself in the bathroom every ten minutes!”… did you get sick, diarrhea…what?
    btw – thanks for sharing the info above.

  12. says

    Hi joe I’m just wondering have they released a product that they haven’t done a whole lot of trials on? Seems like they haven’t a whole lot of information made available and i was considering buying with the Hulk promoting it i thought it might be ok

    • Joe says

      Craig I did some checking and found its ingredients which are.
      Tribulus Terrestris
      Maca Powder

      Ive covered all these ingredients in other products. use the search box on my site to look them up and you will have a better answer if its right for you.

    • Joe says

      Margie, if you are asking me, I’m not impressed with it based on the research, but others who tried it may have different thoughts.

  13. Tony says

    Hi Joe. I’m impressed with your article. I’m 66 yrs old & do have ED. I’ve been taking atorvastatin for 3yrs as prescribed by my doctor. I use to take 20mg, but my doctor increased it to 40mg. Ever since, I’ve been having problem w/ my erection. I just can’t understand why. I just happened to listen to a ageless male commercial & that perk my interest.

    After reading your article here, I didn’t realize that one side effects of this medicine is ED. I’m in good shape physically & do a daily walking almost everyday. I do take 20mg of lisinopril & 20mg of lopressor. That’s it. Would you recommend that I take taking ageless male to improve my erection?. thanks

    • Joe says

      Tony, the first thing Id recommend is talking to your doctor about your ED and how you feel it may be traced to the meds you are taking. There may be other meds that don’t have ED as a side effect. I think this is best. Since you asked my opinion, I dont feel Ageless Male will do much.

  14. Carrie says

    Hi I have a question? I have come across a few complaints about ageless males that talk about men going into sever depression? Have you seen anything that links it? My boyfriend started taking it bout 7 weeks ago and at least once a week for 2 days straight he is just depressed but only since starting to take Ageless Male

      • Carrie says

        Joe my boyfriends doctor ended up taking him off ageless male saying that there might be something in it triggering his depression.since he has been off of it he has not been depressed at all

        • Joe says

          Carrie. hmmmm I never heard of a connection between Ageless Male and depression. Ill keep my eyes open for anything else on this. Either way I’m glad your boyfriend is feeling better now :)

  15. kgten says

    My question for this and all other supplements that claim to have biological, medicinal effects is this: Why can’t they be considered drugs, and therefore be regulated by the FDA? I know that the manufacturers are very cagey about their disclaimers, such as “This product has not been shown to be able to cure or treat any illness, blah blah blah.” But all the rest of their language clearly tries to sell us on its medicinal properties, such as its ability to fix “low testosterone.” That’s medical. That’s a drug.

    • Joe says

      Kgten, its because of the dietary supplement health and education act which became law in the early 1990s. I discuss this on my FAQ Page.

  16. TOny says

    Joe, What is your take on Andro Gel…I am afraid of the effect it might have on my prostate? What would you consider the best thing to take to help increase testosterone…..n outright anser would be nice….

    • Joe says

      Tony, I know people who have taken Andro Gel and they say its raised their testosterone level. if you are concerned with the side effects, I’d get regular PSA tests and check ups by a urologist who can best council you on its effects and side effects.

      Things that will increase testosterone naturally include exercise – both aerobic exercise and strength training will work. Here is a review of a study that looked at the combination of strength first or cardio first on testosterone levels

      weight loss can also raise testosterone levels.

  17. daniel says

    joe ,, thanx for all the info this was a great read i bin on test for 3 years n had nothing but sexual problems with it if my level is round 300 im perfect but when my levels start to get high the ed sets in the dr.s don’t get it nor do i so i did a cycle of clomid for 21 days n everything was great as soon as i was done with that my levels declined back to round 100.

    im back on test on 50 i got the body of a 25 year old but what good is it with the ed after readn thru your page i wonder could the lipitor im on be depleting my t levels ?any ideas would be greatly appreciated

  18. John Nettles Sr. says

    It’s a another television rip-off,ya it’s free alright,after they charge your credit card three or four times! When are people going to learn if it sounds to good to be true,then it’s a rip-off!! Their is no longer anyway to protect yourself from these scams,so do your self a favor, if you need more strength exercise, see a real dr. you’ll be better off in the long run!!

  19. Glenn says

    I’m currently using DIM plus, has anyone had any affects? I have one, within 24 hours I have noticed the need to urinate about every 4 to 5 hours. Would this be normal?

      • glenn says

        Unless I read wrong , I understood it equilized or removed excess estorgen and helped testosterone levels in men. If I’m doing this wrong, what do you recommend.

        • Joe says

          Glen, so far I have not found any supplement that significantly raised testosterone levels in men. I do keep looking though. What I can say is that exercise and weight loss have been shown to raise T levels and lower estrogen in men. If you are thinking about this because of erection problems, I recommend talking to your doctor because this can sometimes be more complicated than just testosterone levels and it can be a sign of other things happening as well.

  20. Chris says

    I have been trying my husband on various herbals to raise his low-t (200). He has not felt any different when taking them and we do not want to take pharmaceuticals. We are more natural herbal supporters because of the lower side effects. Does anyone know of herbal supplements that can raise his low-t and stop his symptoms of ED, depression and difficult concentrating? I would love any response that you have. Thanks

    • Joe says

      Chris, does your husband need to lose weight? weight loss can help T raise T levels.

      ED is complicated and can be a sign of more than just low testosterone levels. has your husband seen his doctor about this? I recommend he do this if he hasn’t. Exercise can help and in the book the China Study, the author mentions how a vegetarian lifestyle has cured ED . I listended to the audio book of this so I wasnt able to see the references for this statement. they may be listed in the book version.

  21. ron says

    Hi Joe,

    Great post, thanks for posting the ingredients here, I’ve heard about fenugreek benefits but never really heard about Saw Palmeto advantages much.

    do you know anyone who personally uses this product?



  22. Joe says

    After falling for the radio hype i tried it. They sent me a bunch of bottles and charged my credit card buku money within about 18 days of initially giving them my credit card number. Since i was suffering from the hyperbolated radio symptoms, i thought, what-the-heck. I went through the 4 or 5 bottles they jammed up on me, with absolutely zero results.

    The pills Joe Theismann hawks, SuperBeta Prostate, although pricey, do noticeably work for the prostate swelling and peeing. Same company, “New Vitality”, so i wonder why this Ageless Male product is so worthless? Maybe it’s a branch of “New Vitality” company run by the worthless brother-in-law or some situation like that.
    Bad Joe – Naturopathic Doctor

    • Joe says

      Joe, Ive been wanting to review super beta prostate for a while now. It could be that the the research on super beta prostate is better than that of the Ageless Male ingredients? I know they changed the Ageless Male ingredients, something that made me update my review. Thanks for the feedback on what you experienced with Ageless Male and sorry it didnt work for you.
      “good” joe 😉

  23. RaRa says

    Joe let me start by saying thanks for all the info.
    Next I would like to know what you think about stacking dhea with l-arginine.

    • Joe says

      RaRa, Im glad to help. DHEA is a hormone that does a lot of things. My thoughts would depend on the reason you are asking. Do I think it helps men with erections? No. As for arginine, if you search my site for this amino acid you’ll see what Ive said about it previously in other reviews. Its been in several things Ive looked at already.

  24. Bob says

    I did not read through all of the comments, but you spelled college wrong
    “This fenugreek-testosterone study was published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2010. It involved 30 collage age male”

  25. Manoj says

    Very interesting comments here. Learned a lot. Here are some of my own observations based on my own life and “trial&errors” experiments.

    1. I am 68 years young. I am retired and have a Ph. D. For 64 years of my I had no serious health problems except mild depression and constipation.

    2. After that I suffered serious tooth decay, some heart problems, sleep problems, fatigue, lack of libido, BPH symptoms,etc.

    3. I did see “doctors.” I put “” marks because I have very low opinion about how much they really know and how much good they can do. They all want to put you through unnecessary “test” and “procedures” and try unnecessary and sometimes harmful “Rx meds”.

    4. I did an awful lot of research and thinking. I can say with confidence that for most normal healthy people Rx cholesterol meds, BP meds, Rx. BPH meds, etc are useless at best and could be harmful for some.

    5. A good night of sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours is a must. A good diet of natural foods, mostly fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, etc. are very essential. Good practice of meditation and positive thinking is necessary for reduction of stress and depression.

    6. Now the subject at hand. I have found that I was deficient in Magnesium and D3 vitamin along with an excess of calcium. Take no calcium except what God put in natural food. I take Magnesium and D3 supplements with success so far. I take Urinozinc supplements for BPH supplements with some good results but jury is out for complete success.

    7. Multivitamins can be a waste of money unless it is made from organic, natural sources without garbage fillers.

    8. Fish oil of high quality can be good but will thin out your blood, so I am not taking them regularly. Aspirin was harmful to me giving me some bleeding.

    9. Someone mentioned “Ashwagandha.” This is an Ayurvedic medicine with a thousand years of use behind it. However, it will thin out your blood leading to problems for some. Fenugreek has been used for thousands of years but is not the main remedy for ED or Testosterone replacement. Ayurveda realized a couple of thousand years ago that people are not all alike and not all foods and herbs work for all people alike.

    10. Walking is the best exercise for people of mature age. At least 30 to 45 minutes a day is really great. Also No harm with this form of exercise.

    I hope this helps someone here.

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