Nugenix Total T

Nugenix Total T is one of many so-called testosterone boosters on the market. Vague claims, insufficient evidence.

The commercials insult my intelligence. They show men on a golf course commiserating with each other about how their performance had gone downhill since the good old days of their youthful manhood, and some telling others how Nugenix Total T had restored them. It’s all suggestion and innuendo (“your wife will like it too”), with no specific testable claims and no science.

The claims

This product is a so-called “testosterone booster,” one of many on the market. Most of them claim to boost T or free T, build body lean mass or muscle mass, or increase sex drive or libido. Some products make many other claims such as better sleep, improved erections, increased energy, better mood, decreased cortisol, promotes healthy aging, and much more. Many of these are subjective and typical of placebo responses.

The data

A study published in 2020 identified 50 “testosterone booster” products containing a total of 109 ingredients, with a median of 8.3 ingredients per product. They found that only 24.8% of these products had any data to support their claims, and for some of those the data were conflicting. 10.1% had data showing a decrease in T, and 18.3% had data showing no change in T. No data were found on 61.5% of supplements on their effect on T. Several ingredients were present in higher than recommended doses, (a median of 1,291% of the RDA for vitamin B12, and 13 products contained doses of zinc, magnesium, or vitamin B3 that exceeded the FDA’s upper limit).

A free offer

They offer a free sample so you can try it risk-free. But there’s a catch, actually two catches. The free sample is only enough for two weeks, while they say it may take 30 days to see results. And you will be automatically signed up for regular shipments. Customers have reported great difficulty trying to cancel those subscriptions.

Conclusion: Insufficient evidence

Some men need testosterone replacement, but “Low-T” is a controversial fad diagnosis.
Some symptom lists virtually guarantee that any middle-aged man will self-diagnose low T. If a patient really needs testosterone, he should take testosterone itself, not products that are claimed (without evidence) to boost testosterone.

This article was originally published in the Science-Based Medicine Blog.

Dr. Hall is a contributing editor to both Skeptic magazine and the Skeptical Inquirer. She is a weekly contributor to the Science-Based Medicine Blog and is one of its editors. She has also contributed to Quackwatch and to a number of other respected journals and publications. She is the author of Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon and co-author of the textbook, Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.

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