The free trial almost seems a bit gimmicky - as you need to call and cancel within a certain period of time to avoid monthly charges.
Nugenix is a company that offers a line of several different types of testosterone boosting supplements. But for the purposes of this review, we will specifically focus on their ‘Free Testosterone Booster’.
Does it work? Is it effective? Is it safe and trustworthy? Read our Nugenix review for all the details.
What is it?
Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster is described as follows on the official company website…
“Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster is a safe and specially formulated dietary supplement that helps your body increase its free testosterone.”
The company offers some pretty big discounts, and you can even get free trials of the product in some cases. It’s said to be made of ‘key natural ingredients’, and comes with a 30 day 100% money back guarantee.
What is it supposed to do?
Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster is said to help boost libido, performance, confidence, and drive. According to the official website, it is the GNC’s number-one selling vitality formula for men over 50, and is said to provide the user with ‘a fountain of energy, strength, and stamina.’
Does it work?
Attention! In taking a look at Nugenix, we discovered very early on that a lot of terms like ‘clinical trial’ were used in the website content – but we failed to discover any real links to any specific scientific studies.
You can view some of the information on their website, but this was really the most informative scientific information that we could find – and it really didn’t tell us much. Obviously, some of these ingredients have been tested in a clinical setting – but that doesn’t mean that Nugenix itself has been tested adequately – though that seems to be what the company is implying with some of their jargon.
With that being said, it does seem that the product has won two different GNC awards – and that, in itself, is quite impressive. They won a GNC Live Well ‘Best Product Innovation Wellness Award’ in 2013, and a ‘Franchise Outstanding Partner’ award in 2014.
These would seem to indicate that GNC likes the products (or at least that they make enough money off of them that they end up liking them)… but really, would customers continue to buy it if it didn’t work?
This seems to give Nugenix a favorable boost in the right direction… but we also need to look at the formulation and other customer experiences.
As far as the formulation is concerned, we liked what we saw. It contained a lot of well-known natural T-boosters, including Tribulus and vitamin B-6.
For the most part, the ingredient list was typical – though components like Nugenix® Free Testosterone Complex gave the product some character and added some unique elements to the mix.
We were happy to see Fenugreek included as a part of the formulation, and were also happy about the levels of Zinc included in it as well.
But it was when we began looking into the customer reviews that things started to really get interesting. We will cover this in a different section of the review though… so keep reading to find out what we found.
Complete list of ingredients
Here is the complete ingredient list for Nugenix Free Testosterone Booster.
- Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)
Vitamin B-6 is an ingredient that’s pretty common to a lot of T-boosters, and for good reason. It helps with nerve-cell communication, and is important for red blood cell production.
- Vitamin B-12 (as methylcobalamin)
This vitamin helps to create energy by converting carbs into glucose.
This ingredient is responsible for hundreds of different essential processes in the human body, including DNA production and cell repair. The body actually doesn’t store zinc – which is why a steady supply of it is needed to keep the body functioning at high capacity.
Nugenix® Free Testosterone Complex, which contains…
- L-Citrulline Malate
L-Citrulline is an amino acid that can be turned into L-arginine in the kidneys. L-Citrulline supplementation is actually a more efficient means for raising L-arginine levels in the body than taking L-arginine in supplement form. L-Citrulline is used mostly as a cardiovascular health supplement and as a sports performance enhancer, though there is little evidence to support it in a clinical setting.
- Testofen® Fenugreek Seed Extract
This ingredient comes from the Fenugreek plant. There have been studies conducted on it in various different places around the world, and these studies seemed to indicate that it’s effective in boosting testosterone levels in the human body.
Tribulus Terrestris has been used for many years as both a medicine and as an athletic performance enhancer. It has also been used to increase sexual response and to raise libido. There is some evidence to support it for these uses – though not much to support its usefulness for other applications.
What does this mean?
We actually liked this formulation of ingredients. We were happy to see Tribulus paired with Fenugreek, and we also liked that these ingredients were combined with Zinc and B Vitamins. All in all, this looks like it would be a formulation that could work.
About the company
The company that makes Nugenix is called Direct Digital LLC.
Address and history
Here is the company’s mailing address, as listed for the United States…
913 West 2900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Nugenix is manufactured by a company called Direct Digital LLC. Here’s an excerpt from their website that briefly outlines what they do…
“Direct Digital owns many of the leading wellness and nutritional supplements on the market. These brands include Nugenix®, Beneflex®, Lumiday®, and Luminite®. Direct Digital is also the owner of Instaflex®, the nation’s top-selling joint support product in GNC stores.”
As far as shipping is concerned, prices start at $4.99 per delivery, and are adjusted from there based on the quantity and location.
Granted, they do seem to offer some discounts. We were offered a discount of up to 40% while we were looking at the site, which would bring the cost down quite a bit. But the website also said this about the sale…
“But hurry, we’re not sure how long this sale will last!”
This is clearly a sales gimmick to try to get you to lock-in with the special price… though you will doubtlessly end up paying full price at some point if you want to continue using the product. We weren’t very impressed with the prices here, and we certainly weren’t drawn in by the offer of a special discount.
If this supplement did end up working extremely well, and it ended up changing your life for the better, then it might be worth it. But the changes would need to be significant, and it would have to be quite a bit better than the range of T booster choices that are offered for less already.
Now, with that being said, Nugenix does offer a 30 day money back guarantee for their product. If it doesn’t end up working for you, they say that you can return it within 30 days for a full refund (minus the shipping costs), which is nice to see.
There were quite a few positive reviews for it, but the negative reviews recorded quite a few complaints. A lot of people seemed to feel that the free trial was a bit of a scam, as the company automatically starts to charge you for more of the product at full price once it’s over (unless you cancel, it would seem).
The most common complaint seemed to be that you shouldn’t believe all of the hype.
One reviewer said that the supplement consists of cheap Chinese-sourced materials, and another said that you will need to involve your credit card company to get them to stop charging you.
Other reviewers seemed concerned that they were not going to be getting their money back after returning the product.
The list really went on and on.
Yes, there were some reviews that seemed to indicate that the product worked as advertised for some people – but with so many negative reviews, we couldn’t help but to be skeptical.
Have users reported any side effects?
We haven’t heard of any side effects resulting from taking this product.
Has this brand been reported to scam sites?
Some people did drop the word ‘scam’ in the customer reviews when referencing Nugenix and the company – but after taking a good look at everything and evaluating this company as well as we could, we came to the conclusion that this product isn’t a scam. It seems to be a legitimate product offered by a legitimate company. Some people have had negative experiences with it… but to say that it’s a ‘scam’ doesn’t seem to be true at all.
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Pros and Cons
Here are the basic pros and cons that we discovered about Nugenix over the course of our research…
- The product is made from safe and seemingly effective ingredients
- We liked how it was formulated
- They offer a 30 day money back guarantee
- You can get a free trial
- The company seems to do a good job describing the products on their website, and makes it easy to find and learn about the parent company, Direct Digital LLC. We were quite pleased with this.
- We found a lot of negative customer reviews
- The free trial almost seems a bit gimmicky – as you need to call and cancel within a certain period of time to avoid getting charged for more of the product
- Some customers have complained that customer service isn’t very good
GoOkayed Verdict and where to buy
There were certainly some things that we liked about Nugenix… but are also afraid that it didn’t quite meet our criteria for deserving our Go Okayed stamp of approval.
We liked the transparency offered by the company, the fact that you can contact them, and the formulation of the product – but there were just too many negative reviews out there for us to be able to get on board with it.
It was also a bit on the expensive side.
If you don’t mind paying a bit more for a testosterone booster and haven’t yet found one that you like, then Nugenix might be worth a try. But it seems to us that there are better choices for less money out there.