From supplement company ErgoGenix, ErgoDrive claims to set itself apart from the competition by including 4 individual functions that help to respectively boost performance, increase metabolism, build muscle and maintain it.
Eh, are we… are we missing something here, because those just look like 4 general benefits of higher testosterone? Still, this is no big deal really. All these things would be on our booster checklist, so if it can achieve them we’d look the other way on a bit of promotional spin.
To ErgoGenix’s credit they avoid proprietary blends, instead naming each ingredient along with its individual dose. This not only inspires trust, but also makes it so much easier to judge the booster’s potential benefit. Let’s do that now.
How Does ErgoDrive Work?
Vitamin D (here in its most absorbable form, D3) is in fact more of a hormone than a vitamin and is produced when sunlight interacts with our skin. A strong vitamin D supply vastly increases testosterone, which is why our levels drop in winter and are generally lower in sun starved countries. One problem, D only enhances testosterone at around 3000IUs, so although this product goes beyond what a lot of boosters are happy to settle on, it still falls a long way short with 1000IUs.
Zinc can be great for testosterone. It’s chiefly responsible for the production of luteinizing hormone, itself essential for regulating the release of testosterone. If ErgoDrive proves anything here though, it’s that you can have too much of a good thing. This product is heavy handed with the zinc, exceeding the recommended daily intake with 35mg and opening us up to side effects in the process (more on that later).
A strong choice. Fenugreek is a herb, still widely used in Indian cuisine amongst other places, which is known to be a potent aphrodisiac. More than that however, fenugreek has shown the ability to help regulate blood sugars, in turn controlling insulin levels which if left unbalanced can negatively affect your ability to create testosterone. 300mg is a generous amount and we can’t fault it.
This contains a range of minerals used extensively in alternative medicine. Somewhere in amongst these it has been suggested there may be something which helps our testosterone but if this sounds vague, that’s because so far that’s all the connection is. At this point research is scarce, only showing some promise when tested on infertile men.
Longjack is a bit of a one trick pony; it doesn’t stimulate testosterone at all but does go some way to firing up the sex drive and in some cases helping those with erectile dysfunction.
This is a nutrient which is commonly found in broccoli, kale and numerous other leafy vegetables. The inclusion of which has an eye on controlling estrogen production. If estrogen is lowered then T is maximized. DIM has shown real promise doing this in clinical trials, but at certain levels has also been seen to raise estrogen. Safer choices like vitamin B6 might’ve been better.
Boron gets overlooked by a lot of boosters. Up to 60% of the T in our systems is tied up and unusable due to a protein called the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, how boron helps is by attaching itself to SHBG in the place of testosterone, leaving more of the male hormone free, that is available for use in improving performance.
How Do I Take It?
Users should take 2 servings a day consisting of 2 capsules, so 4 capsules in total.
While this is a easy amount, we’re not fans of bookending your servings in the morning and evening. There’s a real possibility of the effects lagging in the middle of the day. So it’s far better to space 3 or 4 capsules out evenly throughout the day, keeping the effects (and you) firing consistently.
Side effects are a possibility because of the problem touched on earlier with the zinc.
According to the Medicines Food & Nutrition Board the average male’s upper tolerance for zinc is 40mg; here over the course of 2 servings you’re getting 70mg, nearly double that. In the short term this can lead to headaches, sickness and diarrhoea and over a long period serious copper deficiency.
This really shows why we prefer no proprietary blends so individual amounts have to be reported. If we didn’t know the volume here we would just see zinc and think ‘great, thumbs up!’, missing a potential problem. Clarity is so important.
Where Can I Get ErgoDrive?
ErgoDrive is not currently on sale in the U.K but in the U.S it is exclusive from Bodybuilding.com. Exclusives are often annoying as you lose ability to shop around, but priced at a $29.99 this is less of a problem.
Ingredients (6/10) – Part of me would love to rate ErgoDrive higher. It doesn’t use proprietary blends, there’s a lot of vitamin D and fenugreek, with zinc and boronfor good mesure. Except in many cases these aren’t good measures. While there’s a lot of D, there just isn’t enough. On the flip side, the zinc dose is far too high. Fenugreek and boron are great, but DIM as the sole estrogen inhibitor feels lacking.
Price (7/10) – $30 is about the middle of the price scale for a testosterone booster and if a few of the ingredients were a little better judged we would be giving a much higher score again. As it is though you have to bear in mind the problems we’ve talked about, most notably the zinc. It’s about weighing value against effectiveness and, as is becoming a theme with ErgoDrive, that balance is off.
Testimonials N/A – There are no testimonials on the ErgoDrive site (there’s not much of anything on there to tell the truth) so ordinarily we would have to go by reviews on sites where it’s available, in this case Bodybulding.com. Unfortunately because this product is so new there are not many of those to go on either. The few we saw were very positive but we gave a middling score here which is subject to change when a more complete feedback picture builds up.
Trustworthiness (8/10) – The ErgoGenix website is a little bare to say the least. We found an promising ‘Company’ section just goes to a 3 or 4 line statement about being dedicated to helping you get great results followed by a ‘Contact Us’ link. Normally we’d give a lower score for that but the fact that ErgoGenix have successful produced a range of supplements with no serious backlash and Bodybuilding.com is willing to be exclusively associated with them, makes us inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. Definitely a point off for the controversial zinc usage though.
Company (9/10) – As previously touched upon ErgoGenix is a well-known supplement company with a range of products available, including sleep aids and pre-workouts alongside testosterone boosters. To our knowledge no major concerns have been raised about the ErgoGenix to date.
ErgoDrive has nearly all the elements of a great T booster: No proprietary blends and several proven test stimulators. What it doesn’t have however is balance. The vitamin D is under dosed, the estrogen suppression needs reinforced and most crucially of all the zinc is overdone.
All in all, ErgoDrive gets many of the basics right but falls down badly on the detail and that’s why we can’t recommend it as one of the better boosters.