The test booster market is extremely crowded, so it can be tough headache for newer brands to try and make their mark. TestoGen, from Advanced Health Limited, first appeared in 2014. As soon as I looked at the ingredients, one thing popped into my head straight away;
TestoFuel has been a clear leader in the market for muscle builder’s natural test boosters, so it was pretty clear that this new product is…quite literally…copying TestoFuel’s recipe for success.
Or is it?.
We decided to analyse the two products a bit more closely and establish which one was better.
Unless you’re prepared to take a supplement the size of a hotdog, there’s only room for a finite number of ingredients in a single dose. So what have they picked and what have they left out?
It’s off to a strong start in the credibility stakes by containing all natural ingredients. Admirably, there are no proprietary blends so every single component in this this supplement is out there for all to see.
D-Aspartic Acid: The first of many desirable crossovers with TestoFuel. D-AA, as it’s sometimes known is a lynchpin of effective testosterone boosters because it works on the central area of the brain to release hormones crucial to regulating the production of testosterone. Luteinizing, follicle-stimulating and human growth hormones for example, all play key roles in testosterone and are facilitated by D-AA. Some studies indicate that D-AA also serves to remove limitations on the rate of testosterone production in the testes, improving the body’s overall efficiency in that respect.
Fenugreek Extract: Again common to both TestoFuel & TestoGen. Fenugreek has been found to be an extremely potent libido enhancer. Indian in origin, it influences insulin levels, which regulates testosterone and the sex hormone binding globulin. With lower insulin levels, testosterone production can increase, as can sex drive.
Zinc: Are you starting to spot a pattern?. Yup, they’re still level pegging, this is also a feature of both. Zinc’s ability to release the aforementioned luteinizing hormones allows for the creation of free testosterone and growth hormone. .
Tribulus Terrestris Extract: It was all going so well. For the full story on Trib, you should read our article. In a nutshell, it basically doesn’t do anything.
It was apparently first popular in the early 1900s, but then so was the gramophone. The scientific and clinical studies since have demonstrated numerous times that it is ineffective. It’s always a worry when Trib has been added to a product because it begs a lot of questions – none of which have terribly palatable answers.
Panax Genseng: Back in sync again. Ginseng has proven time and again its ability to boost Nitric Oxide in men, which is important because Nitric Oxide controls blood flow, which aids erectile dysfunction. It also contains steroidal saponins which increase testosterone levels, DHT, luteinizing hormone and androgens.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6): TestoGen and TestoFuel in step here again. Vitamin B6’s main use is as an estrogen suppressant. Estrogen is the female sex hormone and its presence in higher levels can serve to neutralize the testosterone in our systems. B6 works with the metabolic pathway C2 and it has been shown to decrease estrogen activity once it is bound to the receptor, keeping overall estrogen production low.
Cholecalciferol (D3): Another shared element. Testosterone levels as a rule have been shown to rise naturally in the summer compared to the winter and the reason for this is in large part down to the Vitamin D3 we garner from sunlight. Vitamin D3 in a supplement then is highly desirable for boosting testosterone as it takes old mother nature, bless ‘er, out the equation.
However unfortunately the devil, as always, is in the detail. This is the biggest disappointment for me. TestoGen has this ingredient on the label but there is in fact only 10mcg’s of D3 in it. This amounts to only trace quantity
Let’s put this in some kind of context. The vitamin D Council, a body set up to advise on the best use of vitamin D, recently recommended that the our daily intake of this particular vitamin be upped to 5,000 IU a day or 0.125mg, that is a whopping 125 times the dose present in TestoGen. It’s frustrating because the fact that D3 is cited in the ingredients suggests that TestoGen are well aware of its value but are not willing to
Riboflavin (B2), Calcium Pantothenate (B5) & Selenium: Selenium has valuable antioxidant qualities and these B vitamins are good for energy levels. TestoGen has included these for more all-purpose wellbeing in the user than specific testosterone boosting qualities.
Vitamin K2: K2 is important to testosterone production as it helps maintain plasma and the testes own levels of testosterone. It also supports the primary testosterone producer Vitamin D3 as K2 prevents any calcification that might occur in the arteries or in any other soft tissues. TestoFuel includes 18mcg per dose.
Magnesium: Magnesium helps testosterone production by freeing up the 60% of testosterone in our system which at any one time may be bound to the sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB) and unusable. Magnesium sets in motion a process whereby this testosterone, once unrestricted, can be utilised by the body.
Vitamin D3: commit to it in any meaningful way. This there in name only approach does TestoGen no favours as it recalls the unwelcome TestoGen-XR marketing sleight of hand, which is an insult to conscientious testosterone supplement customers. On top of anything else the lack of D3 loses TestoGen considerable ground on TestoFuel, which by contrast contains the recommended 5000 IU.
Oyster Extract: Contains up to ten times the all-important zinc as beef steak but also features fifty nine other trace elements the body needs for peak performance. Taurine, amino acids, omega 3 and 6 fish oils are all present in necessary quantities within oyster extract. TestoFuel contains 100mg of it.
The recommended dose is 4 capsules a day.
Advanced Health have priced TestoGen at a similar level to TestoFuel. One box (a one month supply of 120 capsules) retails at around $55 (approximately £35). Like TestoFuel, TestoGen is only available online direct from the official website. Bulk discounts (pardon the pun) are available for the 3 month supply, in the form of extra boxes.
Testimonials regarding TestoGen’s effectiveness are surprisingly difficult to come by.
There is little or no information to be had on which country the supplement is actually manufactured in, which is significant because it means there’s no way of telling if they originate in a country covered by Good Manufacturing Practices/Food & Drug Administration regulations.
Price 7/10 – Not the cheapest of supplements, but at the same prices as it’s main competitor.
Trustworthiness 6/10 – In terms of the product itself, there is a lot to feel good about here. In terms of trustworthiness they are let down by the D3. I hate it when a company includes an ingredient on a label but contains a microscopic quantity of it. That is really underhand.
Testimonials 3/10 – They’re simply not there. Not officially endorsed ones anyway. You shouldn’t have to go looking for people’s experiences with a supplement, they should be right there on the site, front and centre.
Company: 8/10 – Advanced Health Ltd are a South African based company with several supplements (vitamin, dietary etc) on the market. The amazon Advanced Health Limited store lists over 17 products.
There’s no denying TestoGen has some extremely useful ingredients for boosting testosterone and because of that no one could ever accuse it of being completely ineffective. Ironically though it’s the similarities with TestoFuel, something you suspect the makers thought would be among their main advantages that ultimately ends up hurting them.
The lack of officially sanctioned testimonials, the lack of clarity over where the product is manufactured, all this adds to an uneasy feeling liable to send wavering buyers back in to the trusted, impressively toned arms of TestoFuel.
Without the TestoFuel link, TestoGen has the makings of a solid testosterone supplement – let’s face it, just because The Beatles were miles better that doesn’t mean The Monkees were necessarily rubbish – but as long as TestoGen insists on going directly head to head with TestoFuel, it’s going to come off second best.