Article edited for scientific accuracy by Illuminate Labs Blog Editor Taylor Graber MD
Ageless Male is a product sold by brand New Vitality which claims to raise free testosterone levels. This is a strong marketing claim, since very few natural products have been proven to increase testosterone.
In this article we’ll review the formulation of both Ageless Male and Ageless Male Max based on medical research to determine whether or not we believe the product is likely to be effective.
Ageless Male has two categories of active ingredients which we’ll review separately: a vitamin and mineral blend, and an herbal extract.
Vitamin and Mineral Blend
The first active ingredient in Ageless Male is 4.9 milligrams (mg) of Vitamin B6. While there is some animal research suggesting that fixing a Vitamin B6 deficiency can normalize testosterone levels, we can’t find any research suggesting that Vitamin B6 can raise testosterone levels in humans with normal levels of the vitamin.
Vitamin B6 is very easy to obtain via diet, and foods like fish, chicken, potatoes, avocados and many nuts are rich in the vitamin.
The second active ingredient is 16 mg of magnesium, which is a very low dose. It’s only 4% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). For reference, this is about as much magnesium as is in one single almond, according to research. It would be much more cost-effective to get this dose of magnesium from an almond than an overpriced supplement.
Zinc is the final ingredient in this vitamin and mineral blend, and we can’t find a single medical trial suggesting that zinc supplementation in healthy adults raises testosterone.
Like Vitamin B6, when zinc levels are low, its supplementation may normalize testosterone levels, but that’s true of many vitamins and minerals. Patients with low testosterone should consider getting a full vitamin and mineral panel to rule out nutrient deficiencies, but we don’t find any reason why regular healthy patients should take zinc.
Vitamin and mineral supplementation should be targeted rather than randomly applied. If a vitamin is low based on bloodwork, doctors will recommend supplementation until the levels normalize, and this might have secondary benefits like normalized testosterone levels.
Taking random blends of vitamins and minerals is not only useless but potentially dangerous since supplementing with compounds the body is already replete in can cause blood levels to rise into unsafe ranges.
Overall we find this blend to be terribly formulated and useless in improving free testosterone levels.
Fenugreek Seed Extract
The only other active ingredient in this formulation is 300 mg of fenugreek extract.
Fenugreek is an effective ingredient for testosterone, with a medical review concluding that its supplementation improves serum total testosterone levels in males.
While most of the studies reviewed contained doses higher than 300 mg/day, one contained a dose of 250 mg/day and still showed a significant positive effect.
We can conclude that the fenugreek extract in this product is effectively dosed for improving testosterone in men.
Ageless Male Max Review
Ageless Male Max is another supplement sold by New Vitality, with similar claims. The product claims to increase total testosterone.
Two of the ingredients are the same: zinc and Vitamin B6.
The three new ingredients for the vitamin and mineral blend in this product are: niacin, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.
Our general comment in regards to the previous vitamin and mineral blend in Ageless Male holds true here too: we can’t find any medical evidence that taking random vitamin blends is effective for raising testosterone. If a deficiency is present, then supplementing to correct that deficiency can raise testosterone in some cases depending on the vitamin, but that’s a targeted approach based on bloodwork.
There was a study done testing whether Vitamin D supplementation (at levels much higher than in Ageless Male Max) increased testosterone levels in healthy men. The researchers found no effect.
Ageless Male Max contains 338 mg of ashwagandha root extract. Ashwgandha has been associated in preliminary studies with increased testosterone levels, but the amount in Ageless Male Max seems underdosed.
One study found ashwagandha increased T levels, but the researchers used 600 mg daily.
Another study found that ashwagandha improved T levels in both males with fertility issues and a control group, but the dosage was 5 grams (g) daily of a root powder (not extract).
We can’t find a study suggesting that the dosage of ashwagandha in Ageless Male Max is effective, so we’ll conclude that it’s ineffective and underdosed.
There’s also a trademarked blend in this product called NOXPerform totaling 95.22 mg. This blend contains 29 ingredients, so it contains an average of 3 mg per ingredient.
This is an incredibly small dose of each ingredient in this blend. Supplement companies often use tiny amounts of exotic ingredients to make their Supplement Facts label look impressive with all of the listed ingredients.
As a point of reference, one cup of broccoli is 91 g, or a 956 times higher dose than the entire NOXPerform blend in Ageless Male Max. This blend is so underdosed as to be totally useless, and it’s a red flag when a company tries to use this underhanded tactic to market their products. They’re basically saying: “our customers are so stupid they won’t even notice that we’re using a speck of each exotic ingredient.”
We find this product to be terribly formulated, with every ingredient underdosed based on medical research. Ageless Male Max seems worse than Ageless Male which at least contained one effectively dosed ingredient for testosterone increase, and was cheaper.
Ageless Male is a poorly formulated supplement brand in our opinion, because there is only one single ingredient across two products that's effectively dosed to support the marketing claims.
We don’t recommend this brand, and recommend that consumers consider fenugreek seed extract supplementation instead (with the approval of a doctor).
Since fenugreek was the only effective ingredient in this formulation, it would be much more cost-effective, and safer in our opinion, to take the fenugreek alone as a supplement and avoid the vitamin and mineral blend, as well as the inactive ingredients in Ageless Male.