Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s) and published for informational purposes only. We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to male enhancement supplements.
VigorNow is a male enhancement supplement. The brand claims that their product both enhances sex drive and libido and increases penis length and girth.
In this article we’ll review some of the health claims made by VigorNow based on published medical research to determine if they’re likely to be accurate, as well as review the ingredients in their formulation to determine if the product is likely to be effective.
Unscientific Health Claims
VigorNow makes a number of health claims on their website which are entirely uncited and which we find to be unscientific and misleading. The brand claims “A small penis is the cause of 76% female infidelities” with no citation. They further claim that the “best-proven product is VigorNow” and that “experiments have shown that the penis increases by at least 5 or even 7 centimeters.”
There is no link to these “experiments” that they reference, and we can’t find a medical citation for a single health claim the brand is making on their site.
It’s a huge red flag that consumers should be aware of when a supplement brand makes health claims without citations. This company is engaging in fear-based marketing in our opinion, which is unscientific and unethical. They’re seeking to make a certain subset of male consumers feel inadequate so they can sell them a product.
As we mentioned in our review of another popular male enhancement supplement called Cialix, there is no medical research suggesting that any herbal supplement (or even any oral pharmaceutical medication) can permanently increase penis size.
No Public Team
There is no team or “About Us” page on VigorNow’s website. This is another red flag of a low-quality brand. We urge consumers to ask themselves why they would be willing to consume an oral supplement that the founders aren’t even publicly associating with.
Most high-quality supplement brands will feature information about the founders because they are proud to associate with the brand. They will often feature information about the scientists and researchers involved with the formulation of the supplement.
One of the benefits of staying anonymous and not publicizing the team is that it makes it harder for a consumer to sue both the company and the individual team members, which is why so many low-quality and unethical businesses engage in this practice.
We strongly recommend avoiding any supplement without clear information about the company’s team on their website.
VigorNow fails to publish the ingredients of their supplement on their website. This is another red flag of a poor-quality supplement. Ingredient information is necessary for consumers to make informed purchase decisions. As an example, if a consumer has an allergy to a specific ingredient, and the supplement manufacturer fails to publish an ingredients list but their product contains that ingredient, the consumer’s health would be at risk.
For our ingredient review, we’ll be using an Amazon supplement with the same name and design. We cannot guarantee that this is the same supplement with the same ingredients as on VigorNow’s website (which we will not link to because we don’t want to promote their product), but it appears to be.
The Amazon product contains horny goat weed extract as the first-listed ingredient. As we referenced in our horny goat weed review article, this herb may enhance libido and improve erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, but there’s no evidence it increases penis size.
The second active ingredient is tongkat ali powder. A medical review of this botanical compound published in 2017 found that it improved male sexual health in early research studies. Specifically, it appears to be effective in ameliorating symptoms of ED.
Saw palmetto extract is the next-listed ingredient, and while this herb is included in many male sexual health formulations due to its proposed aphrodisiac effects, medical research suggests that it causes no improvements in sexual function compared to placebo. Thus we will consider this an ineffective ingredient.
We can’t locate any medical research suggesting that the remaining botanical ingredients (nettle extract, wild yam extract and sarsparilla) improve sexual function, and one of them may be actively dangerous. Wild yam extract was found in a medical trial published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal to induce chronic kidney injury.
We do not recommend this supplement. We find that it may slightly improve libido, but even that cannot be guaranteed because the manufacturer doesn’t publish dosage of each individual ingredient on the Supplement Facts label. None of these ingredients increases penis length or girth, and one of them may be harmful to kidneys.
VigorNow User Reviews
The VigorNow Amazon supplement has a 3.2 out of 5 star rating which is relatively poor. The most popular positive review from a verified purchaser is from an anonymous “Amazon Customer” and the review simply states:
This doesn’t look like a legitimate review in our opinion.
The most popular negative review from a verified purchaser is from a user named “Fred B.” who claims the product was ineffective for them. They called the product a “Dud” and claim:
“Didn't do diddley-squat.”
We don’t trust reviews or testimonials on the website of low-quality brands such as VigorNow, because they’re easily manipulated.
Why We Don’t Recommend Sexual Enhancement Supplements
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. published a report recently about tainted sexual enhancement products. The report claims that consumers “should use caution” when purchasing this category of supplement because they’re frequently tainted with contaminants or illicit material.
For this reason, we typically recommend avoiding sexual enhancement supplements with a proprietary (prop) formulation unless the product has been tested in legitimate medical research. There are so many desperate consumers in this category and companies are economically incentivized to include harmful ingredients such as anabolic steroids which may provide seemingly incredibly short-term results.
Taking single herbs for enhanced sexual function would likely be a safer approach.
There are no herbs or supplements on the market that will increase penis size permanently, but we believe there are compounds which are safer options for enhancing libido (sex drive) than VigorNow.
Maca is a root native to the Andes which has been studied extensively in legitimate medical trials and found to improve sex drive in men. A meta-study published in 2010 analyzed results from individual medical trials on maca and sexual function, and cited 26 individual medical studies on the topic.
The study authors noted that maca had “positive effects” on ED, and “significant positive effects” on sexual desire.
We recommend gelatinized maca over raw maca, which can be difficult to digest. Maca is mostly indigestible fibrous material, so gelatinized maca reduces the chance for stomach upset. It’s actually a whole food and not a dietary supplement.
Gelatinized maca can be found on Amazon, and we typically recommend the Navitas Organics brand linked above.