Virectin is a male enhancement supplement manufactured by a company called Gentopia Laboratories used for improving sex drive and sexual performance. The brand claims that their product provides an “optimal dosage of powerful herbs and extracts” which “help you achieve rock-hard erections and improve your stamina.”
In this article we’ll review these health claims along with every ingredient in Virectin based on published medical research to determine if we believe it’s likely to be safe and effective for improving male sexual performance.
Virectin actually does publish a Supplement Facts label on their website, which is a good sign of transparency and competence. Many male enhancement products do not. The brand also lists individual dosage of every ingredient which is better for consumers than using a proprietary blend where individual doses are hidden.
The supplement contains three vitamins and minerals: niacin at a dose of 25 milligrams (mg), zinc at 50 mg and selenium at 50 micrograms (mcg).
A medical trial on niacin found that in patients with cholesterol issues it was effective at improving erectile dysfunction (ED), but the dose used in the trial was 1,500 mg, or 60x the amount in Virectin.
We cannot locate any medical research on male human subjects suggesting that zinc or selenium improves sexual function. Our general take is that it’s illogical to take random blends of vitamins and minerals in the absence of a documented deficiency.
For patients deficient in zinc, taking supplementary zinc may benefit a range of health outcomes including sexual ones. But taking zinc or selenium when you’re not deficient in zinc or selenium seems illogical and potentially unsafe.
Tribulus extract is the first-listed herbal ingredient at a dose of 500 mg. This appears to be an effective ingredient for enhancing male sexual function. A clinical trial published in the Maturitas journal found that tribulus extract supplementation significantly improved intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function and sexual desire.
The dose used in the trial was a lower overall dose than in Virectin, but it was much more concentrated.
L-arginine is an amino acid which is included in Virectin. This ingredient is commonly included in sexual health supplements, but appears to be underdosed here. As we discussed in our Semenax review, arginine may improve some parameters of sperm function but is only proven to do so at a much higher dose than the 300 mg in this supplement.
Virectin has an active ingredient called Eurycoma Longifolia root powder. This herb has impressive early research on its ability to improve erectile dysfunction and male infertility. The problem in this case is that Virectin includes a raw root powder while nearly all of the medical research in the linked trial used extracts.
An extract is a more concentrated form of a plant which is typically standardized for the plant’s main chemical constituents, and thus has more medicinal potential than a simple powder of a plant. For this reason, we would consider this ingredient potentially effective but not necessarily effective.
Fenugreek seed powder is another potentially effective ingredient inclusion, however it seems slightly underdosed. A medical review of the efficacy of botanical ingredients as aphrodisiacs suggests that the minimum effective dose of fenugreek is 200 mg, and the dose in Virectin is only 100 mg.
Virectin also contains maca root powder, but this herb also appears significantly underdosed. The dosage in the supplement is only 50 mg, while maca is typically supplemented at around 3,000 mg. A medical review of maca for libido, published in the BMC Alternative Medicine and Therapies journal, had a minimum dose of 1,500 mg in any of the studies analyzed.
We cannot find evidence that any of the remaining active ingredients are effective at their stated doses.
Virectin does have a few ingredients which may contribute to improved sexual health outcomes such as increased libido and improved ED, but for the most part we find the majority of the ingredients to be ineffective or underdosed. We would not consider this a high-quality supplement formulation and would not recommend it for any parameter of male sexual health.
The inactive ingredients in this formulation are safe, so at least there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of harm from taking this supplement, but we still believe it’s a waste of money.
Questionable Health Claims
Virectin makes a number of health claims on their website which we find to be inaccurate.
In the ingredients section, the brand claims that Tongkat Ali (the colloquial name for Eurycoma Longifolia) can “promote” testosterone levels by more than 90%. First of all, it makes no logical sense to state that testosterone levels can be “promoted.” We’re assuming they mean “increased” here.
The medical study they cite where they make this claim does not prove or suggest that this herb increases testosterone levels by 90%. It shows that in aging men, the supplement increased the number of patients with normal testosterone levels from 35.5% to 90.8%.
This is still an impressive result, but not at all the same as increasing testosterone levels by 90%. If the minimum threshold for normal testosterone is 300 nanograms (ng) per deciliter (dL), then raising a patient's testosterone from 250 ng/dL to 300 ng/dL would satisfy the study requirement, but would not at all represent a 90% increase. The study also used an extract form of the herb, which as discussed previously is more potent and effective than the raw powder included in Virectin.
In the same ingredients section, the brand claims that “Men who struggle with a lack of sexual desire may find that the wild oats in Virectin makes them want sex more.” This claim is followed by an asterisk which leads to a sentence in fine print at the bottom of the page stating “Results may vary.” This is entirely uncited, and the brand provides no proof of this claim.
The brand makes a number of similar entirely uncited health claims, such as the following in the ashwagandha ingredient section: “In a separate study, consumption of this key ingredient in Virectin was linked to improved sexual performance.” No link to the study is provided, which makes this health claim entirely useless.
Seemingly Fake Success Stories
Virectin may have used stock images of people for some of their testimonials on their website. The above image is from Virectin’s site. Here is a link to the exact same person on Adobe Stock images.
You can also copy the image address and perform a reverse image search using a tool like Tineye and see that this is not a unique image; it exists across the web in various forms. This suggests that Virectin may be using fake customer testimonials which would be a huge red flag as to the legitimacy of the brand.
Their second testimonial image furthers this point. The exact same image can be found on Adobe Stock, but the man is holding a cup of coffee. It appears that Virectin used image editing software like Photoshop to edit their bottle in the place of the coffee from a stock image. This would be comical if it wasn’t so manipulative to real consumers.
For consumers seeking natural relief of ED, we would recommend l-citrulline. This amino acid is a precursor to nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens blood vessels and is proven to be effective for mild cases of ED. A medical trial published in the Urology journal proved that l-citrulline at a daily dosage of 1.5 grams (g) improved erection hardness and successfully treated ED on average for patients with mild ED.
Maca is an ingredient in Virectin but we believe it’s significantly underdosed at 50 mg. Maca can improve libido based on medical research, but the linked research review categorizes 1.5 g (30x the amount in Virectin) as a “low dose.” We would recommend this as a minimum dose for men seeking libido enhancement.
Virectin User Reviews
Virectin is sold on Amazon which provides an avenue for more objective reviews than a brand’s website. Their product has a 3.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, which is relatively poor.
The most popular positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Kathyrn A. Phelps” who claims the product was effective for them:
“Seems to work better than expected”
The most popular negative review is written by a user named “Darryl E.” who claims the product was a waste of money:
“Totally wasted my money... The stuff did nothing for me!”
Virectin Pros and Cons
Here’s a quick synopsis of the benefits and downsides of this product:
- Some effective ingredients
- No harmful additive ingredients
- Most ingredients appear underdosed
- Questionable and often uncited health claims
- Unimpressive user reviews
- Seemingly fake testimonials