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The brand claims their product significantly increases semen volume and orgasm intensity.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost of the male enhancement brands we’ve reviewed have made wild claims and had terrible formulations, like in the case of our recent \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/libido-max-red-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLibido Max Red reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, so it will be interesting to see if Semenax holds up to scientific research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients of Semenax based on published medical research to determine if it’s likely to be effective, or if it’s another male enhancement brand selling a dream. We’ll also explain why we believe the brand’s claims of clinical proof are misleading.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Semenax_Ingredients.png?v=1647915881\" alt=\"Semenax ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe first thing we noticed when attempting to review Semenax’s formulation is that the brand doesn’t publish a Supplement Facts label on their website. This is a red flag, and a safety risk for consumers. People deserve to know exactly what’s in a supplement before purchasing it, not just the select ingredients the manufacturer wants to highlight.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWithout a Supplement Facts label, you can’t determine if there are additional ingredients that the manufacturer is choosing not to feature on their website that may be harmful, or may cause allergic reactions. You also cannot determine if the ingredients are effectively dosed, which is why a failure to publish a Supplement Facts label is a hallmark of a low-quality brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the first ingredients highlighted on Semenax’s site is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003el-arginine HCL\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, an amino acid with a hydrogen chloride molecule attached. The company claims that “studies show” this ingredient can “double sperm and semen volume.” This claim is, of course, entirely uncited.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile there is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/7701414\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esome medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e suggesting l-arginine may improve semen quality, we can’t locate one single medical study proving the amino acid doubles sperm and semen volume, and we will consider this claim inaccurate and misleading.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSemenax also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eEpimedium Sagittatum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is the botanical name for horny goat weed. The brand claims this ingredient “boosts libido and testosterone levels for greater sperm production.” This is false; there have been no human trials proving horny goat weed increases testosterone levels or sperm production. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe published a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/horny-goat-weed-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehorny goat weed reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article recently, and have analyzed the medical research on this compound extensively. It may enhance libido somewhat, but has no place in a semen volume supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMaca\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another active ingredient in Semenax, and the fact that raw maca is used is another sign that this company’s formulators are incompetent. Maca is essentially indigestible; composed of complex starches that need to be cooked, which is why all high-quality supplements contain gelatinized maca rather than raw maca. Consuming raw maca is like consuming a raw potato.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSemenax contains an active ingredient called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eSwedish Flower Pollen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which they claim provides “extra vim, vigor, and volume.” Aside from these claims being comically unscientific, the term “Swedish Flower Pollen” returns zero results in the largest medical database in the U.S. called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePubMed\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Thus we will conclude that this is another ineffective ingredient for increasing semen volume.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe final ingredient we will analyze, for the sake of brevity, is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamin E\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Semenax doesn’t even attempt to claim that this vitamin has any impact on seminal volume, instead claiming that it’s “good for your arteries” and can “help address curvature of the penis.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot identify any medical research suggesting that Vitamin E supplementation in humans increases seminal volume or orgasm intensity, so we will consider this another ineffective ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we find Semenax to be a terribly-formulated supplement. We didn’t identify one single ingredient that’s proven to meet the health claims stated on their website, and even if an ingredient was found to be effective, there would be no way to know whether it would be effective in Semenax because the company doesn’t publish ingredient dosages. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAn ingredient may be effective for symptom X at a dosage of 1000 milligrams (mg), but if that ingredient is included in a supplement at 1 mg it will not be effective. Without dosage information, efficacy is impossible to conclude.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMisleading Clinical Trial Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike many low quality supplement brands, Semenax claims that their products are “clinically proven” to work without any legitimate medical evidence proving so.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnder the banner “Clinical Studies,” Semenax links to a PDF document with results from a “study” they paid a for-profit research firm called Vedic Lifesciences to conduct. The study even lists “Leading Edge Marketing” as the sponsor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is not legitimate medical research, as there is so much bias involved in the process that the results are useless.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLegitimate medical research is research published in peer-reviewed medical journals. The standard of methodological and data quality for these publications is high, and results typically have to be published even if the trial fails (shows unfavorable results).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAny company can pay a private research firm to test their products and then publish results saying the product works. This is not science, and it is not clinical research in any medically-relevant sense of the term.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find it highly unethical when companies make clinical claims like Semenax does, because it misleads consumers who don’t have the scientific background to distinguish between legitimate medical research published in a journal and company marketing efforts.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe also find it misleading that Semenax refers to “clinical studies” when there only appears to be one study.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is medical research on a few compounds which have been proven to increase semen volume, but the research is limited.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6247182\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of botanical compounds for sperm quality, published in the Advances for Nutrition journal, found that the combination of selenium at 200 micrograms (mcg) daily and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) at 600 milligrams (mg) daily was effective in improving semen volume.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe same review noted that supplementation of a patented probiotic called Flortec was also proven to increase semen volume.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA separate \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/15665024\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that antioxidant intake was associated with improvements in various parameters in semen quality in healthy men, which suggests that men wanting to naturally improve semen quality should increase intake of fruits and vegetables.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSemenax is a low-quality supplement manufactured by a low-quality brand. We recommend avoiding this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNot only does the brand fail to publish ingredient dosages on their website, which is crucial for consumer safety, but they pass off research they paid a for-profit firm to complete as “clinical results” which we strongly disagree with. Only research published in legitimate medical journals is clinical proof of efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSemenax makes many aggressive health claims throughout their website with no citations. The company has no public team, which is another red flag to a low-quality brand. If the company’s founder doesn’t even want to be associated with the product, that’s a sign that you as a consumer probably shouldn’t either.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSupplementation of selenium and NAC may be a valuable short-term stack for infertility, as it was proven in medical research to increase semen volume, but we recommend that patients speak to their doctor before taking these compounds.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIncreasing fruit and vegetable intake may also improve semen parameters due to the antioxidant capacity.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-03-22T09:38:36-04:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T23:24:43-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in male enhancement brand Semenax based on published medical studies and explain why we don't believe it's likely to be effective. We also describe why we believe the brand’s claims of clinical proof are misleading.","template_suffix":"","handle":"semenax-review","tags":"_related:fertility, _related:men's-health"}

Semenax Review: Why It Won't Increase Semen Volume

Semenax Review: Why It Won't Increase Semen Volume


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Semenax is a sexual enhancement supplement for men. The brand claims their product significantly increases semen volume and orgasm intensity.

Most of the male enhancement brands we’ve reviewed have made wild claims and had terrible formulations, like in the case of our recent Libido Max Red reviews article, so it will be interesting to see if Semenax holds up to scientific research.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients of Semenax based on published medical research to determine if it’s likely to be effective, or if it’s another male enhancement brand selling a dream. We’ll also explain why we believe the brand’s claims of clinical proof are misleading.

Ingredient Review

Semenax ingredients

The first thing we noticed when attempting to review Semenax’s formulation is that the brand doesn’t publish a Supplement Facts label on their website. This is a red flag, and a safety risk for consumers. People deserve to know exactly what’s in a supplement before purchasing it, not just the select ingredients the manufacturer wants to highlight.

Without a Supplement Facts label, you can’t determine if there are additional ingredients that the manufacturer is choosing not to feature on their website that may be harmful, or may cause allergic reactions. You also cannot determine if the ingredients are effectively dosed, which is why a failure to publish a Supplement Facts label is a hallmark of a low-quality brand.

One of the first ingredients highlighted on Semenax’s site is l-arginine HCL, an amino acid with a hydrogen chloride molecule attached. The company claims that “studies show” this ingredient can “double sperm and semen volume.” This claim is, of course, entirely uncited.

While there is some medical research suggesting l-arginine may improve semen quality, we can’t locate one single medical study proving the amino acid doubles sperm and semen volume, and we will consider this claim inaccurate and misleading.

Semenax also contains Epimedium Sagittatum, which is the botanical name for horny goat weed. The brand claims this ingredient “boosts libido and testosterone levels for greater sperm production.” This is false; there have been no human trials proving horny goat weed increases testosterone levels or sperm production. 

We published a horny goat weed reviews article recently, and have analyzed the medical research on this compound extensively. It may enhance libido somewhat, but has no place in a semen volume supplement.

Maca is another active ingredient in Semenax, and the fact that raw maca is used is another sign that this company’s formulators are incompetent. Maca is essentially indigestible; composed of complex starches that need to be cooked, which is why all high-quality supplements contain gelatinized maca rather than raw maca. Consuming raw maca is like consuming a raw potato.

Semenax contains an active ingredient called Swedish Flower Pollen, which they claim provides “extra vim, vigor, and volume.” Aside from these claims being comically unscientific, the term “Swedish Flower Pollen” returns zero results in the largest medical database in the U.S. called PubMed. Thus we will conclude that this is another ineffective ingredient for increasing semen volume.

The final ingredient we will analyze, for the sake of brevity, is Vitamin E. Semenax doesn’t even attempt to claim that this vitamin has any impact on seminal volume, instead claiming that it’s “good for your arteries” and can “help address curvature of the penis.”

We cannot identify any medical research suggesting that Vitamin E supplementation in humans increases seminal volume or orgasm intensity, so we will consider this another ineffective ingredient.

Overall we find Semenax to be a terribly-formulated supplement. We didn’t identify one single ingredient that’s proven to meet the health claims stated on their website, and even if an ingredient was found to be effective, there would be no way to know whether it would be effective in Semenax because the company doesn’t publish ingredient dosages. 

An ingredient may be effective for symptom X at a dosage of 1000 milligrams (mg), but if that ingredient is included in a supplement at 1 mg it will not be effective. Without dosage information, efficacy is impossible to conclude.

Misleading Clinical Trial Claims

Like many low quality supplement brands, Semenax claims that their products are “clinically proven” to work without any legitimate medical evidence proving so.

Under the banner “Clinical Studies,” Semenax links to a PDF document with results from a “study” they paid a for-profit research firm called Vedic Lifesciences to conduct. The study even lists “Leading Edge Marketing” as the sponsor.

This is not legitimate medical research, as there is so much bias involved in the process that the results are useless.

Legitimate medical research is research published in peer-reviewed medical journals. The standard of methodological and data quality for these publications is high, and results typically have to be published even if the trial fails (shows unfavorable results).

Any company can pay a private research firm to test their products and then publish results saying the product works. This is not science, and it is not clinical research in any medically-relevant sense of the term.

We find it highly unethical when companies make clinical claims like Semenax does, because it misleads consumers who don’t have the scientific background to distinguish between legitimate medical research published in a journal and company marketing efforts.

We also find it misleading that Semenax refers to “clinical studies” when there only appears to be one study.

Better Alternatives

There is medical research on a few compounds which have been proven to increase semen volume, but the research is limited.

A medical review of botanical compounds for sperm quality, published in the Advances for Nutrition journal, found that the combination of selenium at 200 micrograms (mcg) daily and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) at 600 milligrams (mg) daily was effective in improving semen volume.

The same review noted that supplementation of a patented probiotic called Flortec was also proven to increase semen volume.

A separate medical review found that antioxidant intake was associated with improvements in various parameters in semen quality in healthy men, which suggests that men wanting to naturally improve semen quality should increase intake of fruits and vegetables.

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Conclusion

Semenax is a low-quality supplement manufactured by a low-quality brand. We recommend avoiding this product.

Not only does the brand fail to publish ingredient dosages on their website, which is crucial for consumer safety, but they pass off research they paid a for-profit firm to complete as “clinical results” which we strongly disagree with. Only research published in legitimate medical journals is clinical proof of efficacy.

Semenax makes many aggressive health claims throughout their website with no citations. The company has no public team, which is another red flag to a low-quality brand. If the company’s founder doesn’t even want to be associated with the product, that’s a sign that you as a consumer probably shouldn’t either.

Supplementation of selenium and NAC may be a valuable short-term stack for infertility, as it was proven in medical research to increase semen volume, but we recommend that patients speak to their doctor before taking these compounds.

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake may also improve semen parameters due to the antioxidant capacity.





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