Virectin, also referred to as Virectin Loaded, is a male enhancement supplement manufactured by a company called Gentopia Laboratories and 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.”
But does Virectin contain ingredients proven to have these effects in medical research, or are these just marketing claims? Does the supplement have any unhealthy additive ingredients? Are the brand's health claims legit? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Virectin?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Virectin based on clinical research to give our take on whether the supplement is likely to be effective or not.
We'll share our concerns about some of the health claims made on the brand's website and some potentially fake customer success stories. We'll also share real, unsponsored user reviews of Virectin and document where to find the best price on the supplement.
Ingredient Analysis -- Will Virectin Work?
Virectin's Supplement Facts label is shown above.
Niacin, zinc and selenium are a blend of vitamins and minerals, and we typically don't recommend taking supplemental vitamins and minerals without proof of a deficiency, because doing so could increase blood levels into an unsafe range (especially when one of the minerals is included at a dose over 200% of the Daily Value).
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 milligrams (mg), or 60x the amount in Virectin.
Tribulus fruit extract is included at a dose of 500 mg. 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 pills, but it was much more concentrated.
L-arginine is an amino acid. This ingredient is commonly included in sexual health supplements, but may 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.
Eurycoma Longifolia root powder has impressive early research on its ability to improve erectile dysfunction and male infertility. However, Virectin uses a raw root powder while nearly all of the clinical trials in the linked review used extracts (which are much more concentrated). We'll consider this ingredient potentially effective.
Fenugreek seed powder was shown in a medical review to be an effective aphrodisiac at a 200 mg dose, while the dose in Virectin is only 100 mg.
Maca root powder may also be significantly underdosed. The dosage in Virectin is only 50 mg. A meta-study on maca for libido, published in the BMC Alternative Medicine and Therapies journal, analyzed a number of clinical trials on the topic. The lowest dose used in any of the trials was 1,500 mg daily.
We cannot find evidence that any of the remaining active ingredients are effective at their stated doses.
We consider Virectin to be potentially effective for improving erectile function and sexual performance, given that it contains several research-backed ingreidents, and two at doses we consider potentially effective based on clinical studies.
The inactive ingredients in this supplement are entirely safe and non-toxic which is a good thing.
Does Virectin Use Fake Customer Testimonials?
Virectin may have used stock images for some of the 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 formats. 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, shown above, 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.
The brand now does state, in a footnote, that real customer images are not used to protect customer anonymity. However we consider this to be an highly questionable way to market a product given that these images are under a bold header of "Real Success, Real Incredible Results!"
Questionable Health Claims on Virectin Website
There are a number of health claims on the Virectin website which we consider highly questionable from a scientific standpoint.
The brand claims that ashwagandha root improves sexual performance but provides no citation or proof that it does so at the relatively low, 50 mg dose in Virectin.
We have not come across any medical evidence that ashwagandha is effective at such a low dose, and the brand doesn't even use a more potent extract. They use a root powder.
The brand also claims, without any citations or proof, that 90% of men achieve harder erections with Virectin. We're unsure how the brand can make this claim without having funded a clinical trial.
When we initially published this article, there were false claims made about the ingredients in Virectin on the Ingredients page. The brand has since updated their website.
The brand initially claimed that tongkat ali "promotes" testosterone levels by more than 90%, but now generally claims that it can raise testosterone levels which is a more accurate claim and one we would agree with.
What Retailer Has the Lowest Price on Virectin
Below is a price breakdown for one bottle of Virectin at the time of updating this article.
Brand website: $59.99
While Virectin is slightly cheaper at Walmart than at other retailers, we would recommend that consumers interested in this supplement purchase it through the brand's official website, because it's listed on Walmart by a third-party seller.
We recommend that consumers avoid purchasing from third-party sellers, because this may reduce the risk of counterfeit products.
Virectin does not currently appear to be sold at other major retailers like Walgreens or GNC.
Can Ginseng Naturally Improve Erection Quality?
Panax ginseng has been studied in multiple clinical trials for its potential to naturally treat ED.
A clinical trial published in The Journal of Urology found that after eight weeks of treatment, erectile function scores were "significantly higher" in the ginseng group than the group taking placebo pills.
Another clinical trial found that 60% of patients supplementing with panax ginseng had improvements to ED.
Illuminate Labs sells a panax ginseng extract supplement which is third-party tested to ensure label accuracy, potency and purity, and which contains no questionable additive ingredients.
Interested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Panax Ginseng Extract at this link to the product page on our website, where the supplement can be purchased for only $15 on a subscription basis.
Real Virectin Customer Reviews
Virectin is sold on Amazon which is a more objective resource for customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion. The supplement has been reviewed over 100 times, and has an average review rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by an anonymous Amazon Customer who claims the following:
"My husband purchased these and all I can say is that I noticed an improvement in his stamina and gerth."
The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Gerald V. Duckett” who claims the product caused side effects:
"Not entirely sure, but I contracted tremendous stomach pain after 3 days (3 a day). The doctors didn’t know the cause but I’m being treated for an ulcer. Never experienced this pain before."
Virectin Pros and Cons
Here’s a quick synopsis of the benefits and downsides of this product in our opinion:
- Some effective ingredients
- No harmful additive ingredients
- Most ingredients appear underdosed
- Questionable and often uncited health claims
- Unimpressive user reviews
- Seemingly fake testimonials