Androzene is a popular ‘male enhancing’ supplement that claims to improve male sexual function, boost energy and elevate mood.
It’s easy to see why this product appeals so heavily to men of all ages. Sexuality can be placed on all levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and plays an integral role in the maintenance of our wellbeing as humans . As men age, sexual dysfunction becomes more and more common.
Sexual dysfunction can lower a man's confidence, not just in the bedroom, but in all areas of life. Evidently, the market for male enhancement products is a large one, and this is an industry that sees numerous new products emerge on an almost daily basis. So what is it that makes Androzene stand out from the crowd as one of the most successful supplements?
What is it?
As mentioned above, Androzene is a male enhancing supplement. Androzene is sold as an ‘all-natural’ product, containing a diverse blend of herbal ingredients that are said to work together to “increase sexual stamina, mood and blood flow (for better erections)”.
The manufacturer of this product is a company by the name Health Club Diet. Positively, it’s nice to see the ease at which the address and contact details of this company can be obtained. All too often it is incredibly difficult to pin down details of supplement manufacturers, which should, of course, make you suspicious of them from the get-go.
Unfortunately, the ease at which contact details are obtained is where the positive points stop for the Health Diet Club.
Upon further investigation of the company's credibility, it is clear that there is extensive evidence of the Health Diet Club being involved in multiple lawsuits. These lawsuits have been held for a variety of reasonings including shady business practices, product side effects, and false advertisement claims. None of this provides a promising background for Androzene's origin and manufacturing.
A lot of Androzene's success must be put down to its client profile. Men suffering from sexual dysfunction or a lack of self-esteem are a vulnerable group that is often underestimated in size. Research has demonstrated that men are less likely than women to turn to primary healthcare services for any suspected ailments, and even less likely to do so if the problem they are experiencing is considered to be intimate or embarrassing.
Due to this fact, there is a large profit to be made from selling supplements to the large population of males who would prefer to try and self-medicate than discuss their problems with a healthcare professional.
If it wasn’t for this issue of personal privacy, self-esteem, and masculinity, would so many men really spend their hard-earned money on a herbal supplement?
Does it Work?
The key active ingredients in Androzene are:
- Epimedium: This ingredient is also known by the name ‘Horny Goat Weed’. It is used as an erectile aid and is an aphrodisiac  that is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Epimedium does possess the ability to increase testosterone in many research animals and there are multiple trials and studies available to illustrate this. This impact, however, has not been looked at within human models so it is therefore difficult to state its efficacy within Androzene .
- Taurine : Biochemically, it is an organic acid that contains sulphur. Taurine can be found naturally in foods and is found in its highest natural concentration within red meat products. This compound is known as a heart health agent that has the ability to deliver a range of health benefits. Taurine has been proven to notably increase blood flow , telling us that its inclusion in the Androzene supplement is probably aimed at assisting with erections. However, most of the studies carried out regarding this have been done on diabetic patients, where blood flow was seen to normalize upon supplementation. The impacts of supplementation on non-diabetic subjects are unstudied.
- Guarana: Guarana is a stimulant that is found in most energy drinks [6,7]. It is most often taken for weight loss and athletic and mental performance enhancement . It can also be taken as an aphrodisiac and this is likely the reason for its inclusion in Androzene. Guarana is a caffeine-containing stimulant that stimulates the central nervous system, heart, and muscles. It is likely that Guarana will have no more impact on your testosterone levels than a cup of coffee.
- Saw Palmetto: Prevents testosterone from becoming DHT (DHT is largely responsible for BPH). This ingredient is a fatty acid mix that is known for its abilities to increase testosterone levels. The theory behind this action is that Saw Palmetto inhibits the mechanism that turns testosterone into DHT, therefore increasing testosterone concentrations. Unfortunately, Saw Palmetto has actually been proven to be ineffective. While it is sometimes used in benign prostatic hyperplasia, studies have showed mixed results in terms of efficacy [9,10,11].
- Niacin (Vitamin B3): Vitamin B3 is an essential B vitamin, so supplementation of this is always going to be useful on some level. B3 is able to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels . It is worth noting that a side-effect of B3 supplementation is increased insulin resistance so this vitamin would not be recommended for diabetic individuals . Due to this side effect, Niacin is only beneficial to circulatory and heart health if taken with the necessary precautions.
What does each of these claim to do?
Other ingredients that claim to be ‘testosterone boosting’ are also included in the supplement. This mainly includes a list of various plant and plant root extracts:
- Ginkgo Biloba Extract – increases blood flow to the genital area
- Nettle Root Extract – an ineffective testosterone booster
- Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin extract) – a ‘natural hormone booster’ that appears to be a phytopharmaceutical for prostate disorders
- Yohimbe Extract – claims to boosts testosterone, not very efficacious
- Eleuthero root extract – treats circulatory issues
- Xanthoparmelia Scarbrosa Extract – promotes blood flow to the penis
While all the ingredients have clearly been carefully selected for their proclaimed ‘male-assisting’ capabilities, very few of these ingredients do have the necessary scientific backing behind them for us to consider them effective.
What’s more, no information on the quantities of each of these ingredients within Androzene can be located. It is still safe to assume that the few worthwhile ingredients are not present in high enough quantities for them to exert any effects.
All the ingredients within Androzene are proven to be safe, but they have not been clinically tested in this particular formula, so safety cannot be fully guaranteed.
It is worth noting that one of the ingredients of Androzene, Yohimbe , is reported to be toxic. In order for Yohimbe to begin causing you problems, you would have to consume it in very large quantities. So while it is something to be aware of, it’s unlikely to be something you need to worry about.
Practicalities and Market Alternatives
Androzene is one of the most expensive male enhancing supplements available. The price tag lies in the region of $100 a bottle (but will vary depending on where you choose to make your purchase). Whilst there is a deal available if you decide to make your purchase in bulk, this is still a hefty price to be paying for an untested herbal supplement.
Once again, it is important for us to reflect on the client profile that this product is aiming to target. It is reasonable to suggest that if Androzene was aimed at addressing an issue other than male sexual function and self-esteem, the price point would have to be altered dramatically for it to be deemed worthwhile. Men will pay extra to keep their masculinity ‘intact’ and unfortunately Androzene is part of a market of products that are developed in order to take advantage of this.
An additional consideration to take into account before making your purchase is the fact that there are several very similar products available on online marketplaces at less than 50% of the price of Androzene.
The existence of multiple negative customer reviews should also be acknowledged. Negative reviews come down to Androzene consumers experiencing negative side effects as a result of the supplement. Side effects experienced include dizziness, nausea, sleep problems, kidney failure, heart attack, raised blood pressure and agitation. Many of these issues could be responsible for the inclusion of the potentially dangerous ingredient Yohimbe within the ingredients of the product.
The final word on Androzene is this: There are better and less expensive, male enhancing supplements available.
Androzene's price point is extortionate for something that remains untested and, although the Health Diet Club's returns policy appears generous on paper, there is an expansive list of reported issues relating to attempts to return this product.
The best advice to take when deciding to purchase any supplement is to make sure it’s been clinically tested and proven effective.
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