Novedex is a name that should immediately ring some bells with those involved in medicine or in bodybuilding. Novedex sounds awfully similar to the name of the post-steroid therapy drug Nolvadex.
Novedex is also an anti-aromatase product – hence the name. This non-anabolic and non-androgenic dietary supplement claims to be specially formulated to help users boost their testosterone levels naturally.
This supplement is not actually aimed at assisting consumers with weight loss. Instead, it's focused on providing its users with a “sustained physiological response” that aims to boost the rate at which an individual can build lean muscle mass and adjust existing hormone levels.
Novedex is marketed at around $60 – it’s worth knowing the efficacy of this supplement before investing hard earned money on it.
Novedex is an anti-aromatase product created for bodybuilders who are looking to rapidly enhance their performance and avoid negative side effects following a cycle of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS).
The supplement works to increase the levels of bioavailable testosterone in the body, reducing free estrogen levels, thereby increasing the testosterone . This particular balance plays a crucial role in the development of muscle, mobilization of fat and sports performance.
Novedex does this by inhibiting the aromatization of testosterone, preventing its conversion to estrogen. The combined effect of reduced estrogen and increased testosterone provides a favorable environment for building muscle .
Three different aromatase inhibitors are present within Novedex in order to achieve the product's effects, which we’re going to look at individually.
Novedex is not, specifically, a weight loss product but some users reported experiencing weight loss while using it – likely due to the interaction between testosterone and the body’s mechanism for storing and using body fat.
The manufacturer of Novedex is Gaspari Nutrition, an international supplement brand that distributes to 50 countries and is marketed on the success of owner and world-renowned Rich Gaspari. The company takes pride in being involved in every step of its product's manufacturing process and enthusiastically markets Novedex as the “closest thing to Nolvadex on the market”.
However, selling a commercial form of Nolva is all well and good until the FDA gets involved. The Food and Drug Association have pulled Gaspari’s product from the market due to malicious steroid contamination, resulting in serious liver damage [3, 4]. It is also considered to be a PED on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list .
Most likely, yes. If Novedex is potent enough to be pulled from the market by the FDA, it’s probably due to effective active ingredients that place the product in the grey area of what is safe and legal. Their history of intentionally-tainted supplements is also a serious problem for consumer confidence.
This isn’t a surprise, however, as it is already being marketed as a form aromatase inhibitor – a doping-related drug that has been associated with steroid use. If you’re buying this product on the basis of its association with AAS and tamoxifen, you’re pretty much asking for trouble.
The real question is not whether this product works or not but whether the potential risks are truly offset by the benefits. The product is likely to improve (i.e. increase) your testosterone levels at rest – or at least the amount that is put to use – while reducing serum estrogen levels.
Unlike many other products on the market that claim to do this, Gaspari’s product will actually have some effects. It is obvious that the dubious selection of ingredients is likely to improve efficacy because, plainly-speaking, they’re basically “discount” versions of illicit drugs (at least according to WADA and the FDA).
This effectiveness might seem like a plus point, but when you consider that the supplement is only likely to be effective due to ingredients that are sketchy in the health and safety department, Novedex doesn’t come out looking quite so good. The effects of orally-administered exogenous hormones are likely to be incredibly negative for key chemical conversions in the body, damaging the liver and unhinging the body’s existing hormone balance.
Something you should be asking yourself is: do you really need to take this supplement?
Novedex might be able to perform as it claims to, but not without some “interesting” health implications. It’s always worth noting that it has fewer positive effects than that of conventional steroids, despite comparable negative effects on the liver.
If you are looking to lose some body fat, lean out and see some muscle definition, this product can plausibly assist. However, unless you are a commutative bodybuilder, there really is no need to be using a product so potent that its legality continues to be questioned.
Anything that requires the FDA to intervene is not a dietary supplement.
Novedex occupies a curious space in the market that bridges the gap between supplements and medical-grade chemicals. We’ve seen this before with the inclusion of various illicit stimulants or AAS in regular supplements, but Gaspari openly marketed this product as a pseudo-PED.
This product is simply not one that should be taken lightly: careful consideration is needed and, even then, you’re unlikely to be ready to mess around with it unless you have extensive experience with drugs and a very serious commitment to performance-enhancing drugs.
This compound should only be taken if you are extremely confident that you know what you are doing with it. The potential side effects are simply not worth the risk for the general public: if you’re looking to simply improve your health and get into shape, this is far more severe of a supplement than you ever need.
The first problem you’re likely to encounter is some mid-term problems with your hormonal balance if you stop using this product. Your body is not designed to consume exogenous hormones and the HPTA (the natural system that governs the balance of hormones) is very sensitive. It is very possible that reducing your serum estrogen is going to have serious detrimental health effects. The inclusion of various anti-aromatase pre-drugs is going to have a strong negative effect on the liver  and the HPTA itself.
As above, our general conclusion is that these products may serve some value to those who are already recovering from a cycle of AAS, but it has very little applicability to the general public. The possibility of negative long-term side-effects is simply not outweighed by faster weight loss or slightly better muscle gains.
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Overall, we do understand the gap in the market that this product has been marketed to solve. There is a real concern among low-level bodybuilders regarding testosterone levels, and effective testosterone boosters have been conspicuously absent from the supplement market, despite the number of fakes.
However, this product seems to fit a strange niche: those who are ok with using health-harming compounds for mild improvements but aren’t AAS-users. While we generally condemn the use of AAS due to their health implications and implications on fair sport, it seems that this product has many of the negative effects without a sufficient amount of benefits.
We can’t recommend this supplement due to its negative health effects, risks of negative effects and serious problems with FDA regulations. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0960076093902707
Steven has researched over 500 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. He has also worked with nutritionists specializing in weight loss while coaching people on how to transform their physiques and live healthy lives. You can contact him via the "About Us" page.