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Ageless Male Max Review: Is It Safe and Effective?

Written by Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD

Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD 

Published on September 20, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

3.2

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:2.8
  • Ingredient Safety:3.0
  • Value for the Price:3.0
  • Brand Transparency:4.0

Ageless Male Max is a testosterone and nitric oxide boosting supplement by New Vitality. While it does contain some ingredients that may help support male health and counteract some of the side effects of aging, the use of a proprietary blend makes it difficult to evaluate the efficacy of the product.

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Ageless Male Max Review: Is It Safe and Effective?
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Pros

  • Includes some evidence-based ingredients for supporting men’s health
  • Ashwagandha can help mitigate the negative effects of stress, which can impact hormone levels

Cons

  • Unable to determine if doses are effective with use of proprietary blend
  • No third-party testing

What Is Ageless Male Max?

Ageless Male Max is a supplement designed to counteract the effects of aging for men, like lack of energy, poor weight gain, and muscle loss.

It contains a combination of ashwagandha, vitamins, and a propriety blend of herbs and plant powders called NOXPerform.

Nitric oxide is a compound made by your body that helps the blood vessels relax and increases circulation. It is essential for blood flow to every part of the body.

Low levels of nitric oxide are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and erectile dysfunction.

For men, when testosterone starts to decrease with age, so does libido, sexual function, muscle mass, and energy.

Low testosterone impacts about 40% of men age 45 and older, making it a common concern for men’s health.

The goal of the ingredients in this product is to boost nitric oxide and testosterone levels, helping mitigate common effects of aging, increase energy, and improve physical performance and body composition.

Ageless Male Max is made by New Vitality, which has been in business since 2012. Their tagline as a company is “to help people live longer and look younger.”

In addition to Ageless Male Max, they also have other products to support men’s health and two superfood powders.

Evaluation of Ingredients

Ageless Male Max contains several essential vitamins and minerals that help support testosterone – ashwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, and a proprietary blend of herbs, as well as fruit and vegetable powders.

The dosage is listed as 1 capsule on the supplement facts label, but the recommended dose is 2 capsules per day.

If you take the recommended dosage, you would have to double what is listed on the label.

Vitamin D, 41.7 mcg/1,666 IU

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays many important roles in the body, from bone strength to immunity. It is also essential for hormone and sexual health.

For men, vitamin D helps regulate the production of testosterone and plays a role in sperm production.

Vitamin D levels help maintain muscle mass. In addition, supplementation with D has been found to improve exercise performance.

The dosage of vitamin D in Ageless Male Max is 208% above the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and double that if you take the 2 recommended capsules per day.

One study did find that testosterone levels improved with a dose of 3,332 IU daily, which is what is found in the product.

This is still a high dose of vitamin D. Too much vitamin D from supplements can result in heart arrhythmias, renal failure, and even death.

While this may be the clinically effective dose to improve testosterone, at least according to one study, I recommend not taking Ageless Male Max with any other supplements containing Vitamin D to prevent toxicity.

Summary

Vitamin D plays an essential role in hormonal and sexual health for men, but the dose in this product may be too high.

Niacin, 8 mg

Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin used to help the body transfer energy from food into ATP.

It is also needed to maintain DNA integrity, plays a role in cell-to-cell communication, and helps the body maintain antioxidant function.

It may help improve cholesterol levels, increasing “good” HDL while decreasing “bad” LDL. Improving HDL levels may increase nitric oxide production.

There are a handful of animal studies on the effect of niacin in boosting testosterone levels, but nothing in humans.

Summary

Niacin is an essential vitamin for energy production. Its impact on HDL may help boost nitric oxide levels.

Vitamin B6, 1 mg

Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin involved with over 100 different reactions in the body. Like the other B vitamins, it plays a role in helping the body use energy from food.

There is limited evidence of a connection between B6 and testosterone, although an overt deficiency may reduce hormone levels.

It is uncommon for people to be deficient in this widely available vitamin.

Vitamin B6 may play a role in maintaining normal nitric oxide levels as well.

Summary

Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin that may help support nitric oxide levels.

Vitamin B12, 1.2 mcg

Vitamin B12 is also an essential water-soluble B vitamin. It plays a role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and DNA.

There is no link between B12 and testosterone production.

Low nitric oxide levels are connected to vitamin B12 deficiency. But unless you are a strict vegan who does not supplement their diet, a deficiency in this common vitamin is unlikely.

Summary

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin with no connection to testosterone production. It may help improve nitric oxide levels if you are deficient.

Zinc, 15 mg

Zinc is a mineral required for a healthy metabolism, growth, many enzymatic reactions, immunity, and testosterone production.

A 2006 study of wrestlers found that supplementation with zinc helped improve low testosterone levels caused by intense exercise.

Another study found that low zinc levels might impact testosterone, fertility, and sexual health.

The RDA for zinc is 11 mg, and Ageless Male Lax contains 15 mg per serving (30 mg if you take the recommended dose).

Taking too much supplemental zinc for an extended period can interfere with the absorption of other important minerals like copper.

Summary

While zinc is important for testosterone production, the dosage in this product is too high and may result in a deficiency in other minerals when taken long-term.

Ashwagandha Root Extract, KSM-66, 338 mg

Ashwagandha is an herb that has adaptogenic properties, meaning it helps the body mitigate the effects of stress.

It can help balance stress hormones like cortisol, increase energy, decrease inflammation, and support immunity.

A small 2011 study found that supplementation with ashwagandha improved male fertility by helping the body manage stress better and possibly increase testosterone levels.

Another study found that ashwagandha was able to increase testosterone by 14% in overweight men struggling with fatigue.

Summary

Several small studies suggest a connection between ashwagandha supplementation and increased testosterone levels, but more research is needed, and an ideal dosage has not been determined.

NOXPerform (Spectra), 100 mg

NOXPerform (Spectra) is a proprietary blend of various herbal extracts and fruit and vegetable powders.

It is not possible to know how much of each is included, as it only lists the total for the blend. However, with only 100 mg total in 1 capsule, it is likely not much of each of the 28 ingredients listed.

There is one company-sponsored study on the benefits of NOXPerform (Spectra).

This was a small study with 22 participants who were given 100 mg of the powder for two consecutive days.

Researchers found that the antioxidant capacity of the subjects increased by 17%, and nitric oxide was boosted by 64%.

Due to the small sample size, short duration, and company sponsorship, this study should be taken with a grain of salt.

Aside from company-sponsored studies, some of the ingredients included may support testosterone and nitric oxide levels.

One study in rats found that green coffee extract may help support healthy testosterone levels. It may also boost nitric oxide levels.

Another study on green tea extract and rats had similar results. Green tea may also stimulate nitric oxide.

Green leafy vegetables, like broccoli, spinach, collards, and Brussel’s sprouts, are all able to boost nitric oxide production.

Other high antioxidant ingredients like acerola, acai, turmeric, and quercetin, may also help boost testosterone levels in men.

Summary

While many of the ingredients in the NOXPerform blend may help boost testosterone levels and nitric oxide, the dosage of each is entirely unknown. Therefore, we cannot conclude that this proprietary blend provides an effective.

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of Ageless Male Max based on the available research:

  • Increase total testosteroneModerate Evidence
  • Boost nitric oxide by 64%Moderate Evidence
  • Reduce feelings of stress and support sleepStrong Evidence
  • Improve workouts and ramp up muscleModerate Evidence
  • Reduce fat faster than exercise aloneNo Evidence

While there are ingredients in Ageless Male Max that support healthy testosterone levels and boost nitric oxide, the studies are too small to draw solid conclusions.

Using a proprietary blend and only one small company-sponsored study to support this claim makes it impossible to assess.

Ashwagandha is well researched to help reduce the impact of stress on the body, which may also mean improved sleep.

Ingredients like vitamin D are needed for muscle strength.

Ingredients that increase nitric oxide, like B-vitamins, may improve workouts as well.

There is no evidence that any of the ingredients in this product help reduce body fat.

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

The dosage for Ageless Male Max is 1 tablet twice per day in the morning and the evening.

Trying to improve low hormones, like testosterone, on your own is not recommended. Instead, a better place to start is to speak to your doctor about the best way to improve hormone levels.

Testosterone boosters have been found to increase the risk of liver and kidney abnormalities. Therefore I would proceed with caution with any of these products, including Ageless Male Max.

The dosages of vitamin D and zinc in this supplement are above the RDA.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means there is a great risk of toxicity compared to water-soluble vitamins.

Too much vitamin D can lead to high levels of calcium in the blood, which can cause heart arrhythmias, renal failure, and death.

Before taking a high dose of vitamin D, I would recommend speaking to your doctor.

As previously mentioned, too much zinc for an extended time can lead to deficiencies in other minerals. Over time this can impact immune function.

While ashwagandha is generally considered safe, some do experience digestive upset when taking supplements that contain this herb.

The NOXPerform blend is mostly just fruits, vegetables, and herbal powders; therefore, I do not have any significant safety concerns with these ingredients.

As always, speak to your doctor before taking any supplements to understand what is best for you.

Cost and Where to Buy

One bottle of Ageless Male Max costs $49.99 for a 30-day supply.

From the company website, you can purchase a bottle for as low as $35.80 when you buy 12 at once.

You can get a 30-day supply on Amazon for $37.98 from the New Vitality storefront.

The price of Ageless Male Max is about average for a testosterone booster.

Most popular brands in this category cost between $30–$70 per month.

How Ageless Male Max Compares to Alternatives

There are many different testosterone boosters on the market, similar to Ageless Male Max with varying blends of ingredients.

Most testosterone boosters contain a combination of herbal blends, ashwagandha, B-vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.

Based on the research, there is no specific blend of nutrients that is optimal for boosting testosterone.

Options similar to Ageless Male Max include Test Boost Max, which also contains ashwagandha, and TestoFuel, which has similar vitamins and minerals.

Test Boost Max is similarly priced, whereas TestoFuel is significantly more expensive.

Overall, there is no specific testosterone booster that stands out on the market as the most effective. Most contain similar poorly researched ingredients for promoting male health.

The Bottom Line

Ageless Male Max does contain some ingredients that may help support healthy testosterone levels and improve nitric oxide. Still, the use of a proprietary blend makes it difficult to assess the efficacy of this product.

If you think you have low testosterone levels, it is best to start by speaking with your doctor.

Hormones are delicately balanced in the body. Having too much or too little of one hormone can throw off the entire system.

A dietary supplement is not the place to start trying to balance your hormone levels.

A Word from Our RD

If you are struggling with the effects of aging and low testosterone, a healthy lifestyle is the best place to start.

Increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, can help improve your testosterone and nitric oxide levels naturally.

Additionally, avoiding smoking, decreasing alcohol intake, managing stress, and getting plenty of sleep are other ways to stay healthy throughout life.

If you need additional help, speak to your doctor, who can check your testosterone and other hormone levels and provide tailored guidance to help you feel your best.

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