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Test Boost Max Review: Safety, Effectiveness, Pros and Cons

Written by Melissa Mitri, MS, RD

Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD 

Last Updated on April 14, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

2.8

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:2.0
  • Ingredient Safety:3.0
  • Value for the Price:2.0
  • Brand Transparency:4.0

Test Boost Max is a supplement intended to boost testosterone levels. I would not recommend it due to a lack of research for most of its ingredients.

Test Boost Max Review: Safety, Effectiveness, Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A few ingredients may have health benefits
  • Lifetime 100% money-back guarantee
  • Contains antioxidants

Cons

  • Safety risk of some ingredients
  • Questionable effectiveness of some ingredients
  • Cost

What Is Test Boost Max?

Test Boost Max is a testosterone booster supplement made by a company called Sculpt Nation. The manufacturer says this product is guaranteed to increase your testosterone levels.

However, there are no actual studies to support this.

After age 30, men’s testosterone levels begin to gradually decline, which may negatively impact body composition, libido, and energy levels.

Test Boost Max contains 7 core ingredients said to reduce this decline in testosterone.

The specific claims are that it increases lean muscle, burns body fat, improves libido, and enhances workout recovery.

Evaluation of Ingredients

Test Boost Max contains 7 core ingredients:

Tribulus Terrestris (500 mg)

Tribulus Terrestris is a small leafy plant that is touted to have several health benefits, including boosting testosterone levels.

Some animal studies have shown some promise. However, research on humans is lacking.

American Panax Ginseng (20 mg)

American Panax Ginseng is an herb and antioxidant used in traditional Chinese medicine.

It may improve symptoms of low libido related to erectile dysfunction.

Since it acts as an antioxidant, it may specifically reduce damage to blood vessels in the penis, helping to restore normal function.

However, the ginseng dose in Test Boost Max is much lower than what has been seen to produce results.

In that particular study, a minimum of 50 mg per kilogram of American Panax Ginseng was given to produce any effect. This equates to around 5,000 mg per day for an average man.

Cordyceps Mushroom (20 mg)

Cordyceps mushroom is a type of fungi that grows on the larvae of insects. It has several claimed health benefits, including improving sex drive.

One human study showed it did not have any effect on testosterone levels.

While the dose present in Test Boost Max is fairly low, I would still be leery of this ingredient as it doesn’t have significant data to support its effectiveness.

Ashwagandha Root 4:1 Extract (600 mg)

Ashwagandha is a holistic herb used to reduce stress hormones such as cortisol, increase energy and endurance, and support overall health.

Some research has shown that increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol can decrease testosterone levels.

One small study found that ashwagandha did increase testosterone. However, it did not actually improve their energy or sexual performance and thus there is a questionable actual benefit.

Additionally, this study only lasted 16-weeks, and most other studies have also been short in duration.

Hawthorn Berry Extract (40 mg)

Hawthorn berry extract is the flowers taken from the hawthorn berry. It has been used as an herbal remedy for digestive and blood pressure issues.

It may increase blood flow throughout the body, so proponents of it say it may also increase blood flow in the penis.

There has not been any human research to support this, and any research has been in much higher doses than present in this supplement.

Longjack Root 

Longjack, otherwise known as Tongkat Ali, is a root native to Asia. It contains antioxidants and has been used to treat erectile dysfunction.

One human study showed it may act as an ergogenic aid, which improves endurance and muscle strength during workouts.

Another short-term study lasting one month was conducted. It showed 200 mg of Longjack given for one month boosted testosterone levels in older men.

However, the amount of Longjack present in Test Boost is not included on the label. 

Epimedium (160 mg)

Epimedium, otherwise known as Horny Goat Weed, is touted to increase libido and testosterone levels. However, this has only been seen so far in animal studies.

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

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

  • Increase lean muscleLimited Evidence
  • Burn fatLimited Evidence
  • Improve libidoLimited Evidence
  • Enhance workout recoveryLimited Evidence

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

The dosage is 3 pills of Test Boost Max per day. The instructions don’t specify the recommended time of day to take them or if they should be taken with food.

Most studies on these ingredients have been in the short term and no longer than 16 weeks. This leads me to question its effects and safety over the long term.

While there are no specific side effects reported for Test Boost Max, there have been reports of side effects from testosterone boosters in general.  

Side effects are often mild such as digestive upset. However, there was one serious reported event of liver toxicity in an athlete who took a testosterone booster as directed.

The dosage of most ingredients in Test Boost Max is much lower than what has been seen in most studies. Therefore, I would be concerned that it is simply not effective. 

Cost and Where to Buy

The cost for Test Boost Max is $41 per month for a single bottle. If you purchase 6 months or more of the product, the monthly price goes down to $32.50.

The price is within the upper range of other similar products on the market.

You can purchase it directly from sculptnation.com or from Amazon at a similar price.

If you choose to buy, I would suggest purchasing directly from the website as they offer a lifetime 100% money-back guarantee.

How It Compares

Test Boost Max is higher-end price-wise compared to alternatives. However, it does contain a lot of ingredients.

It contains several different ingredients compared to other testosterone boosters – such as ashwagandha, long jack, and Hawthorne berry extract. So, this makes it stand out.

Many other popular testosterone boosters contain fenugreek, aspartic acid, and several B-vitamins which Test Boost Max does not contain.

Even though the ingredients differ slightly, I would say it is fairly equivalent to other boosters, as most of their ingredients are also not based on evidence.

The Bottom Line

The research shows that most testosterone boosters are not effective.

Working towards a healthy weight, having a balanced diet and exercise routine, and not smoking are more beneficial for reducing testosterone’s natural decline with age.

I am concerned with the lack of research on this supplement as well as potential side effects, and so I would not recommend it, especially to someone who is at a higher risk for heart problems.

A Word from Our RD

While it may be tempting to take a pill for a testosterone boost, products such as Test Boost Max are generally lacking in evidence.

To naturally boost energy and support healthy hormone levels, I would recommend getting fresh air, eating enough protein at each meal to fuel your workouts, and prioritizing sleep.

Always seek individualized guidance from your healthcare provider if you are concerned about your testosterone levels and want to explore your options.

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