Prime Male Reviews- Summary:
The Good: Quick and Strong results for testosterone and overall health. Quality Ingredients and testing. Excellent, believable testimonials.
The Bad: Strict refund policy: 90 day guarantee applies only if you actually use for 3 months.
Intro: Probably the best all round testosterone supplement for 2016-2017; this is sold as a quality, premium product. But the price can be worth the results.
Even Before the age of 30, testosterone drops at a rate of about 1%/year. Losing strength and confidence is something that most of us hate, and the market is glutted with testosterone “booster” supplements.
So what is less common is to find quality products that really work. The main benefits of T support are supposed to be improved vitality, strength and sex drive. But Prime Male also does more: mood and mental alertness, heart and prostate health.
This attractively packaged product is aimed at the higher priced end of the market- the question is whether you think this is worth it.
A bit of Backstory: test boosters started to get big in the market round 3 years back. When we first saw Prime Male, we hated it. Thought it was too slick. Some of the ingredients had cheaper substitutes, like inferior Siberian ginseng rather than “True” asian ginseng. They called themselves King-Maker. We preferred “Queen Pussy” : )
But they have not been too arrogant to change their formula, which now sports too many good ingredients and combinations for us to ignore. So what the heck, we’ll give them credit where its due…
What is Prime Male, and who makes it?
Prime male is created by time tested pharmaceutical corporation Propura, and is now probably now THE market leader for testosterone booster supplements. Its cheered on by dozens of sales people and fitness companies… and now we’re one of them. gah!
We have a tendency to support the underdog… But in this case the market leader does check out well with quality and safety controls: “All Propura products are manufactured in an FDA registered facility in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for nutritional supplements. Raw materials, processing, and quality control procedures in our plant are all GMP- compliant.”
Younger men vs Older?
Ingredients in Prime Male are likely to help maintain Testosterone health for any guy at any age; its easy to use and quite safe. This supplement is marketed toward men over 30 – but the ingredients ranging from Boron to Mucuna will help energy and testosterone even if you are under 30 and need Testosterone enhancement.
For example; you may be a younger lifter on a “cutting” cycle with testosterone depleted due to stress and low calories – there is no evidence that says the same ingredients don’t work for you. For example, DAA has been tested on young bodybuilders, and mucuna pruriens has been tested on youths for growth effects.
Prime Male Ingredients
Some other test boosters may include a whole bunch of different ingredients which seem impressive. But more may not be necessarily better. Or ingredients may be in a “proprietary formula” that conceals dosage amounts or inefficiency.
It helps greatly to have: 1. the right dosages – if its insufficient there’s no point. 2. it helps to have them balanced in an efficient way (some work better together, some cause problems when mixed). And 3. it helps to have quality versions of ingredients that are absorbed well. High quality ingredients are absorbed better, not all versions are the same. Prime Male scores in all 3 respects.
Its been said there’s a low Vitamin D epidemic today. Low vitamin D3 levels have been correlated with low testosterone levels in several major studies
We’re glad Prime Male features this in strong amounts, but we did wonder if 5000 IUs might be too strong. This may cause excess calcium in the blood. But many respected researchers also note the effective upper limit may be much higher for Vitamin D. More than 10,000 IUs or even 50,000 IUs
After days of debating about the ingredients (yeah we’re nerds that way), we figure that it’s better to have a higher dosage rather than too low. Also, the Vitamin K in Prime Male likely reduces problems as well (see below). Altogether, this is likely effective and low risk, and helps low testosterone issues fast.
D-Aspartic acid, or D-AA, is an essential amino acid as well as an important neurotransmitter. What it does to male hormones is a beneficial release of luteinizing hormone, which is the hormone that triggers the production and release of testosterone.
Studies show that D-AA can increase testosterone levels of 30 to 60%, for big potential gains in energy, strength, and lean muscle mass. And a good libido booster too.
What’s great: Prime Male uses the best version of DAA- calcium chelate. This is better known as an insider tip by experienced bodybuilders, and greatly better for absorption and safety (70 times better than normal DAA). This means more of the ingredient is actually usable- and also tends not to cause digestion problems. 1600 mg of DAA-CC is most likely stronger than 3000mg of DAA- and also even more safe.
Its important to know that not all supplements are equal in quality- hence effectiveness- and Prime Male tends to use stuff that’s the highest quality.
This helps your pituitary gland create luteinizing hormone, which increases the production of testosterone.
As the body does not store zinc, it should be taken as a supplement on a daily basis. Simply taking a zinc supplement can lead to up to 1/3 more testosterone in as little as two months. At 30mg, Prime Male has a very good dose of zinc. Zinc citrate is also considered higher quality.
Magnesium is essential for converting food into energy. A mild magnesium deficiency can be why you feel extra tired. It also inhibits the production of androgen hormone binding globulin. This indirectly raises the concentration of free testosterone, which is the kind that the body uses in muscle production. And it combines well with Zinc.
This is actually the extract of black pepper to increase absorption of supplements and nutrients in the digestive tract. A great backup ingredient for synergy.
Vitamin K2 synergizes and helps D3 to work more efficiently in the body- it helps maintain plasma and testosterone levels, and can also reduce effects of calcification from Vitamin D. Prime Male has a number of good synergies/combinations.
Another good supporting ingredient; vitamin B6 binds to androgen receptors, which tells your body to amp up testosterone production. It increases the absorption and bioavailability of magnesium, zinc, and other trace elements that are crucial to building lean muscle mass. The latest formula of Prime Male increased this dosage greatly.
Korean Red Ginseng
Ginseng has long been used to increase health, energy and libido in traditional Asian medicine. We really like this one.
Korean red ginseng (a type of asian or panax ginseng) has been found in research trials to be the most effective form of this vital root- vs the less effective Siberian ginseng. This is another improvement to the latest Prime Male formula. 120 mg of Ginseng is effective.
Too much estrogen is obviously not good for men. Much of the decrease in testosterone associated with aging is caused by testosterone being converted to estrogen.
Some testosterone supplements may actually increase estrogen production as their testosterone levels increase. Luteolin combats this effect. So this is actually a nice synergy for Prime Male
This is actually extract of velvet bean; it can help to balance male hormones, especially increasing the concentration of free testosterone in the bloodstream. Also, it can be a natural source of L-Dopa/levadopa, which will balance your moods, and likely helps to strengthen muscle and bone tissue.
We think Mucuna is potentially quite amazing; it is likely the richest source of levadopa- which converts to dopamine in the brain, plus involves high levels of anti oxidant activity. This means increased masculine/androgenic qualities , reduced stress, improve sperm and fertility, and even boost natural growth hormones for strength and testosterone.
This extract needs to be standardized for L-dopa, the active ingredient. Prime Male includes a fairly concentrated 15% of 300 mg – which is fairly strong, and safe especially spread through the day.
Nettle root, taken from the stinging nettles plant, binds with androgen hormone binding globulins to increase your free testosterone, as well as reducing estrogen. This frees testosterone but strangely does not seem to have strong boosting effects itself, so is good as a combination agent. It also seems to help with recovery and other synergies by reducing inflammation.
Boron is an essential mineral that is less well researched and under-rated, but we believe contributes to a healthy hormonal balance as well as bone strength, reduction of inflammation.
It may reduce the levels of androgen hormone binding globulin, which reduces levels of free testosterone by binding the hormone before it can be used.
In this trial, just 7 days of boron supplementation increased free testosterone by 28%, as well as reducing other signs of inflammation
Boron can make a surprising difference: we’ve personally tried supplements with similar dosages of DAA, Vitamin D and Zinc- as well as different dosages, and also in isolation. Interestingly, just adding extra boron to the mix helped us feel even more refreshed after a night’s sleep, with smooth energy the next day.
Altogether; Its ridiculous. Prime Male is packed full of stuff (in a good way). We were literally puzzled as to how they managed to fit all the ingredients in there. Like a power packed munchkin (Insider scoop- supplements companies often find it challenging to package ingredients’ dosages in the little pills).
Dosages are strong yet safe- for energy, testosterone, sex drive and health. The formula is powerful and premium quality.
Prime Male Results- Best “Anti Aging?”
We normally don’t expect big fast gains from natural test boosters, nothing like synthetic steroids, despite some brands’ marketing. However Prime Male did surprise us.
We tested this on 3 team mates, with some fitness experience as trainers and physiotherapists, all of whom are 30-40 years old. Most of us take quite a number of other supplements as well- though we tried to clear our systems of similar test booster ingredients for about a week before our little tests.
We were more thorough about cross checking notes for the first 4 weeks, and carried on with discussions for about 3 months, But Note: Admittedly for a thorough clinical trial, you should have dozens of subjects, as well as stringent control factors. But sorry guys, we’re not billionaire funded, so this is the best our small team can do : )
Week 1: Slight difference in workouts, maybe 5-10% more strength and endurance. However, this might be a mental thing, because of freshness or alertness (see below)
A couple of us were slightly tired and over worked. But in about 2 days, we noticed better relaxation, sleep and energy patterns – even compared to other test boosters with similar ingredients. Its like waking up with a better sleep pattern, or not waking up with morning cobwebs.
This is quite surprising for us, as we were actually used to trying out dozens of supplements. And that’s already in contrast with certain formulas like ZMA which are known to help sleep and recovery.
Libido boost is nice as well; in 2-3 days this helps general feelings of horniness, as well as recovery after sex. Also note that some of us are used to trying out other boner pills. But note: Prime Male is not meant to be a boner pill strictly, but to help with overall men’s health. Which is actually a lot healthier than loading up with boner ingredients.
Week 2: Slightly better mood, better alertness in general. Generally better energy throughout the day, and for focus at work. But we notice this is not exactly like a triple expresso shot: if we are really tired or sleep deprived, this ain’t gonna keep you from crashing.
Generally more energy and stamina for workouts, good but nothing huge. Less fatigue (we tend not to do long workouts, but find that concentration lasts longer especially toward the end).
Week 3: Good overall vibes, gradual gains in all areas, nothing big, but slight boosts for energy, stamina, mood, mental alertness, sleep. For sex – we recover noticeably quicker, feel like shagging 3-4 times a week to put it crudely : ) Not bad for a 39 year old.
Most of us do not currently have a problem with weight – we’re not “Iron Men” but are fairly fit for our age- so we can’t testify for weight loss. This could help if you’re overweight, but is more likely to come as a side effect of better endurance and a good workout program.
Weeks 4 and beyond: We tend to take for granted the simple things as time goes by- and Prime Male is not a massively obvious “booster”. But some of us can’t imagine how we did without it. Its like a continuous feeling of smooth energy.
For effective purposes we seem to be going around 20% + better or stronger for most physical and mental activities, which is really good considering our managers are not newbies to strength and endurance exercise (muay thai, crossfit), as well as other mental and research based activities.
Its too easy to hype this up as a fountain of youth; but in a simple way, this is probably the best single “anti aging” supplement for men we’ve used so far, at least as a single stack/combination.
We have to say; these made us go wow (click here for testimonials page). The page leads with celebrity testimonials- Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables movies, Rambo etc), great athletes like Andre Reed and Scott Zolan … but yup they sound like real people with real results. There’s a whole bunch of non celebrity videos and testimonials there as well.
* So Mr Badass-Dolph Lundgren has brains + brawn. As a former chemical engineer, he too appreciates transparent ingredients formulas where we know what goes into our body.
* The Andre Reed (Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014) one made us get blurry eyed:
As athletes who are growing older, we know what its like to keep that warrior mindset- to keep moving on even though the body ain’t what it used to be. To use experience to make up for not using sheer power, and look for solutions that give hope.
* Nice details with Scott Zolak (Broadcaster and retired NFL quarterback): talks about how as a father and husband, you know it’s so damn hard to squeeze in time to squeeze in a workout! When you’re juggling a dozen things a day. We really get that.
And of course, how he’s better able to keep the missus happy : )
So; yeah the celebs were probably paid something to endorse this, but we don’t think they are making everything up. Not likely they would risk their reputations on a scammy product either.
* Maxx’s review: wow, if he’s acting, dude deserves an Oscar. We chuckled when he said he used to watch other people giving testimonials. But he looks sincere.
* Charles’ review: again, great detail. He had his T levels clinically tested, and Prime Male worked better for him than injections (from 200ng/dl, to 476ng/dl- more than double!).
Yeah we’d really rather have natural solutions (much less expensive and complicated). We’ve also seen another testimonial where someone’s diabetes testing results were improved; “A1C 6.2 at a solid 170”. So its good to have specific results.
And there’s a bunch more videos and testimonials actually. but we’ll leave it at that. And keep in mind that you should be taking this for 3+ months for the best results- its not a miracle fix.
Can I Stack Prime Male with other Supplements?
Despite strong dosages, Prime Male is quite safe and non-toxic; ingredients are natural and meant for long term benefits. You should always check specific supplements labels, but Prime Male is easily combined with most daily supplements, in our experience.
Where to buy Prime Male; Can you buy on Amazon and GNC?
Nope, you can’t get this on Amazon and similar stores. This may also be a good thing as it allows the company to quality control. Shipping is quick and efficient. Arrives in about 2 days for US and UK customers.
Note that they do not ship to the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, North Korea, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Turkey.
Price, costs, discounts?
Price is the main drawback of this Product: It’s almost $70 for a month’s supply of Prime Male. Though Prime Male does have a bulk buying discount: buy 3 get 1 free (works out to about $52/bottle)
Some other test boosters are cheaper- and even if you can afford it, its human nature to search for a better bargain. But: you know the saying “you get what you pay for”; and there are also hundreds of boosters that don’t do the job. And these may not be very low cost either.
Returns and Refunds policy: Now this is the part about Prime Male which some people find strict;
The Returns policy is fine; if you have an issue with delivery or a defective product. Its the REFUND policy which is stringent: if you are trying to claim that Prime Male did not work for YOUR testosterone and health, note that their 90 day guarantee only applies if you buy 3 bottles.
Also, you have to keep a rough log of your activities (you have to give them a description of your diet and exercise habits) for them to approve.
We’ve tried to sell stuff before- and there can be a lot of freeloaders once you add a liberal returns policy. Being strict can also help a company maintain an exclusive image, and control quality.
This made us wonder if we should have given them a very high rating, as some people get angry about this. In the end we don’t think they are a scam, and we decided to base on results and quality.
Side Effects, Precautions?
We consider Prime Male to be low risk in general as well as compared to other test boosters. Most users do not claim to have any side effects.
However do note that there is no such thing as a 100% safe supplement or ingredient- some people have reactions to eating oranges or walking in sunlight (Vitamin C and D respectively- to give odd examples). If you have allergies or pre-existing medical conditions, you should check with your doctor.
How to Use Prime Male- Instructions:
Space this out and take it 4 times per day. This might help space out some of the stronger doses, or prevent allergic reactions. But for most people, even once per day should be alright, rather than forgetting to take. Even a combined 4 pill dosage is not what we would consider greatly excessive.
As a good rule of thumb; you can try increasing the pills per dose, but test gradually.
Likely the most effective test booster on the market in 2017, this is a potentially excellent product, though pitched at a more premium angle. It has strong and accurate dosages, and quality ingredients with manufacturing controls. You should very well consider this.