Max Potency – Maximum Strength Testosterone Booster Review

Our resident supplement guru and favorite guinea pig, Hubby, makes another guest appearance today after trying out the latest offering from Vitality Max Labs, Max Potency – Maximum Strength Testosterone Booster. So here’s hubby with his review for WOM-derful. Take it away, hubby!

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I’m no stranger to workout supplements, and use them frequently. When you want to maximize your effort, every little bit of boost can help, especially after a long day. When my better half mentioned a “testosterone booster” supplement I was wary, to say the least. A testosterone boost would mean significant gains in lean muscle mass, an increase in energy and output, and strength gains. Most reputable studies have shown that very few, if any, OTC supplements will truly boost the body’s testosterone. I’m sad to report that Vitality Max Labs “Maximum Potency” Testosterone Booster did bupkis. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. 3 weeks of moderately intense exercise and not even a modest increase in any results at all. A quick read of the “active” ingredients shows why. 200IU Vitamin D. 2mg of B6. 10mg of b12. And then 608mg of a “proprietary blend” of roots and seeds that have been boasted about since the 70’s and shown time and time and time again to do nothing to boost testosterone. Fenugreek seed (Nope.), tribulus terrestris (Nuh-uh.), muria puana (Not really.), chrysin (Again, no.), siberian ginseng (Still nothing.) cordyceps sinensis (unproven to do anything, really) and zinc oxide. A lot of exotic sounding stuff, roots and barks and whatnot, and then a clear gelcap of white powder. Interesting to say the least. The Amazon listing initially failed to even list the ingredients. And while I know the industry standard is to put heaping helpings of “proprietary blends” (which may as well be sand, really), I don’t have to like it. And I don’t here either.

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Further reading showed me that the main purpose of this supplement was help in the bedroom. I highly doubt, from my reading on the ingredients, that anyone will see any benefit there, either. Vitality Max Labs, the company behind this product, has the distributor listed on the bottle as “EyeFive, Inc.”, who is changing their name to “ShipOffers”,a curious choice to say the least. And confusing as heck. Hard to trace the provenance of a product when you’re not even sure who’s who. At $34.99 for a 30 day supply, that’s some pretty expensive, and questionable, powder to boot. I can’t recommend this product for any reason whatsoever. There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there about stuff to boost testosterone (most pretty dubious and will fall apart under even modest medical scrutiny), and to boost bedroom performance (see previously mentioned caveat, only much more so), and almost none of that stuff is in these pills. There should really be a lot more oversight in the supplement industry, and for the FDA to just throw up their hands and say that “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease” and say that’s good enough, is pathetic and best, negligent at worst.

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I don’t like being negative or down on a product sent for free by a company trying to get it’s foot in the door, but sometimes it’s warranted. Sometimes, to play with the big boys, the little guy needs to try harder. And these guys aren’t trying at all. I would avoid this product, because I don’t see how it could help anywhere.

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Ouch. Poor guy. I may have to give him a break with supplement testing before he sprouts a third ear or a tail! Sometimes, you find solace in taking one for the team so other people don’t end up spending hard-earned money on products with fantastical claims and nothing to back them up.

I received the above product(s) free of charge from Vitality Max Labs. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

Island Vibrance: Resveratrol Extract 1000mg Review #IslandVibrance

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I’m always reading on clinical trials and studies to keep up to date on new medications and/or chemicals that may change, prevent or aid with current diseases and syndromes. Prevention is key when it comes to health, so knowing what benefits you is important. Genes play a role as does lifestyle and the choices we make but I do feel that in the game of health, you gotta give it your best to at least know you tried versus just leaving a welcoming mat for something to come along and then regret you did not even try to play the game!

The one market I feel needs some oversight is the supplement one and secondly, the beauty world. The FDA is always running way behind and just sticking “not FDA approved” as a disclaimer, makes all those little stars, crosses, daggers, and all those typographical symbols next to the claims okay to have. Sometimes “clinical studies” are based on a low numbered group where the control and variables were not even managed correctly or worse, it’s just plainly false claims! Then you have to worry about the lab that makes the pills and if they even contain what they should. Pharmaceutical drugs are allowed to be 20% off (effective) from it’s counterpart and that in my book is already too off for something that is medicinally needed, so you bet I worry when it comes to supplementing what I already eat and take. With this attitude in mind I take what I put in my mouth seriously and I need to feel or see some result to keep popping that pill!

Resveratrol is a stilbenoid that is found in many foods and is natural occurring. The compound has been shown to have unique biological properties, such as antioxidant effects that would be beneficial to one’s health. Plants that carry this compound vary in amounts but you have certain nuts like peanuts being on the low end of the scale, to wines and the red varieties seem to contain more but also the origin of the grape plays a role (i.e. Spanish wines yielding the highest). With these variables in mind, you may want to resort to taking Resveratol from a bottle where you know the exact milligrams you may be taking versus trying to consume the compound via foods/liquids, which obviously would be in high quantities.

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Dosage: Due to Resveratol extract studies being limited, no number is clinically given as an appropriate and designated dosage for adults, so you are stuck sort of guessing what you should take on a daily basis to reap the benefits that may or may not be there. From my reading, people tend to stick to 1000 milligrams. There is not even studies on overdosing and it’s effects and/or the amount taken to become toxic because that is how limited the clinical studies have been concerning this dietary supplement.

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Benefits: It’s all over the place and many only animal bases. Human studies are limited and zero I could find published by a doctor that observed positive effects in humans regarding disease such as Cancer. Antioxidants help with aging and Resveratol extract has a high amount but again, not all antioxidants are the same and it is unknown if antioxidants derived from Resveratol extract in capsule form will reflect the same results as when you get it from the foods rich with it. The one study for cardiovascular benefits in humans was then retracted when the doctor was found to have made false claims and statements in many studies, so that study can’t be considered. You sort of have to hope the product even if you found a supplier that provided a pure source, to react the same as it would when derived from the “living thing”, the plant/food itself. I really tried hunting but everything was about making leaps and while the jump seems worthwhile, I still could not find facts on paper supporting the claims even at 50% when the subject is an animal that does not talk!  The human study was on males and just hours later some subjects reflected zero traces left in the blood to be detected, so the body sort of purged it or absorbed it but again no data showing concrete evidence that the compound helped was recorded.

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Island Vibrance sent me a bottle of their Resveratol extract and I admit that I use a calculator when I do the bills, so math is not something I trust to do in my head and just go with it without verifying. I did find it odd that the product is called Resveratrol Extract 1000mg and the active ingredient on the back is missing an “r”. It’s listed as Pure Trans-Resveratol. Then comes the dosage issue and why I brought up math. Serving size is for 2 capsules that yield 500mg of this Pure Trans-Resveratol. The other 500mg come from a proprietary blend of Maqui Berry Extract and other ingredients. So, in my book you have a misspell and even at that, by Island Vibrance’s own disclosure on the bottle, it’s Pure Trans-Resveratol and only 500 miligrams.

Retail price Point: $19.97 via Amazon and the website.  180 capsules are considered a 45-Day supply. You have to take 4 capsules with 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening, as suggested.

Every claim on the bottle has a twinkling star at the end. Even the one stating no fillers or binders!  Not one can be stated to stand on it’s own without risking any liability down to the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C that is listed as first in the bottle, as an active ingredient (making it greater in quantity than the rest of the list), coming at 67% of your daily value at 2 pills. You would be over the 100% daily value if you took the 4 pills, which again is the only way to get the 1000 milligrams of Pure Trans-Resveratol, not to be confused with the title of the bottle Resveratrol 1000 (of course trademarked).

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Verdict:

I am not one to speak (well type) poorly about a product and not be a test subject.  I take cranberry pills to pomegranate pills to boost my intake and especially that time of the month when bloating may become an issue.  I take the pills with my “purple drink” that is derived from Acai berries. Since taking the aforementioned regimen and why I continue to do it breaks down to getting, feeling and seeing the results.  I don’t bloat or feel that discomfort like I did when I did not take them.  It’s my natural approach than taking an NSAID that I’m allergic too, so that would end badly.  I took the Island Vibrance Resveratrol Extract capsules that contained the Resveratol. I sadly felt none of the positive effects I did with the other capsules that are considered lower in the antioxidant rich table.  The proprietary blend lists Acai berry but it’s on the bottom portion of the list and even though I felt and saw results from the juice, I did not reap any benefits from what was in this pill.   I could only find one positive and it’s that I did not feel a thing or see a thing.  Nothing negative happened as the pills did not make me ill but when I got zero results, I stopped taking them.

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Island Vibrance.  I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion.  My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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