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Testofen

    Testofen is brand-name fenugreek extract.[1] Fenugreek seeds are used to make medicine because they contain numerous natural chemicals.[2] This plant is also a common ingredient in traditional Indian remedies.[3]

    Testofen is standardized to contain 50% fenuside saponins.[1] Saponins are plant chemicals capable of creating foam.[4] Consequently, saponins are frequently used in soaps and detergents.[2]

    Testofen’s saponins are intended to increase free testosterone and provide other men’s health benefits.[1]

    As a brand-name ingredient, Testofen is primarily intended to boost testosterone in men aged 30 and over.[1] Testofen is said to increase free testosterone, the biologically active form.

    An unpublished study examined Testofen’s effects on free testosterone. Men in this study experienced a “significant increase in free testosterone.”[5]

    Increasing free testosterone leads to several additional benefits. Consequently, Testofen is tested for its effects on libido, sexual performance, energy, muscle mass, and fat loss.

    One Testofen study primarily evaluated its libido-enhancing effects. Men in this study were aged between 25 and 52 years old. After taking Testofen for 6 weeks, these men reported improvements in libido, arousal, and orgasm. They also noted better energy and muscular strength.[6]

    Another study of Testofen’s active chemical components resulted in enlarged pelvic muscles.[3] This effect likely enhances sexual performance.

    Evidence of Testofen’s weight loss and muscle-building effects comes primarily from the unpublished free testosterone study. Participants in this study had a decrease in body fat but maintained muscle mass.[5]

    Animal research indicates the fenugreek saponins found in Testofen also encourage growth hormone secretion. Studies on both rats[7] and goats[8] showed this effect.

    Testofen’s source plant, fenugreek, is commonly eaten as a food. Dosages similar to typical food intake are considered safe.[2]

    No long-term side effects of Testofen or fenugreek are known.[2]

    Testofen may cause side effects similar to those of fenugreek. These side effects include:

    • Diarrhea
    • Upset Stomach
    • Bloating
    • Gas
    • Urine Or Sweat Smelling Like Maple Syrup

    Some people are allergic to fenugreek. Allergic reactions range from minor congestion, coughing, and wheezing to severe reactions such as fainting.[2][9] It is unclear if Testofen causes similar reactions. Testofen clinical trials did not report side effects or allergic reactions.

    Testofen is intended for men. Still, pregnant women should not take Testofen because fenugreek possibly induces early labor.[2]

    Testofen clinical trials used varying dosages. In the most promising study, the effective dosage was 600 mg, taken as 300 mg twice daily.[6]

    • [1] “Testofen.” Gencor Lifestage Solutions. GencorPacific.com. 2013.
    • [2] WebMD. “Fenugreek.”
    • [3] Aswar, U, SL Bodhankar, V Mohan, and PA Thakurdesai. “Effect of furostanol glycosides from Trigonella foenum-graecum on the reproductive system of male albino rats.” Phytotherapy Research. 24.10 (2010): 1482-8.
    • [4] “Saponins.” Cornell University Department of Animal Science. 2013.
    • [5] Wankhede et al. “Effect of Testofen on safety, anabolic activity and factors affecting exercise physiology.” 2006.
    • [6] Steels, E, A Rao, and L Vitetta. “Physiological Aspects of Male Libido Enhanced by Standardized Trigonella foenum-graecum Extract and Mineral Formulation.” Phytotherapy Research. 2011 Feb 10. Epub.
    • [7] Shim, SH, EJ Lee, et al. “Rat growth-hormone release stimulators from fenugreek seeds.” Chemistry and Biodiversity. 5.9 (2008): 1753-61.
    • [8] Alamer, Mohammed A., and Ghazi F. Basiouni. “Feeding Effects of Fenugreek Seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) on Lactation Performance, Some Plasma Constituents and Growth Hormone Level in Goats.” Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences. 8.11 (2005): 1553-1556.
    • [9] Patil SP, Niphadkar PV, Bapat MM. “Allergy to fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum).” Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 1997 Mar;78(3):297-300.
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