Any bodybuilder who is wanting to increase testosterone levels without the use of drugs should take a good look at Nanox Nutriceuticals new (well, it’s been out for a year or so at this point) testosterone boosting formula Androx Q12.
This is a complex formula consisting of testosterone precursors such as Nanox’ own concoction Testofen, a testosterone support formula (which they refer to as a «ZMA» complex – we’ll deal with that later), as well as anti-DHT conversion agents and a general adaptogen. While you’re going to have to wait for a proper review from yours truly, I will tell you that I’m quite optimistic about the possible effects of this supplement. From what I’ve heard from others and read online, this formula actually seems to work like it should – as opposed to a lot of the products out there whose claims are rarely backed up by real world results. Let’s take a look at why that might be so.
Testosterone precursors in Androx Q12, including Testofen®, Avena Sativa and Ecdysones from spinach leaves
Testofen – an extract from Fenugreek – is something Nanox have come up with themselves.Testofen is – according to Nanox – «a standardized extract of a proprieraty and well defined mix of Fenugreek saponins» that they claim will have a better effect than other fenugreek extracts. Nanox claim that a in randomised, double blind, placeo controlled study on 60 humans, Testofen promoted a boost in free testosterone levels of 98%, promoted healthy muscle mass and helped regulat BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) levels, signifying a regulatory effect on protein catabolism. This is obviously the stuff you want if increases in muscle mass is your goal.
Nanox Androx Q12 also contains a dose of Avena Sativa and β-ecdyson from spinach leaves, both of which may have a positive effect on endogenous testosterone production.
Anti DHT-agents in Androx Q12
Like Universal Nutrition’s Animal Stak, Nanox Androx Q12 aims not only to increase endogenous testosterone production, but also decrease the conversion of testosterone into DHT (DiHydroTestosterone). This formula contains not one, but two of these anti-DHT agents: extracs of Stinging Nettle, and Saw Palmetto. The addition of these substances certainly gets our approval, but is of course no guarantee against more testosterone being converted into DHT than you would want to.
ZMA complex and B12
Androx Q12 contains what Nanox refers to as a ZMA complex, that is, a dose of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. ZMA has been shown to increase testosterone, as has megadoses of zinc alone.
In my opinion, referring to the combination of zinc, magnesium and B6 as a “ZMA” complex is a bit of a stretch, though. The name ZMA refers to a patent pending, highly specific combination of these nutrients developed by Victor Conte at SNAC, and Androx Q12′s ZMA complex is nothing like SNAC’s ZMA. What’s different? Most importantly, it’s the fact that Androx Q12′s zinc is in the citrate form, and not in the monomethionine aspartate form that it should be. This has to do with uptake, and is pretty crucial in my opinion. Also, a daily recommended dose of ZMA has 30 mg of zinc, 450 mgs of magnesium, and 10,5 mgs of vitamin B6. The dose here is much lower: 15 mgs of zinc, 150 mgs of magnesium, and a measly 2 mgs of vitamin B6. Nevertheless, the addition of these substances is a valuable one, and the dosage here may be enough to support natural testosterone production in case of a deficiency. Studies on these substances and how they may affect testsoterone productions have generally used much higher doses, however.
Nanox Androx Q12 also contains a dose of vitamin B12.
A dose of Siberian Ginseng – the classic adaptogen – has also found it’s way into Androx. Siberian Ginseng may have several potential positive effects for any active person, of which increases in testosterone are the most interesting here.
Nanox Androx Q12 complete list of ingredients:
Fenugreek extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum L, Testofen ®); cellullose (mantle capsule) saw palmetto extract (Serenoa repens (Bartram) J.K.Small); magnesium oxide; stinging nettle extract (root) (Urtica dioica L.); Oat extract (Avena sativa L.); spinach leaves extract (Spinacia oleracea L.); microcristalline cellullose (filler); Siberian Ginseng extract (Eleutherococcus senticosus (Rupr & Maxim) Maxim); zinc citrate; titanium dioxide (colorant); magnesium stearate (anticlotting agent); silicium dioxide (anticlotting agent); ferrous roxide (colorant); Lactobacillus cassei-immunitas; black pepper extract (Piper nigrum L.); pyridoxine hydrochloride (vit B6); cyanocobalamine (vit B12)
Bottom line: will it do what it says on the tin?
This is a more complex formula aimed at testsoterone production that we usually see, and I think it looks very, very promising. As I said to begin with, I have not had a chance to give this supplement a test run myself, at least not yet. I have however ordered a three month supply (along with a couple of other products from Nanox that we’ll be talking about here), so I’ll get started on it as soon as my schedule permits. In the meantime, I’ve talked to two lifters who have tried it, and had a look at a couple of internet message boards, and the accounts of classic signs of increases in testosterone as well as measurable improvements in both strength and muscle mass have left me pretty darn excited about this supplements and what I may expect when using it. If you’ve tried Nanox Androx Q12 yourself, please share your results in the comment section – I’m pretty sure plenty of readers here are interested in hearing about it!