Dr. Max Powers provides a line of supplements that appear to be mainly marketed to bodybuilders and those who lift weights. In this review I want to look specifically at Dr. Max Powers Testosterone Boost, which is billed as “an all natural herbal alternative to synthetic anabolic testosterone steroids.” The supplement is said to “enhance the production of the luteinizing hormone (LH) for the natural production of testosterone. “ I'll explain what that all means below. The part about enhancing luteinzing hormone is a hint at what's in the Testosterone Boost, but more to the point, does it really work? Does it really raise luteinzing hormone and testosterone levels? In this review, I'm going to look at the research. Keep reading and let's see what we can discover.
Max Powers Testosterone Boost Ingredients
From the product website (Dr.MaxPowers.com) I learned that this supplement has just one ingredient – Tribulus Terrestris. As can be seen from the product label, 1 tablet contains 1000 mg (1g gram) of a 20% extract of tribulus terrestris (pronounced “Trib-U-less Ter-res-triss”)
Other ingredients listed are:
- Magnesium stearate
- Stearic acid
- Microcrystaline cellulose
These other ingredients play no role in the effectiveness of the product.
What Is Tribulus Terrestris?
It's a plant that has been around a long time and finds its way mainly into bodybuilding supplements, male performance supplements and products marketed to men over 40. In all the cases, the idea is that tribulus is supposed to raise testosterone levels. By raising testosterone, the hope is that muscles will get bigger and other muscles – “south of the border” – start to work better.
Another name for tribulus is “puncture vine” a reference to the little spikes of the plant that have been rumored to pop the tires of bicycles that run over it.
Rumor also has it that in olden days, warriors would spread tribulus out on the field of battle so that it would get stuck in the hooves of the horses, slowing their enemies attack (think road spikes!).
How Is Tribulus Supposed To Work?
Tribulus terrestris is a plant that is said to increase a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH). This is the stuff that signals the testes to make testosterone. So, the idea is tribulus stimulates LH, which in turn ramps up testosterone production.
Tip: it's been my experience that whenever a company makes the claim that its supplement can raise luteinzing hormone, it's a tip off that it contains tribulus terrestris.
Sounds simple enough so, does tribulus really raise luteinzing hormone? A lot of people on the web say it does.
Let's take a look at the research.
I searched the National Library Of Medicine for these terms:
“Tribulus terristris luteinzing hormone”
My thinking was that this broad search should reveal relevant research.
This is the research I found:
In a 2016 study of 30 men with fertility problems, noted that 750 mg of tribulus, given for 3 months, did not raise either testosterone or llteinzing hormone.
In a 2013 study, Rats that were addicted to morphine were given tribulus for 4 weeks. This study noted that tribulus increased luteinzing hormone.
So, does tribulus really raise luteinzing hormone in healthy younger or older men?
Tribulus And Testosterone Levels
Do tribulus supplements raise testosterone levels? I searched the National Library Of Medicine for:
“Tribulus terrestris Testosterone”
My thought was this combination of words would reveal relevant clinical studies.
This is the research I found:
In a 2016 study, researchers noted that 750 mg of tribulus given to 30 men for 3 months did increase testosterone levels. This is odd however, because this is the same 2016 study of 30 men mentioned above which noted it did not raise testosterone or luteinizing hormone.
This is basically the same study of 30 people mentioned above in the luteinzing hormone section, although it has a different title and published in a different journal. In one journal, tribulus worked, while in another it didn't work. What's up with that?
In a 2008 study of 2 women given 500 mg of tribulus ,3 times a day (1500 mg total) for 2 days, there was no change in testosterone or other anabolic hormones. This study was done to see if tribulus would put athletes over the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) limits for anabolic hormones. It's a very small study but, since it involved humans, I thought it was worth mentioning. Still, because the study only lasted 2 days, I'd like to see this carried out for a longer time period.
In a 2007 study of rugby players, 450 mg a day of tribulus, given for 5 weeks, did not raise testosterone levels.
In a 2005 study , 21 young men were either given tribuus or a placebo for 4 weeks. The study noted not differences in testosterone levels or LH levels. While the authors didn't specifically tell us how much tribulus these men used, they did say that they took between 10 and 20 mg per kilogram.
If tribulus really does raise testosterone levels, the research so far would suggest that it might take more than 750 mg per day. Dr. Max Powers Testosterone Boost contains 1000 mg of tribuus per tablet. While this is more than most published research appears to have used, one has to wonder what proof is there that 1000 mg will raise testosterone or leutening hormone?
If tribuuls really works, I think more studies need to be done that involve using higher amounts.
Does Tribulus Make Muscles Stronger?
I remain unconvinced if tribulus makes people stronger or improves sex drive. Tribulus has been an ingredient in several products I've looked at previously including:
- Nugenix (click to read review)
- Syntheroid (click to read review)
- Regimen (click to read review)
- GenF20 (click to read review)
- Androzene (click to read review)
Despite it's use in supplements, uncovering proof that tribuuls actually does what it's reputed to do, remains elusive.
See my review of the research of tribulus and strength training for more on this topic.
Dr. Max Powers Testosterone Boost Research
I searched the product website (DrMaxPowers.com) for published, clinical research conducted on the product showing it raised testosterone levels. I could not find any. I then performed a general google search for “Dr Max Powers Testosterone Boost Research.” I did not turn up any research.
I then searched ClincalTrials.gov to see if any studies were in the works but not yet completed. I saw none. Likewise, searching the National Library of Medicine (pubmed.gov) did not turn up any research either.
Therefore, I'm forced to conclude that at this time, Max Powers Testosterone Boost appears to not have been studies clinically. I'll update this section as I become aware of new research.
Who Is Dr. Max Powers?
I was curious if there really was a “Dr. Max Powers.” Googling the name doesn't readily reveal to an actual doctor. When I emailed the company, I was told “Dr. Max Powers is a brand name that was started from a doctor in sports medicine.” In other words, Dr. Max Powers might just be a catchy name rather than an actual person.
Who Makes Max Powers Supplements
The company is called Face Organics LLC. They are located at 310 W 56 Street | New York, NY 10019. The product website lists this contact phone number: 646 629 1805.
Interestingly, this contact number is also found on the websites “Made From Earth” (MadeFromEarth.com) which has skin care products and Shielo (Shielo.com) which is about hair care products.
How To Contact Max Powers
Face Organics LLC, the company in charge of Max Powers supplements, can be reached by calling 646 629 1805.
Does It Contain Sugar?
No. The product website states that Dr. Max Powers Testosterone Boost contains “no yeast, no sugar, no starch, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Dr. Max Powers Side Effects
I'm not aware of any side effects from this product. Tribulus is likely safe in those who are healthy. While far from “science” I previously noticed tribulus was associated with my heart skipping beats when I tried it. I used a tribulus supplement and not Dr Max Powers when I experimented with it. See My Experiment With Tribulus for more on that.
Other than that, the only thing I'd say is it's probably wise to stop taking tribulus at least 2 weeks before having surgery. I don't feel pregnant women should be using tribulus either (because little is known about what happens during pregnancy). Likewise, people taking medications, should speak to their pharmacist to see if there any known interactions.
Natural Ways To Boost Testosterone
Men these days are always looking for ways to naturally raise testosterone levels. As a 52 year old guy myself, I understand this. Most of us in the US remember the time when pharmaceutical companies heavily marketed testosterone drugs on TV. Those slick TV commercials alone tell how much of a demand there is for this hormone.
Anabolic steroids and testosterone creams and shots not withstanding, when it comes to natural ways to enhance testosterone, there is evidence that the following methods will work:
I believe there is more evidence for these two methods than for tribulus supplements.
Of these two methods, I feel weight loss has the greatest impact for long term elevation of testosterone levels. Gaining weight is associated with lower testosterone levels. Weight loss should be slow and gradual. Reduce calorie intake by 250-500 calories per day should be sufficient for many people. There is no best diet. Any lower calorie eating plan you can follow will be best for you.
Exercise does raise testosterone but the effect seems to be short term, maybe lasting a few minutes to an hour or so. That doesn't mean it's useless because testosterone – even a short increase – might activate various genes that have a wide range of positive effects.
Regardless of its impact on testosterone, the benefits of exercise and wide ranging and profound.
When it comes to exercises, those that involve big muscle groups are better at raising testosterone levels than smaller muscle groups. For example, a leg press machine would be better than performing a biceps cur.
Testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day. They are highest in the morning and go lower as the day progresses. Because of this, some might wonder if working out in the morning would result in an even greater surge of testosterone by taking advantage of its naturally higher levels in the morning.
While I feel more research should be done on this topic, at least one study has noted that the time of day one works out does not alter overall testosterone levels throughout the day. Regardless of when testosterone level is highest, I say workout when you can and don't worry about this.
Regarding the order of exercise – is it better to do strength training first or cardio first – some research finds performing aerobic exercise before strength training might lead to a longer elevation of testosterone levels. More research is needed.
Here is a home test kit that will measure testosteroneand 7 other hormones.
Does It Work?
Without research on the product itself, it's not possible to know if Dr. Max Powers Testosterone Boost actually works or not. When research is performed on the product, I'll update this review. Other than performing clinical studies, the only way to know if Dr Max Powers – or any other tribulus / testosterone booster – really works for you is to get your testosterone levels measured before you try a supplement and again after a month. Change nothing else (keep your body weight, diet and exercise program the same). If you do this, I'll be interested to learn what happened.
Here's Tribulus Terrestris on Amazon if you want to see what others are saying.