Libido-Max For Men Review

Libido-Max for Men is a male enhancement drug that aims to boost circulation throughout the body. It is manufactured by Applied Nutrition, and has been on the market since 2014.

Applied Nutrition markets Libido-Max for Men as a 3-step formula: enhanced performance, healthy blood flow, and pleasure and vitality. There are multiple amounts available for purchase; the largest is a 75-count bottle of gelcaps, costing around $30.00 before shipping and taxes.

Company Contact Information: Applied Nutrition, 5310 Beethoven Street, Los Angeles, CA 90066. Phone: 1-800-297-3273 [1]

Applied Nutrition doesn’t have a Better Business Bureau profile, but Libido-Max does (the address listed is in Van Nuys, which is part of the greater Los Angeles area). Unfortunately, it has little information; only a P.O. Box number, a business start date (2009), no rating, no reviews, and one customer complaint. So no help there. [2]

Libido-Max for Men Claims

On the website, they claim the product is doctor-approved and contains natural ingredients.

This doctor-developed product is designed to maximize a man’s sexual potential. Combining tried and true botanicals with targeted nutrients, this unique 3-part formula delivers the right ingredients for powerful male enhancement. [3]

In small print below the box, they have a warning:

California Residents Proposition 65 WARNING: (State of California Prop 65) This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. [3]

They are most likely referring to Ashwagandha powder. Though the label doesn’t specify, this ingredient has been linked to causing harm in pregnant women. Because this product is specifically developed for and marketed to men, there is a warning about pregnant women taking the supplement (even the version developed for and marketed to women, Libido-Max Pink), so please refrain from doing so if you are expecting a child.

You can find this Libido-Max for Men at a variety of retail locations, as they claim Ahold Financial-American Sales, Anda Associated Food Stores, C&S Wholesale, CVS, Drugstore.com, GNC, K-Mart, Kinney Drugs, Kroger, Meijer, Puritan’s Pride (NBTY), Quidsi, Inc., Rite Aid, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens carry this product. [3]

Libido-Max for Men Ingredients

Dosage: 2 liquid soft-gels, taken up to twice a day.

Libido-Max for Men’s power-extending formula is available to see on the main website, as well as other retail sites that sell this product.

Proprietary Libido-Max Blend, 856 mg: L-Arginine, Ashwagandha Powder, Epimedium (Horny Goat Weed) Extract, Tribulus Extract, Dimethylglycine, Yohimbe Extract, L-Tyrosine, Cayenne Powder, CDP-Choline, Asian Ginseng Extract, and NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide).

BioPerine Complex: Black Pepper Extract, and Ginger Extract.

Other ingredients: Soybean oil, gelatin, purified water, glycerin, soy lecithin, beeswax, caramel color, maltodextrin and St. John’s bread. [3]

There is a warning that this product could raise your blood pressure, so always check with your doctor if you are taking medication that could interfere with this supplement.

The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Libido-Max for Men

As a full supplement, there isn’t much science out there to back up Libido-Max’s claims. Even the review on MensHealthwire.com laments, “Some retail sites do show independent reviews for Libido Max but none provide any evidence of clinical or scientific studies that have been performed on the brand.” [4]

Deficiencies of arginine, also known as L-arginine, are rare. It’s abundant in many different types of foods, and the human body can also make it. Arginine-rich foods include red meat, fish, poultry, wheat germ, grains, nuts and seeds, and dairy products.

Arginine is involved in a number of different functions in the body, including, for the purposes of this review, dilating and relaxing the arteries. This improves blood flow, so arginine may also help with erectile dysfunction. [5]

L-tyrosine is an amino acid produced within the body from a variety of dietary sources. Its primary roles are protein synthesis and maintaining healthy brain chemistry by providing the material from which dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine are produced. … L-Tyrosine is created within the body from a variety of high protein dietary sources, including lean beef, pork, poultry, fish, nuts, soy products, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and some hard cheeses. [6]

But this is a strange ingredient for a sexual supplement, because a great amount of the study done on l-tyrosine supplementation has been by the US military for personnel under high-stress situations and sleep-deprivation conditions to improve cognitive focus in those situations. [6] 

Contraindications: L-Tyrosine should not be taken by people who are taking high blood pressure medication, Levadopa, thyroid medication, MAO inhibitors, or stimulants. L-tyrosine should not be taken by individuals with thyroid disease, Graves disease, or melanoma. L-tyrosine has not been proven safe for women who are pregnant or nursing. [6]

St. John’s Bread (Ceratonia siliqua), also known as carob, is another strange ingredient for a sexual performance enhancer.

[It] is found in pods that grow on a dome-shaped evergreen tree with dark green compound leaves. The tree may reach a towering height of nearly fifty feet and is native to the Mediterranean region of southwestern Europe and western Asia, and it has been widely cultivated in those areas since ancient times for its edible pods, which are rich in protein and sugar.

Because St. John’s Bread contains tannins, it is considered a remarkable antidiarrheal, and it is highly recommended that travelers pack St. John’s Bread when visiting foreign countries. St. John’s Bread is considered a fiber-rich supplement and abundant in one class of tannins (polyphenols) that not only help to stop diarrhea, but also manifest strong antiviral and antiseptic properties, making it effective when given to treat bacterial-induced diarrhea. [7]

Yohimbe is used as a natural medicine aphrodisiac and ED treatment in many places in the world, but WebMD states there’s really insufficient clinical data to claim it effective. And there are side effects: “Yohimbe has been linked to reports of severe side effects including irregular or rapid heart beat, kidney failure, seizure, heart attack, and others.” [8]

Word On The Street About Libido-Max for Men

So what are men saying about this product? Amazon.com only has 39 reviews for Libido-Max for Men, so we’ll combine those with 23 from the Walgreens website sales page and 31 from the Wal-Mart sales page, for 93 total. Combined, the average rating was 3.6 out of 5 stars. So let’s look across that spectrum.

“Marciara” (Wal-Mart, 2014, 5 stars) said,

I will be honest—my husband and I bought it as a joke, and honestly it didn’t do much to either of us. What it does seem to do is increase blood flow, which translates into a lot of energy. Additionally, two of the ingredients are pretty useful for weight loss. … I don’t think I can now live without the benefits of this product and the tremendous energy it provides! [9]

“Terry L.” (Amazon, 2014, 4 stars) said,

It worked for me, I still use them. I don’t recommend taking them every day as describe. Their not real expensive, but unless you’re going to have sex every single day there is no point in taking them as directed on package! I do recommend them to those who have problems staying firm to have sex, they do help! [10]

Middle-of-the-road “Dave” (Wal-Mart, 2016) gave it three stars: “One was insufficient; two didn’t agree with me.” [11]

“Cliff C.” (Amazon, 2013, 2 stars) posted his comment in all caps (I’ve adjusted that here): “went thru a period of hyped up. Then. Short terms flu symptoms . No expected results. Pretty sure there’s no substitute for the rx enhancers.” [12]

And “Rich638” (Walgreens, 2015, 1 star) wasn’t impressed at all.

No effect. Been taking regularly for three weeks and no effect whatsoever, good or bad. Started with taking only one to see how I would react and am up to max dose of 4 at one time and still no difference. Wanted a little boost, because I am 51 and starting to feel like T may be decreasing. Get better results just with normal supplements. Don’t waste your money. [13]

And “F.F” (Amazon, 2014, 1-star) had more than just the product not working.

I rarely write reviews but I had to for this one. Just stay away from this product, it isn’t effective nor is it safe unless you like to sit around the house with an ever lasting stomach ache that is so intense it’ll prevent you from doing anything else. So if that’s what you like, well this is the product for you. [14]

Again, the overall reviews averaged to 3.6 out of 5 stars, so slightly skewed positive but not without its issues.

Every supplement affects every individual differently. Gender, age, sometimes race, pre-existing medical conditions, and individual body chemistry—as unique as a fingerprint—can affect how a supplement works on you. That’s why supplements always add that “individual results may vary” disclaimer, and it’s why reviews for a drug or supplement can be all over the spectrum. Only you and your doctor can figure out how it works for you, so always be forthcoming and transparent with your doctor about side effects you experience, as well as if the substance doesn’t seem to be doing anything for you.

The Bottom Line: Is Libido-Max Worth a Try?

Depends. This doesn’t seem to be an effective supplement for serious ED, but for milder issues or just a little extra boost, there are plenty of reviews that speak of Libido-Max’s effectiveness. Just be aware of what you’re taking and keep your doctor in the loop. Some of the ingredients listed above have questionable uses or side effects, and caution should be exercised.

Also a reminder that neither this formula or the Libido-Max Pink for women should be taken if you are pregnant, due to a known birth defect risk.

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