Here is our comparison of Nugenix Maxx and Nugenix Ultimate. Our team is going to analyze both supplements to see which is more effective at boosting your energy levels, libido, motivation, sex drive, and natural testosterone production among others.
Short on time? We start with a quick summary – giving you an overview of what you can expect from both products.
Nugenix Maxx vs Nugenix Ultimate Summary: While neither Nugenix Maxx nor Nugenix Ultimate make it onto our top list, Nugenix Ultimate is the winner between the two. It is “cheaper” ($88 per bottle vs Maxx’s ridiculous $169.99 per bottle), and it contains better-dosed key testosterone nutrients. We would actually pick Nugenix Maxx as the winner here if it wasn’t so comically overpriced. It contains some excellent compounds for not just supporting testosterone, but also enhancing your libido and muscle recovery. That said, you can easily find better men’s health supplements than either of these two – for less money.
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Nugenix Maxx vs Nugenix Ultimate – The Basics
Nugenix Maxx is a popular testosterone-boosting, men’s health-enhancing supplement that sells on GNC, Amazon, and a few other places online. It is claimed to be the most powerful and “the boldest” man-boosting formula on the market.
Among the bold claims on its website, Nugenix Maxx is also said to include a number of clinically-backed ingredients in effective dosages, including 4 virility enhancers that can maximize your free testosterone levels, boost muscle and strength gains, and hasten recovery from training. Other benefits you are promised from daily Nugenix Maxx supplementation include:
- Increased libido and energy throughout the day
- Reduced stress levels
- More balanced hormones
- Complete male health support
In the other corner, we have Nugenix Ultimate. A product manufactured by the same company – Adaptive Health, LLC. There are many Nugenix versions available, and chances are, you’ve already heard of the name of this brand. This is due to the fact that Nugenix’s manufacturers have spent a fortune marketing Nugenix supplements far and wide – on internet ads, and even TV commercials.
Nugenix Ultimate doesn’t claim to be a “complete”, the best on the market men’s health support. Instead, it focuses on 3 key things:
- Improve your testosterone levels
- Enhance drive
- Increase androgenic activity
Obviously, the claims of both Nugenix Maxx and Ultimate sound good. But which one is actually better? We take a closer look at their ingredient profiles to find out.
Nugenix Maxx’s Ingredient Analysis
- Vitamin D (800IU)
- Zinc (15mg)
- Fenugreek Extract (600mg)
- Ashwagandha Extract (600mg)
- Shilajit Extract (500mg)
- Tribulus alatus Extract (250mg)
- Eurycoma longifolia Extract (150mg)
- Rhodiola Extract (150mg)
- Maca Extract (150mg)
- Panax ginseng Extract (140mg)
- White Button Mushroom Extract (10mg)
- Black Pepper Extract (5mg)
Nugenix Maxx has a pretty solid list of ingredients. For one, it doesn’t use any proprietary blends, so you can see exactly what you are paying for.
The ingredients themselves are also good for the most part. We have Ashwagandha, which is an excellent stress reducing herb. Rhodiola Rosea works particularly well with Ashwagandha to fight fatigue and mood swings. There is also Maca which is another adaptogen – meaning, it helps your body better cope with stress. An additional benefit of Maca that you may already know is that it has been shown to boost libido.
Nugenix Maxx also contains Panax Ginseng, Zinc, and Fenugreek, which are more focused on testosterone enhancement specifically. These three ingredients should help to, at the very least, maintain your current T levels – by staving off the negative effects of stress, toxins, and hormones like estrogen.
But this is where the positives end. Nugenix Maxx also has some serious issues that make it fall behind the leading T-boosters on the market. The main issue is the use of unproven and ineffective ingredients. Tribulus alatus is a completely untested ingredient – it has no effects on libido or testosterone whatsoever. A better choice would be oyster extract or Tribulus Terrestris, which has some benefits for libido.
Then there is White Button Mushroom and Shilajit. Both of which are not proven in robust clinical trials to affect your testosterone, libido, or performance as a man. Shilajit has only one study showing these benefits, but the study was poorly designed and the results weren’t replicated in other clinical trials.
Last but not least, Nugenix Maxx has underdosed some key ingredients in its formula. The biggest letdown is vitamin D – an otherwise excellent ingredient, but at a dose of 800IU, it’s nowhere near the minimum effective 3,332IU that studies that showed a rise in testosterone used.
On the whole then, Nugenix Maxx looks like a decent formula. But it certainly has room for improvement.
Nugenix Ultimate’s Ingredient Analysis
- D-Aspartic Acid (3000mg)
- Fenugreek Seeds (700mg)
- Epimedium Extract (625mg)
- Stinging Nettle Root Extract (300mg)
- Maca Root Extract (200mg)
- LongJack Extract (150mg)
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract (125mg)
- Boron (10mg)
As far as testosterone-boosting goes, Nugenix Ultimate’s formula looks solid. We’ve actually found it to be better than Nugenix Maxx in terms of enhancing testosterone specifically. However, when it came to libido and performance, the herbals in Nugenix Maxx seem to have a bit of a stronger effect.
But Nugenix Ultimate is not without its problems, either.
It contains too much of D-Aspartic Acid. This is shown to significantly elevate testosterone in the short-term, but the T levels fall down back to baseline after a few weeks of continuous use. As a result, lower doses of D-AA work better if your goal is to maintain optimal T levels in the long run. The only context where high doses of D-AA could be useful, for example, is if you’re preparing for a bodybuilding competition and need that short-term boost.
Another issue with Nugenix Ultimate is that it’s using too much Fenugreek. Fenugreek is known to inhibit DHT, another important anabolic hormone. By lowering DHT, Fenugreek leaves more space for testosterone to grow essentially. The problem is, when Fenugreek’s suppressing effect on DHT is too much, it can mess with your hormonal balance. Nugenix Maxx also has a bit of a high fenugreek dose (600mg), but still safer than that of Nugenix Ultimate (700mg).
Although Nugenix Ultimate has some great T-boosting ingredients – such as boron – it is disappointing to see some of the most important nutrients omitted. Including vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium.
Neither one looks the best, but between the two, Nugenix Ultimate is the winner. It offers a wider range of benefits; not just testosterone boosting specifically. However, Nugenix Ultimate has some issues of its own, including some underdosed ingredients, and having some ingredients that are unproven and ineffective.
Side Effects – Which Product is Safer?
Both Nugenix Maxx and Nugenix Ultimate contain well-studied ingredients. In fact, a big part of their formulas consists of foods and nutrients that are common in some diets. As a result, neither one is likely to cause you side effects.
The only potential issue here is the doses of some ingredients. Nugenix Maxx and Nugenix Ultimate have gone a little overboard with Fenugreek and D-Aspartic Acid. While these ingredients are otherwise beneficial, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
Needless to say, consult with your doctor before taking any supplement for the first time – especially if you have a condition.
Price and Value for Money?
Nugenix Maxx costs $169.99 for 30 servings. This makes it one of the, if not the most expensive supplement we’ve reviewed so far. Is it worth the money? Based on everything we’ve told you so far, we will let you be the judge!
Nugenix Ultimate is a lot “cheaper” at $88 per bottle. However, even at this price tag, Nugenix Ultimate is still one of the most expensive testosterone boosters on the market. That tells you something about how Nugenix products are ridiculously overpriced!
There are definitely better men’s health supplements available than either of these two. For less money, as well.
Our Conclusion to Nugenix Maxx vs Nugenix Ultimate
Which one is better, Nugenix Maxx or Nugenix Ultimate?
In our opinion, neither. Both are extremely overpriced for what they offer – Nugenix Maxx more so than its competitor.
No supplement should be charging $169.99 for 30 servings, no matter how “good” it is. The irony is, Nugenix Maxx is not even close to being the best testosterone booster out there. It is missing some core ingredients, and some of its existing key ingredients like vitamin D are underdosed.
Nugenix Ultimate costs much less, and it still has some good ingredients that should help you raise your testosterone levels. Having said that, you may want to do more research before buying that one either, as for $88, you can find much better testosterone/libido boosters on the market today.
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