March 11, 2014
Biotab Nutraceuticals is upgrading its classic formula, ExtenZe, to bring us ExtenZe HT.
Supposedly this recently released formula will give you “higher testosterone” than ever before, utilizing clinically proven ingredients to increase testosterone with every dose.
According to advertisements, ExtenZe HT will not only increase testosterone but support healthy IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) levels, build lean muscle mass, and boost energy and vitality, so you can have the extra edge in your physical performance.
Yet is the “next generation” of ExtenZe more effective than the original formula? Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients to find out.
Inside ExtenZe HT
The original ExtenZe formula contained a long list of ingredients hidden behind a proprietary blend. ExtenZe HT, however, is more compact, with fewer ingredients listed openly on the label.
Pregnenolone. This ingredient acts as a precursor to all steroid hormones in the body. It may be able to treat fatigue and enhance memory; however, there is not enough information to know how pregnenolone supplements might work.
Dehydroepiandrosterone. Often abbreviated to DHEA, this hormone is produced naturally by the adrenal glands and is secreted by the testes. It is changed into androstenedione which is then changed into major male and female hormones. Experts recommend taking 50 mg DHEA daily to treat erectile dysfunction, which is the amount ExtenZe HT provides per serving.
Fish Oil. Fish oil contains high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower cholesterol, reduce pain and swelling, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Experts recommend supplements that provide 1800-2160 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 1200-1440 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to lower high triglycerides and cholesterol. While reducing cholesterol can have a positive impact on erectile performance, fish oil does not have a direct effect on testosterone.
Rosemary Extract. Also known as damiana, rosemary is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac as well as a natural treatment for headaches, nervous stomach, and constipation. It is purported to enrich the oxygen supply to the genitals but the appropriate dose to achieve this effect is unknown.
Are These Ingredients Safe?
Fish oil supplements are safe to use regularly. Rosemary is safe when consumed in food amounts rather than medicinal concentrations. But, the other two ingredients in ExtenZe HT may cause negative side effects.
Pregnenolone, for example, may cause steroid-like effects such as overstimulation, insomnia, irritability, mood swings, headaches, and acne.
DHEA may cause similar effects such as acne, hair loss, stomach upset, and high blood pressure. Furthermore, DHEA should not be used for extended time periods as it increases the risk of these side effects.
Manufacturers list the following negative side effects on the label:
“Acne, hair loss, hair growth on the face in women, aggressiveness, irritability, and increased levels of estrogen. Discontinue use and call a physician, or licensed health professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, or other similar symptoms.”
How is ExtenZe HT Different than ExtenZe?
According to BuyExtenze.com, “ExtenZe® Male Enhancement Supplement is made up of an ideal blend of herbal complexes, nutrients and amino acids, to increase blood flow to the penis. The exact formulation is our proprietary secret – NO one else has it!”
The 23-ingredient formula included herbs such as yohimbe, tribulus terrestris, and Korean ginseng to stimulate libido and improve sexual performance.
ExtenZe HT is much simpler, offering just 4 ingredients in listed concentrations. While the formula is more concise, I’m not convinced it’s more effective, as many of the ingredients do not impact testosterone production despite claims to provide “higher testosterone.”
Is It Easy to Use?
According to the label, this supplement should be taken once daily in the morning with 6-8 oz. of water. It may take several weeks of continuous use before consumers notice any results.
Pricing Options and Guarantee
ExtenZe HT is fairly new, so it’s only available at a few online stores (even ExtenzeHT.com only lists “coming soon!” on its site).
After a bit of shopping around, I found ExtenZe HT for the following prices:
• GNC.com: $39.99
• eBay.com: $20.50
GNC.com offers a 30 day guarantee on all products sold on its site. If you don’t like your results, you can return the product for a full refund – just be sure you read the fine print before you do.
More About the Manufacturers
ExtenZe HT is manufactured and produced by Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc, a company based in Pasadena, California.
According to the Better Business Bureau, the company scored a C+ rating on a scale of A+ to F.
The reason it received this score is due to the sheer number of complaints filed against the business: 381 in the last 3 years.
The most common complaints were about multiple charges and shipments each month, or failure to issue a refund for canceled orders.
Furthermore, “many complainants report they specifically requested not to be placed on the monthly renewal program, but were anyway without their consent. Most complainants allege customer service was inadequate at problem solving, and in some cases, customers report they were treated rudely. Some customers complain that despite the company providing refund offers they fail to receive it. The company responds to some complaints by issuing refunds or explaining their refund policy.”
Beware the Autoship Program
Although ExtenZe Ht does not yet have an official website or autoship program, if it follows the same pattern as the original ExtenZe formula, then consumers will want to be wary.
The BBB issues the following warning:
“This company uses a questionable marketing method known as negative option cancellation. With this method, products and services are sent to consumers unsolicited, sometimes on a monthly renewal program, and unauthorized charges appear on credit cards . . . Review your monthly statement carefully. If you discover a charge which is unfamiliar, investigate and dispute the amount with your credit card issuer as soon as possible to protect yourself from making unwanted purchases.”
As if poor customer service wasn’t bad enough, Biotab Nutraceuticals has had problems with counterfeit products.
In February 22, 2011, Biotab Nutraceuticals issued a voluntary recall for two lots of ExtenZe supplements. Packages bearing certain lot number contained undeclared drug ingredients that posed a serious risk to health.
According to the press release issued by the FDA, “two lots of counterfeit product purporting to be EXTENZE contain undeclared drug ingredients. More specifically, lot 0709241 contains tadalafil and sildenafil. . . The counterfeit Extenze product is not manufactured, distributed or packaged by Biotab, but is falsely marked with the same lot numbers used by Biotab for its genuine product. . .it is very difficult to distinguish the counterfeit from the genuine product . . .It is possible that there may be other counterfeit products on the market that have yet to be identified.”
While this recall does not have an impact on ExtenZe HT, this does reflect poorly on the company. If counterfeit products are still on the market, how can you be certain this new formula is safe to use?
Should You Upgrade to ExtenZe HT?
While I love that ExtenZe HT does not hide behind a proprietary blend, I’m not particularly impressed with the ingredients or the negative history associated with the manufacturers.
ExtenZe HT may be able to work, but until more clinical information is available, I’m not convinced the formula is any more effective than the original supplement.
Additionally, there is not enough anecdotal evidence via consumer reviews to determine ExtenZe HT’s full effects, both positive and negative.
Until I know more about the product, I’m hesitant to recommend ExtenZe HT.