Testosterone is technically known as the main male sex hormone, but sometimes we think certain T boosters take that a little too literally.
At first look one supplement we were recently asked to check out, Vialus from manufacturer Naturatech appears to be one of those. Most of its ingredients are known mainly as natural aphrodisiacs and not much else.
Don’t get us wrong, higher libido and stronger erections are rarely a bad thing, but it’s just one of many perks a balanced, well-rounded natural T boosting formula should bring.
That said, Vialus is currently among the best sellers on Amazon.com, so either there’s more to this formula than meets the proverbial third eye, or the internet is full of guys with one thing on the brain. Perish the thought.
Vialus claims to increase;
- Size (we think they mean your whole physique)
- Blood flow
- Testosterone levels
Judging whether Vialus can really help get anything up besides the ol’ pork sword will be tricky.
This is because all the ingredients are in a 1560mg proprietary blend. So no individual dosages, just names and overall volume. As irritating as it is pointless.
How Does It Work?
At a Glance
- Horny Goat Weed, Poltpodium Vulgare & Maca to boost libido
- Mucuna Pruriens promotes T & cuts stress
- Yohimbe to help reduce fat
- Ginseng for libido and blood flow
- L-Arginine to raise nitric oxide levels.
We’ll check out all this in more detail after the scores
It’s not all bad – mucuna pruriens, saw palmetto and panax ginseng are all excellent choices – but it’s mostly bad.
There are just too many libido boosters. These should be the cherry on top of a good T booster not the vast majority of the cake. With just over 1500mg of formula in total (FYI, that is not a lot), it’s even questionable is there’s enough of the few highlights that are here to be effective.
$40 isn’t a lot of money for a booster, but it is a lot of money. Especially on a monthly basis. And it is an lot of money offering what Vialus is, which is…well, not that much really.
In the supplement market it pays to shop smart and in this case the smart move is to save your cash for a more complete product.
Vialus appears to check out in terms of safe manufacturing, but it falls quite a long way short of earning your trust in other areas.
An ingredients list that is mainly filler, with no information on dosages at all, with one or two ingredients that could cause side effects? To quote William Shakespeare, that don’t impress me much.
Lots of strong reviews on Amazon are always a plus, but often not much of one. That’s because many reviews lack the kind of details smart supplement users would be looking fore before parting with cash. With no real names or pictures, there’s also a question over how authentic positive feedback is.
Far better to go for a booster with a detailed testimonial section full of in-depth info.
Nutratech is a New Zealand based company set up in 2008. They have a modest range of products covering most areas of fitness. There’s a lot of background and information on the website which is great to see, but the most important thing is the effectiveness of the formula and that leaves a bit to be desired.
How Do I Take It?
Users take 3 caps 30 minutes before ‘activity’, or for ‘long term support’ 2 caps once a day with water.
We’ve seen some weird and wonderful serving schedules in our time and this definitely has the first part of that combo down. Second part, not so much.
(Activity? I mean, they probably mean working out because that’s an activity. But so is scratching your butt technically. Come on guys, specifics!)
It hardly matters. 2 caps or 3 caps it’s still just one serving a day, and that is nowhere near enough to sustain any serious hormone improvement for a full day. Any advantages there are to Vialus will wear out long before you do.
The best way to avoid this is to aim for a booster which suggests 3 or 4 servings a day. That means everything is adequately supported for a full day of activity. (Working out AND butt scratching all inclusive).
Any Vialus Side Effects?
In rare cases Saw Palmetto can cause issues. Mild nausea, dizziness and even impotence have been reported, but like we say – it’s unusual.
Yohimbe can also cause anxiety and hypertension is certain amounts.
One important thing to remember is it’s impossible to completely rule out side effects in any supplement that uses proprietary blends. Simply because you don’t have all the facts.
Where Can I Get Vialus?
Customers will find Vialus on sale at Amazon.com for $39.99 for a one month supply.
Ingredients – In Detail
This is a good start. It promotes strong blood flow and stimulates libido, but we’ve no clue how much is involved in the formula so whether it will help is up for debate.
Horny Goat Weed
Horny Goat weed’s main strength (as with most of the ingredients in Vialus) is in boosting sex drive. No real evidence that it stimulates male hormone in any meaningful way.
Even the benefits it does bring are in doubt here because we don’t know the amount we’re getting.
Maca is much the same story. Possible boost for libido but really no notable aid for T, which – spoiler alert – is kind of what we’re after when buying a natural testosterone supplement.
Munica Pruriens, sometimes called velvet bean is a strong choice. It stimulates the amino acid L-Dopa. This is useful not only because it stimulates androgens, but it also lowers the stress hormone cortisol, which stops it blocking T and improves your mood.
If we could be sure we had a good amount, this would be a high spot.
A lot of big claims are made about the herb Poltpodium Vulgare. Mainly centering on improvements in libido and stamina. There is also a suggestion it may be a natural penis enlarger, but as of publication all of these claims seem to be all mouth and no lab coat.
More common in fat burners where it can absolutely be useful. The issue in this case is certain amounts can cause side effects and Vialus isn’t in the mood to let us know how much it’s using. Charming, eh?
Again saw palmetto has no real advantage as far as raising T is concerned, but it does have a fairly important role to play. It’s one of the best natural ways of guarding against prostate enlargement, a real concern for us guys as we age.
Hard to give kudos though when there could be 1g or 1mg.
See maca and horny goat weed for details. Another possible sexual enhancer.
This has been shown to help increase blood flow and raise energy. Trouble is L-Arginine isn’t well absorbed by the body when taken orally. That means you’re going to need a lot of it to get the effect. With just 1560mg there’s little chance your getting that here.
D3, D-Aspartic Acid, magnesium, boron and zinc for T boosting. Vitamin B6 or luteolin for estrogen blocking. Many of the big players are MIA.
When it comes down to it Vialus is less a quality T booster and more an an expensive love potion. There’s just too much focus on the aphrodisiac side of things.
If you really still want it though, this formula is identical to the similarly disappointing but slightly cheaper Prime Rut, which we reviewed on this site a while back.
Our advice though, avoid both and go for a better rounded, more effective option.
Studies Quoted in the Review
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