Enpulse, by Rivalus, is a libido and testosterone booster advertised as a natural supplement for athletes and will supposedly enhance testosterone levels and increase your sex drive and performance.
Advertisements make referencde to a randomized double blind, placebo controlled study where 30 males took Enpulse for 8 weeks and exercised regularly. The increased their free testosterone levels by up to 70% and lean muscle mass by up to 18% compared to a change of 4% and 8% respectively for the placebo group subjects.
That sounds impressive, but they do not mention where the study is documented. Anyone can say they did a study, but unless it is documented and validated it means very little to the industry.
Consequently, I thought I’d take a closer look at the Enpulse to see if it really does work.
Like so many other testosterone boosting supplements before it, Enpulse hides its ingredient concentrations behind a proprietary blend. Though the dosages seem to be fairly large, consumers should keep in mind that the blends have to be divided among a long list of ingredients, each of which need to be in specific clinically proven concentrations in order to be effective. As it is, I cannot determine whether or not this formula will be effective by looking at the label on its own.
Despite this, I give the manufacturers a little bit of credit for making the formula fairly comprehensive, offering a wide range of popular ingredients for boosting physical performance. While it would take up too much time and space to go in depth about each ingredient, here’s a basic breakdown of what you’re going to get with this formula:
Butea Superba – an unproven PDE-5 inhibitor for treating erectile dysfunction
Tribulus Terrestris – increases testosterone levels and improves blood circulation
Eurycoma Longifolia – increases testosterone levels in rats – though human trials still need to be conducted
Rhodiola Rosea – an adaptogenic herb that increases the body’s ability to cope with stress. May improve sexual function but not proven.
Xanthoparmelia Scabrosa Lichen – said to be the herbal viagra, it may act as an aphrodisiac and improve flow to the genitals. Also not proven.
Fenugreek Seed – has estrogen-like properties and may be able to lower cholesterol.
Avena Sativa – a form of oat. It may be able to relax blood vessels and improve flow. Also not proven.
n-Acetyl-5-Methoxytryptamine – more commonly known as melatonin. It may produce a mild relaxing effect.
Epimedium – an aphrodisiac that mimics the effects of testosterone.
Cnidium Monnieri – may improve sex drive and erectile dysfunction. Not proven and should not be taken in high doses.
Maca Root – a super food rich in fatty acids and amino acids. High dosages (1500mg or more) may increase sexual desire.
Milk Thistle Seed – may treat liver problems and lower cholesterol – not proven.
Andrographis Paniculata – a natural treatment for the common cold and flu. Not sufficient evidence for this claim.
Agaricus Bisporus – a mushroom that may lower cholesterol and treat diabetes.
Arachidonic Acid – an omega-6 polyunsaturated acid that may facilitate muscle growth.
DIM – may act like estrogen in the body – research inconclusive as to whether or not it blocks estrogen or increases it.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid – a fatty acid that may lower cholesterol and decrease body fat.
Chrysin – an isoflavone that acts as an anti-inflammatory ingredient – it actually lowers testosterone levels.
L-Glutamine – an amino acid that may prevent muscle fatigue.
ALA – a fat soluble antioxidant that may eliminate free radicals from the body.
Additionally, Enpulse offers a few vitamins and mineral for improving your overall health, but they have little impact on testosterone levels.
Are There Any Risks or Side Effects?
Do to the fact that supplements are not regulated by the FDA, you should always approach any dietary supplement with a degree of caution. Even if a supplement like Enpulse is advertised as “all-natural” and uses herbal ingredients doesn’t guarantee its safety.
Some of the ingredients such as tribulus terrestris have been known to cause nausea and stomach upset, while ingredients such as Chrysin may in fact reduce testosterone levels (the exact opposite of what you want) if used incorrectly.
Due to the fact that Enpulse is listed as a proprietary blend, you should be doubly-careful with the formula. If you are taking any medications or have a history of medical problems, consult your doctor before using Enpulse.
Can You Stack Enpulse?
Yes, but only with certain Rivalus products: Encharge and MPower are recommended.
How to Get the Best Results
In order to get maximum results (if any at all) from Enpulse, you’ll need to take Enpulse on a regular basis for 8 weeks, with a two week rest period in between cycles.
If you buy directly from the manufacturers at Rivalus.net, you can order Enpulse for a whopping $89.99 per 120 capsule bottle. This is nearly double the price of the average testosterone booster, and given the fact that the ingredients are listed as a proprietary blend, I recommend that you exercise caution before investing your money in this supplement.
However, if you insist upon ordering Enpulse, then I suggest that you go through second-party distributors and shop around for the best deal. Although still rather pricey, Enpulse can be found at the following website:
From what I could tell, Rivalus does not offer a money-back guarantee with their products. If you wish to make a return, you have to rely on the distributors that you ordered Enpulse from rather than the manufacturers. This can vary from site to site, so you may wish to check out that option before you click the order button.
Who is Dr. Darren Burke?
Dr. Darren Burke, PhD is supposedly the driving force behind Enpulse. Supposedly he highly recommends Enpulse Libido and Testosterone booster for improving performance, but who is he really?
When I did a quick search on Dr. Burke, I couldn’t find a lot of information on his research or credentials. Though occasionally he writes articles for Mens’ Fitness Magazine and is supposedly the founder for Rivalus (the manufactures), I’m surprised that Dr. Burke isn’t as well known as advertisements make him out to be, despite the fact that he is a “nationally ranked athlete turned university professor and research scientist . . .surrounded by discerning athletes, some of theme Olympic-caliber.”
Enpulse offers a wide variety of popular herbs and ingredients for improving testosterone levels, but unfortunately not all of them are clinically proven and it is unknown whether or not the ingredients are in their correct concentrations for maximum effectiveness. Given the high price, I do not feel comfortable recommending Enpulse at this time.