You may have heard of a placenta being a high source of nutrients like protein. In fact, almost all female mammals eat their placenta after giving birth. Now, this review is not meant to be a documentary on the birth of mammals, but rather an intro to a new dietary product on the market called P6 Extreme.
P6 Extreme was created by Cellucor as a testosterone boosting supplement. One of its main active ingredients is called ovine placenta powder or, in other words, sheep placenta. If you can get over the fact that you are taking in part of a sheep’s placenta, P6 Extreme might actually be an effective test booster.
Of course, there are also solid products like MyoRipped that use more traditional ingredients, but let’s see if different means better in this case.
Let’s take a closer look at the entire list of ingredients and break down the upsides and the downsides.
P6 Extreme Ingredients
P6 Extreme’s ingredients are mostly hidden behind a proprietary blend, so you don’t know the exact potency of each. Therefore, you’ll basically have to assume that each ingredient is provided in a sufficient potency (though with a 947 mg blend divided among so many ingredients, I highly doubt it).
Ovine Placenta Powder: is one of those hazy ingredients that have been used for years but little research has actually been done to draw the line between fact and fiction. Placenta contains various nutrients, hormones, and growth factors that may be able to improve an individual’s immune system or regulate hormones when consumed. However, this result is questionable at best.
Black Cohosh Root: is an herb that may be able to improve the immune system, reduce inflammation, and even mimic the effects of serotonin. Some believe black cohosh can increase the effects of estrogen, while others believe that it can inhibit the effects of estrogen. Until more research has been conducted, I’d stay away from this herb.
Agaricus Bisporus extract: is a unique mushroom that may be able to improve the body’s use of insulin and decrease insulin resistance. It is popularly used among diabetics and experts recommend taking 500 mg of agaricus extract three times daily.
Beta-Sitosterol: is a plant sterol ester that may be able to reduce cholesterol levels while fighting inflammation and swelling in the prostate. Some believe that it can enhance sexual activity, though most experts recommend using 60 to 130 mg of best-sitosterol daily in order to get the most health benefits.
Wild Yam Root: is contains the chemical diosgenin, which laboratories often use to create various steroids such as estrogen and DHEA. There are over 600 species of wild yam, but only 12 of the 600 are considered edible. Unfortunately, wild yam has not been standardized for a specific dosing, and researchers point out that taking wild yam will not increase DHEA levels in people.
Stinging Nettle Root Extract: is typically considered safe to use a s a natural treatment for enlarged prostate and urinary problems. However, it has been known to trigger allergies, so you’ll want to be careful before using this ingredient.
Myricetin: is also known as Bayberry bark extract, and it contains high concentrations of tannins which can have a drying effect on the skin. In large amounts bayberry is used to cause vomiting, though some believe that it can stimulate the circulatory system when used correctly.
Sclareolide: supposedly the metabolism by increasing cyclic amp as well as triggers the release of fatty acids from the body’s adipose stores. Not much is known about the ingredient, unfortunately, and additional research still needs to be conducted.
Tribulus Alatus: not to be confused with Tribulus Terrestris, Tribulus Alatus is believed to raise testosterone levels and increase sex drive in castrated rats; however, human trials have yet to be tested.
Does it Contain Caffeine?
I’m not entirely certain.
Though the ingredient list provided does not include caffeine as one of its active ingredients, manufacturers do make the following warning in answer to the question: I’m a drug-tested athlete, can I take P6 Extreme?
“Although none of our products contain illegal substances, the answer to this question depends on what the specific athletic governing body is testing for. The NCAA, for example, prohibits the use of stimulants (such as Caffeine). We advise that athletes consult with their respective governing bodies to ensure their supplement regimen is within guidelines and obtain clearance prior to using any Cellucor product.”
P6 Extreme Side Effects
Despite the fact that P6 Extreme has an all natural formula, there are still many naturally derived ingredients that can have a very dangerous impact on your overall health.
Even though a lack of testosterone can be detrimental to your health, there are some products that can decrease your health rather than add to it. P6 Extreme has some ingredients that might cause side effects that are similar to products that contain natural stimulants such as caffeine.
If you have a sensitivity toward ingredients like caffeine, you might experience side effects from P6 Extreme such as jitteriness, headache and restlessness. However, for the most part, users didn’t experience any P6 Extreme side effects.
As with any other product, be sure to check P6 Extreme’s formula for any ingredients that might cause you an allergic reaction.
How to Use P6 Extreme
P6 extreme should be taken twice daily, 2 capsules in the morning and two in the evening, in order to achieve the best results. It does not matter if this supplement is taken with food or on an empty stomach, though most consumers prefer taking the supplement with “fatty meals” to enhance absorption and functionality.
It can take as long as 5-7 days of continuous use before you’ll notice any results (if any).
Additionally, you’ll want to participate in frequent physical activity and consume a healthy diet.
P6 Extreme: Pros
Cellucor went out on a limb with P6 Extreme. They have virtually zero common or popular ingredients. They essentially went against the grain, and you have to give them credit for that. The ingredients in P6 Extreme do appear to have some potential and are all natural which is a definite plus.
P6 Extreme: Cons
One of the biggest concerns I have is the amount of ingredients that remain unproven. Some ingredients have only received in vitro or small animal testing. Even worse, one ingredient, black cohosh, has received some testing but with conflicting results. Some say black cohosh stimulates testosterone production, while other research suggests it actually blocks testosterone.
Can You Stack P6 Extreme?
Yes you can.
In fact, Cellucor manufacturers encourage it (after all, you’ll be making them more money in the end). P6 supposedly stacks well with the following cellucor products:
• M5 Extreme
• R3 Extreme
• D4 Thermal Shock
• NO3 Chrome
• C4 Extreme
As for any other products, you’ll want to avoid mixing and matching P6 Extreme without the recommendation of a specialist. Do not take P6 Extreme if you are taking any medications.
Cost and Returns
At $120 retail price, your wallet may not like the hit it will take from purchasing P6 Extreme. Manufacturers try to soften the blow by offering a 100% money-back guarantee, but it only lasts for 30 days and only covers products purchased from cellucor.com. Fortunately, their only requirement for making a return is “that you send back the product with a purchase receipt.”
It can take up to 3-5 business days from the receipt of the package before cellucor manufacturers will credit your account.
To make a return, you can send P6 Extreme here to this address:
715 N Main Street
Bryan, TX 77803
P6 Extreme – Final Thoughts
While I do give credit to Cellucor for trying something new, I don’t believe P6 Extreme is worth the $120 price tag. The potential nutrients from ingredients like ovine placenta powder may seem enticing, but I’m hesitant to recommend this product.
Instead, you should stick to traditional products like MyoRipped, which provide tested-and-true ingredients to boost testosterone.