Test Boost Elite contains a blend of 11 ingredients that’s marketed for increasing testosterone in men over the age of 30 years old. Advantages for increasing testosterone include increases in muscle mass, fat loss, enhanced strength levels, and higher sex drive. Does Test Boost Elite live up to its claims? Read on to find out.
Increasing testosterone through ‘legal means’ (at least here in the US) is a subject of great value for men who are over 40 and individuals who aspire to gain more muscle mass. Until recently, anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) have been the only real source for increasing testosterone for people who are looking for a ‘little more’. Luckily, science has provided a plethora of legal alternatives which may provide significant benefits to those looking to increase serum testosterone levels alongside proper nutrition and physical activity.
Testosterone boosters tend to fall in 3 classes:
- Supplementing nutrients and vitamins which are deficient in the human body;
- Inhibiting enzymes in the body which aide estrogen production/testosterone breakdown;
- Bioactive molecules that stimulate testosterone production.
Probably more so for testosterone boosters than any other class of supplements, companies are VERY liberal in their marketing as there are many gym goers who are yearning for more testosterone to become the next Arnold. From ancient Chinese herbs to Ayervedic remedies, testosterone enhancements have been toted since forever. While there’s never a shortage of anecdotal evidence to support claims for these concoctions, clinical studies have shown support for the following four ingredients:
Also known as DHEA, dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone naturally produced by the body which is both beneficial and can be converted to testosterone. Repeated studies have shown reliable and significant
increases in serum DHEA when supplemented orally. Most importantly, DHEA supplementation has been shown to have notable effects for increasing testosterone though there are a few stipulations to keep in mind. Most of the studies performed have shown to have the most effective results for menopausal women and individuals over 40 years of age. Nonetheless if you’re looking for a highly-studied supplement which may provide benefits for increasing testosterone, DHA should be near the top of your list.
Recommended dosages: The recommended dose for healthy individuals is 200 mg daily, though lower dosages have been shown to be effective for menopausal women and for people over 40 years of age (25 – 50 mg).
Note: If you’re a professional or semi-professional athlete, always check the regulations for substance usage. DHEA is banned in certain organizations as it’s a hormone.
Chances are you’re lacking Vitamin D. Full Stop. While you’re probably not deficient of this very important nutrient, obtaining optimal levels are a completely different story. The primary source of Vitamin D is through sun exposure, which most of us with office jobs are severely lacking. If you are one of those individuals who are below the optimal level of Vitamin D, supplementation may provide increases in testosterone as a result. If you’re not already, stop reading this article and pop a Vitamin D pill immediately!
Recommended dosages: It is generally difficult to take too much Vitamin D, but stick to dosages between 2,000 – 5,000 UI per day. For an assessment of your current levels, schedule some time with your doctor and pay a visit to a lab.
Fenugreek is an herb popularized by Middle Eastern countries which often used it for increasing libido. While the science still only has limited studies where increases in testosterone are plausible, fenugreek has been known to have strong interactions with the human hormonal system. At the very least, this supplement makes you ‘feel more masculine’ as a side-effect of the increase in libido; many male subjects reported a greater state of well-being while on this stuff. Fun fact: It’s very effective for new mothers for enhancing milk production.
Recommended dosages: For increased libido and possible testosterone benefits, the suggested dose is 500 – 600 mg of a standardized formulation.
Zinc is a necessary nutrient that has significant roles in regulating testosterone levels in the human body. Similar to Vitamin D (see above), zinc is often deficient (relative to the optimal amount) for those of us on a western-diet and/or exercise regularly. Zinc is lost through sweating and supplementation is very recommended for athletes and gym-goers alike.
Recommended dosages: 5 – 40 mg per day is typically all that is recommended. Higher dosages may be required based on activity levels but I would suggest getting a nutrient panel performed if you’re entertaining the idea.
Test Boost Elite – Testosterone Booster
Marketed as a 3-in-1 product for increasing testosterone, libido, and energy, Test Boost Elite is targeted for males who go to the gym regularly and want a little extra help. A quick look into the website, the company claims that this product can help elevate the male body’s testosterone levels back up to its normal amounts prior to hitting the age of 25. While I don’t necessarily agree that there’s a sharp decline in testosterone once a man hits 25 years old, there’s definitely a strong correlation between age and decreases in testosterone levels. For the record, I attribute this decrease more towards the tendency to live a more sedentary lifestyle. Let’s dive into the product!
Ingredient Quality & Effectiveness
Test Boost Elite is comprised of a blend of 11 ingredients:
- Tribulus terrestris extract
- Horny goat weed
- Fenugreek extract
- Maca root
- Zinc aspartate
- Panax ginseng
- Gotu kola
- DMG (Dimethyl glycine HCL)
- Tongkat ali extract
- Yombine bark
So far so good, two of my top 4 testosterone boosters listed above are in it (fenugreek and zinc). Even better, the amounts are listed right there on the bottle! I can’t explain how important it is for companies to do this. You’d be surprised just how often they simply tell you what’s in the bottle but conveniently leave out the amounts. The concentrations of zinc and fenugreek in Test Boost Elite are adequate and certainly have scientific evidence to suggest the provided amounts may increase testosterone levels. In addition, I’m a fan that they’ve added Tribulus terrestris, yohimbine, and ginseng into the mix as those three ingredients are very much associated with subjects who’ve treported having a more ‘manly feeling’ shortly after consuming.
A very important note based on the formulation of this product – expect to have a very high libido while on it. I’ve experimented with several of these ingredients in the past and I’ve definitely felt increases in sex drive, with yohimbine having the most pronounce effect. At the very least, you’ll have a cheap and natural alternative to Viagra and Cialis!
In short: very nice formulation with scientifically-back ingredients at modest doses (assuming you take the recommended 3 pills per serving).
Price & Value
A month’s supply of Test Boost Elite will you just over $30 per day here in the states. I would suggest taking advantage of free-trial offers available on their website to see if you like the effects. Generally speaking, increases in libido and well-being occur within the first few days while increases testosterone will require prolonged usage. I’ve often come across this product with buy-one-get-one-free offers so I would also suggest you stock up on such deals if you end up liking it. The cost $0.50 to $1.00 per day is a reasonable price for such benefits and this product is certainly much cheaper than most of its competitors that market the same set of benefits. You can also sometimes find great deals at Amazon.com – You can click here to see the current discounts available at Amazon.com
Test Boost Elite is a nice blend of quality ingredients that have been shown to increase testosterone. A major side-effect to be wary of is an increase in libido, but keep in mind that most things that will increase testosterone will have effects on your sex drive as well. It’s reasonably priced and I do suggest trying this product if you’re looking for a convenient blend of ingredients that have been shown to have effects on testosterone in controlled studies.