|Rating:2.5 Stars||Price: $39.99|
At first glance your attention might be attracted to Alpha Jym by its clever play on words.
After all, who doesn’t want to be the alpha male at the gym?
A visit to the official website is an eye opener. This site is professionally laid out, giving you an exact idea of why the product is so good and justifying each of the ingredients.
It’s a compulsive case for purchasing some straight away!
That’s what got my interest and why we’re going to take a closer look at what Alpha Jym really contains and see how effective the formula is.
JYM Supplement Science sees itself as revolutionary company thanks to the ‘science and quality’ which goes into every supplement.
Although this is a claim that many firms make. The company’s founder, Jim Stoppani PhD states that he uses his own products and will answer every question personally; that theory is worth testing!
Here’s what it claims to do:
- Increases testosterone through a 5 stage process.
- Increase your muscle mass.
- Help muscles to heal faster.
- Could improve strength and endurance.
- Boost your energy levels.
- Reduces body fat.
- Boosts libido.
That is a long list and quite notably we have more benefits than ingredients. Can it really deliver on every single promise? The proof is in the science…
What are the ingredients and how do they work?
First thing to note is that this is a non-proprietary blend which is a good start.
It means all the ingredient quantities are clearly given and we can assess how effective the formula is overall.
But, there is a big issue!
The most fundamental of testosterone boosters, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and D-Aspartic Acid (DAA) are all missing.
In fact if you break the formula down only 25% of the ingredients have been proven in studies to help raise T levels. These are the Fenugreek and Ashwagandha.
Please not that the quantities given are for the serving size. Direction are to take two servings a day so you actually consume double the quantity given on the label on a daily basis.
This really isn’t the best nutrient formula we have seen, but let’s go into more detail, maybe there are other benefits…
Fenugreek Seed Extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum) (50% saponins=250mg) (500mg)
This is a good starting point.
Studies have shown that fenugreek can have a direct effect on your blood sugar level.
Reducing blood sugar will ensure your insulin levels are not high. As high levels of insulin have been shown to reduce the amount of testosterone in your body, regulating them will boost your T levels.
It is interesting to note that a variety of studies have been performed on humans which note increases in testosterone level. All of these studies used 500mg to 600mg of fenugreek per day.
There are other studies which show very little effect on T production but do help increase your libido.
It’s a worthwhile ingredient although potentially overdosed.
Damiana Leaf Powder (Turnera diffusa) (500mg)
Damiana is known to be an aphrodisiac.
However there are theories which suggest that this leaf can be used to inhibit aromatase. This is an enzyme in your body which converts testosterone into estrogen. Inhibiting it will boost your free T levels.
However, studies are inconclusive on this point meaning that this is an ingredient which has potential but could easily be left out of this T-booster.
In fact one study even shows that Damiana has the potential to be an estrogen booster, which is not a good thing!
Not a good option.
Ashwagandha Root Extract (Withania somnifera) (500mg)
This Indian herb has been shown to mildly boost libido.
This has been typically shown through its continual use in traditional Indian medicine.
The primary role of this herb in relation to testosterone is to help you relax by reducing levels of cortisol in your system.
By lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol it allow other processes in your body to perform better. This includes increasing testosterone production.
In fact, one study suggested that a 40% increase in testosterone could be achieved by reducing cortisol levels.
A small increase in testosterone has been noted in healthy, unstressed men who are indulging in weight training.
Although not a direct T booster, Ashwagandha does have its benefits.
Diindolymethane (DIM) (250mg)
Unfortunately the nutrients are becoming less alpha as we travel down the list.
This plant derived compound found is mainly in greens like broccoli and could work as an effective aromatase inhibitor (estrogen suppressant).
Unfortunately the research is incomplete. The majority of studies undertaken focus on the estrogen issues in women which means there is no guarantee the process will be the same in men.
It may have the potential to reduce estrogen levels but, for now, it would be better left out until scientific research can back up the claims.
Tongkat ali Root Extract (Eurycoma longifolia) (100mg)
Also known as Tongkat Ali or LongJack this herb has been used in Malaysia to boost libido whilst it also been suggested that it can boost T levels.
Studies seem to confirm this theory. Research confirms it can boost T levels while preventing bone calcium loss. However, the majority of research has been completed on animals and the effects on humans are not yet certain.
There is certainly no doubt that it will have some mild effects on your libido and might even help to lower your levels of estrogen.
This ingredient might be considered effective and safe but not at boosting T levels, just at improving your libido.
The verdict is still out on its T-boosting potential and there are other compounds which are better suited to the job.
Quercetin (as Quercetin Dihydrate) (250mg)
The final ingredient is an antioxidant found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. It has been linked with reducing the risk of cancer.
In terms of T boosting qualities there are some encouraging signs.
It would appear that quercetin can inhibit the enzyme UGT2B17 from working effectively.
This enzyme tells your kidneys to excrete testosterone in your urine. If it is inhibited you will have a higher level of blood testosterone. Unfortunately there is limited research to back up this claim.
It is worth noting that it has been shown to release nitric oxide which will improve your body’s ability to carry blood and nutrients to vital organs.
This can prevent damage to the testes and help improve T levels.
Again, it’s has potential but it’s not an alpha T booster yet.
How Do I Take It?
One serving is 3 capsules and you should take 2 servings per day.
The recommendation is to take one in the morning and one in the evening, unless you’re training.
In this case take one an hour before you workout and the other in the morning or evening; whichever is furthest from your workout.
This isn’t bad, but to get consistently boosted levels of testosterone you should really be looking for a T-booster which gives you 3 or 4 servings a day.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Using completely natural ingredients usually makes it unlikely that there will be any major side effects worth noting.
However, you will note that some users have complained about fatigue, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and even dark urine. This could be linked with ashwagandha as the long term effects are unknown.
Others have reported feeling light headed and even dizzy.
On the bottle it does state that there is a chemical in this compound which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects.
We believe many supplements made in California need to carry this label so make of it what you will!
- Some Effective Ingredients
Out of the 6 ingredients listed on the label really only 2 are of any note when it comes to boosting T. These herbs are Fenugreek which is also good for your libido and Ashwagandha which increases T indirectly by lowering cortisol levels.
Whilst they are beneficial they are not the most powerful nutrients you can take for T meaning this formula lacks real performance.
- No Proprietary Blends
This the great thing about JYM products, they have transparent labeling, and all dosages are listed in full.
Not only does this help with assessing how effective the product is it will also leave you with confidence knowing that you are taking the same mixture every time without side effects.
- Reputable Company
JYM Supplement Science has established itself as a reliable and well trusted brand within the supplement industry.
Founder and owner Dr Jim Stoppani has built up a loyal following of fans over the years due to the quality of his products.
There have never been any issues of scams or major issues with customer services.
They even have a full disclosure on their website to say that all their supplements are made in the USA.
- Good Price
At $39.99 for a 30 day supply the price is low enough not to break your bank, providing it does break your testosterone levels.
- Missing Key Ingredients
The most basic key ingredients in any testosterone booster are missing.
You should find Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and D-Aspartic acid in the very best T boosting supplements.
A touch of vitamin B6 wouldn’t go a miss either when it comes to controlling estrogen.
- Some Ineffective Ingredients
The remaining 75% of this formula which is 4 of the 6 nutrients is going to do little for you when it comes to raising your male hormone.
The best you will experience is some mild libido enhancement.
- Mediocre Serving Schedule
Two servings a day is better than one serving a day but it is not optimal.
The very best boosters require you take them 3 to 4 times daily to ensure nutrients are constantly being supplied to your body and keeping T levels boosted around the clock.
- Needs Stacking with Vitamins & Minerals
On the JYM website they actually acknowledge that Zinc and Vitamin D3 are highly beneficial when it comes to testosterone production.
However they have left them out of Alpha JYM telling you instead that you should be taking vitamins and minerals separately.
Certainly not good, you want a complete testosterone booster for convenience and effectiveness.
What Are People Saying About Alpha JYM?
You’ll struggle to find no testimonials on the official Alpha Jym site. But, there are plenty on the bodybuilding.com website.
Unfortunately this is not encouraging.
The majority of these testimonials are praising Jim Stoppani and not the actual product, certainly the good doctor has a cult like following so it’s hard to read between the lines. Although really these reviews are simply too good to take seriously.
If you take a look at Amazon there are plenty of five star reviews.
Unfortunately several of these are reminiscent of the reviews on the bodybuilding site and the others simply do not supply enough information to be useful or even felt genuine.
There are a variety of other customer reviews on the internet which reflect the same approach. This makes me dubious that the product is as genuine or as effective as it states.
My view is borne out by looking at the ingredients in this herbal supplement and the fact that Jim Stoppani recommends taking an extra supplement with it!
I really like JYM products but this formula is really lackluster. It is just missing far too many core T boosting ingredients to be effective. It really needs to be re-designed to include them.
There are far too many mild libido enhancers in there which is kind of surprising when this product is being targeted at the bodybuilding market.
We can’t really see any reason to recommend this particular product other than it’s not the worse we have seen.
Our Rating:2.5 Stars
Basically this formula is not going to give you the results you want. It simply doesn’t contain nutrients powerful enough to actively raise your testosterone levels.
It’s possible you may experience some mild libido enhancement but you’re certainly not going to be the Alpha Male using Alpha JYM.
We do not recommend adding this booster to your supplement stack. There are far more effective products available that will maximize your body and give you far better results.