|Rating:3 Stars||Price: $59.99|
TestoMax is a T-Booster brought to us by Crazy Bulk.
Although it presents itself as a US / UK firm in fact, the company name is Wolfson Berg Ltd and its headquarters is in Cyprus.
They offer a range of bodybuilding supplements and a 14 day money back guarantee, providing you haven’t opened the order.
Unsurprisingly with a name like Testo-Max the claims are big:
- Extreme muscle gains
- Fast recovery
- Maximize your performance, strength and stamina
- Improved libido (sex drive)
- Rapid results
- Boost testosterone levels (of course!)
The most important factor when it comes to effectiveness is of course the ingredients and the science behind them.
So let’s break down the nutrients in TestoMax and see if there is any scientific evidence behind these claims…
What are the ingredients and how do they work?
In a word, ‘conflicted’.
TestoMax fails to deliver the maximum performance you would expect from its name.
There are some good ingredients in this mix, there are also many items present in such small quantities that they are not worth the effort of including in the mixture.
Some of these are even questionable as to why they are in any supplement, such as cholesterol. Disappointing too is the lack of Magnesium.
However, it is also worrying to see that DAA and vitamin D3 are under-dosed, meaning that they will be ineffective in helping you to achieve your T-Boosting goals.
Fenugreek and Panax Ginseng are good additions but it’s possible they’ve overcooked it with the B6 and Tribulus shouldn’t even have been included.
This is less max and more mixed, a little more research by CrazyBulk would really improve this formula.
Here are the main nutrients in more detail:
D-Aspartic Acid (1500mg)
This is a great ingredient to put into a T-Boosting supplement.
Research has indicated that doses of over 2,000mg will help boost your T levels.
DAA triggers the release of the Luteinizing hormone (LH) which tells your testes to produce testosterone.
Not only that but LH is your body’s precursor to growth hormone as well. The more LH you have the more support you give your testosterone levels.
A powerful ingredient but again it’s not reached the max in this booster. Another 500mg+ would ensure that is worthwhile addition and therefore you’d get the most benefit.
Tribulus Terrestris (fruit extract) (225mg)
This is a popular ingredient that has a reputation for enhancing T levels.
Unfortunately this reputation is not well deserved, there have been numerous studies and none of them have been able to confirm the effectiveness of this as a T-Booster.
In fact, it has even been suggested that tribulus terrestris can cause an array of potential side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains and even difficulty sleeping.
We did indeed find some users who have reported these symptoms whilst taking this product.
To really max this T-Booster they’d be better to leave this ingredient out, not a good choice at all.
Panax Ginseng (root) (187.5mg)
There are two types of ginseng, American and Panax which is also known as Asian ginseng. It is the Asian one which wins for effectiveness when boosting T.
It has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to improve mood, cognitive ability and improve virility.
Fortunately this uses the Asian version! Research shows it can benefit testosterone levels by regulating sugar in your blood.
Insulin can have a direct effect on testosterone lowering it significantly, by supplementing with Ginseng your body doesn’t need to produce as much insulin.
Most studies have shown it to be effective when used in doses of at least 100mg.
So Testo-Max gets this bit right!
Fenugreek Extract (seeds) (150mg)
This is another good move by Testo-Max.
You might already be familiar with this Indian herb as an addition to a variety of culinary delights.
It has been known for years that it provides a range of health benefits but it is only recently that studies have shown how it can also boost your testosterone levels.
One of the primary ways in which it does this is to regulate your blood sugar level. In doing so it reduces the need for your body to produce insulin.
Studies have shown that high levels of insulin in your blood will reduce your production of testosterone from the Leydig cells.
Fenugreek lowers blood sugar, reducing insulin and indirectly boosts testosterone.
This is a good addition and in a reasonable quantity.
Vitamin D3 (996iu)
One of the very best natural vitamins you can get for testosterone.
For years it was simply a theory that D3 helped boost T levels. Now modern research has shown this to be true.
A significant increase in T levels was shown when 200 people were studied in Germany. Those who were also given 3, 333 IU of testosterone a day showed a rise in their T-levels to 86 nmol/liter.
This is a good addition to any T-Booster but, TestoMax seems to have forgotten the max part.
They have put just 996 IU in this T-booster, a long way short of what it should be and certainly not enough to have a positive effect. An optimal dose for T is between 3000IU – 5000IU of vitamin D3.
So while 996 IU maybe a good start, it really isn’t going to be enough got you to get the full effects.
Zinc has been proven numerous times to be a vital part of the testosterone production process.
This mineral has been shown to boost your LH levels. The Luteinizing Hormone is known to stimulate testosterone production and growth hormone.
The more LH you have in your system the more support your body will have overall for T production.
It can also inhibit the conversion of testosterone into estrogen, improving your T levels.
The only question over this mineral is that the dose does seem to be a little low.
You already know calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. What you might not know is that it also plays a part in test production.
Studies have shown that calcium can lower blood pressure and improve muscle contractions.
A study split participants into 3 groups, 2 of the groups were given a calcium supplement while one group was not. One of the supplement groups exercised, the other did not.
The group that had supplements and trained saw a significant increase in testosterone levels.
It is thought this was because of the calcium may deplete your SHBG reserves, preventing testosterone biding and allowing you a higher level of free testosterone.
Of course, this is a very small amount of calcium and might have an extremely limited effect.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6) (35mg)
This is also known as vitamin B6 and is a good addition for improving your immune system and overall health.
B6 is known to play an important role in stimulating the androgen receptors. This encourages your body to produce more testosterone.
At the same time it inhibits the production of estrogen.
As high levels of estrogen are thought to inhibit the production of LH, which is fundamental to the production of testosterone, anything which lowers estrogen is good!
While it is a good addition it is not really a game changer when it comes to boosting T production.
It is worth noting however that the recommended range for this vitamin is between 2 and 10mg, Testo-Max might have out-maxed themselves on this one!
This mineral has no solid evidence to show it promotes testosterone.
Although it may benefit you in other ways. There have been some studies to show Selenium helps prevent the risk of prostate cancer and suggestions that it may manage your blood sugar.
It’s not the best option when it comes to T boosting.
How Do I Take It?
Again this can be described in one word – ‘ineffectively’ because it’s just 1 serving a day.
Testo-Max should be taken with water approximately 20 minutes before you have your breakfast. You’ll need to take 3 capsules as one serving but you don’t need to take it again until the next morning.
Unfortunately this is not often enough to maintain elevated T levels. An effective T-Booster should be taken 3 or 4 times a day; this will keep your T levels high.
It is also interesting to note that TestoMax recommend you take this product for at least 2 month to see the best effects, but that you then stop for 1.5 weeks before taking it for another 2 months.
This suggests it is more of a steroid style enhancer although the ingredients do not support this suggestion.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The ingredients are all natural which means it is unlikely that it will produce side effects.
However, the addition of tribulus terrestris may possibly cause some side effects as already mentioned above.
In addition long-term tribulus supplementation has been linked with an increase in prostate size (benign prostatic hyperplasia) which can cause complications with urination.
This is certainly not something I would be willing to risk especially considering its inability to raise testosterone!
- Some Good Ingredients
At first glance the mixture looks good.
Several of the most powerful T boosting nutrients are present; Zinc, Vitamin D3, Fenugreek and D-Aspartic Acid and which are all proven to help boost T-levels.
- No Proprietary Blends
Although there is a long list of ingredients they are all fully disclosed, you will know exactly how much you are taking of each nutrient!
By knowing the exact quantities of ingredients we can determine how effective the formula is overall and avoid any potential side effects.
- Natural Ingredients
The ingredients are all naturally sourced, reducing the chance of side effects.
- Core Ingredients Under Dosed
There’s not enough Vitamin D3 and DAA to really make this booster truly effective. They are not using clinical doses which is unfortunate, in fact the quantities are really far off the optimal dosage and therefore you won’t experience the maximum benefit from these nutrients.
We would also have liked to have seen more Zinc in this formula.
- Missing a Key Nutrient
Magnesium accompanies Zinc as a key T boosting ingredient, sadly its missing in this one.
- Potential Side Effects
Tribulus Terrestris has been known to cause side effects even for short periods of time as already mentioned.
Whilst research shows that this ingredient is not effective at boosting testosterone levels, it can have some concerning long-term health issues increasing the weight of your prostate.
It’s definitely not something you would want to supplement for long periods.
- Poor Serving Schedule
With just one serving a day it is simply not enough to maintain maximal T-levels around the clock.
You should look for a booster that gives 3 – 4 servings a day which will help to ensure your body gets nutrients throughout the day to keep T levels elevated and provide maximum results.
What Are People Saying About TestoMax?
If you take a look at the Crazy Bulk website you’ll note that there are a several pictures of contended Testo-Max users. There is also a scrolling list of positive testimonials although they are really just comments.
However, the words are not attributed to any particular person and the pictures appear very staged.
This is not a product you can locate on Amazon which makes it more difficult to find independent reviews of the product.
In fact, the sites which do sell this product are affiliated to Crazy Bulk and have a vested interest in showing how good the product is.
Unfortunately the reviews you can find all state how wonderful the product is and the gains people have made, but not the detail. As it is impossible for any product to be loved by everyone this makes all the reviews suspect.
It should be noted there are a few that sit on the fence, but none that say this product is bad, this is enough for me to want to steer clear.
One of the issues I have with the CrazyBulk line of bodybuilding supplements is that they compare them to anabolic steroids.
They suggest that they are as effective as their synthetic counterpart but without the added side effects and long-term health issues.
In fact they actually compare TestoMax to Sustanon a popular synthetic mixture of testosterone esters used by bodybuilders and for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
TestoMax is nowhere near as powerful as Sustanon or any other anabolic steroid for that matter.
Natural T boosting ingredients are on the whole safe and legal. This is mainly because they will only raise your testosterone to the maximum optimal levels within the normal range.
They do this by working with the body’s natural processes.
This usually avoids any issues with side effects (man boobs, water retention, hair loss, high blood pressure etc.) that come from raising levels well beyond the normal range; which is only possible by putting synthetic testosterone into your body.
Either way, TestoMax is not the most effective natural T booster available and should not be compared with anabolic steroids.
Our Rating:3 Stars
This T-Booster has been well researched for the most part and provides many of the right ingredients.
Unfortunately this formula has been severely under-dosed when it comes to the most powerful nutrients Vitamin D3 and D-Aspartic Acid.
Combine this with the worrying addition of tribulus and the list of small, seemingly unnecessary ingredients and you have a mediocre T-Booster which may or may not give you results.
This is certainly not the best testosterone booster we have seen, there are much better products available out there.