Anabolic Freak Review
Anabolic Freak is a testosterone booster from supplement company PharmaFreak. PharmaFreak offerings are always interesting because they’re an established company, but recent activities on their part make us inclined to dig deeper into the product.
The initial signs are encouraging here as well, as Anabolic Freak is setting out to:
- Raise testosterone
- Regulate estrogen
- Limit cortisol
Boosters often overlook controlling the female and stress hormone yet it’s essential to help guys reach their peak T production. So if Anabolic Freak can do this well we could have winning formula on our hands. Let’s check it out…
How Does It Work?
At a Glance
- D-Aspartic Acid and Vitamin D to boost testosterone levels
- Calcium to support the male hormone
- B6 and Resveratrol to regulate estrogen
- Rhodiola rosea to boost energy and improve mood
We’ll get into detail on the ingredients and their all-important dosages in a minute, but right now let’s get down to brass tacks with those scores
D-Aspartic Acid is the stand out here. 3120mg is in the range to get your male hormone moving, but most of the rest of the dosages are a little short. Vitamin D3 can be great but needs to be stronger, and most disappointingly the B6, Resveratrol and Rhodiola rosea, making up the estrogen and cortisol control are pretty lacking.
Anabolic Freak would be worth it for the D-AA alone if it wasn’t going for over 50 bucks or 30 quid a pop. However that cost soon starts to mount up and for that kind of moneywe feel there are more complete boosters out there.
PharmaFreak are a reputable company so we’ve no worries about the manufacture or safety of Anabolic Freak, but representing some of these small doses, like D3 as actively helping testosterone is questionable.
No in-depth testimonials on the PharmaFreak website which we always prefer, so customer reviews on retail sites is all we have to go on. It scores pretty high on Bodybuilding.com but the reviews vary in their detail and usefulness. Most are positive with a but a expressing disappointment in the lack of results.
PharmaFreak are a company who try to suppress any negative reviews of their products by threats and DMCA takedown notices. What are they trying to hide?
Any organisation which tries to manipulate the press they get like this get low marks in our books.
How Do I Take It?
Users take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the afternoon before any exercise. You do this for 12 consecutive days, then layoff for 3 to recover.
Just 2 servings is not ideal as far as we’re concerned. You’ll find the most successful boosters tend to opt for 3 or 4 servings a day evenly spaced out to keep active ingredients up for as long as you are.
Just 2 servings means there’s chance of a tail off towards the end of the day.
Customers haven’t reported any adverse side effects and honestly we wouldn’t expect to see any. So Anabolic Freak is safe on that score.
Where Can I Get Anabolic Freak?
You can buy Anabolic Freak from Bodybuilding.com, where it’s priced at $54 for a month’s supply in the U.S and £30 in the U.K
Anabolic Freak Ingredients – In Detail
– The right amount of vitamin D3 would’ve been a really strong start. D3, is the most easily absorbed version of vitamin D, a nutrient we get from sunlight and high levels of which are proven to go hand in hand with raised testosterone. Sadly D & T only start to do their thing at doses above 3000IUs, so 200IUs won’t get it done.
– Vitamin B6 can be a great call for a booster. Not only does it stimulate androgens, it also works on the C2 pathway in the brain to limit the production of estrogen, and the influence of what’s already in your system. Without the female hormone to challenge it, your testosterone can really thrive. Just 1mg is a pretty sorry amount though, you’ve got to question the good that will do.
– Vitamin B12 has long been associated with energy boosting. That’s why you’ll hear tired guys talk of needing a B12 shot. However, recent evidence has cast doubt on its actual effectiveness in this specific area.
– D-Aspartic Acid is n incredibly useful amino acid because not only does it encourage essential building blocks for testosterone, like luteinizing hormone, growth hormone and follicle stimulating hormone; it can also remove male hormone rate limits in the testes. Though the label doesn’t state how much we’re getting, on the website we’re told 3120mg. That’s within an active range and should benefit you but we have seen doses as high as 5000mg in the past. So we’d like to see the dose here even higher.
– Calcium is obviously good for bone strength and from a testosterone standpoint at least one study showed a boost in athletes being supplemented with. However, it did nothing to help male hormone if subjects were at rest. As PharmaFreak’s target market is muscle builders though this won’t be an issue.
Calcium is actually in 1.5g proprietary blend with D-AA, so even though the amounts not on the label, we know that there’s 1620mg in here. That’s a little steep and could’ve been better used topping up some of the other ingredients.
– Rhodiola rosea is a well-known adaptogen, meaning it is able to protect our body the effects of stress, including exercise, improving mood and endurance yet successful studies tend to use higher volumes than the 50mg on offer here. Therefore again we can’t be sure how much it will help in this case.
– Resveratrol is an anti-oxidant compound found among other places in red wine, although here it’s included for its anti-estrogen qualities. Most of the studies that report this effect have been in vitro and human studies are hard to find. There’s only a small amount of Resveratrol in Anabolic Freak and as a result we just can’t can’t promise benefit.
– Anabolic Freak is missing a few tried and tested T boosting minerals, therefore we’d like to see some of those. Zinc and boron to name a couple.
Anabolic Freak is not the worst booster we’ve seen. But the cortisol and estrogen control are disappointing. For this kind of money, we feel there are more complete boosters out there.
The problem is that they try to suppress free expression, they don’t want any independent reviews on their products. We wouldn’t recommend supporting this type of organisation.
Studies Quoted in the Review
- Pilz, S et al. Effect of vitamin D supplementation on testosterone levels in men. Medical University of Graz, Austria (2011)
- Wehr, E et al. Association of vitamin D status with serum androgen levels in men Medical University of Graz, Austria (2010)
- Symes EK, Bender DA, Bowden JF, Coulson WF. Increased target tissue uptake of, and sensitivity to testosterone in the vitamin B6 deficient rat (1984)
- Bliskind & Bliskind Inactivation of testosterone propionate in the liver during vitamin B complex deficiency. Alteration of the estrogen-androgen equilibrium (1945)
- Huijts M1, Duits A, Staals J, van Oostenbrugge RJ. Association of vitamin B12 deficiency with fatigue and depression after lacunar stroke. Department of Neurology, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2012)
- Topo E, Soricelli A, D’Aniello A, Ronsini S, D’Aniello G. The role and molecular mechanism of D-aspartic acid in the release and synthesis of LH and testosterone in humans and rats. Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy (2009)
- D’Aniello et al D-Aspartate, a Key Element for the Improvement of Sperm Quality . Advances in Sexual Medicine, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 45-53
- Cinar V, Baltaci AK, Mogulkoc R, Kilic M. Testosterone levels in athletes at rest and exhaustion: effects of calcium supplementation Karaman High School of Physical Education and Sport, Selcuk University, Karaman, Turkey (2009)
- Abdulkerim Kasim Baltaci, Rasim Mogulkoc, Mehmet KilicTestosterone levels in athletes at rest and exhaustion: effects of calcium supplementation Karaman High School of Physical Education and Sport, Selcuk University, Karaman, Turkey (2009)
- De Bock K, Eijnde BO, Ramaekers M, Hespel P Acute Rhodiola rosea intake can improve endurance exercise performance Universiteit Leuven, Tervuursevest, Leuven, Belgium (2004)
- Edwards D, Heufelder A, Zimmermann A. Therapeutic effects and safety of Rhodiola rosea extract WS® 1375 in subjects with life-stress symptoms–results of an open-label study. White House Surgery, Horsefair, Chipping Norton, UK (2012)
- Wang Y, Leung LK. Pharmacological concentration of resveratrol suppresses aromatase in JEG-3 cells. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong, China (2007)