TestoBoost is from Niwali and claims to be ‘the most powerful natural testosterone booster on the market today.’ Retailing at $59.99 the one thing we can probably guarantee you it will make it easier to lift is your wallet if not weights.
TestoBoost has been around in some form or other since the year 2000 and is now on version 3. Supposedly it is improving all the time, mainly by tweaking levels of the same ingredients from the first TestoBoost based on ‘clinical findings’ and user feedback.
If Hollywood teaches us anything it’s that third time out for any franchise is often stretching things a bit, getting a little farfetched. This explain why TestoBoost vol. 3 claims “although it doesn’t contain any prohormones, which can have significant side effects, it surpasses any prohormone formulation in increasing testosterone levels” Essentially better than steroids with none of the side effects. A frankly outrageous assertion.
Testoboost received some unexpected publicity recently, when some sources cited it as the supplement athletics Coach Alberto Salazar claimed had been confused with banned performance enhancing steroids, which he is accused of giving to one of his athletes. This may be enough to get our attention, but is it enough to get our money?
How does it work?
Compared to some other supplements on the market, Testoboost has a lot more ingredients to get your head round, especially when you factor in the dreaded proprietary blend which is apparently central to its effectiveness.
I began to wonder if they weren’t trying to pull the old software update ‘terms and conditions trick’ … giving you so much to read that you just get fed up and agree. The difference here is that no one expects you to physically ingest iTunes (not yet anyway) so it’s probably best we pay attention.
Let’s have a look at the ingredients which are fully declared.
Vitamin A (As Palmitate): Useful. Studies have shown that when not enough vitamin A is present in the testes, testosterone levels can start dropping rapidly, therefore topping up makes sense.
Beta Carotene: Thought to improve the effects of vitamin A, recent research by the Journal of Biological Chemistry has suggested that large quantities of Beta Carotene may in fact serve to block the effects of Vitamin A and potentially cause a health risk. However studies have shown that when used in large amounts (larger than on offer in Testoboost) it can be effective .
Vitamin C: One of the all-round good guys, vitamin C has a protective effect on testosterone by virtue of the fact it is potent anti-oxidant and able to block cortisol and oxidative damage.
Vitamin E: Ironically, in certain studies vitamin E has now been shown to have an anti-testosterone effect. In one particular study researchers sampled senior men in their 60s and found those without Vitamin E supplementation had testosterone of 573ng/dl and those with 539ng/dl
Vitamin B6: Crucially vitamin B6 has been shown to be an effective oestrogen suppressant. It works with the C2 pathway and it has been shown to decrease oestrogen activity once it is bound to the receptor, keeping overall oestrogen production low.
Vitamin B12: A roundabout way of helping boost testosterone. B12 helps up the amount of fat earmarked by the body for burning into energy and since this fat contains oestrogen, the more that is burned the more testosterone can in theory flourish. This however seems a convoluted way to boost testosterone, there are doubtless more efficient.
Niacin: Has been shown in tests to help boost testosterone but in high doses (much higher than in Testoboost) can cause liver damage.
Magnesium (Aspartame & Oxide): Magnesium can really help testosterone production by freeing up a sizable amount of testosterone in our system which at any one time may be bound to the sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB) and unusable. Magnesium sets in motion a process whereby this testosterone, once unrestricted, can be utilised by the body.
Zinc: You can’t argue with Zinc when it comes to boosting testosterone. It releases luteinizing hormones into the brain which clear the way for the creation of healthy testosterone and growth hormone levels. Vital if you wish to boost testosterone naturally.
Bioperine (Piperine): A type of black pepper which increases the absorption of other nutrients.
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone): It is believed that mitochondrial damage over time is one of the factors which cause the loss of testosterone in older males and CoQ10 has been shown to be beneficial in the support of mitochondria which slows this loss.
Boron: Real gold star here. Boron is a mineral that can only be drawn from the earth’s soil and has been found to have strong testosterone stimulating qualities. However, like Zinc, it’s difficult to get the quantities required for a noticeable boost from diet alone, so any supplement that contains it is doing at least something right.
Tribulus Terrestris Extract: From the sublime then, to the ridiculous. Inexplicably, Tribulus Terrestris remains a testosterone industry darling. More and more supplements are making a big deal of their inclusion, and TestoBoost even cites it as its main ingredient. Well was it William Shakespeare, or Public Enemy who once said, “Don’t believe the hype.” To date there is little or no evidence that Tribulus Terrestris has any meaningful impact on testosterone levels and to be frank there’s every chance its popularity is purely down to competing brands not wanting to be seen to go against the grain by not including it.
Steroidal Saponins: Now some people may read the word ‘steroidal’ and think ‘Yikes, get that stuff away from me; I’ve seen what steroids can do!’ Others may think “Steroids? Fetch me a Pick ‘N’ Mix scoop; I’ve seen what steroids can do!’ The good and/or bad news is your both wrong. It would appear TestoBoost are trying to be a bit cheeky here; hinting at something with all of the upside yet none of the downside associated with steroids. In reality there’s little evidence that steroidal saponins on their own carry either the same risk aor reward as their (much) bigger brother. If this is the basis of Testoboost’s boast that it’s as powerful as steroids then it’s as flimsy at it first appeared.
The Blend Is Nye
So we come to proprietary blends. It’s always disappointing when a supplement starts off relatively promisingly then calls its credentials into question by quoting a proprietary blend. Proprietary blends, if you don’t know already, should be a red flag to anyone seriously interested in taking an effective test booster.
Ever since an elderly gent from Kentucky first donned a white suit and decided to get all coy over exactly what he put in his chicken batter, certain supplement manufacturers have been all too ready to pull a Colonel Sanders. Now, when it comes to chicken, most of us would probably be prepared to let that fly (so to speak) but when you’re talking about elements with the potential to alter someone’s hormonal balance, full disclosure is an absolute must.
You deserve peace of mind and any supplement not prepared to give it doesn’t deserve your trust or your business.
The FDA requires all supplement ingredients to be declared both in name an in and amount, unless the elements are part of a proprietary blend, in which case, only the overall weight of the blend must be stated. I’m not saying that this is a loophole purely for some unscrupulous supplements to pad out their products with impressive sounding components which are in reality ineffectual, irrelevant, or only there in traces. I’m not saying that at all, technically I’m typing it, which is subtly different. For example within the TestoBoost proprietary blend you have components as promising as stinging nettle – equipped with Lignans, stinging nettle binds to globulin and frees more testosterone, as well as raising serum testosterone through beta-sitosterol, which decreases oestrogen levels – mixed in with elements as underwhelming as Longjack, proven to help libido and not much else. You would hope stinging nettle plays more of a prominent role, but the truth is anyone’s guess. If you stand by your ingredients there is no need obscure them behind pseudoscientific buzz words.
How Do I Take It?
The recommended dose is 4 capsules a day.
Anything Else You Should Know?
Definitely. Not only is Testoboost unavailable in stores, it’s also quite difficult to locate online; you really have to go looking for it. At first glance this would seem a disadvantage to the consumer but in fact it’s arguably just as much of an issue for Niwali. This is because you’re just as likely to come across a site that sells the product as you are to find negative user experiences relating to Testoboost. There are stories of men being covertly charged large sums during a ‘free trial’ and one You Tube reviewer, purporting to be a fitness instructor and singing the praises of Testoboost was exposed as a paid actor.
Most brazenly of all Niwali were called out by renowned bodybuilder Gert Louw when they used his image without permission, claiming that the big man’s years of physique crafting blood sweat and probably not tears, were in fact down to a laughably brief four weeks of taking Testoboost. I’m tempted to give Testoboost and those who make it extra points for bravery in this review, to be honest. So incensed was Louw that he took to YouTube to personally denounce the product. As Gert himself asked, if a supplement has to rely on lies and trickery to sell, what does that say of its overall effectiveness?
While TestoBoost does have good points as far as some natural and useful ingredients taken in practical, realistic doses there are serious problems here. Not least an over reliance on proprietary blends.
The majority of conscientious supplement buyers are now wise to the marketing smoke and mirrors inherent in proprietary blends and continued dependence on them only hurts a product’s credibility. Also not great for Testoboost’s brand integrity are outlandish claims about being able to outperform the testosterone boosting power of anabolic steroids, a string of customers who complain of being scammed out of money and a hulking great bodybuilder furious at you for stealing his likeness and misrepresenting him in your advertising.
All in all there are probably sounder investments for your $60 dollars, especially when shopping for something that has the ability to affect your health and wellbeing.