Do Test Boosters work?
The short answer is no.
If these test boosters really worked wouldn’t we all be taking them?
Well why don’t they work?
If you read TFFK you will begin to understand that most over the counter supplements simply don’t work. They are advertised by supplement companies without any legitimate scientific evidence to support their claims. You might see things like, “I gained 10lbs of muscle in a month using this test supplement.” If you saw someone gain 10lbs in a month they were either taking steroids, or they gained all fat and water weight from eating too much.
There are no legal supplements in the United States (or other countries for that matter) that have been proven to drastically increase testosterone.
However, there is one supplement out there than has been proven to increase testosterone levels in men from around 30-40%. This supplement is known as D-Aspartic Acid (DAA). The problem is that the studies also show a 30-40% increase in estrogen as well. I’m sure most of you wouldn’t want any more estrogen than you already have.
So if DAA works, why shouldn’t I take it?
Because a 30-40% increase isn’t enough to significantly impact your muscle gains. Now imagine if you were to take steroids instead, which would be a much larger increase in testosterone. Depending on how much you take the numbers are between a 500-3000% increase in testosterone levels. With levels this high of course it will impact how much progress you make. This is why steroids work and why over the counter supplements do not. DAA by itself simply won’t get the job done but steroids clearly will. (No I’m not advocating steroid use)
What about Tribulus and other ingredients? Does Tribulus Terrestris work?
Tribulus is one of the most common ingredients in many of these supplements even though it has never really been shown to work. Some of the data that has leaned in its favor isn’t extremely valid. According to this data Tribulus has been proven to have no effect on testosterone levels in men or other mammals. See this study if interested. Why waste money on something that most likely doesn’t work?
What if testosterone boosters have worked for me in the past?
Unless you had bloodwork done before and after supplementation then you can’t really say for sure. However, I recently stumbled upon something frightening about test boosters currently on the market. There were a few companies out there that put Viagra, Cialis, and other Erectile Dysfunction pills into their products. These ingredients of course were not listed on the label. But think about it, if you are a guy taking a testosterone booster, and all of the sudden you’re getting erections all the time, you will immediately think its working. In reality, the company tricked you out of 60$ and has given you cheap, mass produced, erectile dysfunction pills.
What should I do if I actually have low testosterone?
If you really do have low testosterone levels proven by blood work, then I would recommend seeing a doctor, specifically an endocrinologist or someone who specializes in HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). From there you might be able to be prescribed actual testosterone which will make a huge difference in your quality of life if you actually have low testosterone. Here a good link to Symptoms of Low Testosterone if interested. Most likely if you are under the age of 30 you will not have low testosterone.
Don’t waste your money guys. Stay away from test boosters.