The reasons for using a test booster are simple. Increased athletic performance, muscle gain, fat loss, libido, a veritable laundry list of desirable masculine traits. Now if only it were so simple to find one that works…
I’m sure I’m not alone in seeming to have tried virtually every ingredient or product claimed to boost testosterone, from A to Z. I’ve lost count of those that did nothing, but some really do work!
And from those, I’ve narrowed it to the top 3…the pick of the litter. I’ve reviewed them below and more than that, I got myself tested and ranked them by 30 days before and after testosterone level BLOODWORK. Best Test Boosters#3My 30-Day Testosterone Level Increase:
Here’s a product that has long been a favorite amongst bodybuilders and fitness freaks. And for good reason. Instead of directly signalling the body to produce more testosterone like D-Aspartic Acid, the formula is designed to make sure the bodily processes responsible for testosterone production are working as best as possible. And as my 30 day 38% testosterone increase can attest, it does a damn fine job of it. Ingredients/Mechanism of Action:
Suboptimal levels of certain nutrients in the body can decrease testosterone. Zinc and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) are two such nutrients and are commonly deficient in healthy adults. The amounts of each included in Bio Forge work to correct deficiency, which will promote a significant testosterone boost in addition to a host of other health benefits.
Fulvic acid boosts the testosterone creating process itself, making it more efficient and less sensitive to physical and mental stressors that can impair testosterone production. Ashwagandha works similar to fulvic acid and is especially effective in reducing the testosterone decreasing stress hormone cortisol, thereby further supporting and boosting testosterone levels. Lastly, Tongkat Ali decreases the binder SHBG, which allows more of that created testosterone to be freed to circulate through the body.
Some people may be thinking that this product isn’t for them because they don’t have zinc or vitamin D deficiency. I thought the same before trying it, since my bloodwork said I wasn’t deficient. But as my testosterone increase indicated, just because I wasn’t deficient doesn’t mean the levels were at optimal levels in regards to optimal testosterone production. My final levels were also still in healthy ranges, albeit on the higher side.
Now, enough with the science…Initial Observations:
Dosing is pretty simple. Take 3 caps throughout the day with food. It took about a week for me to start feeling some of the effects, initially most noticeable in areas like mood and libido. Some users have reported it taking even shorter to kick in while others have said it took up to 2 weeks to begin feeling its effects. I liked taking one of my doses before workouts due to the increases in muscle “pump” (I’ll get more into that below).General Observations/Mood/Libido:
Adaptogens like fulvic acid and ashwagandha have long been used for mood boosting effects. I have to say I was very pleased with the great if uncharacteristic alpha mood I experienced. It was a a controlled alpha feeling, not over aggressive as can happen as times with other potent test boosters. It’s akin to being a searing hot coal instead of a raging fire, still full of energy but not quite as demonstrative and over the top.
I also had a decent increase in libido, not so much as to be insatiable, but pretty noticeable nonetheless.
Workout Performance and Recovery:
Based on my experiences with other potent test boosters like DAA, I knew what to expect: increased recovery and energy and some great pumps and general vascularity.
Well, I’m happy to say it delivered on all counts. I had been lifting free of any testosterone boosters or supplements other than the basics (creatine, beta-alanine, vitamins, etc.). Once BioForge kicked in, my production in the gym went up a level, being able to come in day after day and push through the workouts that only weeks before were kicking my ass.
Where this stood apart from other test boosters I have used is in the area of vascularity. DAA gave me some pumps and vascularity increases, but nothing like this. During some of my high-volume workouts, my muscles were so hard by the time I finished I could barely flex them. Of course, pumps don’t really mean anything as far as muscle gain is concerned, but you look great in the mirror and the pump feeling is fun.Body Composition/Appearance:
So, did BioForge make a difference?
YES! Like I mentioned above, I was able to push through workouts I couldn’t keep up with before. Being able to tax the muscles harder and benefitting from the increased protein synthesis from the increased testosterone means increased muscle mass.
In the weeks before using it, I was putting on .5-1 lb a week with some visible muscle gain but some fat gain as well. Once BioForge kicked in, I was still increasing approximately the same amount, but the results were more visible, the muscle was clearer. Now, some of that can be attributed to the increased vascularity and muscle hardness, but the calipers also indicated more of the weight gained was muscle than is usually the case. People noticed the difference too, which is always a nice signal to know it’s not just placebo.
Pretty good. Unlike some other products like DAA, you aren’t acting directly on the testes so hormonal side effects like excessive estrogen increases are unlikely to be as severe, hence the lack of a built-in estrogen control ingredient.
Perhaps the high amounts of zinc and D3 could be worrisome if your diet/multivitamin/lifestyle provides you with an abundant amount already, but a 4-8 wk cycle is too short to do any serious harm. As I mentioned above, I was already in safe ranges when taking it and did not leave safe ranges even after 4 weeks using it.
Beyond the nutrients, adaptogens have been used for years. There is some concern about shilajit depriving the body of selenium, however I don’t believe this will be a problem in the 4-8 time frame. If you are worried, your multivitamin should contain enough selenium to stave off any danger or if you prefer no vitamins, 1-2 brazil nuts a day will do the trick. (A single brazil nut alone contains 137% of the daily value for selenium).
BioForge states you shouldn’t use it for longer than 8 weeks with a minimum 4 week break before continuing use. It’s important to respect these restrictions and allow the body sufficient rest from the altered hormone levels.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with BioForge. I had read and heard the reviews, but I figured a lot of them were due to deficiencies in zinc and Vitamin D which it corrected, thus providing a big increase in test. As I’ve made a point to say, I wasn’t deficient when I started taking it and I still had great results, so it’s not quite so simple.
Using it was a great experience. It was nearly every bit as good as D-Aspartic Acid in every respect and I liked the more “chill” alpha male feeling rather than the aggressive mood test boosters can sometimes give me.
I still can’t get over the pumps and vascularity though…BioForge has put every other test booster product I’ve used to shame in that department. Combine that vascularity with the inevitable muscle gain if you have your diet and workouts right, and it’s hard not to look in the mirror when on BioForge.