Quick Take: To many people (me included), DAA is currently the most powerful natural testosterone booster and anytime a supplement includes this ingredient, it’s always a good sign. However, boosting testosterone for anabolic muscle mass isn’t as simple as taking in DAA. Anabolic Freak seems to know this which is why they included ingredients to back up DAA’s testosterone boosts. Are these “back-ups” enough to influence muscle growth, though? Let’s get to the review and find out.
- PharmaFreak has two testosterone boosters in their ranks: Anabolic Freak and Test Freak. Both of these supplements work very differently.
- Anabolic Freak is powered by the powerful D-AA-CC.
- On their label, they claim to boost testosterone and manage cortisol and estrogen. Anabolic Freak’s ingredients certainly have the potential to do so.
- Except for D-Aspartic Acid, the other ingredients in this formula are pretty low dosed.
- Has a unique 12 days on, 3 days off cycle.
- Available to buy online and in retail stores. However, it’s currently sold out on Amazon and GNC doesn’t seem to have it too.
Anabolic Freak Ingredients
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||200 IU|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||1 mg|
|Folic Acid||200 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (as Cynacobalamin)||3 mcg|
|D-Aspartic Acid (DAA) Calcium Chelate||1.56 g|
|Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) (root) Standardized for 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidrosides||50 mg|
|Resveratrol ((E)-5-(p-Hydroxystyryl)resorcinol)||25 mg|
Anabolic Freak’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin D – According to this study, Vitamin D has a positive correlation with total and “free” testosterone. This rise in “free” testosterone might be explained by another study that shows Vitamin D being linked to lower levels of SHBG.
Vitamin B6 – This study shows that Vitamin B6 deficiency leads to lower levels of testosterone which makes this an essential vitamin for maintaining healthy levels of test.
Folic Acid – Another B vitamin but this one doesn’t seem to have any testosterone boosting effects. The studies that surround folic acid are mostly on pregnant women.
Vitamin B12 – As this study states, Vitamin B12 supplementation had a positive influence on the quality of sperm cells but it didn’t make any difference to testosterone.
D-Aspartic Acid (D-AA-CC) – Personally, I think this is currently the best testosterone boosting ingredient out on the market. It can increase testosterone by 42% in just 12 days.
Rhodiola Rosea – This herb is a powerful adaptogen that’s been known to fight stress and fatigue. It protects testosterone levels from dropping after a workout and may also help regulate estrogen.
Resveratrol – According to this study, Resveratrol has an aromatase inhibitory effect. This means it has the capacity to lower levels of estrogen.
Anabolic Freak Directions
PharmaFreak suggests to take 2 caps in the morning and another 2 capsules either mid-afternoon or before your exercise. They also said to take Anabolic Freak for 12 straight days followed by a 3-day off period. After this “off” cycle, you’re free to repeat.
First of all, I’ve already made clear that Anabolic Freak is meant to be taken twice a day. This is an important factor in this analysis because this means that the dosages of each ingredient will also be doubled. That said, let’s get this started.
Starting with Vitamin D, this is a natural nutrient that we get from the sun and this is crucial to maintaining healthy levels of testosterone. Unless you’re working out at some kind of outdoor gym or eating a lot of foods rich in Vitamin D (you most probably aren’t), chances are that you’re vitamin D deficient so seeing this in a testosterone booster is good news. Moreover, Anabolic Freak supplies the most bioavailable form of this vitamin in Vitamin D3. The bad news is the dosage here is too low to create an impact on testosterone.
Next on the list, we have Vitamin B6 which also helps maintain healthy levels of testosterone. The 2 mg dose that we see here is certainly a low dose but it probably still has some effect if your initial level of this vitamin isn’t too low. This supplement also has Vitamin B12 which is also a manly vitamin in the sense that it improves the quality of our little swimmers (sperm cells). It doesn’t seem to have any testosterone boosting capabilities though.
Anabolic Freak also has Rhodiola Rosea and Resveratrol. Rhodiola Rosea helps lower the stress hormone cortisol which is an important factor in bodybuilding and sports. The more an athlete trains, the higher his stress levels will be and if left unchecked, cortisol could rise too high leading to lower levels of testosterone. Resveratrol on the other hand, helps keep estrogen levels in check which is also essential if you want to maintain an optimal anabolic internal environment. However, both of these ingredients require heavy doses to work and 100 mg (Rhodiola) and 50 mg (Resveratrol) doesn’t seem to cut it
Lastly, we have D-AA-CC. Let me put this into context. Plain sodium bound DAA can already massively increase testosterone in less than two weeks (42% in 12 days). With a more bioavailable form in D-AA-CC, it is only natural for those testosterone boosts to go up even more. Out of all the ingredients here, this one excites me the most not only because of the massive T-boosting potential, but also because at 3120 mg, this is a heavy dose that’s as sure as you can get to work.
Does it Work?
With D-AA-CC, I’m pretty sure it does. However, that’s about all there is to this formula which I think is pretty disappointing because it actually has so much potential. The rest of the ingredients in this formula would’ve complemented the test boosts of DAA but with the dosages that they have, they’re bound to be ineffective which makes Anabolic Freak largely incomplete.
With Anabolic Freak, you most likely will get your testosterone boosted but you most probably won’t be able to “feel” it because it lacks in quite a few things. That said, I think it might be best to stack Anabolic Freak with a more complete testosterone booster like Test Freak which comes from the same brand.
- D-AA-CC – I’m a simple person. I see DAA, I write it down here. And at this improved D-AA-CC form? This is automatic.
- Vitamin B6 – It’s also given a low dose but at least it’s not too low to be ineffective.
- No Prop Blends – Anytime I see every dosage of every single ingredient, I take it as a sign of confidence.
- PharmaFreak – This is one of the reliable brands when it comes to bodybuilding products.
- Safe – I did find a few reports of minor side effects like “the runs”, anger issues (nothing uncontrollable though), and some mild hair loss (only to those who were already genetically predisposed to balding). Aside from that, there doesn’t seem to be anything major.
- Wasted Potential – Anabolic Freak would’ve been so much better if every single ingredient was adequately dosed.
- Incomplete – Because DAA is pretty much the only ingredient here that’s sure to work, it’s best to stack this with other testosterone boosters to unlock its full potential.
- Expensive – I’ve seen it sold at around $55 on some online retailers. That alone is enough to call it pricey. Pair it with another testosterone booster like Test Freak and you have yourself an empty wallet.
- Odd ball ingredient – I’m looking at you, Folic acid.
- Reputation – To be very honest, it really isn’t that bad but it’s also not overwhelmingly good. User ratings are about average and the consumer reviews are pretty much divided into either “works but overpriced” or “doesn’t do anything”.
The Bottom Line
Only because there’s D-AA-CC, I’m rating this product as an average testosterone booster. Without the inclusion of D-Aspartic Acid, this formula would’ve been a failure in my eyes. The rest of the ingredients here are supposedly solid additions but their dosages basically render most of them useless. It’s sad, really, because Test Freak which is also made by PharmaFreak is one of my favorite testosterone boosters.
Disregarding the Test Freak comparison though, I still had high hopes for this product because it was made by a reliable brand. Unfortunately, the formula didn’t live up to the hype and all I’m left with is disappointment. If you have $55 on you (the price of this T-booster), I suggest you look elsewhere. I can assure you that I’ve written numerous reviews on better bang-for-your-back testosterone boosters. All you have to do is find what suits you best.