Quick Take: Anabolic Matrix Rx is a supplement that gets your body in an anabolic state without actually boosting too much testosterone by influencing other hormones involved in muscle growth such as cortisol, estrogen, and growth hormone. It does, however, have a few ingredients that’re plainly ineffective and one that might even get you banned from your sport. More details in the review.
- A product of Iron Mag Labs (IML), Anabolic Matrix Rx is advertised to be a “natural hormone optimizer”
- I like that it doesn’t market itself as a powerful testosterone booster because frankly, it’s not
- Has 2/3 of the legendary ZMA trio with Zinc and Vitamin B6
- Also has herbs that were previously marketed for testosterone despite research showing that they’re only good for libido
- Includes a testosterone precursor and WADA banned substance in DHEA
- It’s not available on both Amazon and GNC but it can be bought from other online supplement shops
Anabolic Matrix Rx Ingredients
|Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine hcl)||15 mg|
|Zinc (oxide)||15 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris (40% extract)||450 mg|
|Tongkat Ali (20:1 extract)||250 mg|
|Diindolylmethane (DIM)||200 mg|
|Maca (4:1 extract)||300 mg|
|Chrysin (5,7-Dihydroxyflavone)||100 mg|
|DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)||15 mg|
Anabolic Matrix Rx’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin B6 – Rat research suggests that B6 depletion may lead to lower levels of testosterone. Thus, supplementing with this B vitamin could be essential for maintaining healthy levels of test and at this dosage, you should be getting plenty even if the form isn’t quite the best.
Zinc – In this oxide form, Zinc is hardly absorbed by the body but thankfully, the dosage looks heavy enough to compensate. This mineral acts as a raw material for testosterone synthesis. Simply said, no zinc means no T.
Tribulus Terrestris – Marketed for years as a powerful testosterone booster but research suggests that it doesn’t actually do much for T. At this potent 40% standard though, it is quite effective for libido.
Tongkat Ali – 20:1 is a potent form but if I’m being picky, 100:1 could’ve been so much better. Nonetheless, Tongkat Ali is both a natural libido and testosterone booster that also helps regulate levels of cortisol. A combo fit for bodybuilding if you ask me.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) – A compound derived from vegetables like kale and broccoli, DIM has been found to be capable of inhibiting the enzyme (aromatase) that’s responsible for converting testosterone into estrogen. This, in theory, could lower levels of E while elevating “free” T.
Maca – Like Tribulus, Maca has been marketed for boosting testosterone because of its benefits on sex and physical performance but the truth is that even at this potent 4:1 concentrate, it can only boost libido and stamina independent of hormones.
Chrysin – It’s believed to influence testosterone in the same way DIM does which is by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme and lowering levels of estrogen. Research is scarce in both animals and humans though and it only seems effective if directly injected into the testicles.
DHEA – A testosterone precursor that has been banned by WADA so if you’re an athlete, stay away from this. Despite not actually doing much for test levels though, DHEA remains quite popular in the bodybuilding industry as it seems to help with muscle growth and strength by influencing growth hormone activity and cortisol balance
Bioperine – Branded black pepper extract that has nothing to do with testosterone or male health. It does however, make the entire Anabolic Matrix Rx formula more potent by improving nutrient absorption.
Anabolic Matrix Rx Directions
Each serving of Anabolic Matrix Rx is composed of two (2) capsules and as instructed by Iron Mag Labs, we are allowed to take 1-2 servings (2-4 capsules) daily with food. Cycle for 4-8 weeks.
NOTE: IML also warns about not taking more than 4 capsules of Anabolic Matrix Rx in any 24 hour period.
Marketed as a “natural hormone optimizer”, the idea behind Anabolic Matrix Rx is, well, to optimize hormones in a way where our body’s internal environment becomes more anabolic. This, in theory, leads to a more athletically built physique as well as stronger muscles.
Looking at the formula, Anabolic Matrix Rx does have the dosage and ingredients to increase levels of testosterone and growth hormone while also regulating excess levels of cortisol and estrogen. This combination of effects leads to a more anabolic profile that if paired with a proper diet and regular exercise, should give you a more polished physique over time.
There are however, a few things that if changed, would’ve made Anabolic Matrix Rx a more anabolic formula. For instance, the addition of Magnesium would’ve completed the ZMA trio of Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6. This triad of nutrients has been proven time and time again to have beneficial effects on an athlete’s body composition and testosterone levels. Zinc and B6 could’ve had better forms as well.
Another thing would be replacing a few ingredients. For example, Tribulus and Maca – despite being potent libido enhancers, science has proven them to be ineffective for testosterone. Chrysin doesn’t really do much either and while DHEA can get you better training results, it could also get you banned from competition. In my opinion, adaptogens, fat-burners, and/or other powerful T boosters would’ve made more sense than these ingredients.
Does it Work?
Realistically, the only ingredients here that boost testosterone are Zinc, Vitamin B6, Tongkat Ali, and maybe a little bit of DIM for estrogen. While these are effective, they do need a little more back-up before they can be collectively considered strong.
To be fair though, Anabolic Matrix Rx does work and it works as advertised which is to optimize hormones for a more aesthetic physique. I will not, however, include it in my list of the best testosterone supplements for the simple reason that it’s just not that powerful. Regardless, young and non-competitive athletes or bodybuilders who don’t actually need that much testosterone, Anabolic Matrix Rx could be worth a shot.
- Non-proprietary – Not all of them but products with “matrix” in their name are likely to be prop blends who hide the dosages of their ingredients. Not Anabolic Matrix Rx though.
- Reputation – Despite the lack of Amazon customer reviews, customers around other places on the internet do seem satisfied. No reports of major side effects either.
- Anabolic – It may not be that powerful, but the way it handles hormones can promote muscle growth
- Dosage – Taken twice a day, all the ingredients here get their fair share of milligrams
- Incomplete ZMA – Where’s the magnesium?
- Ineffective ingredients – Tribulus, Maca, and Chrysin. DHEA works for growth hormone but it’s not great for testosterone
- Limited demographic – Anabolic Matrix Rx limits its available demographic to men who aren’t competing in sports who test for doping substances such as DHEA
The Bottom Line
IronMagLabs did good on Anabolic Matrix Rx™ but they could’ve done better. For instance, the few ineffective ingredients could’ve been replaced with better researched ones and the addition of Magnesium could’ve completed the ZMA picture, making the entire formula a better fit for sporty men. Nonethless, Anabolic Matrix Rx did what it set out to do which was to optimize hormones to help you grow.