Quick Take: It’s not rare for active men seeking for more muscle to think about using anabolic steroids. However, a lot of these men are intimidated (and rightfully so) by the health risks so they turn to the safer route in natural testosterone boosters. Generally, these T boosters are safe and effective but what if I told you that some, even with natural ingredients, have similar benefits and risks to anabolic steroids? That’s sort of what Anabolic Triad is and this propels me to write about it. Allow me to guide you through this review.
- Platinum Labs isn’t new to bodybuilding supplements. Among their ranks is this rare breed of powdered T booster in Anabolic Triad.
- As with most powdered supplements, The Anabolic Triad stack also comes with a flavorful blend.
- According to their the Platinum Labs website, Anabolic Triad is designed to have the “most effective and cutting edge” anabolic and testosterone boosting products” delivered at their correct dosage. Yeah. I doubt that.
- They also say this: “Platinum Labs does not release products without painstaking research”. I doubt that too because of the 3 ingredients here, 2 don’t actually have human studies. Nice try, Platinum Labs.
- Anabolic Triad is also designed to “boost testosterone, increase anabolism and increase protein synthesis”. This I agree to.
- Prices range depending on where you buy it. On their website, it’s sold at around $56. You can also order it on Amazon for about $50 but as of this writing, there are only 4 left in stock on their warehouse. Both are sold at 30 servings. I couldn’t find it on GNC.
Anabolic Triad Ingredients
|Bulbine Natalensis||1000 mg|
Anabolic Triad’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Bulbine Natalensis – It’s been traditionally used to enhance stamina and libido but as a testosterone booster, there really isn’t much research going for Bulbine Natalensis. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any human studies done on this plant yet. Although, a rat study does state that this plant has shown to be a booster of testosterone, FSH, and LH and these results were indicative of the anabolic and androgenic activities of Bulbine Natalensis. However, these benefits do come with risks. As another research has shown, taking Bulbine Natalensis had negative effects to both the liver and the kidney which lead the researchers to conclude that “this is an indication that the extract is not completely “safe” as an oral remedy “.
6’7’-Dihydroxybergamottin – Platinum Labs, according to my understanding, seems to have extracted this compound from a potent 4:1 concentration of Grapefruit which I think is both bad and good. Let me explain.
First of all, let’s talk about Felodipine. This is the prime probe used in studies surrounding grapefruit’s effect on metabolism. Felodipine has an extremely low mean bioavailability of just around 15% which typically means that even though it can be completely absorbed by our GI tract, it’s found in relatively low concentrations. Felodipine is also metabolized by cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) into dehydrofelodipine. This is where Grapefruit juice comes into play.
According to this study, Grapefruit juice “tripled mean plasma felodipine” and also “reduced dehydrofelodipine/felodipine AUC ratio”. This indicates that Grapefruit juice can enhance nutrient absorption by inhibiting CYP3A4. Cool, aye? Sure. However, the increase in nutrtient bioavailability comes with a price. The same study says that “blood pressure reduction, heart rate increase and frequency of vasodilatation-related adverse events were also greater.”
Disregarding the side effects and just focusing on enhanced nutrient absorption attributed to Grapefruit, another research concluded that “the interaction between grapefruit juice serum and felodipine can be attributed largely to 6’7’-Dihydroxybergamottin (DHB)”.
Laxogenin – This is a brassinosteroid or a plant-derived steroid. Don’t worry about it being a steroid though because it’s legal and unlike anabolic steroids like oxandrolone (which it has been compared to for having similar effects and strength), it promotes anabolic growth without actually having any of the side effects. It does so by enhancing protein synthesis and limiting protein breakdown. It is also the only brassinosteroid that has the added quality of fat loss. However, it doesn’t really have much human trials so I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a reliable bodybuilding and sports supplement.
Anabolic Triad Directions
The instructions provided by Platinum Labs and Anabolic Triad are fast, easy, and direct to the point. They simply recommend taking 1 scoop as you start your day, before eating breakfast.
I have two suspected reasons why Platinum Labs named this testosterone booster Anabolic Triad.
- Because it only has three ingredients. This should be obvious.
- Because Grapefruit can possible multiply nutrient absorption three times.
Regardless of those though, the triad of ingredients found here look to be aimed directly at bodybuilding by enhancing lean muscle growth. However, while building lean mass is good, these three ingredients are somewhat controversial choices.
First, there’s Bulbine Natalensis. While it does show anabolic potential by increasing testosterone, FSH, and LH, you risk damaging your liver and your kidney. Additionally, Anabolic Triad serves “a whopping 1000 mg of pure bulbine extract per dosage just to make sure!” Let me show you why that’s an issue.
According to the study I referenced to with regards to Bulbine Natalensis, the most effective dosage on rats is 50 mg/kg with a higher dose of 100 mg/kg being ineffective. In accordance to the human equivalent dose conversion based on body surface area, the estimated human equivalent would be 900 mg for a 225 lbs (100 kg). Typically, increasing the dosage of a supplement would contribute to greater effectivity but in this case, higher dosages of Bulbine Natalensis is actually a detriment.
Moreover, while this higher dose may be less effective when it comes to boosting testosterone, it also potentially puts more stress to your kidney and liver and thus, putting you at a higher risk for dangerous side effects. Oh, and more thing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the average American male only weighs about 195.5 pounds. As Platinum Labs gave Anabolic Triad a dose geared towards 225 pound males, this makes the 1000 mg dosage of Bulbine Natalensis too much for most men.
Next, let’s talk about Laxogenin. It lacks human trials for me to personally call it a reliable supplement but admittedly, the animal studies do look promising. It has similar muscle growth benefits to that of anabolic steroids but since it doesn’t necessarily deal with hormones, it should be relatively free of side effects and you most probably won’t be needing a PCT (Post Cycle Therapy). Additionally, the fat burning effects of this supplement should contribute to lean mass.
Lastly, we have Grapefruit and 6’7’-Dihydroxybergamottin. I like that it enhances nutrient absorption and also has the added benefit of fat loss. However, like I said, it’s also a risky choice because of the potential side effects to blood pressure and heart rate.
Does it Work?
As a testosterone booster, there’s Bulbine Natalensis and the 1000 mg dosage, although harmfully high, I believe would still be effective. Although, since this is the only test booster in this formula, I wouldn’t put it in the same league as powerful DAA fueled supplements.
Specifically for anabolic growth, there’s Laxogenin. Although it’s not supported by human studies yet, it’s been raved about in the bodybuilding and sports industry so if that’s any indication, it could probably work fine too. And if it doesn’t, then at least it’s safe.
Although, with 1000 mg of Bulbine Natalensis, I wouldn’t recommend this to just anyone. This heavy dose looks suitable ONLY to the already big male looking for more bulk. If you’re under 225 lbs, just trust me when I say that the risk you might take with Anabolic Triad substantially outweighs the good.
- Laxogenin – Theoretically has the same anabolic effects as steroids minus the side effects. Given that it’s technically not an anabolic steroid but simply acting like one, it’s also legal in sports. Also, since it doesn’t play around with hormones, there shouldn’t any need to cycle. That’s cool. Sign me up!
- Powder form – This is purely opinion but I think this needs to be placed here simply because there aren’t a lot of powder based testosterone boosters.
- Flavor – To my knowledge, the only flavor that Anabolic Triad comes with is green apple. From the customer reviews I’ve read, it doesn’t necessarily taste good but it does the job in hiding the bitter taste that comes with herbal products. To some, not tasting good is actually a good thing too because although it’s harder to swallow, it would also mean that Anabolic Triad didn’t add too many artificial flavorings.
- All natural – Thank you, Mother Nature for all your green and colorful bounty!
- Ratings – Surprisingly to me, users have rated this pretty highly and what consumers write about is typically good feedback about how effective and fast it works for bulking.
- Risky ingredients – To be very honest, I actually haven’t read any reports of Anabolic Triad causing any major side effects. The reports were of the usual acne, increased aggression, and irritability and having these, is actually just a sign of a product working. This is a breath of fresh air. However, the potential harm that comes with Bulbine Natalensis and Grapefruit still scare me.
- Lack of strength – I’m talking about the testosterone boosts. It’s there, enough to call it a test booster but it probably won’t get you all amped on T.
- Confusing – I haven’t talked about this yet but there are a couple of red flags I’d like to raise. Let me show you.
See those pictures above? Those are both screenshots taken directly from the Platinum Labs website. They’re both lists of ingredients and dosages supposedly on Anabolic Triad. The one on the left is what’s written on the front of the bottle while the one on the right, I assume, is written somewhere else.
Here are the issues I found upon reviewing this stack.
- Red Flag #1 – Bulbine Natalensis is dosed differently at 1000 mg (left) and 800 mg (right)
- Red Flag #2 – Although 6’7’-Dihydroxybergamottin is derived from Grapefruit, 100 mg of 6’7’-Dihydroxybergamottin (left) is different from 100 mg of Grapefruit (right)
For purposes of this review, I used the left picture in my analysis because their marketing seems to coincide with what’s in that list. Taking this into account, when you have brands with multiple and varying information about their supplement, that just makes them very hard to trust. Make up your mind, Platinum Labs!
The Bottom Line
Let’s go back to the title for one second.
“Steroid-like Muscle Gains with Steroid-like Risks”
If you’re looking for a summary, that basically covers it. Laxogenin should help place your body in an anabolic state that’s safe and theoretically effective. That’s good. But with the potential side effects of liver, kidney, and even cardiovascular damage all amped up by Bulbine Natalensis and Grapefruit, Anabolic Triad gives you steroid-like risks, too.
Like I said though, there aren’t any reports of big and serious damage but personally, I’d take protecting my health and nutrition over gaining muscle any day. If you’re willing to take those risks then that’s entirely up to you but just know that there are better testosterone boosting stacks out there that’re so much safer.