Quick Take: Bucked Up is best known for its IGF increasing pre workouts (PWOs) and Deer Antler Velvet spray but the brand has more than that. Specifically speaking, it also has a testosterone booster in RUT. It takes a well-rounded approach to influencing male health which I personally find appealing but it also has what I think is a major setback in its dosing of Iron. Regardless, it’s great for testosterone, fitness and sex. Check out the details in the review below.
- A product of DAS Labs, Bucked Up™ RUT is advertised as “an all-natural, synergistically balanced, super potent testosterone booster”
- Its reported benefits on hormones include cortisol suppression, estrogen reduction, and of course, boosted testosterone
- Has Vitamin D3 and chelated Zinc as its T boosting nutrients. Solid scientific evidence back both of them.
- Testosterone boosting herbs such as branded Ashwagandha (KSM-66®), standardized Tribulus, and Tongkat Ali are also stars in this supplement’s formula
- Might have too much Iron but we’ll talk more about this later on.
- Prices are ever changing but it’s available to buy online and in retail stores including iHerb, Amazon, eSupplements, and the official BuckedUp website.
NOTE: GNC has other Bucked Up/DAS Labs products but not RUT. Also, the Bucked Up website sells some cool apparel, too.
Bucked Up RUT Ingredients
|Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol)||5000 IU|
|Iron (as Ferrous Fumarate)||60 mg|
|Zinc (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate)||30 mg|
|Vitamin B9 (as Calcium 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate)||400 mcg|
|Ashwagandha Extract (KSM-66®)||750 mg|
|Organic Tribulus Terrestris (95% Saponins)||750 mg|
|Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia)||300 mg|
|DIM (Diindolylmethane)||100 mg|
Bucked Up RUT – Ingredients Review
Vitamin D3 – Per research, men with healthy levels of Vitamin D also have higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of SHBG. As such, I think it’s always a good idea to stock up on this manly vitamin. On that note, Bucked Up RUT has given Vitamin D a superior form and a hefty dose.
Honestly, I don’t see too many testosterone supplements use Iron in their formulas. Moreover, its relationship with testosterone is a little bit harder to explain. So, allow me to try and simplify it for you.Let me start by saying that, generally, us men have higher levels of Iron compared to our female counterparts. Also, we, too, have higher levels of testosterone. That being said, there must be some kind of connection between the two, right?
Right, and that connection is hepdicin – the hormone responsible for inhibiting Iron absorption. Basically, hepdicin levels rise to prevent you from taking in too much iron and takes a dip when your body needs more of the mineral.
According to research, testosterone decreases levels of hepdicin which, in turn, increases dietary iron absorption. This explains why men (who have higher testosterone) tend to have higher concentrations of Iron compared to women.
So, is it a good idea to have testosterone boosters use Iron in their formulas?
If you’re Iron deficient, then yes. However, a lot of the food we eat now are iron infused. Plus, our bodies have relatively few ways to shotgun the mineral out of our system so the majority don’t actually need iron supplements.
Having said that, one study did note that although men don’t typically experience iron deficiency anaemia, male athletes do tend to have latent iron deficiencies. On the other hand, having too much iron can actually lead to lower testosterone so do tread lightly.
Zinc – This mineral is directly involved in testosterone synthesis, making it one of, if not THE most important nutrients to male health. Furthermore, it also helps maintain levels of testosterone after workout which is great for bodybuilding, too.
Vitamin B9 – Like all other B vitamins, Vitamin B9 helps convert the food we eat into energy. Furthermore, this vitamin is specifically involved in the metabolism of nucleic and amino acids. It doesn’t seem to directly influence testosterone though.
Ashwagandha – This herb does a lot for male health including boosting libido, fertility, and muscle strength while also lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This particular brand (KSM-66®), however, has also shown capable of boosting testosterone.
Tribulus Terrestris – An effective natural supplement for boosting libido, Tribulus has also been marketed for its reported benefits on testosterone. The truth, however, is that it’s only an effective testosterone booster for men who’re low on T. For young and healthy men, it’s just another sex pill.
Tongkat Ali – Like tribulus and ashwagandha, Tongkat Ali or Long Jack also has the ability to enhance sex drive. Moreover, it can also boost testosterone while lowering cortisol in moderately stressed men and women per research.
DIM – It’s an aromatase-inhibiting compound found in cruciferous vegetables. This means that it can also stop testosterone from converting to estrogen. Theoretically, this should result in higher T and lower E.
Bucked Up RUT Directions
Each serving of RUT consists of 3 capsules. Per Bucked UP, simply take 1 serving (3 capsules) in the morning with food.
First of all, Bucked Up RUT is a non-proprietary formula and boy, am I glad. Having made supplement reviews for quite some time now, I feel some kind of satisfaction when I write about testosterone boosters being honest about the dosages of their ingredients.
- Not to blast the entire company but if I compare this to Cellucor who heavily relies on prop blends, this is a welcome sight.
There aren’t too many ingredients, too, and I think that’s wonderful.
Speaking of ingredients, Bucked Up RUT looks like it has a solid set as well. Furthermore, the quality of these ingredients are generally top-tier and their dosages are all huge.
…or perhaps too huge?
More specifically, I’m referring to this stack’s hefty serving of Iron. Like I said, there’s an interplay between iron and testosterone but too much iron can also drive your T levels down. Since the RDA for Iron is only 8 mg (per National Institutes of Health), I personally think the 60 mg here on Bucked Up RUT is too much even for athletes.
On that note, Vitamin B9 doesn’t look like it has anything to do with testosterone, too. It pumps up metabolism and energy though so it does have its benefits.
Apart from Iron and Vitamin B6, however, Bucked Up RUT does have a great collection of scientifically backed natural testosterone boosters.
With its T boosting nutrients (Vitamin D and Zinc) alone, Bucked Up RUT helps promote healthy levels of T. Add in the herbs Ashwagandha, Tongkat Ali, and Tribulus Terrestris into the equation, you not only get more support for testosterone, you also get the streamlined benefits of T like better libido, muscle strength, and anabolism. Oh, and there’s DIM to help regulate estrogen, too.
Bucked Up RUT Benefits: Does it Work?
To me, yes, Bucked Up RUT works and despite its dosage mishap on Iron, I do believe it works well.
I don’t think it’s on the same level as the best testosterone boosters on the market but it does provide solid support for testosterone. Furthermore, I also think it has a well-balanced approach that’s good for both bodybuilding and sex.
Bucked Up RUT Review Summary
- Non-proprietary – No hidden dosages. That’s always a good thing in my book.
- Quality and quantity – Top-tier forms and solid dosages are a testament to this product’s potency and effectiveness.
- Well-rounded – Not only does it boost testosterone, it also helps regulate other T-killing hormones such as estrogen and cortisol while also guiding testosterone’s benefits towards your muscles and your, uhm… genitals.
- All natural – No synthetic stuff here which also makes it quite the safe supplement. From the customer reviews I’ve read, there aren’t any reports of risky side effects either.
- Too much iron? – 60 mg just seems a bit too heavy in my opinion.
- Tribulus Terrestris – Not that it’s a bad ingredient (it isn’t) but as a testosterone booster, it can only work on men with low T (e.g., older men above their 30s).
- Vitamin B9 – Not a bad ingredient either but, yeah, it’s no T booster. Perhaps Vitamin B6 would’ve been the better choice?
The Bottom Line
Bucked Up RUT gives you solid and reliable testosterone support from a bunch of scientifically-backed testosterone boosters while also influencing your performance in the gym and in the bedroom. Is it perfect? No. Elite? Not by my standards. But it’s effective and well-rounded and I personally wouldn’t mind recommending this to other men, especially to those who need more Iron in their system.