Quick Take: While I was at my local supplements retailer looking for a decent testosterone booster to use for my bodybuilding needs, Cyclo Test immediately popped out. It was my first time seeing this supplement so of course, it caught my attention not because of the overwhelming quality of its formula but because of bright yellow bottle. I mean, is Cyclo Test trying to make me into a cyclops or something? Because the color is blinding. But maybe the yellow really was meant to make this product stand out because looking at the formula, even with a few quality ingredients, the entirety looks pretty average. Let’s get to the review and find out more.
- Manufactured by Infinite Labs, Cyclo Test is part of this brand’s Elevate series.
- As their label states, this testosterone booster was meant for anabolic purposes.
- According to their website, Cyclo Test was formulated to be a “powerful, hardcore formula to support testosterone levels, lean muscle mass and fat loss”
- It has 3 prop blends designed for testosterone, estrogen management, and growth hormone amplification
- The formula includes a standardized form of Mucuna Pruriens
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including the big time Amazon and GNC.
Cyclo Test Ingredients
|Calcium (as Calcium D-Glucarate)||6 mg|
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate)||6 mg|
|Anabolic/Androgenic Catalyst||655 mg|
|Eurycoma longifolia Root Powder, Stinging Nettle Root, Bioperine® Black Pepper Extract|
|Infinite Labs Cyclo Test Estrogen Management||525 mg|
|Indole-3-Carbinol, Chastetree Berry Extract 20:1, Chamomile Extract 10:1|
|Infinite Labs Cyclo Test Growth Factor Amplification||475 mg|
|Mucuna pruriens (fruit) Extract (19% L-DOPA), Coleus Forskohlii Extract (20% Forskohlin)|
Cyclo Test’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Calcium – This mineral is widely known for it’s aid in bone density. According to this article, it also plays a role in muscular function.
Magnesium – The form used here is where Magnesium Oxide is linked to an amino acid. As a test booster, Magnesium blocks the binding activity of SHBG while reducing levels of stress. This results to elevated levels of “free” T. Unfortunately, 6 mg is an extremely low dose and pretty much does nothing.
- Eurycoma longifolia – Otherwise known as Tongkat Ali, this herb has been traditionally used for its benefits on libido. As a testosterone booster, it works similar to Magnesium in the sense that it also decreases the activity of SHBG while decreasing stress. However, Tongkat Ali also stimulates DHEA, a testosterone precursor. This study even states that it can increase testosterone by 37% while decreasing cortisol by 16%.
- Stinging Nettle -Theoretically, Stinging Nettle might increase levels of “free” T by blocking SHBG, 5a-reductase and aromatase activity.
- Bioperine® – Does not boost testosterone by any means but it has a place in this supplement because aside from fat burning, it more importantly enhances the absorption of all the ingredients in this formula.
Infinite Labs Cyclo Test Estrogen Management
- Indole-3-Carbinol – It’s a precursor to DIM but DIM is also a pretty questionable product. Although it has antiestrogenic properties, the studies that surround this odd ingredient are centered on women.
- Chastetree Berry – This ingredient has shown to reduce levels of estrogen but I also did find a research that says it also decreases levels of testosterone.
- Chamomile – At this 10:1 concentrate, Chamomile is typically where you’d see Chrysin – an ingredient that could boost testosterone. However, it is only effective when directly injected to the testicles.
Infinite Labs Cyclo Test Growth Factor Amplification
- Mucuna pruriens – This plant was already one of my favorite natural herbs for test boosting but at a standardized form containing 19% L-DOPA? This is even better. It increases LH which then signals for testosterone synthesis and release. Also, it blocks Prolactin which is a female hormone that decreases testosterone.
- Coleus Forskohlii – Standardized to 20% Forskohlin, this is a common addition to fat burners. For this product, it might be beneficial for testosterone but a study also does show that it increases the stress hormone cortisol.
Cyclo Test Directions
Take 3 capsules (1 serving) daily. If you were to double dose, do not exceed two servings in a 24 hour period. Don’t take within 4 hours of bedtime to avoid sleeping problems. Cycle “on” for 12 weeks then take a 12 week “off” cycle.
Starting with the first ingredient, Calcium does play an important role in muscular function. Cool, aye? However, according to a study, this mineral interrupts the absorption of Zinc which is one of the manliest minerals for testosterone and in the time we live in, almost all us are Zinc deficient. Now, Zinc isn’t in the formula but I just feel the need to say this since Calcium is here. With Magnesium, there’s not much to analyze considering that at 6 mg, it’s basically just paper weight.
In the Anabolic/Androgenic Catalyst blend, the focus seems to be testosterone. The most prioritized ingredient in this prop blend is Tongkat Ali and for good reason. Out of the three ingredients in this blend, TA has the most potential at boosting our favorite androgen. Followed by Stinging Nettle which theoretically increases “free” test by blocking its conversion to DHT and estrogen while also limiting the binding of T to SHBG. Keyword here is “theoretically” because this herb still needs more evidence but if it works, then I’m cool with it. The blend also features BioPerine which as I already said, enhances every single ingredient on this formula.
With regards to the Infinite Labs Cyclo Test Estrogen Management blend, all three ingredients are questionable. If the goal was to manage estrogen, then why not use DIM instead of using its precursor Indole-3-Carbinol? That said, DIM does show antiestrogenic properties in women but I’m not entirely sure if it works for men too. While Chastetree Berry has shown to decrease estrogen, it has also shown to decrease testosterone. The goal of a testosterone booster was supposedly to increase testosterone so why add an ingredient that’s counterproductive? The Chrysin derived from Chamomile would’ve been great. Except, in reality, who wants to have a needle stuck on their jewels?
The last prop blend, Infinite Labs Cyclo Test Growth Factor Amplification, has 2 ingredients and the first one is among my personal favorites. Mucuna Pruriens’ L-DOPA shows a whole lot of promise in boosting testosterone because of it’s effect on LH. Coleus Forskohlii has also shown testosterone boosting potential but it has also shown to increase cortisol which eventually leads to stress. If you didn’t know, stress is bad for testosterone. The higher your stress, the lower your testosterone becomes.
Does it Work?
While the formula contains a lot of badly chosen ingredients, it also did add in some few good ones too. Specfically, Tongkat Ali and Mucuna Pruriens. These two combined, the formula might still be able to provide mild to moderate amounts of test boosts. To Cyclo Test’s credit though, the formula also does seem to have other benefits such as fat burning and enhanced growth hormone which is good for gaining lean muscle and bodybuilding.
That said, if you’re the guy looking for a bit of T-boosts while burning fat and building muscle, Cyclo Test could be worth a try.
- No side effects – It’s part of my job to check customer reviews for reported side effects and so far, I haven’t seen anything particularly dangerous. With the natural herbs in this formula though, I wouldn’t expect any.
- Mucuna Pruriens – As I said, that L-DOPA holds a lot of potential. Being standardized to 19% just makes it even better.
- BioPerine – Like a coach on the sideline making every player on the field better, BioPerine’s not a T-booster but it makes all these other ingredients better absorbed anyway.
- Dosages – Despite their main ingredients being trapped in three separate prop blends, those prop blends’ dosages look solid.
- Weak Execution – As advertised on their website, the point was to increase testosterone while building lean muscle and burn fat. They do that to a degree but the strategy they took to accomplishing that goal is poor.
- PROP BLENDS – Even if the dosages of these blends are good, it still would’ve been better if they showed the individual dosages of the ingredients making up the prop blends.
- Yellow – I’m being serious here. It’s catchy but it hurts my eyes.
The Bottom Line
In my time in the fitness/bodybuilding industry, I’ve seen people buy products just because the label or the box looks good or that it caught their eye. I frequently hear “It looks good so it must be good” or something of that nature. Perhaps that’s why Cyclo Test cleverly made their canister a bright yellow so they could prey on consumers with this mentality. I could be wrong though but I could also be right. Nonetheless, I stand by my claim that the formula looks pretty average. But just because it’s “average” doesn’t mean it’s bad. If Cyclo Test’s benefits fit your needs, then you won’t see me trying to stop you.