Quick Take: Just to let you know, Applied Nutraceuticals seems to provide two versions of Free Test XRT – one with caffeine, and one that doesn’t. They basically have the same exact formula except that one has the addition of the popular early morning stimulant. For purposes of this review, we’ll be talking about the caffeinated version. Eitherway, both formulas attack men’s health via a number of different pathways. Let’s get to reading and find out what these paths are.
- A product of Applied Nutraceuticals, Free Test XRT is part of this brand’s Innovation Series.
- Their website states that this formula is flexible enough to be stacked with other supplements (specifically, their fat loss and mass gaining supps).
- This product is also advertised to enhance “pump, mood, and libido after the first few doses.”
- Basing on their entire ad on this product, they place a heavy emphasis on DHEA – a WADA banned substance.
- Aside from manly health, the formula also targets liver protection which I find really cool.
- Free Test XRT is available to buy online and in retail stores which includes Amazon. I couldn’t find it in GNC though.
Free Test XRT Ingredients
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||1200 IU|
|Vitamin K2 (as MK-4)||160 mcg|
|Niacin (as Niacinamide)||20 mg|
|Folate (as Folic Acid)||800 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin)||12 mcg|
|Zinc (as Zinc Citrate)||12 mg|
|Selenium (as Sodium Selenite)||70 mcg|
|T Enzymatic Ignition Composite with E-Block Technology™||401 mg|
|7-Methoxyflavone, DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), Acacetin|
|sTAR Protosterone Mezzanine™||300 mg|
|Caffeine Anhydrous, Forskolin (Coleus forskolii) (root) (standardized to 40% Forskolin)|
|Libi-NOS Protoronic Mechanism™||1215 mg|
|Maritime Pine (bark) (standardized to 95% Proanthocyanidins), Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii) (root) (20:1), Velvet Bean (fruit) (standardized to 75% L-Dopa), Milk Thistle (fruit) (standardized to 80% Silymarin)|
Free Test XRT’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin D – Healthy levels of vitamin D are tied with healthy levels of testosterone and in this generation where this manly vitamin is widely deficient, it’s good seeing it here, especially at this Cholecalciferol form.
Vitamin K2 – While it lacks human research, rat studies have shown that Vitamin K plays a direct role in testosterone synthesis. This K2 form has also been seen to be more capable of increasing testosterone than its K1 counterpart.
Niacin – Several studies surrounding this B vitamin has shown that it increases levels of “good” cholesterol while decreasing levels of triglycerides which leads to healthier cardiac health.
Folate – Typically used by pregnant women and those who suffer from anemia. No testosterone boosts whatsoever.
Vitamin B12 – While it doesn’t necessarily boost testosterone, it does play a role in testicular function.
Zinc – One of the best minerals for testosterone, Zinc acts on our manly hormone via several pathways which include being a raw material for testosterone, signaling its release and synthesis, protecting T-levels after workouts, and decreasing levels of prolactin.
Selenium – As an antioxidant, this mineral protects cells from damage and also plays a key role in metabolism.
T Enzymatic Ignition Composite with E-Block Technology™
- 7-Methoxyflavone – This study shows that this ingredient has shown potential as an aromatase inhibitor.
- DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) – This is a WADA banned substance that according to this research, has shown little improvements in testosterone but really, the studies that surround this ingredient are centered on women and the elderly. For young and healthy males, there’s very little (if anything at all) that DHEA can do to boost testosterone.
- Acacetin – According to this study on the compounds of Damiana, Acetin along with Pinocembrin could significantly reduce aromatase activity.
sTAR Protosterone Mezzanine™
- Caffeine Anhydrous – There’s probably no need for me to discuss this as I’m pretty sure you already know what this is. For this supplement’s sake though, caffeine is beneficial for increasing fat oxidation and thermogenesis. These ultimately lead to pre-workout benefits that enhance energy and exercise performance.
- Coleus forskolii – Standardized to 40% Forskolin, this study states that this ingredient can significantly increase levels of “free” testosterone and a little bit of total testosterone. However, another study states that Forskolin combined with DHEA increased levels of cortisol which is pretty bad for T.
Libi-NOS Protoronic Mechanism™
- Maritime Pine – Standardized to 95% Proanthocyanidins, I’ve seen very little evidence supporting this plant as a testosterone booster but it does provide Nitric Oxide benefits for improved circulation which could help in sex.
- Maca – At a concentrated 20:1 extract, this herb enhances libido without necessarily altering levels of testosterone.
- Velvet Bean – Standardized to 75% L-Dopa, this plant (otherwise known as Mucuna Pruriens) is one of my favorite natural testosterone boosting herbs. This plant’s active ingredient L-Dopa, increases LH levels which then signals for testosterone synthesis and release while also blocking prolactin.
- Milk Thistle – Standardized to 80% Silymarin. There are plenty of studies supporting Silymarin’s liver protective characteristics.
Free Test XRT Directions
Take 1 serving (3 tablets) of Free Test XRT in the morning. Place tablet in mouth until you can no longer taste the flavor then swallow tablet with 8 oz. of water. Take on an empty stomach for optimal results.
NOTE: Free Test XRT should be taken in a 5 days on/2 days off cycle.
Starting with the vitamins and minerals, there are three that directly influence testosterone, namely: Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Zinc. Vitamin D and Vitamin K are given at their preferred forms while Zinc is given a decent one. As sort of a consolation, Vitamin B12 isn’t necessarily a testosterone booster but it still is good for masculine health. Niacin and Selenium don’t affect men’s health in any way but they still are good for health in general so I think they’re okay additions. Folate on the other hand, has me scratching my head. Because really, have you seen a pregnant male? I thought so. So why’s it even here?
With the vitamins and minerals over with, let’s get to the prop blends starting with T Enzymatic Ignition Composite with E-Block Technology™. As the name suggests, it’s for boosting testosterone and blocking estrogen. In terms of testosterone, they chose a pretty questionable ingredient. It doesn’t really do a whole lot (if anything) to testosterone and it’s a banned substance so it reduces this product’s applicable demographic. With Acetin and 7-Methoxyflavone however, they do seem to accomplish their goal in estrogen blocking.
With their sTAR Protosterone Mezzanine™, according to what I understand in their website, the formula aims to use sTAR – a steroidogenic acute regulatory protein that plays a role in the production of steroid hormones – to influence testosterone. The ingredients chosen in this formula, however, are counterproductive to what they were aiming for. According to this study, caffeine did manage to increases levels of testosterone by a small percentage when coupled with exercise but that small increase in test is countered by a 52 % increase in cortisol. And as I’ve already said, Forskolin does the same thing in increasing our manly hormone but when paired with DHEA which is also in this formula, the cortisol levels also went up.
The Applied Nutraceuticals website doesn’t really go in to much detail about their last blend, the Libi-NOS Protoronic Mechanism™. That’s not helpful but that’s okay because I don’t really make my reviews based on a brand’s claims anyway. Regardless, seeing that this is the highest dosed prop blend in this formula, this could be where the magic happens.
Out of the 4 ingredients in this prop blend, the most notable is Mucuna Pruriens. That 75% L-Dopa is looking sexy and may very well be what’s responsible for a bulk of this formula’s test boosting. Maca doesn’t boost testosterone but the sex benefits are always welcome. This is further enhanced by the 95% Proanthocyanidins that provide nitric oxides for enhanced circulation to be used both in the bedroom and at the gym. Silymarin, while also not a testosterone booster, I think is almost necessary in these kinds of supplements for it’s protection of the liver.
Does it Work?
As a whole, the formula attacks manly health in a number of different ways albeit some questionable ingredients.
The formula does work for testosterone given that there’s Zinc, Vitamin D & K, and Mucuna Pruriens. Estrogen is also regulated with 7-Methoxyflavone and Acetin. For sex, the formula features Maca and Maritime Bark. For enhanced stamina and performance, you’ve got caffeine and forskolin. And to protect the liver from taking these pills, the formula features Milk Thistle.
Overall, those benefits could be used by a wide variety of active men who aren’t into competitive sports (because DHEA will trigger a positive in urine and blood tests when game time comes for professional athletes).
- No side effects – There doesn’t seem be any reports of anything major basing on the customer reviews I’ve seen. These ingredients aren’t particularly hazardous too. If you just stick to their suggested intake, you should be fine.
- Liver Protection – It’s actually pretty sad seeing a lot of supplements that take for granted the health of our liver so seeing Free Test XRT make an effort to do so makes me really happy. Good Job Free Test Xrt!
- High Quality – From the vitamins and minerals down to the earth-grown botanicals, I see a lot of good quality.
- Diverse – Like our beloved nation, this formula is filled with diversity. And by this, I mean that it targets a lot of the elements for masculine health.
- Folate – Again, why’s it even here?
- DHEA – Doesn’t do much for testosterone and is a banned substance. So, yeah, why’s it here?
- Caffeine – Not everyone can handle the stimulating effects of caffeine and personally, I wouldn’t want taking supplements with these kinds of stimulants because there are other better options for improving stamina and athletic performance.
- PROP BLENDS – Why hide the dosages, bro? You scared or something?
The Bottom Line
I wouldn’t place this formula in my list of the best testosterone boosters because honestly, I’m having a hard time comparing its design to the design of other test products. You don’t see this formula’s strategy everyday in the T-boosting world, really. It hits a number of manly benefits but the benefits it hits, it doesn’t seem to hit hard. That said, if at least one of this formula’s benefits fits your purposes, it might be best to stack it with another supplement to make it even more powerful. This seems to coincide with Free Test XRT’s claimed flexibility too.