Quick Take: Brace yourself. This review is going to be bloody lengthy because of Redtest’s equally long list of ingredients. In summary, it’s a “testosterone support” stack that includes some of the best natural testosterone boosters in the market but also has some that basically have no business being in a supplement meant to improve male health. You think these outstanding ingredients can offset the others that’re outlandish? Let’s find out.
- A product of Muscleology, Red Test is advertised on its label as a “testosterone support”
- Dubbed on its website to be the “strongest 100% natural testosterone booster”, Muscleology RedTest is designed to “unleash the animal inside”.
- Has an amino acid that’s said to be 100 times better than the all-powerful DAA
- Has ZMA with extremely underdosed Zinc
- You want to try eating animal testicles and glands without having to taste it? Popping RedTest pills is how you do it.
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including The Vitamin Shoppe, Bodybuilding (dot) com, Amazon, and IllPumpYouUp (dot) com. It doesn’t look like its on GNC though.
Muscleology RedTest Ingredients
|Vitamin B6||43 mg|
|TB-5 DiLutinize Complex||1635|
|N-Methyl-D-Aspartic Acid||60 mg|
|Long Jack 100:1 Extract||315 mg|
|20-Hydroxy Ecdysterone||60 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris Extract||120 mg|
|Avena Sativa 10:1 Extract||1020 mg|
|Velvet Deer Antler||60 mg|
|Bio-Active Stimugen1 Complex||796 mg|
|Muira Puama 10:1 Extract||180 mg|
|Nettle Root 10:1 Extract||180 mg|
|Horny Goat Weed 20:1 Extract||46 mg|
|Maca Powder||180 mg|
|Chaste Tree Berry 10:1 Extract||180 mg|
|Cnidium Monnieri 4:1 Extract||30 mg|
|Regenex Complex||374 mg|
|Orchid Gland Tissue||60 mg|
|Anterior Pituitary Gland Tissue||60 mg|
|Rhodiola Rosea Extract||60 mg|
|Mucuna Pruriens Extract||90 mg|
|Fenugreek Extract||104 mg|
Muscleology RedTest’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin B6 – One of the more promising testosterone boosting vitamins that research suggests may be essential to healthy levels of testosterone.
Magnesium – Involved in over 300 enzymatic actions, Magnesium is bound to do something for male health. These benefits spill over to bodybuilding as it seems to reduce oxidative stress and increase “free” testosterone via SHBG inhibition.
Zinc – This might actually be the best mineral for testosterone as it serves as a required raw material for its synthesis. Zinc also manages testosterone release and helps maintain higher levels of testosterone after intense bouts of exercise.
Copper – Zinc supplementation can deplete our body’s supply of copper and ironically, this can lead to lower levels of testosterone. Fortunately though, we don’t need a lot of copper in our system and what little we need can usually be already accomplished in our normal diets.
The Muscleology website didn’t disclose what forms of these nutrients they used in RedTest. Mind you, this is an important factor in determining whether a supplement is effective or not because the forms and qualities of ingredients often play a huge role in its potency.
That said, I did find 3rd party retailers (like The Vitamin Shoppe) that have the forms of these said nutrients listed on their Redtest page. These are the following:
- Vitamin B6 as Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P)
- Magnesium as Magnesium Aspartate
- Zinc as Zinc Monomethionine and Zinc Aspartate
- Copper as Cupric Gluconate
Basically, Vitamin B6 is given its best absorbed form while the other 3 minerals aren’t necessarily the best (but still pretty decent). Factoring in the dosage, Vitamin B6 is also the only one here with a solid dose. Magnesium is okay. Zinc and Copper are less than paperweight and I therefore deem them useless.
TB-5 DiLutinize Complex
- N-Methyl-D-Aspartic Acid – Touted to be 100x more powerful than DAA – an amino acid that research suggests can boost testosterone by 42% in just 12 days.
- Long Jack – One of the better natural supplements for male health. Aside from popularly boosting libido, Long Jack (Tongkat Ali) can also improve testosterone to cortisol ratio as well as boost “free” test.
20-Hydroxy Ecdysterone – There’s been talk in the bodybuilding community that this compound derived from Cyanotis Vaga may have anabolic properties but research seems pretty sketchy as of the moment.
- Tribulus Terrestris – A natural sex enhancer popular in testosterone boosting products despite lack of research supporting its test elevating and muscle building abilities.
- Avena Sativa – Better known for its nootropic value, Avena Sativa also has nitric oxide boosting properties which then leads to better blood flow – an effect sought after by bodybuilders in their PWO supplements.
- Velvet Deer Antler – Believed to boost testosterone in humans because of its connection to higher levels of test in Deer. In reality though, it’s not much of anything.
Bio-Active Stimugen1 Complex
- Muira Puama – A traditional libido booster with benefits more pronounced in… wait for it… WOMEN!
- Nettle – Boosts “free” testosterone via aromatase, 5-alpha-reductase, and SHBG inhibition.
- Horny Goat Weed – Makes goats (and humans) horny AF. No testosterone boosts here though.
- Maca – Just like Horny Goat Weed and Tribulus Terrestris, this herb boosts libido without affecting testosterone. It does increase energy though so that’s good.
- Chaste Tree Berry – Can decrease testosterone levels so, uhmm, why’s it even here?
- Cnidium Monnieri – Exotic herb from Asia that’s been used for boosting libido.
- Orchic Gland Tissue – Uhh, these are testicles. I’m not even joking. Apparently, eating animal testicles were a thing for boosting prostate health and testosterone before science came and proved it wrong.
- Anterior Pituitary Gland Tissue – This is basically the part of your body that releases the hormone (LH) that triggers the production of testosterone. Again, consuming this doesn’t boost test.
- Rhodiola Rosea – As an adaptogen, Rhodiola Rosea helps our bodies withstand stress better by reducing oxidative stress. This, in turn, helps maintain post-exercise levels of testosterone, allowing you to blast your muscles more at the gym without having to worry about putting it under too much strain.
- Mucuna Pruriens – One of the most promising natural test boosting herbs because of it’s active constituent L-DOPA – a compound that increases LH and FSH concentrations leading to more testosterone and better sperm.
- Fenugreek – Boosts “free” testosterone by preventing test from converting to estrogen and DHT. Also improves libido and physical performance.
Muscleology RedTest Directions
Each serving of RedTest consists of 6 capsules and as instructed by Muscleology, these capsules are to be divided twice throughout the day.
- 3 capsules in the morning
- 3 capsules prior to exercise
On rest or non-training days, take 3 capsules in the morning and the second batch of 3 capsules before sleeping.
Just in terms of ingredient choices, Muscleology RedTest has made some solid choices but also add in others that downright have me scratching my head in disbelief. Starting with its V&M’s, RedTest has the individual elements of the legendary sports supp ZMA with the addition of Copper. This would’ve given RedTest a solid ground for boosting testosterone but among these 4, only Vitamin B6 has enough milligrams to make a difference. Huge missed opportunity right off the bat.
Next is the RedTest TB-5 DiLutinize Complex. This seems to be the primary blend of the formula seeing as this has the heaviest dosage. With NMDA and potent Tongkat Ali at the top of its blend, it does look pretty impressive. Despite not being test boosters, I also like the idea of adding Avena Sativa and Tribulus Terrestris for libido, nitric oxide, and cerebral purposes. As a man who believes in science over hearsay though, I don’t particularly like 20-Hydroxy Ecdysterone and Deer Antler Velvet.
The second blend, Bio-Active Stimugen1 Complex, is a bit disappointing. With the same number of ingredients as the previous blend, it has less than half of that total dosage. To make matters worse, the blend includes an ingredient (Chaste Tree Berry) that actually derails the formula from its test boosting train. Aside from Nettle, every single ingredient here boosts libido, NOT testosterone.
Lastly, there’s Regenex Complex, a blend that has one less ingredient and lot less dosage compared to the other two. Wonderful (*sarcasm). Before anything else, eating animal glands and testicles won’t make your balls and testosterone any better. These are just crude and outdated ways men made themselves “feel” manlier without actually doing sh*t. Rhodiola Rosea, Mucuna Pruriens, and Fenugreek would’ve been really great for male health but their dosages are way too watered down to be of any massive use.
Does it Work?
With the large number of ingredients here, there’s at least one that’s bound to work. In truth, there’s more than 1 ingredient here that can boost testosterone. So yes, it does work and it actually looks to work quite well. However, it’s nowhere near as good as the best testosterone boosters currently out on the market.
This is unfortunate, honestly, because RedTest does have the ingredients that could’ve made it compete against the best. Sadly, most of them are largely under dosed. If the dosage shares of these under-researched and primitive ingredients were given to those that have been scientifically proven to boost testosterone like Mucuna Pruriens, Fenugreek, Zinc, and Magnesium, RedTest would’ve been so much better.
- Extracts – RedTest minerals may not be on point in terms of quality but at least its herbs are.
- NMDA and Tongkat Ali – A potentially powerful test boosting amino acid and an herb that’s an all-around jock in terms of male health being prioritized in RedTest’s most prioritized blend? I’ll take it!
- Non-proprietary – The old RedTest formula looks like it had similar ingredients but had their dosages hidden in prop blends. I like this move towards transparency.
- Safe – This is generally warranted for all natural stacks like Red Test. The customer reviews also don’t seem to be complaining of any major side effects.
- Outdated ingredients – If you consume deer antler or animal glands and testicles, I hope it’s not for prostate health or testosterone because no, they don’t work.
- Dosage – There are a handful with decent to solid dosages but a majority are largely underwhelming.
- Missed opportunities – I can only imagine how powerful RedTest would’ve been if Zinc, Mucuna Pruriens, and Fenugreek received massive dosages. Paired with NMDA and Tongkat Ali, I think this set would’ve shaken the world of test boosting.
The Bottom Line
No supplement is perfect and each has its pros and cons. Ultimately, deciding whether the said supplement is worth buying or not lies on whether its good outweighs its bad. That said, RedTest has ingredients that could potentially have it challenge the most powerful ones but it also has ingredients that offset its supposedly massive potential. Nonetheless, it still is a great testosterone booster. It just could have been a whole lot better.