Quick Take: In today’s review, we’ll be talking about Test HD. For the most part, the ingredients look solid and Test HD doesn’t hide their dosages either. It’s also advertised to be a high definition, hardcore testosterone booster. My question is, however, what does MuscleTech mean when it said Test HD is “high definition”? And can it live up to the hype? Let’s find out.
- Test HD is a product of the massive bodybuilding supplements brand MuscleTech.
- On their label, it’s advertised to be a “hardcore testosterone booster”.
- Also on their label, a claim that their formula is able to raise levels of free testosterone in just 7 days and also increase total testosterone levels.
- Zinc and Calcium are both in Test HD. Individually, they’re great supplements but putting them together isn’t such a good idea.
- Test HD is a stack of natural ingredients that’s composed mostly of high quality botanicals
- Available to buy on Amazon and the MuscleTech website. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on GNC.
Test HD Ingredients
|Zinc (as zinc gluconate)||7.5 mg|
|Testosterone Boosting Matrix||**|
|Tribulus extract (as Tribulus terrestris) (fruit)
Supplying 45% saponins
|Shilajit extract (PrimaVie®)
Supplying 50% fulvic acid
Supplying 5% boron
|Broccoli powder (as Brassica oleracea)
|Stinging nettle extract (as Urtica dioica) (root)||50 mg|
|Velvet bean extract (as Mucuna pruriens) (seed)||50 mg|
Test HD’s T-Boosters
Zinc – Perhaps the manliest hormone for testosterone . It serves as a raw material for T and signals for its synthesis and release. This Gluconate form is one of the best absorbed versions of Zinc so I’m happy seeing it here. The dose could use some work though.
Shilajit – Given as PrimaVie®, its active ingredient – Fulvic Acic – is standardized to 50%. Although this study uses 200 mg and a standardization of 54.8%, it also does show that Fulvic Acid increasing T by 23.5%.
Boron – This one’s right up there with Zinc as the best minerals for testosterone. It does a ton of things for T like decreasing estrogen and SHBG while also increasing test and DHT. On top of that, Boron might be the mineral responsible for Test HD’s claim of boosting testosterone in 7 days.
Stinging nettle – Research on this ingredient is pretty much on its early stages but it is suggested to be an aromatase and 5a-reductase inhibitor. Furthermore, it binds to SHBG in place of testosterone which results in more “free” test.
Mucuna pruriens – One of the best natural testosterone boosting herbs out there because of its active ingredient L-DOPA. The compound has been shown to stimulate LH which then signals for the synthesis and release of T and has also shown to drive down the female hormone prolactin.
Calcium – According to this study, it competes with Zinc for absorption since they share common absorption sites. Bummer.
Tribulus terrestris – Perhaps the most popular her used in natural testosterone boosters. In reality, however, it doesn’t do much for T. It might boost the testosterone levels of older gents who’re suffering from low test but for the most part, it’s better used for libido.
Diindolylmethane – Extracted from broccoli, DIM is probably here as an aromatase inhibitor. However, I’d generally advise against this ingredient as some studies show that it might reduce levels of test.
Test HD Directions
Each serving is 1 caplet and the directions say to take 2 servings per day. Take the first serving in the morning and the second mid-afternoon. When working it, take the second caplet 30 minutes prior to working out.
DO NOT EXCEED 2 SERVINGS IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD.
According to Test HD’s label, it only claims to:
- boost free testosterone in 7 days
- increase total testosterone
In the many testosterone boosters I’ve reviewed, I’ve seen a whole lot of supplements making empty claims. Rest assured, Test HD isn’t one of those bullsh** testosterone boosters. Their solid choices of ingredients back up those two claims… and then some!
Primarily, science dictates that Boron has the “boosts free testosterone in 7 days” claim covered. Zinc is also in the formula in one of its better forms. However, the Zinc here on Test HD is a bit low dosed and with Calcium hindering its absorption, it becomes even worse. Personally, I think Test HD would’ve been a much better testosterone booster had it given Zinc more milligrams and taken calcium completely off the picture.
Moving on, the second claim is covered by Shilajit, Mucuna Pruriens and possibly even Stinging Nettle. Like I said though, research on Stinging Nettle is still in its early stages. Nonetheless, I think it’s a better aromatase inhibitor (anti-estrogen supplement) compared to DIM.
The primary ingredient in the formula and the last to be tackled is Tribulus Terrestris. At best, it could enhance testosterone levels BUT only in men who have depleted levels to start with (i.e., older men above the age of 30). At worst, it won’t do anything for testosterone and maybe even for bodybuilding but it’ll still get you feeling hot and horny.
Does it Work?
Hell yeah. I wouldn’t quite put it in the same class as the best testosterone boosters but with strong ingredients like Zinc, Boron, and Mucuna Pruriens, I’d say it’s better than most. However, the primary ingredient here – Tribulus Terrestris – isn’t really a test booster.
Stronger testosterone boosters use stronger primary T-boosting ingredients such as DAA. That and DIM are pretty much the only thing that’s holding this supplement back. That said, I’d recommend this product to young males who’re still feeling their way through the T-boosting game. Although it’s not the best, it’s a safe choice that’s better than most.
- Powerful T-boosters – Specifically, I mean Zinc, Boron, and Mucuna Pruriens.
- Quality Choices – In general, the ingredients they chose are all natural botanical extracts.
- Adequately dosed – Yup. Even Zinc. Taken twice a day, that would total to 15 mg. Which would still put it at the low side but it’s enough to be somewhat effective.
- No Side effects – considering that the elements here are quality herbal extracts and minerals, I wouldn’t expect there to be any.
- Lacks power – Really, I’m just being picky. It’s hard to find anything wrong with this formula. I still would’ve loved to see DAA and more Zinc here though.
- DIM – A questionable ingredient to say the least. The capsule space this took up could’ve been used for a better, and well-researched estrogen inhibitor.
- Calcium – Competes with the already low dosed Zinc.
The Bottom Line
I’ve written a lot of reviews on testosterone boosters and let me tell you that in all honesty, there’s a lot of bad ones and a number of okay ones. Although I wouldn’t put Test HD on the ranks of the best, the formula is above average and doesn’t false advertise on their label. That said and using video pixels as comparison, Test HD’s claim of high definition probably sits at 780p. Not the best but better than most.
To conclude, young males looking to up their bodybuilding and testosterone game will almost definitely benefit from this formula.