Quick Take: In today’s review, we’ll be talking about Test HD. As in a high definition, hardcore testosterone booster. At least, that’s what it’s advertised to be. Regardless, this formula’s ingredient choices seem to be solid for the most part and they don’t hide their dosages. The question now is, will it live up to its claim of being a hardcore test booster? What exactly are they pertaining to when they say “high definition”? 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 the formula and while they may both be awesome minerals, they do compete for absorption.
- Their blend uses all natural, high quality botanicals.
- Available to buy in Amazon. I couldn’t find it in GNC though but other retail stores and online sellers have this and other MuscleTech products.
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 – The manliest hormone for testosterone . It serves as a raw material for T and signals for its synthesis and release. The Zinc Gluconate form is one of the best absorbed versions of Zinc so I’m really happy seeing it here. The dose is really low though.
Shilajit – Provided in this formula in the potent and branded form of PrimaVie®, it’s active ingredient Fulvic Acid has been 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 – It’s the second best mineral for T (Zinc comes first). That said, 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 while also binding with SHBG in place of testosterone.
Mucuna pruriens – One of the best natural testosterone boosting herbs out there because of its active ingredient L-DOPA. It’s 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 – It technically doesn’t do anything for manly health and testosterone so I don’t really understand it being here. Especially since according to this study, it competes with Zinc for common absorption sites.
Tribulus terrestris – It’s a pretty common sight to see amongst test boosters but in reality, it doesn’t really do much for T especially for the young guns. It might boost the testosterone levels of older gents who’re suffering from low test but for the most part, it’s a potent libido & performance enhancer.
Diindolylmethane – Extracted from broccoli, DIM is probably here as an aromatase inhibitor but I’d generally advise against this ingredient as some studies show that it actually reduces 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 benefits:
- boosts free testosterone in 7 days
- increases total testosterone
In the many testosterone boosters I’ve reviewed, I’ve seen a whole lot of them that advertise their products with actually no basis. Rest assured Test HD isn’t one of those bullsh** test 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 the better forms but it is lowly dosed. Really, more Zinc could’ve made this into an even better formula. The Calcium in the formula doesn’t help Zinc’s case, too as they both compete in absorption.
Shilajit & Mucuna pruriens have the second claim covered with awesome research backing these two ingredients. As an addition, maybe even Stinging Nettle. Although nettle’s research is still in its preliminary stages, I still think it’s a better choice as an aromatase inhibitor compared to DIM which I personally consider to be a really questionable ingredient considering the research around it that seems to actually decrease T levels.
The primary ingredient in the formula and the last to be tackled is Tribulus Terrestris. As stated, it’s not really a testosterone booster but it does show benefits in sex and anabolic muscle growth. At best, it could enhance testosterone levels in men over the age of 30. At worst, it still boosts the libido and bodybuilding potential of those muscles.
Does it Work?
Hell yeah. I wouldn’t quite put it in the same class as the best testosterone boosters but it’s pretty decent. Actually, let me correct myself. With strong ingredients like Zinc, Boron, and Mucuna Pruriens, I’d say it’s even 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.
With that said, I’d recommend this product to young males who’re still finding 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.