Quick Take: To be very honest, Test X180 looks like a decent formula for boosting libido and performance with a little bit of testosterone boosts on the side. However, Force Factor has a terrible reputation with their customers. More on this later. For now, let me just tell you that the formula contains quite a number of high quality ingredients that enhance masculine health which kind of makes up for the overall low dosage. Let’s get to the review and find out if this supplement is actually worth buying despite the manufacturer’s reputation.
- Test X180 actually looks like an okay formula despite being a product of the controversial Force Factor.
- “Ready to feel like a superhero in the gym and in the bedroom?” That’s exactly how Test X180 is advertised on their website. Pretty catchy if you ask me.
- Also advertised on their label to be a “Premium Free Testosterone Booster” and really, a lot of their ingredients are premium quality so that’s not false advertising. The dosage sucks though.
- For testosterone boosting Vitamins, Test X180 has Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B6 but again, the dosages look sub-par.
- Their Growth Enhancement Matrix is where they get their money with Testofen as the primary ingredient.
- The prices vary depending on where you buy it. On their website, it’s sold at $70 but on GNC and Amazon, it’s sold much cheaper at $55 and $40 respectively.
Test X180 Ingredients
|Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)||200 IU|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine Hcl)||2 mg|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||10 mcg|
|Growth Enhancement Matrix:Testofen®, Siberan Ginseng [(Eleutherococcus senticosus) (root extract) (min 0.8% B&E eleutherosides)], Panax Ginseng [(root extract) (30% total ginsenosides)], Cordyceps sinensis (7% cordycepic acid), Tribulus terrestris (fruit)||400 mg|
Test X180’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin D – According to this study, low levels of testosterone have been linked to Vitamin D deficiency. The same study suggests that there is a positive correlation between Vitamin D and testosterone. This Vitamin D3 form is looking extra sexy but this 200 IU dosage makes it pretty much useless.
Vitamin B6 – Similar to Vitamin D, a study suggests that low levels of Vitamin B6 are correlated to low levels of testosterone. Pyridoxine HCL is an okay form but it could be better with P-5-P.
Vitamin B12 – This study suggests that Vitamin B12 supplementation improved sperm quality but didn’t affect sex hormones (including testosterone).
Growth Enhancement Matrix
- Testofen® – This is basically a branded form of Fenugreek standardized to contain 50% Fenuside™. Fenugreek is an herb that’s been used for libido and performance enhancements but it could also raises levels of “free” testosterone by blocking aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase activity.
- Siberian Ginseng – This is an adaptogenic herb that’s been used in Russia to cope with stress (mental and physical) and also to increase vitality. It doesn’t seem to boost testosterone though.
- Panax Ginseng – Another adaptogenic herb. This one has its roots planted in China and has been used to enhance male health including testosterone .
- Cordyceps – Standardized to include 7% cordycepic acid, Cordyceps to me looks like a pretty dubious ingredient. This study states that it does increase levels of testosterone. However, aside from being grown from the back of caterpillars, the same study also shows that it increases levels of estriadol – a female hormone. If anything, this shows that it’s great for regulating testosterone:estrogen ratio instead of plainly boosting test.
- Tribulus terrestris – Despite being one of the most popularly used ingredients in testosterone boosting supplements, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s a great testosterone booster. In fact, this study states that “the findings in the current study anticipate that Tribulus terrestris steroid saponins possess neither direct nor indirect androgen-increasing properties”.
Siberian Ginseng VS. Panax Ginseng
Despite being both Ginsengs, these two are different plants and their biggest difference lies in their active compounds.
Siberian Ginseng contains eleutherosides which have been known to impact the immune system. According to this article, this herb “was traditionally used to prevent colds and flu and to increase energy, longevity, and vitality”.
Panax Ginseng on the other hand, has ginsenosides as its active ingredient – a class of triterpenoid saponins which according to this study, is an agonist to multiple steroidal receptors. Also stated in the study, “ginsenosides are important natural resources to be developed into new modalities, and may replace steroids in the current regimen to lessen undesirable side effects.”
Test X180 Directions
Starting with this formula’s vitamins, all three are great for manly health. Vitamin D is probably the best testosterone boosting vitamin there is and this D3 form is easily absorbed and utilized by our bodies. However, the 200 IU dosage pretty much makes it useless. A shame, really, because this would’ve been a really great addition.
Vitamin B6 isn’t at the best form but even at a low dose of 2 mg, it could probably still work. Vitamin B12 on the other hand, doesn’t look to have testosterone boosting properties but because it’s healthy for our microscopic swimmers, it’s still a great vitamin for masculine health.
And now we get to the meat of Test X180’s formula – their Growth Enhancement Matrix. The prop blend has a low total dosage of 400 mg divided among 5 ingredients. If the formula gives every ingredient in this blend equal dosages (which is highly unlikely), they’d all have 80 mg. In case you were wondering, that’s a low dose for these herbs. Thankfully though, Test X180 sort of makes up for it by giving high quality, standardized ingredients.
Starting with the prop blend’s primary ingredient, Fenugreek looks to increase “free” testosterone by blocking testosterone from converting to estrogen and DHT. The estrogen regulation sounds cool and is actually warranted if you intend to boost testosterone. However, DHT is an even manlier hormone than testosterone so I suggest you be wary of taking in more supplements that block DHT unless you see a doctor. Fenugreek also enhances libido and physical performance.
Both Siberian and Panax Ginseng are adaptogenic herbs that help the body cope with stress. This is particularly important to the bodybuilding community since they’re at risk of putting their bodies under extreme physical and mental stress everyday. More stress means lesser muscle gains so by regulating stress levels, this could be beneficial to promoting anabolic muscle growth. Moreover, Panax Ginseng also looks to be able to raise levels of testosterone.
Cordyceps, as I’ve said, raises levels of both testosterone and estrogen. I think this is counterproductive to what testosterone boosters are supposed to do which is to raise levels of test while regulating estrogen to enhance manly characteristics. Specifically, I think it might even render the estrogen inhibiting effects of Fenugreek useless which also raises the issue that Test X180 needs more ingredients to block these feminine hormones.
Lastly, we have Tribulus Terrestris which as I’ve already shown, doesn’t necessarily boost testosterone of young and healthy customers. However, another Tribulus study shows that it may boost testosterone levels of those who’re already suffering from deficient test which may probably be beneficial to older men on some degree. Regardless, it’s great for sex and might even work to boost performance.
Does it Work?
As a whole, Force Factor’s Test x180 looks like it works best for sex. Although, it also looks like it could work for enhancing athletic prowess, too. Testosterone boosts look like it’s prioritized last but it should still be there albeit to a minimum.
Moreover, my analysis points me towards believing that this supplement is more suited to the younger guys who don’t necessarily need a lot of boosts in testosterone but still want to enhance their sexy time and bodybuilding experience. Older guys could still benefit from this too but it would probably serve their needs better if they opted for a formula that targeted the specific demographic.
- Sex – Young or old, all men want sex.
- Performance boosts – Not too much but you’d probably still be able to feel it. If your goal was to enhance performance to an elite level though, you’d probably want to read this review.
- High Quality ingredients – Not all but most of them are served at top quality forms.
- PROP BLEND – Can anybody please explain to me why it’s so hard to show all the dosages?
- Minimal testosterone boosts – As a testosterone booster, the primary focus doesn’t seem to be actually increasing testosterone.
- Low dosages – From the vitamins to the prop blend, everything here either borders on useless or barely hitting the mark.
THE BIGGEST CON ABOUT TEST X180 IS THEIR REPUTATION
The formula itself actually looks pretty decent. However, the number of negative ratings and customer reviews are overwhelming and this is because Force Factor has been known to scam their customers. Let me explain.
When you decide to visit Force Factor’s page on Test X180, they give you the option to “try a sample”. What this is, is a 14-day trial period where they’re supposed to give you 14 capsules. Don’t do it. It’s a lie. When you sign up for the free sample, they will automatically charge your credit card and ship you the next batch unless you make sure you cancel and they’re most likely going to give you a hard time cancelling, too.
Some customer reviews even reported about not actually getting their supposed shipment despite having already paid for it. Despite looking like an okay formula, it’s very hard to recommend this product given the company’s reputation for money-grabbing tactics.
The Bottom Line
The formula looks fine but fine isn’t enough to earn it a place among my list of the best testosterone boosters. If you wanted to enhance sex and performance though, this supplement could probably be beneficial to you. However, I can’t get my mind off of the scammer reputation. If you still want to take that chance, then hey. That’s on you.
This decent looking formula would’ve gotten a decent rating but unless Force Factor gets their sh*t right, this isn’t getting a pass from me.