Quick Take: Okay so first of all, don’t let the title phase you. We’ll get to that soon enough. Now, take a pause. Scroll down and get to the ingredients part.
You’ve seen it? Okay.
I think you’d agree with me that this list is plenty long. I mean, I don’t even want to count how many ingredients there are in this formula because frankly, it scares me. Needless to say, this is also going to be one of the longest reviews you’ll see me do but I will try my best to keep it short because I know you don’t have a lot of ‘studying’ time because… lift is life, bro. So basically, TestoBoost is a testosterone booster that targets MULTIPLE bio-active pathways that MD+ believes can maximize the growth of testosterone in both men & women. Let’s find out if it actually does.
- TestoBoost is a product of the old-school brand Metabolic Diet or MD+
- This stack is designed and always updated by the passionate Dr. Mauro di Pasquale
- According to their website, the basis of adding all these ingredients “is to involve all possible pathways that lead to the desired effects, and to use multiple ingredients that work together to produce superior results.”
- The formula includes the sporty ZMA trio plus Bioperine® to improve the absorption of all these ingredients.
- The primary ingredient in their heavily dosed TestoBoost Proprietary Complex is DAA
- It’s said to be available to buy in various online shops and in retail stores but I couldn’t find it in big sellers like Amazon and GNC.
(as 71% Beta Carotene and 29% Palmitate)
(as Ascorbic Acid and Potassium Ascorbate)
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||400 IU|
(as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)
(as Pyridoxine HCl & Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)
|Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)||200 mcg|
|Calcium (as Calcium Phosphate)||400 mg|
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Aspartate)||300 mg|
(as Zinc Monomethionine from Optizinc®)
|Manganese (as Manganese Chelate)||2 mg|
|Bioperine® (Piper nigrum) (fruit)||5 mg|
|Coenzyme Q10||20 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris extract (fruit)
Saponins 200 mg
|Acetyl L-Carnitine HCl||300 mg|
|Nettle Extract (leaf)||250 mg|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||150 mg|
|TestoBoost Proprietary Complex||5113 mg|
|D-Aspartate, Phosphate (as Calcium Phosphate) Catuaba (bark), Muira Puama (bark), Saw Palmetto (berry), Suma (root), Calcium D-Glucarate, Chrysin, Phosphatidylserine, Indole-3-Carbinol, Damiana (leaf), Ipriflavone, Maca (root), Eurycoma Longifolia extract (root), Prickly Pear Extract (leaf), Turmeric (root), 5-Methyl Methoxy Isoflavone, Coleus Forskohlii extract (root), Schisandra (berry), Phosphorus, Quercetin Dihydrate, L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate, Passionflower (herb), Ginger extract (root), GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid from Borage seed Oil Powder), Chasteberry extract (Vitus agnus castus) (fruit), Deer Antler Velvet, Oat Straw (aerial parts), Genistein.|
Testoboost’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
This is going to be a long one so get ready.
The Vitamins & Minerals
- Zinc – Personally, I think this is the best mineral for testosterone boosting. It acts as a raw material for testosterone and signals synthesis and release of our favorite man hormone. One of the forms used here is looking sexy too in the branded Optizinc®
- Boron – In terms of testosterone boosting minerals, Boron is right up there with the best and second only to Zinc. It does a wide array of things to test including blocking SHBG and estrogen activity while increasing serum levels of testosterone and DHT. It also increases levels of Magnesium and Vitamin D which are both great for testosterone too.
- Magnesium – Similar to Boron, Magnesium inhibits the binding activity of SHBG which leads to more “free” T. The form given here isn’t the best but it’s the same form used in the original ZMA blend so this is fine.
- Vitamin B6 – And with this, the ZMA trio has been completed. Low levels of this B vitamin have been correlated to low levels of testosterone so having healthy levels of this would also lead to healthy levels of test. As an addition, P-5-P is one of the forms used here and it’s the best version of Vitamin B6.
- Vitamin D – Again, the best form of this vitamin (Cholecalciferol) is used in this formula. Nobody really knows how Vitamin D increases testosterone but it’s pretty clear that Vitamin D is linked to healthy levels of test.
Botanicals, Amino Acids, and Antioxidants
- Tribulus Terrestris – It’s one of the most popular ingredients in testosterone boosters but it doesn’t really boost it. What it boosts instead is libido and athletic performance which gives you the ‘feeling’ of increased testosterone.
- Nettle – It’s believed to positively influence testosterone by blocking aromatase, 5a-reductase, and SHBG but more evidence is needed to qualify it is a bona fide testosterone booster. Regardless, it still is great for masculine and prostate health.
- Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, & L-Carnitine – The first 2 are antioxidants and the latter is an amino acid. All these have the ability to enhance energy. In addition, CoQ10 and L-Carnitine are good for fat loss.
TestoBoost Proprietary Complex
- DAA, Tongkat Ali, Oat Straw – In this same order, these are all evidence backed ingredients that support natural boosts in test. According to a study, DAA has the capacity to increase testosterone levels by 42% in just 12 days. I mean, come on. If that’s not potent I don’t know what is. Tongkat Ali follows suit by increasing test by 37% and dropping cortisol by 16%. Avena Ativa (Oat Straw) MIGHT promote testosterone growth but it’s mainly used as a nootropic with calming properties.
Take 4 tablets daily. Those 4 tablets can either be taken in 2 tablets twice a day (prior to training and before sleeping) or 4 tablets all at once.
Well, now that we have that long list over with, let’s start with the analysis of the ingredients which actually takes a lot more time *sigh. But I’ll try to keep it short.
Out of those vitamins & minerals, only 5 qualify as testosterone boosters. But don’t fret! Because those 5 are pretty good and TestoBoost made them even better by using high-quality and branded forms. The formula boasts the ZMA trio of Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6 which are given in better forms than the original blend. To add to the T-boosting potency, there’s Vitamin D3. And as if that wasn’t enough, Boron’s also in the mix with hormonal support and more Vitamin D and Magnesium.
When I first laid eyes on the prop blend, the first thing that I noticed was of course, the long list of ingredients. But looking beyond that, I saw 5113 mg. That’s a HEAVY dose! All caps on that for more emphasis. And that’s not all. You know which ingredient gets the bulk of this heavy dose? The POWERFUL testosterone booster DAA. Less prioritized but still in this prop blend is another potent test booster in Tongkat Ali.
The rest of the ingredients I haven’t mentioned either have nothing to do with testosterone or they might have the potential to do so but don’t have solid evidence to back them up. Regardless, I’m putting my trust in this supplement’s formulator Dr. Mauro di Pasquale.
Does it Work?
Let’s recount the T-boosting ingredients. There’s ZMA, Boron, Vitamin D3, DAA, and Tongkat Ali. Does the question of this stack working still stand? Because if it isn’t clear enough, then yes. It works. That said, the people reported to take this supplement are professional athletes who want to get more professional-er. Also, with the number of questionable ingredients in this formula, it might not be best for some. There are other surefire T-boosters in the market that don’t have a whole lot of ingredients but still work spectacularly for testosterone and muscle growth.
- No drastic side effects – According to the customer reviews I’ve read, some have complained about nausea and upset stomach but these are very rare. In reality though, this is to be expected due to the high number of ingredients stacked in this formula. But generally, the quality of these ingredients make it safe. Be careful to monitor the other supplements you plan to take though. They might not interact well with some of the ingredients here.
- Dr. Mauro di Pasquale – How could I not, though? He clearly has the experience being a champion athlete himself and he’s not all muscle. He has the brains too being a professor, a biochemistry major, and a doctor. Plus, you can’t discount the passion he has in his field.
- ZMA and more – By more, I meant Boron, Vitamin D3, and DAA. All are GREAT testosterone boosters.
- Updated Formula – And it always will be given that Mr. Steroid Hunter doesn’t lose his passion.
- Quality Ingredients – A lot of the testosterone boosting ingredients are given at their best form.
- Questionable Ingredients – While some are proven test boosters, there are others who don’t hold a lot science to them and some whodon’t have any business being in a T-boosting formula.
- Mysterious Dosages – While the ingredients that have their dosages disclosed are decently dosed, a large part of the formula is hidden inside a prop blend.
- PROP BLEND – I keep on typing this on a whole lot supplements. Which is sad, really. Is it really that hard to show ALL the dosages?
- Expensive – 90$/month. If that’s not expensive for you, you must be filthy rich. I’m not, so yeah. That sh*t’s expensive.
The Bottom Line
Suddenly, the title doesn’t sound too scary, aye? Dr. Mauro di Pasquale earned his nickname for doing GOOD things to the industry. Looking at the formula, it does seem like he’s put a lot of thought to it. Maybe even too much. The testosterone boosting ingredients in this formula does look like it can be potent enough to provide a sizable amount of test boosts but the approach this formula took, I feel, is holding back it’s true potential. Compared to products that are laser-focused in T-boosting, TestoBoost’s shotgun approach would work well for some, but it also might not for others.