Quick Take: Have you ever been hated or discriminated against? I have. That’s a line from Eminem by the way. And no, I haven’t been hated or discriminated against. Why did I tell you this, though? Because if DHT were a person, I think he might’ve felt that way in Testosterone UP’s formula. The ingredients in this formula do have T-boosting potential. I’m quite sure about that but a bulk of these products do so at the cost of DHT. Is that good? Maybe. Is it good for you? Find out for yourself in this review.
- A product of Irwin Naturals, Testosterone Up is a T-boosting stack with a whole lot of quality ingredients
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including Amazon and GNC
- As their website states, their formula is centered around LJ100® to boost testosterone levels that are already within normal range.
- The formula also revolves around Zinc which they provide in another quality and branded form in OptiZinc®
- Their formula is also said to be designed to enhance male performance and vitality with the aid of Ginseng
- They also have BioPerine Complex which is always a good addition to ANY supplement
Testosterone Up Ingredients
|Zinc (as Zinc Methionine) OptiZinc||30 mg|
|Copper (as Copper Citrate)||2 mg|
|MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil||900 mg|
|Pumpkin Seed oil||900 mg|
|Nettle (Urtica dioica) extract (4:1) (root)||300 mg|
|Plant Sterols (40% beta sitosterol)||300 mg|
|Tribulus extract (40% saponins) (plant)||300 mg|
|Asian Ginseng extract (80% ginsenosides) (root)||100 mg|
|LJ100 v (Eurycoma longifolia) extract (40% glycosaponins and 22% eurypeptides) (root)||100 mg|
|Gamma Oryzanol||50 mg|
BioPerine Black Pepper extract (95% piperine) (fruit), Ginger extract (5% gingerols) (root)
Testosterone Up’s T-Boosters
Zinc – Supplied at a branded form in OptiZinc, this is my favorite test boosting mineral. It serves as a raw material for testosterone along with a few other testosterone supporting benefits.
Tongkat Ali – Also given at a branded form in LJ100, this is a potent sex-enhancer that also has T-boosting benefits by decreasing the activity of SHBG and stimulating DHEA.
Ingredients with 5-alpha reductase
- Pumpkin Seed oil – According to this study, PSO has 5-alpha reductase which inhibits the conversion of T to DHT
- Nettle Extract – In the context of testosterone, Nettle is prized as an aromatase inhibitor which stops the conversion of T to estrogen, has 5-alpha reductase which blocks testosterone from converting to DHT, and also binds with SHBG in place of testosterone.
- Gamma Oryzanol – An ingredient that has 5-alpha reductase – blocks the conversion of T to DHT.
- Plant Sterols – Especially at this standardized 40% beta sitosterol form, its an effective way to decrease levels of cholesterol and is also used for cardiac health. In male health, it has 5-alpha reductase that again, blocks test from converting to DHT.
Tribulus – It potentially plays a role in T-boosting by stimulating LH but it’s not really what I’d call a bona fide T-booster. It’s been used more commonly to strengthen erections.
Ginseng – They’re great for male health by boosting libido, stamina, and can even be used as a pre-workout. However, it doesn’t seem like it does a lot for T.
Chrysin – Questionable choice of ingredient to say the least. This has VERY LOW bioavailability when ingested orally but it does boost T if injected directly to your testicles. Do you seriously want that?
BioPerine – An ingredient that boosts the absorbability of the other ingredients. A great addition to ANY formula if you ask me.
Copper – I don’t even know why this is here, honestly. It doesn’t seem to do anything to male health or testosterone for that matter.
MCT – According to this, MCT’s are used by the body for a rapid source of energy because “instead of being stored as fat, the calories contained in MCTs are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by organs and muscles.”
Testosterone Up Directions
Adults take three (3) Liquid Soft-Gels a day with a meal and a full glass of water.
At the very top of the list, we have a branded and heavily dosed mineral in OptiZinc. At 30 mg, this is as sure as it gets when it comes to test boosting. Next in the list of T-boosters, we also have Tongkat Ali. While primarily, the herb is used for it’s libido enhancing effects and T-boosting at the side, you have to consider that Tongkat Ali is given at another branded form of LJ100. And if it’s branded, it mostly guarantees a better quality and therefore enhanced effects (which includes T-boosts.).
It may come as a surprise to most consumers but Tribulus being a famous ingredient to a lot of test boosters, doesn’t really do that much for testosterone. It is however, a potent libido enhancer that kind of mimics the effects of increased T which is probably why it’s a common site in T-Boosters. Ginseng and MCT seem to have a place in this formula to be used as pre-workouts for extra sources of energy. The same cannot be said about Chrysin and Copper because both are generally useless in the way the formula is designed.
It’s also worth noting that the formula has BioPerine. This ingredient alone enhances the effects of ALL these other ingredients. It doesn’t necessarily boost T but because it’s here, your body absorbs the rest of the ingredients better which then leads to even higher levels of test, libido, and energy.
Lastly, we have these ingredients that inhibit 5-alpha reductase:
- Pumpkin Seed oil
- Nettle Extract
- Gamma Oryzanol
- Plant Sterols
Essentially, these ingredients do increase test levels by blocking 5-alpha reductase’s conversion of T to DHT. If that’s what you’re after, then fine. BUT! Do keep in mind that DHT is an even manlier hormone than testosterone itself. DHT is THE supreme androgen which is technically the hormone that makes us men. The only area where testosterone is better than DHT is skeletal muscles which is why it’s so sought after in bodybuilding. So technically, with 5-alpha reductase, you have the potential of racking up huge chunks of muscle but at the cost of other manly things like sex and hair. Luckily for Testosterone UP’s consumers (and you if you plan to buy this), the formula doesn’t seem to overdo it with the DHT blocking but consider yourself warned.
Does it Work?
As a testosterone booster? Yes. As a DHT blocker? Yes to that too. That being said, I think it suits the more mature gents and here’s why. As men grow older, 5-alpha reductase has a tendency to sort of go berserk and drives down testosterone levels in exchange for high DHT. I know I said DHT is a manlier hormone than testosterone but too much of this good stuff can be bad too. And by bad, I mean prostate issues and a bald head. As a whole, I have to say Testosterone UP works but it’s probably not for everyone. If you’re having doubts about taking this, it’s always better to consult with your doctor and check this other T-booster out.
- No side effects – None reported. With quality ingredients like these though, I really wouldn’t expect any.
- Quality Ingredients – Although it would’ve been nice not to see so many DHT blockers, the quality in these ingredients aren’t in doubt.
- 5-alpha reductase inhibitors – Not for everyone but it’s a good addition for our more mature uncles.
- Reputation – The reviews I’ve read are generally good.
- BioPerine – Seeing this ingredient always makes me happy.
- Cheap – 45$ for these quality ingredients? Not bad Irwin Naturals.
- Limited Audience – This is because of those DHT blockers. While this may be good for some, it’s really not for everyone.
- Chrysin and Copper – Literally a waste of precious space (or dosage).
- 1 bottle for 20 days – Unlike most other supplements who provide a month’s worth of capsules, Testosterone UP only supplies for 20 days.
The Bottom Line
Therefore I conclude that Testosterone UP is a great quality T-booster for older men. The mature gents naturally have lower levels of testosterone and higher levels of DHT. In that sense, Testosterone UP looks to be right for the job because it lowers levels of DHT by blocking testosterone conversion and returning levels of healthy natural testosterone. Plus, there’s a healthy dose of sexual enhancement in Tribulus. Don’t assume you have high DHT just because you’re older and balding though. It’s always better to be sure by checking with your doctor. Messing with DHT is a big N-O.