Looking for a testosterone booster is easy. Nowadays, all you literally have to do is go on the internet, order a package, and before you know it, you have a testosterone booster right on your doorstep. However, landing one with good quality isn’t actually as simple. Finding the best ones? Even harder.
Having said that, my goal in this article is to teach you how you can spot these elusive supplements. Furthermore, I’ll even include a list of the best quality testosterone boosters I’ve found so far. Does that sound good? Are you all set? Then let’s get to it.
WHY IS THE QUALITY OF A TESTOSTERONE BOOSTER IMPORTANT?
The simple answer to this question is that not all testosterone boosters are made equally. Some are good, some are bad… and some are just sh*t. That’s the truth. In fact, from the reviews I’ve read, a number of awful testosterone boosters have left bad impressions on a lot of people, leaving them to generalize that all T boosters are ineffective supplements.
Honestly though? I don’t blame them. I mean, if I had strung together a number of ineffective testosterone boosters, I wouldn’t want to waste my time and money on another one, too. I’m pretty sure the same goes for you, too, right?
On that note, this is partly why I think the quality of a testosterone booster is so important.
Bad impressions can leave lasting impressions. However, I believe the same can be said for the flip side, too. If, at the very least, you can get yourself a good quality testosterone booster that does the job you want it to do, that’s going to make you want to try another bottle; maybe even look for better options until you find the best.
Perhaps more important than just good impressions though, good quality testosterone boosters are more likely to work especially if you bought one that’s designed specifically for your intentions. In this regard, here are a few benefits that you can get from an effective T-booster:
- Increase muscle mass (from greater protein synthesis)
- Decrease fat (from enhanced metabolism)
- Improved physical performance (strength and stamina)
- Elevate libido (sex drive)
- Stiffer erections
- Improved sperm parameters
- Better sleep
- Stabler mood
- Better alertness and cognitive function
Since testosterone serves important functions in several areas of our body such as the cardiovascular system and bone strength, a top-notch T booster’s benefits can spill to these areas as well. However, from my point of view, the physical, sexual, and mental aspects of being a man are what most test boosters are concerned about.
Moreover, you won’t actually experience these benefits equally from every testosterone booster. It depends on the formula’s design, too. So, if you’re seeking the help of a testosterone booster to help you with a specific purpose, choosing the right supplement is crucial. The point I’m trying to make here is that quality can somewhat be subjective and choosing the wrong tool for the job will make you think it’s worthless, even when the supplement has all the best ingredients.
With that in mind…
HOW DOES ONE FIND THE BEST QUALITY TESTOSTERONE BOOSTER?
Here’s where I teach you so listen up. The best quality testosterone boosters are ones that aren’t just effective, they’re efficient. But, again, there’s a certain degree of subjectivity to how you can gauge the quality of a T booster – or any supplement for that matter.
Having said that, here are the things I believe you should consider when looking for the best quality testosterone booster:
This one’s a given. When a supplement has research-backed ingredients that are given in top-shelf forms, it makes the product feel luxurious. Furthermore, ingredients with enhanced forms are just straight up better for absorption which makes them more efficient and less quirky.
On the other hand, ingredients with terrible forms are harder to absorb. In effect, this also increases the chances of you getting gastric side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, or gas. You wouldn’t want that, would you? Ergo, look for T boosters with great quality ingredients. To make this part easier, here’s a general look at what good forms look like:
When it comes to great quality herbs, you generally have two options:
Standardized herbs are herbs that have more of their active compounds per measurement of weight. When it comes to testosterone boosters, these active compounds are essentially what give the herbs their man-enhancing properties. So, for the most part, the higher the standard, the better the potency. Take a look at these examples:
- Mucuna Pruriens – This herb, in my opinion, is one of the best T boosting herbs in the market. With its active ingredient, L-Dopa, it can stimulate the synthesis of LH which then signals for testosterone production. Look for one that’s standardized to around 10-15% L-Dopa.
If standardized extracts are focused on amplifying a single compound, concentrated extracts have more of the entire herb per unit of weight. For example, a 10:1 extract uses 10 mg of an herb to make 1 mg of the final product. Clearly, this also makes the ingredient more potent.
- Tongkat Ali – Long known for its effects on libido, this herb is also capable of boosting testosterone while lowering cortisol. Theoretically, this makes it great for fitness, too. Personally, I think the best form of Tongkat Ali is 100:1 but less concentrated versions are pretty good as well.
- Stinging Nettle – A 10:1 extract is what I prefer but I’ve seen this herb come in standardized forms, too. As a T booster, it limits SHBG, estrogen, and DHT on its way to increasing bioavailable testosterone.
Vitamins are generally essential for human growth and development. They’re also widely available in a plethora of different forms. However, not all forms are equally bioavailable and your body doesn’t utilize them in equal efficiencies. So, with regards to testosterone boosting, choose vitamins that your body can readily use.
- Vitamin D – This vitamin either comes in D2 or D3 forms. D2 is what you get from plants and fortified foods while D3 is what your body naturally produces when exposed to sunlight. Both forms increase levels of Vitamin D but D2 levels decline quicker whereas D3 is better sustained, making it better for boosting T.
- Vitamin B6 – In the human body, a couple forms of Vitamin B6 enter the liver where they are converted into B6’s bioavailable form, PLP (P-5-P). In testosterone boosters, this vitamin typically comes either as pyridoxine HCl or P-5-P. To save your body from the hassle of conversion, P-5-P is clearly the better choice.
- Vitamin K – This vitamin has plenty of potential to support healthy T. The most commonly used forms are K1 and K2 but specifically for test boosting, I believe the K2 variant is better. Also, K2 has other subtypes such as MK-4, MK-7, MK-8, and MK-9. All are great but strictly for T, I prefer the MK-4.
Like vitamins, there also a bunch of minerals that are crucial to both male and female health. Consequently, there are a bunch of them for testosterone, too. These minerals usually come in similar forms – both good and bad – so here are the most commonly used ones:
- The Good
- Chelate (minerals that are bound to amino acids)
- The Bad
Unfortunately, I’m seeing more of “the bad” when I scour the market because they’re cheaper to produce. If it were up to me though, I’d rather pay a couple more bucks to get good quality. They’re not only more effective and more absorbable, they’re safer, too. That being said, check out these T-boosting minerals:
- Zinc – This mineral is essential to testosterone production which, to me, further emphasizes why you and I both need to consider the form(s) we’re taking. After all, we can’t produce T without it so we might as well get the best.
- Magnesium – Mg is involved in over 300 metabolic functions and a few of them include testosterone and muscle.
- Boron – A booster of testosterone boosters, Boron increases levels of Magnesium and Vitamin D. Furthermore, it also increases “free” testosterone while lowering estrogen.
Once you’ve found yourself a supplement with top-shelf ingredients, the next thing you should look at is dosage. After all, what use is an easy-to-absorb ingredient if there isn’t much to absorb anyway?
That being said, an ingredient’s RDA (recommended daily allowance) is, a lot of times, a good determinant of whether you’re getting the right amounts. However, some ingredients may need more than their RDA to be beneficial for T.
- For example, Vitamin D’s RDA is 600 IU but testosterone benefits have been documented at dosages greater than 3000 IU.
Moreover, other ingredients don’t have RDAs to begin with. Aside from essential vitamins and minerals, the herbs and compounds used in testosterone boosters don’t have that luxury, which may confuse you with how much you should be taking.
In this regard, I suggest you look to their respective studies and see what dosages are effective. To make things even easier, you could also visit my archive of T booster ingredients with their relevant studies, benefits, side effects, and of course, dosage suggestions.
Remember when I said determining the quality of supplement can be somewhat subjective? Yeah, this is where that comes to play. First of all, you have to know what you want. When you have that down, it’s only a matter of figuring out if the product you have your eye on has ingredients that can truly help (and if they’re given in great quality and dosage, as previously stated).
With this in mind, let’s get straight to business. Here are a few of the most commonly used ingredients in T-booster supplements and what they can do:
- Fenugreek – Different brands seem to favor different benefits but generally, this herb has research-backed benefits on strength, energy, body composition, and of course, testosterone.
- Coleus Forskolin – Look for one that’s standardized to forskolin – the active compound that gives this herb its manly benefits. Research says it can decrease fat while promoting lean muscle and testosterone.
- Rhodiola Rosea, Ashwagandha, and Tongkat Ali – These three herbs are considered adaptogens which means they can help the body adapt to stress and cortisol while also promoting high levels of T. As a result, they tilt your body’s metabolism towards anabolism. Plus, Ashwagandha has benefits on power, velocity, and oxygen uptake, too.
- ZMA – A combination of Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6. These three are great testosterone boosters in their own right but together, they can tremendously help athletes recover from intense training, leading to robust growth in both mass, strength, and indirectly, probably even skill.
- Tribulus Terrestris – This herb has been heavily marketed as a powerful testosterone, libido, and performance booster. Unfortunately though, it’s really more of just a sexual herb. Granted, it does boost T but only in men with already low levels (i.e., men over 30)
- Maca – Like Tribulus, this was once thought to be a capable T booster. Unfortunately, research says otherwise. Regardless, Maca has plenty of manly benefits which include better sperm and higher libido.
- Horny Goat Weed – Rather than boosting testosterone, this herb mimics its effects. Its prominent benefit is – you guessed it – increased libido. Plus, it also promotes stiffer erections while also protecting your sperm and testicles.
As you can see, the herbs above aren’t actually effective testosterone boosters despite being great for spicing up the bedroom. Again, if all you’re after is a better sex life, these ingredients will suffice. If you want higher T and libido though, look for Fenugreek, Ashwagandha, Tongkat Ali, and probably Ginseng.
For hormonal balance
Ironically, I think the best quality T-boosters don’t just boost testosterone; they manage other hormones, too. Doing so ensures that you get the most out of your testosterone supplement.
For example, if you want more muscle, regulating cortisol, a catabolic hormone, can help put your body in an anabolic state. To take that a step further, you’re also going to want to manage estrogen to inhibit your body from storing fat.
Of course, it’s not just your looks that benefit from hormonal regulation as other aspects of male health will, too. However, I highly recommend that you see your doctor beforehand. Doing so will help give you a clearer picture on what features to look for and what hormones you need to manage. While you haven’t done that yet, you might as well read up on the following ingredients:
- D-Aspartic Acid (DAA) – This amino acid is perhaps the most powerful sex hormone supercharger we have in the market. Per research, it can boost T by 42% in just 12 days. Along with those impressive test boosts, however, also comes higher levels of estrogen. That being said, the next couple of ingredients can help.
- Diindolylmethane (DIM) and Luteolin – Both of these compounds are derived from plants and, collectively, both are also consider aromatase-inhibitors. This gives them the ability to lower levels of estrogen. However, the research on DIM is mostly concerned on women’s health. As such, I personally prefer Luteolin.
- Fenugreek and Stinging Nettle – We’ve talked about these herbs in the previous segments but apart from boosting T, both also lower levels of DHT. When an older man has excess DHT, it contributes to prostate issues and balding. Ergo, reducing DHT can benefit this particular demographic. If you’re young and have neither issues, however, I suggest you refrain from messing with this hormone.
- Boron and Magnesium – Again, we’ve talked about these but they also block the bioactivities of SHBG. When SHBG is bound to T, your testosterone becomes useless. Therefore, stopping or breaking this bind can give you more “free” test.
Final tips on Formula Design
There are other ingredients used in T-booster supplements but, from where I stand, these are the most common and perhaps the most effective at what they do. However, a formula’s design isn’t solely reliant on individual ingredients. Rather, it’s more of how the ingredients work as a whole.
Case in point, some ingredients work better when paired with other ingredients. For instance, DAA’s estrogen boosts can be countered with Luteolin (or DIM) so you get the T boosts without throwing your hormonal profile out of whack. On the contrary, some ingredients aren’t good together. For example, Zinc and Calcium are great individually but when they’re taken together, they compete with each other for absorption.
Having said that, I want you to pay close attention to inter-ingredient synergies (or lack thereof) the next time you go shopping for a quality testosterone booster.
RECAP: BEST QUALITY TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS
|T-Booster Supplement||My Review||Website|
|#1 – Performance Lab SPORT T-Booster||My Review||www.performancelab.com|
|#2 – Prime Male||My Review||www.primemale.com|
|#3 – Nugenix Ultimate||My Review||www.nugenix.com|
|#4 – Quantum T||My Review||www.mtheorysupplements.com|
|#5 – EVL Test||My Review||www.evlnutrition.com|
So, this ends my lecture on the best quality T-boosters. I hope I’ve given you enough information and suggestions to make you feel confident in your choices.
In a nutshell, high quality testosterone boosters are ones with research-backed ingredients that are given in enhanced qualities and sufficient dosages. Furthermore, these ingredients also have to blend well together so they can amplify each other’s benefits and negate each other’s shortcomings.
More importantly though, you have to know what you want from your testosterone booster. Without this realization, an excellent supplement can feel useless.