Quick Take: In today’s review, we’re going to be talking about a supplement who’s aim is to put your hormones back in order after you’ve messed it up with an intense steroid or pro-hormone cycle. Plain and simple, we’re talking PCT here. So don’t expect too much testosterone boosting in this formula. However, there’s still value to this supplement because if you mess with testosterone, regardless if it’s for sex, sport, or bodybuilding, there’s a good chance your hormonal equilibrium won’t be as it should be and thus, leading to a whole lot of side effects. Stay safe and use a PCT. Let’s get to it and see if this one’s the right choice for you.
- A product of Adaptogen Science, AIT makes its claim as a PCT with their label saying that this formula is for “potent hormone balancing therapy”.
- And as a PCT, AIT aims to “support your gains while keeping SHBG in check”
- Their website is poorly designed. I mean, really. Codes are spilling all over the place and it makes it really hard to read through AIT’s web page.
- As any PCT should, this product includes liver protection in the form of Milk Thistle.
- I also see glimpses of DAA in this formula. This is always a great addition to any testosterone booster.
- It’s sold on their website at $53 but at Amazon, you can buy it at about half at only $25. Unfortunately, AIT and other Adaptogen Science products aren’t in GNC.
Adaptogen Science AIT Ingredients
|Proprietary Blend||730 mg|
|Kudzu Extract (root), Tinospora Cordifiola Extract (stem), Milk Thistle Extract (seed), D-Aspartic Acid, S-adenosylmethionine|
Adaptogen Science AIT’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Kudzu – When I researched this herb, I was overwhelmed by the number of research this had centered around women. Apparently, it’s an interesting choice for hormone replacement therapy, especially among post-menopausal women.
Tinospora Cordifiola – This Indian shrub has a lot of chemicals that act as antioxidants or immune system enhancers. I didn’t find studies supporting its effects on testosterone but I did find one stating its benefits on the liver.
Milk Thistle – If you’re a serious bodybuilder, you most probably have already heard of this ingredient. If you’re not, then your friends who are, are probably already taking it as it’s a popular liver detoxifier.
D-Aspartic Acid – Personally, I think this is the best natural testosterone booster there is. One study states that it can raise testosterone levels by 42% in just 12 days. However, it needs a heavy dose and Adaptogen Science AIT puts this supposedly potent ingredient at a low priority on an already low dosed prop blend.
S-adenosylmethionine – or SAMe for short. This has a whole lot of health benefits and according to this article, includes liver protection. It also plays a role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters.
Adaptogen Science AIT Directions
Take one 1 capsule 2x/day with or without food. Adaptogen Science suggests to take it early in the day and prior to working out but it can also be taken all at once.
They also suggest to take AIT for 6 straight weeks followed by an off cycle of 3 weeks.
First of all, I was a bit disappointed seeing the overall low dosages of the prop blend (730 mg). However, the directions does say to take it twice per day which should equal to 1460 mg and that’s not so bad considering that the blend only has 5 ingredients.
Kicking off the analysis off with Kudzu, I say it’s a very questionable ingredient of choice. This herb is here to lower levels of estrogen, theoretically, by binding to estrogen receptors. That’s cool and it might actually work. However, this study suggests that it also increases estrogen activity and expression. Contradicting studies and claims always raises a red-flag and thus, I can’t say Adaptogen Science AIT made a great choice on this.
Tinospora Cordifiola, Milk Thistle, and SAMe all offer protection from liver damage. This is particularly important to people messing with hormones and especially to the ones who do it via steroids and prohormones. The external source of testosterone doesn’t do the liver any good. As such, making PCT’s with benefits to the liver a necessity to these kinds of dudes. SAMe in particular, also offers rejuvenation of neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Lastly, we have DAA. If I owned a supplements company and I had to choose just one testosterone booster to add to a formula, this would be it. However, DAA needs a heavy dose to work and being prioritized low on a meager 1460 mg dosage spread across 5 different ingredients simply doesn’t make the cut so honestly, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of boosts in testosterone happening here.
Does it Work?
Let’s see. A PCT is supposed to support the gains in muscle, libido, performance, and testosterone that you had during your “on” cycle while curbing the effects of estrogen (i.e., man boobs) and liver damage.
For testosterone, AIT has DAA. This compound needs at least 2000 mg to work and the overall dosage doesn’t even have that much. Even so, it could probably work to a small degree.
Strictly in terms of estrogen, it looks a bit scratchy. Kudzu, to me, is a pretty debatable ingredient, hence I wouldn’t bet my estrogen regulation on it.
When it comes to protecting the liver though, Adaptogen Science AIT looks potent and on point. Milk Thistle alone can do this but the formula also has Tinospora Cordifolia for the antioxidants and SAMe for the neurotransmitters. Great job on this, AIT!
Contrary to popular belief, steroids aren’t always given via syringes. These steroids can be taken orally too, just like testosterone boosters which is why there’s confusion between the differences of the two. In general though, they both aim to increase levels of testosterone but both do it differently.
- Steroids aim to increase levels of testosterone by supplying external sources. These are illegal in sports because of the associated side effects which might even include death. They do work to build muscle though which is why it’s so famous. Since it’s lab-derived, the scientists can play around with the molecule and enhance the anabolic effects.
- Testosterone Boosters, as compared to steroids, aim to increase levels of testosterone by helping it produce more. These are generally comprised of natural ingredients. Therefore, it’s generally safe and legal to use too.
Those are just some of the basics and believe me, there’re more differences. I just don’t have enough space to discuss it all here. I do have an article dedicated to this and I suggest you take a look at it.
- DAA – When an ingredient can increase testosterone by 42% in less than 2 weeks, it always deserves a spot here.
- Liver Protection – Thanks to a series of wonderful ingredients in Tinospora Cordifiola, Milk Thistle, and SAMe! This is probably one of the most under-utilized aspect of bodybuilding. I won’t judge you if you decide to inject some of those ‘roids. All of us want to get bigger. Just make sure to protect your liver so you can stay relatively healthy.
- Hormonal Regulation – With DAA, you probably get a tiny bit of T-boosts and if Kudzu works, you get to regulate estrogen levels too.
- No Side Effects – From the customer reviews I’ve read, there doesn’t seem to be anything drastic. Also, the point to having a PCT was to curb the side effects so really, there shouldn’t be any.
- PROP BLEND – How is it so hard to write down the dosages of just 5 ingredients?
- Kudzu – Again, the evidence is contradicting.
- DAA – It’s not a bad ingredient (it’s actually great and it sure as hell works). What’s bad is the low priority.
- Adaptogen Science’s Website – I’m still not over it. Don’t spill your codes on the web page, man. It’s confusing and no one wants to see that.
The Bottom Line
As a PCT, the testosterone boosts aren’t enough to be part of my list of the best testosterone boosters but really, that’s not the point here. With a rise in testosterone, a rise in estrogen is a given if it’s left uncontrolled. That’s why PCT’s were made – so the big boys at the gym get bigger without getting bitch tits. If that’s all I had to judge Adaptogen Science AIT, I wouldn’t think twice about giving this a shitty rating.
However, the liver protection this formula offers is enough to warrant at least a fair judgement. This gets at least 3 stars from me.