Quick Take: Men are from Mars and women are from Venus but Alpha Males are made here on Earth. With scientifically backed manly ingredients,that’s what Alpha Mars is out to prove. Designed to get your muscles pumping, your ATP flowing, and your testosterone bursting, does this other worldly supplement have what it takes to transform us lowly Earthlings into Alpha Marsians? Or is it just another product with a cool name? Let’s get to the review and find out.
- Alpha Mars is a product of ATP Science which has been a reliable brand supplying a number of products for nutrition and sports.
- On their website, Alpha Mars is marketed to have ingredients that have “been proven to increase free testosterone, decrease DHT, Estrogen & Cortisol” and (SPOILER ALERT!), it’s true.
- ATP Science also says that the ingredients are supplied “in precise ratios” to influence manliness in multiple ways. While I can’t dispute this statement, I also can’t support it because these “precise ratios” aren’t shown in their prop blend. Bummer.
- Speaking of prop blend, Alpha Mars has a heavy overall dosage spread across just 5 ingredients.
- There’s isn’t a single ingredient here that’s given in their best form. Actually, all of them are just plain.
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including ATP Science’s own website and Amazon. I can’t seem to find it on GNC.
Alpha Mars Ingredients
|ATP Science’s proprietary TEST Blend|
|Shilajit (Asphaltum Punjabinum), Tong Kat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia), Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng), Fenugreek, (Trigonella foenum-graecum), Nettle root (Urtica dioica)||600 mg|
Alpha Mars’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Shilajit – This tar-like substance’s most bioactive compound is fulvic acid – a compound that has shown to significantly increase levels of plasma TSH which then leads to greater amounts of testosterone. Additionally, I think it’s a wonderful ingredient for use in bodybuilding because according to this study, Shilajit is capable of “enhancing physical performance and relieving fatigue with enhanced production of ATP.”
Tongkat Ali – This herb has been traditionally used to enhance libido and as a natural testosterone booster, it’s also shown to be quite powerful. As this research shows, Tongkat Ali can increase levels of testosterone by 37% while also decreasing the stress hormone cortisol by 16%. Moreover, this research says that Tongkat Ali has eurypeptides that are capable of decreasing SHBG for more “free” and bioactive testosterone. Tongkat Ali also does show anti estrogen properties via its most active quassinoid (eurycomanone). However, the bioavailability of eurycomanone is pretty low so I personally wouldn’t count on it to do anything major in terms of estrogen regulation.
Korean Ginseng – Otherwise known as Panax or Asian Ginseng, this manly herb is a potent adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress and possibly even raise levels of testosterone.
Fenugreek – This herb has been widely used as a natural libido enhancer. It’s also shown to benefit physical performance and strength. As a testosterone booster, it inhibits aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase, which then leads to lower levels of estrogen and DHT in favor of greater amounts of “free” test.
Nettle – It’s an herb that has quite a few healthy benefits. Specifically for testosterone, Stinging Nettle (or just Nettle) acts similar to Fenugreek in that it inhibits testosterone from converting to estrogen and DHT. Nettle, however, has the added benefit of reducing SHBG.
Alpha Mars Directions
Each serving is composed of a single capsule and as ATP Science suggests, the user is directed to take one or two capsules twice per day with meals. That’s a minimum of 2 capsules and a max of 4 capsules per day.
First of all, let me just repeat the directions. Be patient. This is part of the analysis.
Alpha Mars suggests that you take 2-4 capsules per day. The way I see it, the number of capsules you decide to take is essential to the level of effectivity of this particular supplement. Here’s a little overview.
Alpha Mars doesn’t indicate the quality of their ingredients so these are most likely just given in plain forms. Ingredients that aren’t branded, standardized, or concentrated usually need more dosage to be effective. This is part of what makes the number of capsules you take important. Another factor is that the herbs used here (Tongkat Ali and Fenugreek to be specific), already need high dosages to be effective for testosterone so these alone require you to take more than 1 capsule per day. I did the math and here’s my analysis:
- 2 caps per day – weak ass dosage. I don’t expect this to work.
- 3 caps per day – so-so dosage. 1800 mg looks adequate enough to work for 5 ingredients but don’t expect anything big.
- 4 caps per day – Personally, this is what I would recommend for optimal effects. 2400 mg for a 5-ingredient stack should be more than sufficient.
As ATP science themselves say, Alpha Mars was designed to boost testosterone to help in building lean muscle mass. They also say that their formula helps enhance “free” testosterone and libido. If I were to judge the effectivity of the Alpha Mars formula based on those claims, they certainly do have the right ingredients and at 2400 mg spread across 4 capsules, the dosage seems heavy too. To my analysis, here’s how Alpha Mars works:
The top ingredient here is Shilajit and I personally think this is wonderful for bodybuilding and sports. Not only does it increase levels of testosterone to make it easier to build muscle, it also enhances energy levels via ATP production to help you push through tough workouts.
The workout benefits of Shilajit are then followed up by Tongkat Ali and Panax Ginseng. With more energy, you tend to do more in your exercise and with more exercise, your body becomes more stressed. This leads to higher levels of cortisol which consequently lowers levels of testosterone. With Tongkat Ali and Panax Ginseng’s anti-stress properties, you can push your body to its physical limits without worrying about lowering test. Additionally, Tongkat Ali can also raise levels of “free” testosterone which enhances protein synthesis. Again, further enhancing anabolic muscle growth.
Alpha Mars caps off its prop blend with two ingredients (Fenugreek and Nettle) that raise levels of “free” testosterone by preventing testosterone from converting to estrogen and DHT. Controlling test’s conversion to estrogen is necessary anytime you want to boost testosterone for bodybuilding because doing so lowers the possibility of having feminine side effects such as the notorious man boobs. Lowering DHT on the other hand, is something a bit controversial. Sure, lowering levels of DHT could lead to more “free” test but believe it or not, DHT is a more potent androgen than testosterone and lowering it recklessly could mean a net reduction in overall manliness.
This is one of the problems I saw with Alpha Mars. It disregards the body’s need for DHT. Admittedly though, a lot of other supplements also have this same issue when trying to raise levels of “free” test. However, the really good ones have ways to counter this. Another issue here is that none of their ingredients are given in high quality forms. Top shelf ingredients would’ve effectively lowered the required dosage which would’ve also allowed ATP Science to add ingredients like Boron in Alpha Mars to counter the DHT depletion from Fenugreek and Nettle.
Does it Work?
With the ingredients and the overall dosage that Alpha Mars has, I do believe it works. However, the lack of quality in their ingredients and the fact that their individual dosages are hidden inside a prop blend has me questioning the potency of this product. For what it’s worth though, it still looks like a decent testosterone booster with decent muscle building potential.
That said, I’d recommend this to the younger population who’re looking for a sports supplement to help them with their gym performance and muscle growth.
- Well chosen ingredients – All the ingredients here fit the goal of Alpha Mars
- Dosage – Even though the ingredients are in a prop blend, I have to admit that the overall dosage (given that you take 4 capsules per day) is heavy.
- Focused – ATP Science set out to enhance muscle growth and testosterone and succeeded with just 5 scientifically proven ingredients. There isn’t a single ingredient here that doesn’t have a place in testosterone boosting products.
- ATP Science – They’ve been manufacturing quite a number of supplements for health. This gives me confidence that the company has good intentions.
- Reputation – Honestly, I haven’t read a whole lot customer reviews regarding Alpha Mars because there really isn’t a lot of them to begin with. In fact, there are zero reviews and ratings from verified users on Amazon. When I searched #AlphaMars on Instagram though, I did see people write about how this product has helped them in their daily lives. There doesn’t seem to be any reports of major side effects either but that’s to be expected with these natural ingredients.
- Prop blend – Come on, ATP Science. You only have 5 ingredients. Might as well show their dosages.
- Plain forms – The choices are good but the entire formula could’ve been so much better with high grade ingredients.
- Expensive – Prices range depending on where you buy it but it’s sold on their website at around $70. That’s expensive especially for a formula with only plain ingredients.
- Anti-DHT – Because DHT is a manlier hormone than even testosterone, I would advise against lowering this so rashly even if it means more “free” test. Except maybe if your doctor specifically tells you that you have too much, be careful about reducing your DHT.
The Bottom Line
While this isn’t anywhere close to the most powerful testosterone boosters, it looks to do the job just fine. That said, if you’re looking for a test booster specifically for use in bodybuilding, Alpha Mars could help release your inner beast, so to speak. The lack of potency in the ingredients found here probably won’t get you overwhelming results but it might at least give you a taste of what it’s like building muscle with enhanced testosterone. If you do like the product, you could always just use it more. If you feel it doesn’t have the power you were expecting, the good news is that there are plenty more athlete centered test boosters in the market.