Quick Take: When you were still an ignorant kid, have you ever wondered what it would be like seeing an actual, real life unicorn? I have. Heck, who am I kidding? I still do. Don’t judge me. I mean, how majestic would it be seeing a horse with a shiny horn on its forehead gliding through the sky and pooping rainbows? Damn it, I still feel you judging me. Don’t, bro. Each to his own. But whatever. I’m wiser now and I know I’m never going to see those friggin’ unicorns. However, I did see Anotest – a powdered testosterone booster. It doesn’t get you crapping out rainbows but it’ll get you farting those wicked protein bombs and instead of gliding through the sky, you’ll be pumping iron. That’s not quite a unicorn but that’s pretty damn close. Let’s get to the review.
- A product of the MuscleTech, Anotest falls under this reliable brand’s performance enhancing series.
- Advertised on their label to be the “first 4-in-1 testosterone-boosting powder”, it’s kind of like a unicorn in the test boosting industry. You thought you’d only get T-boosts from capsules but voila, here’s a rare one that comes in powder.
- MuscleTech’s website makes some interesting claims here. Personally, the most intriguing is their claim that you’d have to take the equivalent of 15 pills to match the potency of this powdered supplement.
- The formula is powered by a heavy dose of the most potent testosterone boosting ingredient: DAA.
- Also has 2 of the best testosterone boosting minerals in Zinc and Boron.
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including Amazon and GNC.
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Total Carbohydrate||1 g|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||2 mg (100% DV)|
|Folic Acid||200 mcg (50% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin)||1 mcg (15% DV)|
|Calcium||9.5 mg (<1% DV)|
|Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate)||7.5 mg (50% DV)|
|Testosterone Boosting and Performance Complex||**|
|D-Aspartic Acid||1,560 mg|
|L-Carnitine L-Tartrate||1,466 mg|
|Supplying L-Carnitine||1,000 mg|
|Boron Citrate||100 mg|
|Supplying Boron||5 mg|
|Testosterone to Cortisol Ratio Complex||**|
Anotest ‘s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamins and Minerals
- Vitamin B6 – P-5-P would’ve been the better form of this vitamin. Regardless, Vitamin B6 deficiency is tied to low levels of testosterone which means supplementing with this vitamin could maintain healthy levels of testosterone.
- Folic Acid – It’s another B vitamin that’s typically used by pregnant women to prevent birth defects so I don’t really know why it’s here.
- Vitamin B12 – Not at the best form but Vitamin B12 as Cyanocobalamin is still pretty good at protecting testicular health.
- Calcium – The National Institutes of Health indicate that “the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part.” Sounds good, right? However, according to this research, Calcium decreases the absorption of Zinc. Which leads us to..
- Zinc – Given here in Gluconate form, this is one of the most highly absorbable forms of Zinc and it’s pretty expensive too! Zinc is one of the best testosterone boosting minerals because it’s one of the raw materials for testosterone while also signaling for test synthesis and release.
Testosterone Boosting and Performance Complex
- D-Aspartic Acid – One of the relatively newcomers in the nutrition world, DAA already makes a name for itself by being one of the most potent natural testosterone boosters with one study showing an increase in testosterone by just 42% in only 12 days.
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate – or LCLT for short. It’s not a major test booster but it does show anti-stress properties which is great for maintaining healthy levels of testosterone after an intense session of bodybuilding.
- Boron – Given at Citrate form, this is one of the easier versions of Boron to absorb. As a manly mineral, it boosts both testosterone and DHT while blocking the binding activities of SHBG and decreasing the T-killer estriadol.
Testosterone to Cortisol Ratio Complex
- L-Glutamine, L-Leucine, L-Valine, & L-Isoleucine – A conditional amino acid essential for the biosynthesis of protein. L-Glutamine in particular, is the most abundant amino acid found in the body.
Mix 1 scoop (1 serving) with 4 oz. of cold water in the morning. For maximum effects, double dose and mix 2 scoops with 8 oz. of cold water. Do not exceed 2 scoops in a 24-hour period.
The ingredients section says that a serving is one scoop. The direction then says that in order to experience the full effects of Anotest, 2 scoops is recommended. Which then means that all the dosages you see in the ingredients list are multiplied by two. That said, let’s get to the analysis.
In the vitamins and minerals section, the most notable ingredients are Zinc and Vitamin B6. Although these two are given at decent forms and are particularly great ingredients for testosterone, they lack the dosage to make any kind of significant influence on our favorite masculine hormone. Vitamin B12 might indirectly boost testosterone but even if it doesn’t, it’s still great for prostate health so that’s a welcome addition. Folic acid on the other hand, has me looking to the sky in wonder.
Anotest’s Testosterone Boosting and Performance Complex has essentially only 3 ingredients and all three are focused on boosting test. First on the list is the most powerful natural T-booster in DAA. D-AA-CC would’ve been the better choice but with a total dose of 3+ g? The blend is off to a good start. LCLT is primarily focused on reducing stress after a workout and if you didn’t know, the physical stress after a gym session gets your testosterone lower than before you started. LCLT is great at decreasing the test-depleting stress which gives this formula a post-workout edge. Last but not the least, we have another one of the best minerals in the world of testosterone: Boron. What’s great about it is that it doesn’t need a lot mg’s to work. What’s even better is that Anotest supplies this mineral with a heavy dosage. Kudos to you, MuscleTech!
Anotest’s second blend, Testosterone to Cortisol Ratio Complex, is stacked with BCAA’s that’re typically seen in post workout products. All four of these ingredients are amino acids considered as building blocks to protein. And as you may already know, protein is required to build muscle. Hence, the high protein diet of bodybuilders. I believe the name of this blend got its name from this study which states that supplementing with BCAA’s lead to increased testosterone, decreased cortisol, and decreased creatine kinase. This sums up to faster muscle recovery and decreased risk for injury.
Does it Work?
If you’re the guy who’s in the gym most days of the week looking to build muscle, your body will eventually experience the signs of chronic stress which could lead to lower levels of testosterone and a plateau in muscle gains. If that fits your profile, Anotest looks like it fits you well. With a significant amount of testosterone boosts in DAA and possibly Vitamin B6 and Zinc, “free” T from Boron, and decreased cortisol with increased protein biosynthesis from LCLT and the BCAA’s, what you get is a pretty good formula that looks perfect for the veteran bodybuilder.
- DAA – Personally, I think this is the best ingredient for testosterone.
- Muscle – That’s what most of us are after here, right? Because honestly, what’s testosterone for if we can’t show it off? With BCAA’s and LCLT coupled with DAA and Boron, that’s essentially what this product offers.
- Transparancy – Anotest shows all the dosages of its ingredients. That tells me that they’re confident about it and the way the formula is looking, they very well should be.
- Unicorn – Anotest’s powdered formula is like a mythical creature except that it’s not a myth (redundancy is intentional). It’s rare, but it’s here.
- No side effects – Based on the customer reviews I’ve read, there weren’t any complaints of any major side effects. Just the usual minors such as acne and GI irritation which is pretty much warranted in any formula that deals with hormones and DAA.
- Calcium – It interrupts Zinc absorption. And if we’re talking testosterone, I’d take Zinc over Calcium any day of the week.
- Folic Acid – Why’s it even here, though?
- Ingredient Quality – I’m not seeing a lot of high quality forms here.
The Bottom Line
While I wouldn’t quite put it up there with my favorite testosterone boosters, Anotest is still pretty good. You don’t see a lot of testosterone boosters that aid with cortisol and protein biosynthesis through LCLT and BCAA’s. In the world of testosterone boosting run by capsules and tablets, you also don’t see a lot that come in powdered form. If you have 70$ to spare and living an active life in seek of muscle, definitely get your hands on Anotest.