Quick Take: Synthetic testosterone such as anabolic steroids and prohormones can come with nasty side effects. Ironically, some of these side effects include shrunken testicles and low T. Even more ironic is that the natural decline of testosterone secondary to aging can also come with similar side effects. In this review, allow me to introduce Apex Male – a PCT/T-booster hybrid that can be your solution, regardless if you’re a steroid user or an aging man.
- A product of Blackstone Labs, Apex Male falls under the brand’s “Natural Muscle” line of supplements
- Its marketing suggests that it’s designed to be a natural testosterone booster and a PCT
- As a testosterone booster, Apex Male relies heavily on DAA and Vitamin D3. Great choices.
- As a PCT, it promotes a balance of hormones as well as normal sized testicles but lacks liver support.
- Other ingredients include herbs for sex and physical performance
- There’s plenty of online shops where you can buy Apex Male but it doesn’t seem to be on Amazon and GNC.
Apex Male Ingredients
|Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol)||1250 IU|
|D-Spartic Acid||1500 mg|
|Bulbine Natalensis (Prolensis)||500 mg|
|Fenugreek Extract (Seed) (std 50% Saponins)||125 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris (std 40% saponins)||125 mg|
|Maca Extract (Lepidium meyenii) (root) (std. 0.6% Macamides and Macaenes)||125 mg|
|DIM (Diindolylmethane)||100 mg|
|Prunella Vulgaris (Whole Plant)||75 mg|
|Epimedium Extract (Aeril Parts/Leaf)||75 mg|
|N-Methyl D-Aspartate||15 mg|
|Bioperine™ (Black Pepper Fruit Extract)||5 mg|
Apex Male’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin D3 – Studies have shown that levels of vitamin D are directly correlated to levels of test. Simply said, higher levels of Vitamin D = higher levels of testosterone.
D-Spartic Acid – Blackstone Labs had a typo here because this is actually supposed to be “D-Aspartic Acid” or just DAA for short. Nonetheless, it’s a powerful amino acid capable of boosting testosterone by as much as 42% in just 12 days.
Bulbine Natalensis – I don’t particularly trust this herb so much as higher dosages might have anti-androgenic side effects. To be fair, it is a promising testosterone and PCT supplement for its possible interactions on LH and testicular size.
Fenugreek – An herb commonly used for enhancing libido, Fenugreek standardized at 50% saponins is also a potent performance and “free” testosterone booster.
Tribulus Terrestris – Despite being standardized to 40% saponins, Tribulus Terrestris still isn’t a strong test booster. What this potency does though, is adeptly increase sex drive.
Maca – Like Tribulus, the potent version of Maca inside Apex Male boosts masculine characteristics (i.e., libido and stamina) without necessarily affecting testosterone.
L-Tyrosine – A common bodybuilding amino acid whose main benefit is the increase of norepinephrine. This allows it to help the body counter stress more effectively.
DIM – Found in cruciferous vegetables, DIM is mostly used in testosterone stacks for its potential to disrupt the conversion of testosterone into the feminine hormone estrogen.
Prunella Vulgaris – One research suggests this plant may be able to lower levels of estrogen but research on this herb is weak in general.
Epimedium – AKA Horny Goat Weed, this plant isn’t a testosterone booster per se but it does mimic the benefits of testosterone. Needless to say, the most prominent of these benefits is an increased sex drive.
N-Methyl D-Aspartate (NMDA) – A derivative of DAA (check ingredients above) that’s marketed to be 100x more potent when it comes to boosting testosterone. There currently isn’t much research on this though so don’t expect too much.
Bioperine – No testosterone/male health benefits whatsoever but does improve the entire Apex Male formula’s bioavailability.
Apex Male Directions
Each serving of Apex Male consists of 4 capsules and as instructed by Blackstone Labs, we are to take a serving twice a day with food, for a total of 8 capsules daily.
First, let’s talk about the top 3 ingredients in Apex Male: Vitamin D3, DAA, and Bulbine Natalensis. The two former ingredients are two of the best natural testosterone boosters in the world and while the latter might also indirectly help with testosterone, it’s used more to normalize the size of men’s testicles.
From these top ingredients alone, I can already sense the direction Apex Male is going which is towards being a testosterone booster/PCT hybrid. You see, when you’re ON an intense steroid/prohormone cycle, your muscle mass and testosterone will be at an all time high. However, when you come OFF of it, your body is a messy trail of hormonal imbalance leading to several emasculating side effects (including shrunken testicles and possible liver damage).
To minimize this, Apex Male juggles testosterone boosters, estrogen blockers, and cortisol regulators to help fix the hormonal imbalance brought about by exogenous androgens. This can help retain the muscles you gained from your previous cycle while also helping with exercise and bedroom activities. Furthermore, Apex Male also has libido and performance enhancers that can help intensify these benefits.
That said, I think Apex Male can help bridge the gap between your on and off steroid cycles. It is not, however, a perfect PCT nor is it the best T booster. For instance, steroids, prohormones, and even this massive 8 capsules/day serving can give your liver some problems and Apex Male doesn’t have one ingredient that supports liver function. Moreover, a couple of ingredients aren’t backed by strong scientific evidence and I worry that Bulbine Natalensis’ dosage might be too high.
Does it Work?
Both as a testosterone booster and as a PCT – yes, Apex Male works. It’s pretty good, too. Actually, even if you’re not on steroids or prohormones, I feel like Apex Male is still a solid supplement. That said, I think men of all ages can benefit from a product like this but to maximize on all this formula’s benefits, the demographic most suited for Apex Male are the serious bodybuilders coming off of their steroid cycles.
- Non-proprietary – I like that Apex Male is transparent about its dosages
- Dosage – Speaking of which, no ingredient has an inadequate dose.
- Safe – Curbing side effects is a hallmark of PCTs
- Vitamin D3, DAA – Two of the best natural testosterone boosters
- Liver support – This might be the one thing Apex Male fails at as a PCT
- Bulbine Natalensis – This 1,000 mg dose might be counterproductive for testosterone
- NMDA, Prunella Vulgaris – Both lack solid evidence. I personally like NMDA’s potential though.
The Bottom Line
Is it better to say that Apex Male is a natural testosterone booster that can double as a PCT or a PCT that can double as a natural T booster? Whatever it is, it’s still a solid hybrid. While I wouldn’t quite say it’s the best PCT nor would I include it in my list of top testosterone boosters, Apex Male helps the average man become his Alpha self.