Quick Take: When I heard about RevTest and its 5-stage Anabolic Activator, man, was I excited to make a review. When I took a quick look at the ingredients, I got even more excited because I saw some awesome choices. When I actually got to analyzing the formula though, things quickly took a turn towards the opposite direction. The excitement that I had became a standard poker face because (SPOILER ALERT!) the formula looks pretty much average. Let’s take a look at it anyway because, who knows? Maybe what looks average to me could be the right supplement for you.
- A product of RevLabs, RevTest, as I’ve found out, is actually the old name of this supplement. It’s currently under the name Diesel Test but the name hasn’t caught on yet with more google searches on “RevTest” rather than the current name “Diesel Test”. But don’t worry. The formula is exactly the same.
- According to their website, testosterone is the “the key to a powerful, lean, sculpted physique and raging libido” which I do agree to (along with other factors such as exercise, a healthy diet, and human psychology).
- On their marketing, they said that RevTest “doesn’t contain any mystery substances – only premium, rigorously researched, natural ingredients”. Honestly though, I wouldn’t quite call the ingredients here “premium”.
- Contains one of my favorite natural testosterone boosters in DAA but the dosage is disappointing to say the least.
- 7-Keto DHEA® also makes its way into the formula. This is a WADA banned substance so competitive athletes beware.
- If you’re looking to get your hands on this supplement, it looks to be available to buy online and in retail stores. Amazon is currently out of stock though and I couldn’t find it on GNC.
|Fenugreek Extract||350 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris Extract||200 mg|
|D-Aspartic Acid||100 mg|
|Advanced Test-Drive Enhancement Matrix||245.4 mg|
|Epimedium 4:1 Extract, 7-Keto DHEA®, Zinc (from Zinc Oxide), Vitamin B9 (as Folic Acid), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)|
RevTest’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Fenugreek – This herb has shown to positively influence physical performance and libido. As a testosterone booster, it acts to increase levels of “free” test by inhibiting aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase, which then lowers levels of estrogen and DHT in favor of muscle building test.
Tribulus Terrestris – This might come as a surprise to you as this herb is one of the most popularly used ingredients in testosterone boosting products, but it’s really not a strong test booster. It may help the older population who’re already suffering from low levels of T to begin with but to healthy young males, it doesn’t seem to do anything statistically significant.
Di-Indolylmethane – Or DIM for short, is used in testosterone boosters to regulate estrogen levels. However, in my opinion, this compound is sort of a double-edged sword because according to this study, ” DIM is a strong competitive inhibitor of DHT binding to the AR”. AR meaning active receptor sites.
D-Aspartic Acid – As I’ve said, D-Aspartic Acid is one of my favorite natural testosterone boosters because it’s proven to naturally raise testosterone in just a few days. In fact, one study states that it could increase test by 42% in just 12 days. Impressive, right? However, it does need a lot of dosage to be effective and frankly, 100 mg doesn’t look promising at all.
Advanced Test-Drive Enhancement Matrix
- Epimedium – Otherwise known as Horny Goat Weed, RevTest gives this at a concentrated 4:1 extract and as you could probably tell from the name, it’s meant to be a potent libido enhancer. It doesn’t seem like it boosts testosterone though but it can “mimic” the effects of test.
- 7-Keto DHEA® – A branded form of DHEA. Branded ingredients are good because they’re likely more potent but no matter how you put it, DHEA is still DHEA and regardless of brand, it’s still going to be an illegal substance. This is because of its prohormone status which is sad, really, because despite being banned as a doping agent, it doesn’t seem to be very effective for testosterone.
- Zinc – This mineral is probably one of (if not the) best minerals for testosterone. Without it, there really wouldn’t be any testosterone to start with because it’s a raw material needed for testosterone synthesis. It also manages the production and release of testosterone while also maintaining post-exercise levels of test which is particularly important for athletes and bodybuilders. The Zinc Oxide form given here isn’t the best though.
- Vitamin B9 – Otherwise known as Folic Acid, Vitamin B9 helps the body make healthy new cells which is of course, uhm… healthy. Clinically, it’s typically used on pregnant women. No testosterone boosts here.
- Vitamin B12 – All B vitamins, including Vitamin B9 above and Vitamin B12 are essential to maintaining overall health. Vitamin B12 specifically, plays a role in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism to help the body produce more energy. Cyanocobalamin isn’t the best form of this healthy vitamin.
It was actually pretty hard to find these instructions as I wasn’t able to locate this on RevLabs official website. I did find this information on other retailers though. No thank you, RevLabs!
- Workout Days – Take 2 capsules (1 serving) 30 minutes prior to exercise.
- Rest Days – Take 2 capsules (1 serving) 30 minutes before eating breakfast.
RevTest or Diesel Test is advertised to influence male health via 5 different angles. Take a look at them below.
Based on those 5 pathways, the ingredients in RevTest’s formula seem accurate. For total testosterone production, there’s Zinc and D-Aspartic Acid (DAA). For “free” testosterone and anti-DHT and anti-estrogen, there’s Fenugreek and DIM. For enhanced blood flow, the B vitamins could probably help. Lastly, libido and performance are taken cared of by Fenugreek, Tribulus Terrestris, and Horny Goat Weed.
All of the ingredients here check out. However, when analyzing a formula, it’s not all about ingredient choices. There’s also the quality and the dosages of these ingredients to consider and these are exactly where RevTest’s problems lie.
First of all, the ingredients that look to boost total testosterone are great (Zinc and DAA). However, DAA’s 100 mg is total garbage and Zinc’s effectivity is impossible for me to gauge for two reasons.
- Zinc Oxide isn’t the most bioavailable form
- It’s trapped inside a lowly dosed prop blend
When an ingredient is used in its sub-par forms, they can still be compensated with high dosages and some sort of synergy. Zinc in RevTest doesn’t seem to have both.
Next, for “free” testosterone, Fenugreek is an excellent choice and 350 mg is a solid dose, too. Good job, RevTest! However, Fenugreek increases levels of “free” test by lowering levels of estrogen and DHT. Lowering estrogen is nice but DHT? You better think twice about messing with this androgen because believe it or not, it’s an even manlier hormone than testosterone. Well thought out supplements add another ingredient(s) to balance the DHT depleting effects of Fenugreek. Again, RevTest has none of that.
For estrogen, it’s a combination of Fenugreek and DIM. DIM does show potential as an aromatase inhibitor but at certain cases, it’s also liable to reduce androgens. For this very reason, I think the pairing of Fenugreek’s anti DHT effects and DIM’s risk of lowering androgens is a bad combination. Especially since, again, Rev Test doesn’t have any other ingredients to counter it. You might get more testosterone from these two but the net result could be an overall decrease in man enhancing hormones.
For enhanced blood flow and metabolism, the B vitamins here might offer some help. This is good. If I’m being picky though, I think I’d much rather have nitric oxide boosters in their place but I can’t do anything about that so I’ll take it. In terms of libido and performance though, the ingredients here are on point. Kudos, Rev Test!
Does it Work?
Despite all the miscalculations I found in RevTest’s formula, I do believe it still works.
Don’t expect a heavy boost in testosterone though. DAA and Zinc could’ve had some say in this but, nah. The dosage sucks overall. If at least these two were given more importance, this entire review would’ve had a happier tune. Major missed opportunity right there. As such, I don’t think the older guys who’re in need of intense testosterone boosts can benefit much from this formula. If you’re part of that demographic looking to get back into their youthful prime, I suggest you check this other T-booster instead.
If you are, however, the young guy looking for more bodybuilding and sex action, you might want to give Rev Test a chance. Just be careful if you’re a competitive athlete though. The DHEA could get you banned.
- Great Choices – Except for DHEA and DIM, all the ingredients here are great choices for what they were chosen to do.
- Fenugreek – Most of them are great ingredients (this is getting repetitive), but the only ingredient here that gives me confidence that this testosterone booster works is this because the dosage looks solid.
- No side effects – Your sweat and urine might smell like maple syrup because of Fenugreek but the formula overall looks safe and side effects free. The customer reviews I’ve read don’t seem to report anything major too.
- Prop blend – This is an abomination. It’s very hard to gauge how effective an entire formula can be when you can’t see all the dosages.
- Low dosage – Speaking of dosages, the overall dose looks pretty low.
- Zinc – I have two reasons why it’s here. First, because it’s inside a lowly dosed prop blend so I don’t know if it has the adequate dosage to work. Second, Zinc Oxide.
- DAA – The good news is that we know how much it is dosed. The bad news is the dosage is sh*t.
- DHEA – Doesn’t do much for testosterone but still can trigger a positive drug test.
- Poor formulation – This just goes to show that no matter how good the ingredients are, a formula can still be bad if it wasn’t planned well.
The Bottom Line
Well, it works. There’s that. But there’s no way I’m putting it in the same league as the best testosterone boosters in the market because even if it does work, it looks average at best. Here’s a little summary for proof.
There’s boosts in testosterone but it’s nowhere near powerful.
There’s boosts in “free” testosterone for more muscle but it comes at the cost of lowering DHT.
There’s estrogen regulation but DIM is risky.
There’s libido and performance enhancements but… That’s it. Sex drive and athletic prowess are probably the only two things that Rev Test does without compromise. If that’s what you’re after plus a little side boost of testosterone, you could probably benefit from this formula.