Quick Take: When I hear Spartan, I think of the brave 300 who went against a battalion of Persians. And they almost won that damn war, too! The few 300 soldiers were skilled as hell that they were able to against an army more than 10x their size. Similarly, the ingredients found in this testosterone booster are top quality. SPARTN even has a legal steroid to up their anabolic stature. The question now is, are these ingredients enough to give you a Spartan’s testosterone and body? Read the review and find out.
- A product of the popular LMNITRIX, Spartn is a bodybuilding supplement that they market to be a “potent testosterone booster”
- Also found on their website, Spartn is made to “unleash your inner warrior”. Pretty cool and fitting if you ask me.
- They have these black colored pills that’re pretty catchy. But honestly, I’d rather have just plain capsules. Those colorings just increase the chances of stomach irritation.
- LAXOSTERONE® makes an appearance in their prop blend. This is the “legal steroid” I was talking about but more on this later.
- Also found in their formula: Zinc, DAA, and Mucuna Pruriens. Just some of the best natural testosterone boosters in the industry.
- Sold at around $100 on their website but you can buy it cheap at Amazon for around $60. I can’t find this on GNC though. Bummer.
|Zinc (as TRAACs Zinc Arginine Chelate) (10% Zn)||2 mg|
|D-Aspartic Acid||2 g|
|Proprietary Blend||1100 mg|
|Fenugreek Seed Extract (4:1), Mucuna Pruriens (40% L-Dopa), Tribulus Terrestris (80% Saponins), Chlorophytum Borivilianum (Root) (50% Saponins), Black Cohosh (2.5% Triterpenoid Saponins), Stinging Nettle Root (Urtica dioica) 4:1, Diindolylmethane (DIM), LAXOSTERONE® (5-alpha-Hydroxy-Laxogenin), Huperzine-A|
SPARTN’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Zinc – The way I see it, Zinc is the best testosterone of choice for building testosterone. This is because Zinc is an essential requirement in the synthesis and release of test. It also maintains levels of T after a heavy workout while keeping prolactin levels in check.
D-Aspartic Acid – SPARTN’s looking great so far. Currently, this is the best ingredient I’ve seen in testosterone boosters. A lot of the heavy-hitting T-boosting supplements have this as their main ingredient because according to research, it’s capable of increasing testosterone by 42% in just 12 days.
- Fenugreek – This herb has been traditionally used to enhance sexual and athletic prowess but it’s also been used as a natural “free” testosterone booster by inhibiting aromatase and 5a-reductase activity.
- Mucuna Pruriens – One of the most promising herbs for testosterone simply because of it’s active ingredient L-DOPA which increases LH. By increasing LH, it also signals for the synthesis and release of testosterone. Being standardized to 40% L-Dopa makes it extra sexy.
- Tribulus Terrestris – Standardized to 80% Saponins, Tribulus Terrestris is one of the most popular herbs in the test boosting industry. It’s not really a strong testosterone booster though but it does wonders for libido and might even work for improving athletic performance.
- Chlorophytum Borivilianum – Standardized to 50% Saponins and otherwise known as Safed Musli. According to this recent study, supplementing with this Rasayana herb is great for male sexual health. A significant difference in testosterone levels wasn’t observed, however.
- Black Cohosh – Another standardized herb makes its way into the formula at 2.5% Triterpenoid Saponins. There have been claims that say this herb is beneficial for regulating estrogen. However, according to this article, there isn’t much evidence supporting the benefits of Black Cohosh.
- Stinging Nettle – At a concentrated 4:1 extract, Stinging Nettle increases levels of “free” testosterone by inhibiting aromatase, 5a-reductase, and SHBG activity.
- Diindolylmethane (DIM) – It’s a plant-derived compound found in broccoli, cabbage, and other vegetables. This has been gaining popularity in testosterone boosting products for its estrogen regulating property.
- Huperzine-A – Not really a testosterone booster but it’s a pretty good nootropic. Cool ingredient if you’re looking to add a bit of brain boosts to go along with your testosterone.
The last ingredient is LAXOSTERONE® – branded form of Laxogenin which is a plant-derived steroid.
I know what you’re thinking. “Steroid?!”. Yeah, dude. You read that right and its effects are comparable to oxandrolone – an oral anabolic steroid. These anabolic steroids work by supplying your body with an external source of testosterone or testosterone-like hormones. This then results in your body shutting down its own production of androgens as a response. This is the cause of a lot of the side effects attributed to use of steroids and prohormones.
Laxogenin on the other hand, is practically safe and therefore doesn’t have the same side effects linked to oxandrolone even if they have similar benefits. This also makes it legal.
Laxogenin promotes an anabolic internal environment by increasing protein synthesis and nitrogen retention. This then leads to increased muscle mass, strength, endurance, & recovery. Additionally, Laxogenin is the only brassinosteroid that has the added benefit of fat loss. Unfortunately, this “steroid” doesn’t have many human trials so, to me, it’s not very reliable. To read more about Laxogenin, click here.
Take 4 capsules (1 serving) per day.
Beginning with the ingredients that aren’t in the prop blend, SPARTN is looking to have a great start with Zinc and DAA. Zinc might be best testosterone boosting mineral out there and DAA is currently the best overall. I do have a few qualms with these ingredients though.
- They both aren’t the best forms. Zinc as TRAACs is basically Zinc Arginine Chelate and admittedly, this chelated form improves absorption. However, Zinc Citrate is still a better form. For DAA, a better form in D-AA-CC is also better utilized by our body. To SPARTN’s defense though, the same study that showed DAA increasing testosterone by 42% also uses plain DAA so I can’t really complain.
- They also aren’t dosed heavy. Pertaining to Zinc, that’s an understatement. 2 mg of this supposedly awesome mineral won’t do anything to your testosterone. It’s simply too low. With DAA, the minimum dosage I’ve seen it have an effect is 2.66 g according to this study. SPARTN has 2 g of this manly compound but while that may be lower than what the study uses, I believe it can still be effective.
And now we get to this formula’s prop blend. Similarly, the first two ingredients here are some of most effective herbs in the testosterone boosting industry. Fenugreek increases levels of “free” test by regulating estrogen and DHT. Mucuna Pruriens’ L-DOPA also increases testosterone at a very promising rate.
The next two ingredients in the list are sexual herbs. Tribulus Terrestris and Chlorophytum Borivilianum are both standardized to hefty percentages of saponins. This makes it extra potent when it comes to boosting libido and male sexual health. Tribulus Terrestris specifically, also might have performance enhancing benefits.
When you plan to increase levels of testosterone for bodybuilding, it’s also important to keep track of estrogen to promote an optimal anabolic environment. Which is exactly what the next three ingredients are here for. Black Cohosh, Stinging Nettle, and DIM are ingredients found in testosterone boosters to regulate aromatase activity but honestly, Stinging Nettle is the only ingredient here that I vouch for. Black Cohosh and DIM are both women’s supplements and both also lack the evidence to conclusively be beneficial to male health, too. Stinging Nettle on the other hand, doesn’t just inhibit estrogen. It raises “free” T by blocking 5a-reductase and SHBG as well.
LAXOSTERONE® then rounds out this formula’s muscle building benefits and Huperzine-A adds a cerebral twist to the formula.
Does it Work?
I believe so but it’s really hard to predict how effective the formula can be because most of the ingredients’ dosages are hidden inside a prop blend. Overall though, SPARTN is looking like a pretty good bodybuilding supplement.
There’re bound to be legit testosterone boosts here too. DAA, Fenugreek, and Mucuna Pruriens are among the top ingredients in this formula for Pete’s sake. And with a rise in testosterone, naturally comes muscle growth. This is then accentuated by the rest of the ingredients with the addition of brain boosts and fat-burning.
- SPARTN – Yeah I’m putting this here. You have to admit it, too. That’s a pretty cool and fitting name for a formula meant to increase testosterone and lean muscle.
- DAA – The most powerful testosterone boosting ingredient. Anytime I see DAA, it’s almost automatically a part of this list.
- Fenugreek & Mucuna Pruriens – Two of the most successful herbs in the testosterone boosting industry and they’re primarily prioritized.
- Laxogenin – Really, I could place this either here or with the bad things about SPARTN. I think it deserves to be here more because it’s safe and legal and should theoretically be great for bodybuilding. However, the lack of human trials are a bit alarming.
- High Quality Ingredients – I’m seeing a lot of standardized, concentrated, and branded ingredients here.
- No side effects – I did read a few customer reviews complaining of mild ones such headaches and irritability but nothing drastic. I would advise you to NOT take any more supplements with Laxogenin as an ingredient though. Although it’s labeled “safe”, there aren’t too many human trials so I think it’s best to be wary.
- Zinc – Really, this should’ve been up there with “The Good” but at just 2 mg? Nah. Your place is here, Zinc.
- PROP BLEND – If you’ve been following my other reviews, you’d know how much I hate these. Prop blends hide the dosages of their ingredients which makes it really hard to gauge how good a supplement can actually be.
- Black Cohosh & DIM – Why place a woman’s supplement in something that’s supposed to enhance manliness?
The Bottom Line
So is it enough to give you a Spartan’s testosterone and body? I’d like to think so. DAA, Fenugreek, and Mucuna Pruriens should be enough to get you decent boosts in testosterone. The testosterone boosts could’ve been so much better if they upped the Zinc dosage though. Also, the prop blend here is making me leave it out of my list of the best testosterone boosters but the formula still looks pretty solid.
Keep in mind though that Spartans didn’t just take some kind of supplement to be the warriors that they were. Grueling hours spent on training and a grown man’s diet got them to where they were and even with SPARTN, you’ll need those too.