All around the world, we hear of men getting “Red Pilled” — waking up to the complexities of reality, seeing through the veneer & cogs of our spoon-fed existence. The implied inverse to this metaphor being the Blue Pill: safety, comfort in ignorance.
But no one asks: What happens if you take both? At the same time??
1-Testosterone provides blue pills (*tablets) that offer enhanced mass & strength, aggression & intensity, the red pill reality being that they’re really not all that great for you. They’re steroidal prohormones. Bad on the liver.
Is it possible consume the blue pills with red pill awareness? Does the proverbial “red pill” offset, or limit, the nastiness of the blue pills? What the hell are we even talking about??
Read the review to find out.
Manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, 1-Testosterone is a Highly Anabolic Prohormone that literally boosts testosterone. Or rather 1-testosterone, a T analogue more stable & anabolic than your average-shmaverage T. Formula notes:
- 1-Androsterone: One of the only available T prohormones on the market, 1-androsterone is a legal-ish compound for muscle & strength gains.
- Cyclosome Delivery: 1-Testosterone’s patented absorption process presumably assists with the bioavailability of 1-androsterone’s prohormonal activity.
- Side Effect Risk: Don’t get it twisted: Prohormone supplementation is unnatural, spiking unnatural levels of T activity in the body.
1-Testosterone Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Tablet|
Servings Per Container: 60
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|6,7 Dihydroxybergamottin||50 mg|
Microcrystalline Cellulose, Phosphatidylcholine 75%, Hydroxypropyl Beta cyclodextrin (HPßCD), Phytosterols, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, FD&C Blue #2, FD&C Red #40.
As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening. Do not exceed 2 per day.
Anabolic prohormone plus an anabolic amplifier enhanced by Cyclosome Technology.
Theoretically, this combo should add up to extra enhanced anabolic action, more so than your standard prohormone supplement. Leading to the question: What are the implications of extra prohormone action, good and bad?
That’s a hard question to ask without the research, of which there’s very little. Here’s what we understand so far:
Within the liver, 1-androsterone converts to 1-testosterone, a slightly modified version of the standard testosterone that doesn’t convert to estrogen via aromatase nor to DHT via 5-alpha reductase. The result: More stable testosterone activity.
The problem: “1-androsterone impairs health.”
In one clinical study, 1-androsterone was administered to resistance training men to determine the prohormone’s effects on muscle gains & athletic health. The researchers found the compound effective in improving body composition & muscular strength, yet at a significant cost to cardiovascular & liver health. In other words: The long-term Cons outweigh the immediate Pros.
C’est la vie.
Found in grapefruits, 6,7-dihydroxybergamottin (DHB) is a furanocoumarin believed to inhibit the oxidation of certain compounds, potentially increasing their oral bioavailability. Coupled with prohormones, DHB ensures their bio-efficacy, essentially making them more potent and less vulnerable to the denaturing effects of digestive metabolism.
In essence, DHB is not an anabolic agent but rather an anabolic amplifier.
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is a big name in the “legal” prohormone game (legalish — this stuff is still off-limits to competing athletes), particularly for its “proprietary process called Cyclosome™ Technology.”
What is Cyclosome Technology, you ask?
This one-of-a-kind technology brought to you by the leaders in Prohormones involves the entrapment of hydrophobic prohormones and other Testosterone boosting compounds in the form of water-soluble Prohormone–cyclodextrin (CD) complex in liposomes has been investigated as a new strategy to combine the relative advantages of CDs and liposomes into one system, namely Prohormone-in-CD-in-liposome systems called Cyclosome’s™.”
Does it work? Hard to say.
Although, we view this process as an upgrade from standard prohormone intake (with the same risks on the liver still intact). The combination of Cyclosome Delivery & DHB prohormone protection sets 1-Testosterone as one of the more viable 1-androsterone options, wrapped in an unnecessary fusion of FD&C colorants — but, hey, it looks purdy!
For more natural (& legal) testosterone support, check out our Best 5 Testosterone Supplements of 2017.
The specific benefits touted by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals are:
- Most Effective Prohormone Ever Produced
- Potent Mass and Strength Builder
- Increases Aggression and Intensity
While we can’t verify the first claim (“most effective ever”), the second two check out, at least with regards to androsterone’s reputation as a steroidal prohormone. This compound will have you jacked, stacked, & angry. It’ll also funk up your liver without the proper care or caution, but you already knew that. (Fair Warning: We’ll bring this up again in the Side Effects section below.)
Who Takes It?
BIG Ballsy Bros. Or at least Ballsy Bros on their way to BIGness. It’s a bold move going the prohormone route, often spurned by impatience, desperation, or some mixture of the two. So impatient, desperate, soon-to-be-BIG ballsy bros: That’s the target audience of this product.
Any Side Effects?
Yes. The usual side effects of steroids/prohormones:
- Liver Impairment
- Cardio Issues
- etc. etc.
And the research agrees on this point: 1-androstene-3b-ol-17-one reliably enhances muscle & strength growth at a significant cost to the liver & cardiovascular system.
Establishing an on-off cycle with 1-Testosterone, with a reliable PCT supplement, milk thistle, etc. may alleviate some side effect risks with this supplement.
- Powerful Anabolic. This is a literal testosterone booster.
- DHB. Helps amplify the anabolism of prohormones.
- Cyclosome Tech. In addition to the previous point, 1-Testosterone further emphasizes their product’s exceptional nutrient absorption capabilities.
- Risky. This is a literal testosterone booster.
- Junky Additives. Do BIG bros really care that much for FD&C colors?
- Expensive. Demand & supply: Prohormone supplementation requires $$$
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $89.95
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on 1-Testosterone
This review is a slight deviation from our typical interest, i.e. natural legal male supplements. Granted, 1-Testosterone is a legal prohormone supplement for the non-competing bodybuilders & athletes, and a valuable prohormone supplement at that. We don’t recommend 1-Testosterone for casual boosts in male health, but to the BIG Ballsy Bros: Ye, it’s a good one.