- Slim down.
- Bulk up.
- Talk shit ’bout my mixtape.
Blade Nutrition focuses on the second “cutting” technique with their cleverly named Test Booster 1.0 “hardcore formula.” And they accomplish this by helping you boost test (no doy).
We see you squinting your eyeballs: That’s going to boost test with only 6 ingredients?
You’re damn right it’s going to boost test. It has D-motherfunkin’-Aspartic Acid, baby.
Do you really need to read the rest of the review?
About Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0
Cutting Edge Science? Lean Mass Support? Hardcore Formula? How about you shut up and just SIGN ME THE HELL UP! Manufactured by the reputable Blade Nutrition, Test Booster 1.0 ranks as another solid sports nutritional supplement for the BIG boys. While a couple of its ingredients are questionable, its T-boosting base is powerful enough to earn your dolla. Formula notes:
- D-Aspartic Acid: When you see “D-Aspartic Acid” on the label, simply say “yes.” If you’re looking to boost T, then here’s your answer.
- DIM & DHEA: Estrogen blocker & T precursor, respectively. Not bad choices in theory, but the science has yet to justify their uses in T-boosting formulas for men.
- WADA Banned: Bodybuilders may benefit from Test Booster 1.0, but competitive athletes may not because DHEA is a banned substance, yo.
Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0 Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 3 Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 60
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin D||4,000 IU (1,000% DV)|
|Zinc (Oxide)||15 mg (100% DV)|
|D-Aspartic Acid||1,500 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris||100 mg|
|DIM (Diindolylmethane)||50 mg|
|DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)||25 mg|
|Other Ingredients: |
Gelatin (capsule), Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6.
|Directions For Test Booster 1.0:|
As a dietary supplement, adults take one serving (3 Capsules), twice daily or as recommended by a licensed physician. Take the first serving in the morning and second serving mid-afternoon. On workout days, take the second serving 30 minutes before your workout. Do not exceed 2 servings in a 24-hour period. When cycling 3000 mg/day of d-aspartic acid discontinue use after 4 consecutive weeks followed by a 2 to 4 week washout period.
Test Booster 1.0 supplies the essentials for testosterone + some non-essentials.
The essentials: Zinc, Vitamin D, D-Aspartic Acid.
The non-essentials: DIM & DHEA.
Then there’s Tribulus Terrestris, which isn’t essential for T, but is a solid addition to any male-enhancing formula. And this is definitely a male-enhancing formula with possible estrogen-reducing effects, but we’ll get into that later.
For now, here are Test Booster 1.0’s ingredients from best to worst:
D-Aspartic Acid, 1500 mg
Our number one dood on our BIG LIST of T-Boosters, D-Aspartic Acid (DAA) is a bad mama jama when it comes to boosting testosterone—one study showing increases in T by 42% after only 12 days of supplementation.
This amino acid is believed to work by signaling for increased delivery of raw T material and by boosting other T-synthesis hormones. The result being more T production in less time.
However, because DAA is such a potent T-booster, it’s important to consider estrogen blockers when supplementing DAA to offset the amino’s indirect surge in estrogen levels. Blade Nutrition recommends cycling off of Test Booster 1.0 for a 2 to 4 week “washout” period after 4 weeks of DAA use to minimize any potential hormonal side effects.
Tribulus Terrestris, 100 mg
The most popular herb in T-boosters that doesn’t really, well… boost T.
At least it doesn’t boost T for most men. Some research suggests it helps older men with low T levels, but that doesn’t explain or justify its overwhelming popularity in T-boosting formulas.
Either way, what it does seem to do is help anabolic muscle gains, potentially working as an ergogenic aid for athletes. Plus, its potent sex enhancements create the illusion that a formula is “working.” Considering that we already know this formula works based on the previous ingredient (DAA), we don’t mind the illusion.
DIM (50 mg) & DHEA (25 mg)
We’re clumping these two ingredients together, because we’re not entirely sure they even work. Their respective bio-actions include:
- Inhibiting aromatase. The enzyme responsible for converting T to estrogen.
- Converting to T. DHEA is a precursor hormone used in the T-synthesis process.
Sounds great, right?
But the problem with these two ingredients is that their benefits are primarily researched for the elderly & women (most of the time: elderly women). Their bio-actions might not fully translate to male health, making them questionable additions to this formula.
If there’s a Test Booster 2.0 coming, we hope Blade Nutrition does more slimming & swapping than adding. Because the base T-boosters of this formula are spot-on:
Vitamin D, Zinc, DAA are BIG boys in the T-boosting game.
You don’t really need a whole lot more than that for significant T-gains—although, including an SHBG-blocker or two wouldn’t hurt this formula at all.
The remaining ingredients, most notably DIM & DHEA are questionable, however. We’ll accept Tribulus Terrestris, even though it’s not a true T-booster, because its anabolic support fits the bodybuilding aspect of this T-booster. DIM & DHEA, though? We’re not so sure…
The fact that so many formulas are siding with DIM as an estrogen blocker, we have some confidence that the ingredient works (although, massive amounts of people buying shit that doesn’t do anything isn’t a concept that we’re unaware of). DHEA, on the other hand, just isn’t worth it to us: Its “pro-hormone” status is funky and has earned it a spot on the Banned Substance list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Therefore, competitive athletes can’t even take Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0 due to a small portion of an ingredient that doesn’t even seem to do anything.
Regardless, Test Booster 1.0’s fat supply of D-Aspartic Acid makes this formula well worth the investment for everyone else.
Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0 Benefits
Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0 claims to “support healthy testosterone levels while assisting gains in both strength and size.” And it does this by supporting:
- Testosterone via Multiple Pathways
- Estrogen Management
Judging by DIM’s questionable status as an E-blocker for men, this last point may or may not be true—but we’re confident that Test Booster 1.0 will increase T levels through various bio-pathways. The result being BIG muscles & BIG strength gains.
Who Takes It?
BIG SCARY MEN. You see the man replacing the “A” on “BLADE”? That’s the stuff of nightmares and it’s essentially a visual representation of the demographic targeted by Blade Nutrition supplements. Our recommendation: D-Aspartic Acid is a heavy-ass T-booster and should primarily be taken by heavy-ass men—yet, men reaching the later, more refined years of life may also benefit from a formula such as this.
Any Side Effects?
The ingredients here are natural & safe, so we wouldn’t expect any funky ish to go down. However, some users have reported developments of:
- Body Hair
If we didn’t know any better, these side effects seem to indicate hormonal shifting. In other words, they indicate that Test Booster 1.0 works. And because it works, we’d recommend not overdoing it on dosages or cycling longer than 4 weeks to keep this T-booster from working too much.
Also, Zinc Oxide form has the highest reports of Zinc-related side effects (nausea, upset stomach), so monitor your Zinc intake while supplementing Test Booster 1.0.
Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0 Summary
- D-Aspartic Acid. Any formula sporting DAA is going to bump up your T.
- Zinc & Vitamin D. The best mineral & vitamin for man-enhancing goodness.
- Hefty Dosages. Test Booster 1.0 doesn’t short-change any of its ingredients.
- DIM & DHEA. Questionable ingredients backed by questionable science.
- WADA Banned. The DHEA may trigger a (+) drug test for you athletes.
- Zinc Form. Oxide is most associated with Zincy side effects.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $39.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Blade Nutrition Test Booster 1.0
For a 6-ingredient formula, Test Booster 1.0 is pretty damn powerful. This is a good thing for 2 reasons: 1) It’s potent enough to boost T, 2) It’s small enough to stack with other formulas. $39.99 is a fair price—as far as T-boosters go, that’s actually pretty cheap. While bodybuilders may benefit from this T-booster as a stand-alone supplement, most men may further reap the benefits by combining it with other MASSIVE T-boosting formulas. At the least, consider another estrogen blocker, because DIM might not cut it and you’ll definitely need one with this formula.