Pretty sure we read that in one of those “stop-being-fat” self-help books.
But it is solid advice: Those BIG hunkas in the African wildlands don’t get BIG directly from meat. The meat has to get BIG first and it gets BIG by eating herbs. The zebra, the gazelle get their proteins from plants, then the lion gets second-hand proteins from the zebra’s & gazelle’s meat. Thus the plant protein > meat protein.
With that in mind, it makes sense to go for T-boosting products that are designed for vegetarians considering that T-boosting herbs supply some of the best T-boosts for all the BIG hunkas in the gym.
ENTER: Olympian Labs’ Testosterone Booster.
About Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster
Olympian Labs has gotten creative with the name of its latest testosterone booster: Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster (OLTB). We actually give props to these manufacturers—they seem to be the real deal and have a long history of solid supplement practices. We’re just not entirely sure about this Olympian Labs supplement. Formula notes:
- Diindolylmethane: Questionable cruciferous compound is the leading T-booster in this blend for its potential anti-estrogen status.
- Low Dosed T-Boosters: A majority of the remaining ingredients might work for T… if they only had higher dosages.
- Kosher Vegetarian Capsules: We dig the vegetarian design. Manufacturers intent on vegetarian products seem to produce truly healthy, side effect-free supplements.
Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: Two (2) Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||2 mg (100% DV)|
|Zinc (as Zinc Chelate)||15 mg (100% DV)|
|DIM (Diindolylmethane)||75 mg|
|DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)||50 mg|
|Rhodiola Rosea (Root)||20 mg|
Vegetarian Capsule (HPMC), Rice Flour Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Fiber), Silicon Dioxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
As a dietary supplement, take two (2) capsules once per day, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
OLTB is basically DIM + Zinc… and, like, veggie capsules or something.
On Mt. Olympus, the Gods apparently love vegetables.
We can stand by that: Veggies are crucial (or cruciferial, if you’re a funny guy) for a T-healthy diet. But what about veggie formulas? The selling point of this T-booster is Diindolylmethane, an active compound in broccoli, believed to work as an estrogen blocker.
However, is it even beneficial to resort to DIM “vegan” supplements or should you just stick to the actual veggies?
Let’s find out:
Diindolylmethane (DIM), 75 mg
Most DIM supplements supply the cruciferous compound in dosages upwards of 100 – 150 mg. However, the body doesn’t even seem able to absorb anything beyond 60 mg—making this 75 mg dosage more than enough for potential T-boosting action.
But the BIG question: Does DIM even boost?
Yes. No. Maybe?
For women, DIM has a fairly well-researched anti-estrogen, pro-T effect. In theory, the compound works by inhibiting aromatase—the enzyme responsible for converting T to estrogen (dafuh?!?). However, in men, this effect is vastly under-researched, with some studies actually showing decreases in T.
Other powerful T-boosters with anti-E designs typically stick with ingredients such as Luteolin, which we have more confidence in than DIM.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), 50 mg
Another ingredient that shows more potential in boosting T in women, but not in men. Already we’re at 2 T-boosters here that are listed on our BIG List’s “T-Boosters to Avoid” category.
DHEA is a prohormone for T that’s essential for the body’s T-synthesis process. It’s an interesting compound, commonly sold as a sex-enhancer that might also inhibit T-killing SHBG hormones—but the research seems to say nay on its T-boosting abilities (or lack thereof).
While we’re down for herbs to promote the natural production of DHEA, we’re not so certain that supplementing the steroid hormone will do much.
Rhodiola Rosea, 20 mg
If OLTB multiplied its Rhodiola dosage by 10 and removed the previous two “T-boosters,” we’d give this formula a big fat two fumbs up. Rhodiola rosea is a potent adaptogenic T-booster that not only aids T status, but aids practically all statuses for its all-around “normalization” of bodily processes.
In Siberian folklore, drinking Rhodiola tea is believed to extend lives past 100 years. While science has yet to back that up, we’d almost believe it because this ingredient is an awesome male-enhancing botanical.
Unfortunately, OLTB sticks with cheap, unextracted Rhodiola at a cheap 20 mg dosage.
That’s damn-near borderline injustice, man.
Olympian Labs mission statement states: “Nothing less than perfection.”
Now, we get that critiquing a company based on their brand motto is like shooting fish out of a barrel (UPS, “What can brown do for you?” I mean, COME ON, gross) and thus invalid, but Olympian Labs’ “Nothing less than perfection” is a bold statement, all things considered.
What’s more, OLTB simply labels itself as “Testosterone Booster.” That, too, turned out to be a bold statement.
OLTB is a solid DIM supplement with helpful side serving of Zinc and a little bit of B6. The dosages of DHEA & Rhodiola, on the other hand, practically make them inconsequential in this formula. In other words, they’re definitely less than perfect.
BUT don’t rule out this “T-booster” completely.
If you put the misleading marketing aside, then OLTB makes for a solid option for users looking to try out DIM. We mentioned that we put the ingredient on our “Avoid” list, but we get why men would want to try it: DIM potentially decreases E for increased T:E ratio. And its increasing presence in the supplement market says only good things on the effects users are achieving with it.
For men intentionally seeking a simple DIM supplement, we recommend OLTB—it’s DIM + a little bit more for a decent price, depending on where you’re buying.
It might not be our cup of capsules, but we can dig it.
Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster Benefits
The benefits purported by Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster are:
- Protects & Encourages Testosterone Production
- Strength & Lean Muscle Support
- Helps Increase Energy & Vitality
We went into the merits of OLTB’s ingredients already: For what this formula intends to do, these 5 T-boosters are alright—so long as you’re willing to bet on DIM & DHEA. Unfortunately, regardless of how you stand on these T-boosters, the absurdly low dosages of DHEA & Rhodiola make them almost useless—ergo nullifying their potential benefits on boosting T & reducing stress hormone cortisol.
Even so, something good is bound to happen with that Zinc & B6, possibly that DIM… But, personally, we feel that if we’re going to “boost T” then we’d more likely go all in on a sturdy list of T-boosters as opposed to this.
Who Takes It?
DIM Experimentalists. And we don’t mean “DIM” as in “stupid.” People, including bodybuilders, wanting to experiment with this Diindolylmethane they’ve been hearing all about may want to give this one a try. Because it’s nearly a “pure” DIM supplement, OLTB may be a good opportunity to test out & monitor DIM’s effects.
Any Side Effects?
None reported. And don’t except any: We’d be very surprised to see this vegan formula have any serious (or mild, really) side effects.
However, athletes beware: DHEA is a WADA banned substance for technically being a prohormone steroid and will trigger a positive drug test. Considering its questionable efficacy, we can’t recommend the risk.
Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster Summary
- Qualified DIM Product. OLTB makes for another solid DIM choice.
- Zinc. Quality Zinc is always good for T levels & athletes.
- Vegan Design. We’d call vegans “pansies” if so many of them weren’t getting yoked.
- Poor Dosages. DHEA, Rhodiola, & B6 all need upgraded dosages to work.
- Poor Rhodiola. Awesome adaptogen in poor, plain quality here.
- Banned Substance. Ineffectual & illegal DHEA not worth it in our books.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $37.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Olympian Labs Testosterone Booster
Last point on OLTB: Olympian Labs has been cranking out qualified supplements since the ‘90s. While OLTB doesn’t read like a BIG hunka T-booster, we’re confident that Olympian Labs wouldn’t formulate a complete bogus T-booster. OLTB works as a DIM supplement and should be bought as such. Men looking for more athletic-enhancing formulas would do better by supplements that prioritize DIM-type ingredients low. Otherwise, feel free to experiment with OLTB.