And guess what this one does:
Increases your “test”—as in testosterone (duh, dood).
Eventually these manufacturers will need to come up with a different word—there are only so many variations of “Test” that you can do. What’s wrong with: Ball Matrix or Ball Booster or, hell, we’d even accept Testicle Fury for at least having the balls to include the “icle.”
Of all the “Test” products, let’s see how (if) this one stands out.
About Test Matrix
Manufactured by PhD (how’s that for “bold”), Test Matrix is a T-booster that sells itself primarily as an “Anabolic Support Complex.” In other words, this isn’t your little bitch boy supplement, nor is it necessarily a grown man health product… It’s strictly for BIG muscles and dirty, rumpus, late-night FUN. Formula notes:
- 5 Matrixes: Or is it “matrices”…? Don’t matter—the point is: Test Matrix is packing its capsules tight with damn-near 3 grams of manly goodness.
- Fenosterone™: Always proud to see a manufacturer branch out and make a name for itself with exclusive branded ingredients. Fenosterone = Fenugreek, btw.
- Risky Ingredients: Take caution: Not everything in this formula runs “side effect-free”—particularly Bulbine Natalensis, which has been known to junk up livers.
Test Matrix Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 4 Veggie Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Test Matrix™ Formula||2,944 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris – Standardized 60% Saponins / 20% Protodioscin||1,000 mg|
|Fenosterone™ Standardized 50% Saponins, Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) (seed) Standardized to 20% Saponins||820 mg|
|Bulbine Natalensis (5:1), Saw Palmetto Extract (Serenoa Repens) Standardized to 25% Free Fatty Acids and Sterols, Nettle Extract (Urtica Dioica), 20 Hydroxy Ecdysterone||644 mg|
|Resveratrol (Polygonum Cuspidatum), Chamomile (Chrysin), Hesperiden Complex||300 mg|
|Zinc Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Vitamin B6||131.5 mg|
|Other Ingredients: Vegetarian capsule (cellulose, purified water) with vegetable grade magnesium stearate and rice starch.|
|Directions: For use as a natural health product to maximize testosterone levels. Recommended Dose (Adults): Take 4 capsules every day before bed, with 16 oz of water. Take on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes after your last meal. For best results use continuously for 8 weeks followed by a 2 week off cycle.|
Red Pill, Blue Pill… or Test Matrix VEGGIE Capsule, BRO!
Woah, mind blown, dood!
Luckily, we’ll never have to find out thanks to Test Matrix’s third option:
The Veggie Capsule.
Let’s see what it’s packing:
Tribulus Terrestris, 1000 mg
Alright, how do we put this.
Tribulus Terrestris is an awesome, incredibly popular T-booster… But it’s not really a quote-unquote “T-booster.” As in, it doesn’t really boost testosterone—at least not for most men.
What the hell’s the deal then?
That’s a good question: There are studies that support Tribulus’ use as a T-booster, but they almost unanimously focus on elderly men with low T levels. Younger “healthy males” don’t really benefit from herbs like Terrestris (namely because younger “healthy males” are already in their T prime).
However, all men can benefit from Tribulus due to its massive spikes on libido & muscle gains—especially with this hefty 1000 mg, standardized extract.
Fenugreek, 820 mg
Tribulus spikes libido, but not T.
Fenugreek spikes libido AND T.
And Test Matrix goes with two high-potent extracts—one of them exclusively branded as Fenosterone™. This is impressive: Fenugreek works as one of those “multi-tasker” T-boosters—it increases (free) T, boosts recovery, enhances sex—and you can bet your sweet ass that all of these effects will be covered by these two standardized extracts and high 820 mg dosage.
However, there’s a chance that Fenugreek does too much for T:
One of its primary effects is inhibiting the conversion of T to DHT… Which technically leads to more active T, but does so at the cost of reduced DHT—which is a manlier hormone than T.
You sure y’all want that, BRO.
Bulbine Natalensis, Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle, 644 mg
Well, whether you want it or not, you’re getting it, esé:
Because this matrix has even more DHT blockers:
- Saw Palmetto & Stinging Nettle are often used solely for the purpose of decreasing DHT. T promotes muscle gains. DHT acts on your other man parts. So, expect BIG muscles here… but a possible decrease in sexual functioning.
Bulbine Natalensis research, on the other hand, shows significant anabolic, T-boosting activity—however, we recommend AVOIDING this T-booster as it may cause liver damage. Whether it also reduces DHT or not remains unknown.
Resveratrol, Chrysin, Hesperiden, 300 mg
Estrogen blockers, baby. That’s what these are (theoretically speaking).
We’re happy to see Resveratrol prioritized first here as it’s backed by the most promising research—plus, it’s a healthy antioxidant that promotes cardio health, as well.
Chrysin & Hesperiden, however, are questionable—namely because the former needs to be directly injected into the testicles to have any effect (F*CK THAT!), and the latter just doesn’t seem to do much for T (or Estrogen, for that matter).
Zinc, Magnesium, B6, 131.5 mg
The one-and-only ZMA: Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6.
Does ZMA boost T?
Will ZMA give you BIG, beefy muscles??
*But only under conditions of low Zinc and/or low Magnesium. Bros with enough initial ZMA levels won’t necessarily benefit from supplementing it—but, who are we kidding… In our McWorld of fries and pizza, it’s very likely that your ZMA levels are low. That’s why all the athletic T-boosters have it.
Test Matrix is a massive formula that takes various back-door routes towards T-boosting:
- Eliminating SHBG
- Inhibiting aromatase
- Blocking DHT converters
- Providing raw material (Zinc)
Yet, the one path that Test Matrix neglects is the most straightforward one:
Increasing T synthesis.
T-boosters that directly increase the body’s “natural production of testosterone” (as so many manufacturers like to put it) are largely missing here. Best5 favorites that work directly on the testes (ex. DAA), increase LH secretion* (ex. Mucuna Pruriens), etc. etc. can go a long way in terms of restoring T levels. (*Some research claims Tribulus increases LH secretion, but apparently not to any significant effect).
Yet, there’s still plenty of value in this high-potent, high-quality, no-holds-barred formula that makes both legitimate (Fenugreek, ZMA) and risky (Bulbine, DHT-blockers) moves at maximizing the bioavailability of the T currently in your body.
Overall, Test Matrix seems more intent on re-routing current T levels towards building muscle than simply boosting overall T levels. As such, we qualify this T-booster as a “For the BIG Bros” booster, rather than a true, genuine, clinically-established, ball-inflating T-booster.
Test Matrix Benefits
Put on your reading glasses, bro. Test Matrix claims a lot of benefits:
- Increased Strength
- Enhanced Muscular Development
- Increased Libido and Sexual Performance
- Fat Loss
- Recovery of Suppressed Hormone Levels
- Restores Natural Hormone Levels Due to Intense Training
- Increased Immunity
- Reduced Muscle Degradation during Intense Training
In a nutshell, Test Matrix’s benefits include: Increased active T levels. Because these bulletin points illustrate the effects of healthy testosterone.
Considering that many of the ingredients support anabolic muscle gains over actual T-boosts, the benefits of this particular T-booster are more geared towards, well… keep reading:
Who Takes It?
BIG Ass Bros (what’s an “ass bro”??). At one point or another, time and time again, bodybuilders are going to a hit a hormonal, muscle-depleting WALL. And many times this WALL comes from over-exercise. Test Matrix seems specially designed for over-exhausted BIG men to overcome this WALL when they feel their training has begun to negatively impact their gains.
Any Side Effects?
None reported. But we definitely recommend sticking to the proper dosaging and directions:
That’s 4 capsules per serving, one serving per day (well, *night), 7 days per week (no shit), 8 weeks per cycle, followed by 2 weeks “off.”
You don’t want to totally funk up your DHT levels and your liver, do you?
Maybe you do—who the hell are we to say??
Test Matrix Summary
- Five Matrices. That’s the plural form of “matrix”, BRO. Knowledge!!
- Clinical Dosages. Dosages at this price are rare.
- Quality Ingredients. Like a white collar drug dealer, Test Matrix supplies only the premium stuff.
- Anti-DHT. But what if we like our DHT?
- Bulbine Natalensis. Avoid this shit if you can. Your liver does not like it.
- Lacks Ball-Busters. Compare with this BIG Boy to see what we mean.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $44.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Test Matrix
Would it be irresponsible of us to make a gambling analogy about taking a risk for the BIG money in comparison to trying risky ingredients for BIG gains? Probably. But that’s the dilemma we’re facing here. Shit like Bulbine and DHT-Blockers are risky—especially at this volume. However, you’re a big boy. If you’re coo with it, then we’re coo with it. Test Matrix is your bona fide (albeit risky) muscle enhancer (with some solid T-boosts on the side).