Seen that. Done with it. Old news.
But have you ever heard of “counting” roulette? What if the roulette wheel was something you could predict after awhile, allowing your gambler side to stack up the soon-to-be-chosen number for a BIG win?
We’d call BULLSHIT. Because everyone knows the 0nly way to win at roulette is to stack nearly every number on the board, hoping that one of them gets hit (who cares how much money you spend doing so).
This seems to be the underlying theory of Metabolic Diet’s heavy-ass T-booster TestoBoost.
Manufactured by Metabolic Diet (MD+), TestoBoost is an old-school T-booster popular among professional & recreational athletes alike. While most of the formula seems geared towards younger, athletic doods, older men & women may benefit from its powerful T-boosts. Formula notes:
- T for Gents & Ladies: TestoBoost doesn’t discriminate: It wants both men & women to reap the benefits of health T & libido.
- Version IV: This review covers TestoBoost version IV, which is the TestoBoost currently selling at most retailers.
- Dr. Mauro di Pasquale: The formulator of TestoBoost is not only a nationally & internationally recognized powerlifting champ, but he’s highly educated on sports nutrition & athletic performance as well.
TestoBoost Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 4 Tablets|
Servings Per Container: 30
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
(as 71% Beta Carotene and 29% Palmitate)
|7000 IU (140% DV)|
(as Ascorbic Acid and Potassium Ascorbate)
|200 mg (333% DV)|
|Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)||400 IU (100% DV)|
(as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)
|200 IU (667% DV)|
|Niacin||10 mg (50% DV)|
(as Pyridoxine HCl & Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)
|25 mg (1250% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)||200 mcg (3333% DV)|
|Calcium (as Calcium Phosphate)||400 mg (40% DV)|
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Aspartate)||300 mg (75% DV)|
(as Zinc Monomethionine from Optizinc®)
|15 mg (100% DV)|
|Manganese (as Manganese Chelate)||2 mg (100% DV)|
|Bioperine® (Piper nigrum) (fruit)||5 mg|
|Coenzyme Q10||20 mg|
|Tribulus Terrestris extract (fruit)|
Saponins 200 mg
|Acetyl L-Carnitine HCl||300 mg|
|Nettle Extract (leaf)||250 mg|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||150 mg|
|TestoBoost Proprietary Complex||5113 mg|
|D-Aspartate, Phosphate (as Calcium Phosphate) Catuaba (bark), Muira Puama (bark), Saw Palmetto (berry), Suma (root), Calcium D-Glucarate, Chrysin, Phosphatidylserine, Indole-3-Carbinol, Damiana (leaf), Ipriflavone, Maca (root), Eurycoma Longifolia extract (root), Prickly Pear Extract (leaf), Turmeric (root), 5-Methyl Methoxy Isoflavone, Coleus Forskohlii extract (root), Schisandra (berry), Phosphorus, Quercetin Dihydrate, L-Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate, Passionflower (herb), Ginger extract (root), GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid from Borage seed Oil Powder), Chasteberry extract (Vitus agnus castus) (fruit), Deer Antler Velvet, Oat Straw (aerial parts), Genistein.|
Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Croscarmellose Sodium Magnesium Stearate, Hypromellose, Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Polyethylene.
|Directions For TestoBoost:|
Four tablets per day. Can be taken at one time or two tablets twice a day, before training and/or before bed.
TestoBoost is either a complete masterpiece or… a standard masterpiece.
There is so much to unpack here and to be honest you may need to read the TestoBoost info pdf* to get the full picture of what’s going on with this T-booster (*that’s right: There’s an info pamphlet for TestoBoost upwards of 21 pages presumably written or at least endorsed by Dr. Mauro di Pasquale).
But we’ll do our best to cover everything that seems important and perhaps go over the “unimportant” items as well—although, considering how often this formula is reformulated, we doubt that there’s anything outright “unimportant” or at least unconsidered by the manufacturers during the formulation process.
The Vitamins & Minerals
The intent of this huge, long list of vitamins & minerals is to replenish V & M levels that are “frankly or marginally deficient.” In other words, TestoBoost is taking the multivitamin/mineral approach to restoring health functions. The theory: Optimizing all V & M pathways may create a synergistic T-producing environment.
That sounds groovy to us. But which ingredients outright boost T levels?
- Zinc, Vitamin D, Boron, Vitamin B6, Magnesium. The combination includes 3 of our B5 Favorites (Zinc, D, Boron) as well as the sports nutritional ZMA trio (Zinc, Magnesium, B6).
Several of the others might work (or help male health) in some regard: Vitamin A, E, C, B12. But it’s hard to say. For instance, some research designates Vitamin A as pro-male sexual health, but other research describes Vitamin E as aiding estrogen levels. If there were any direct emphasis on these ingredients, we’d call into question the efficacy of the formula. Yet, TestoBoost’s wide spread of vitamin & mineral dosages seems, for the most part, pretty solid for male health.
At the least, we can’t imagine it doing anything bad for me—or even women for that matter.
Tribulus & Friends
Before we tackle the TestoBoost Proprietary Complex, we’ll take a look at the herbs & compounds accompanying the vitamins & minerals.
The most heavily dosed of these 6 remaining ingredients is Tribulus Terrestris, a massively popular T-booster that doesn’t boost T so much as it enhances libido & athletic performance. Which is fine here, because TestoBoost definitely supplies enough T-boosts elsewhere in its formula.
The other “T-booster” is Stinging Nettle—which also isn’t the best T-booster (theoretically, it might increase “free” T by inhibiting SHBG), but it’s great for prostate health.
Coenzyme Q10, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bioperine—you’re looking at a mix of antioxidants, protein-synthesizers, & an absorption enhancer (thanks to Bioperine’s black pepper extract). Not bad for rounding out the edges on increased T levels & sexual health.
TestoBoost Proprietary Complex, 5113 mg
Okay, let’s start with the science-backed T-boosters:
- D-Aspartic Acid, Eurycoma Longifolia, Oat Straw. There’s a reason for this order: D-Aspartic Acid is undoubtedly the BEST for TEST booster available. Eurycoma Longifolia shows modest T-raising, cortisol-reducing action. Oat Straw might help T status, but is valued more for its relaxing nootropic effects.
Seems like a pretty short list of T-boosters for such a HUGE blend of ingredients, right? We agree. But that doesn’t mean we’re discounting the rest of the ingredients as T-boosters: We just don’t have the research yet to outright designate them as “T-boosters.”
Which means neither does Dr. Mauro di Pasquale. Leading us to question where he’s coming up with these additions (Deer Antler Velvet? Chrysin? Chasteberry?), especially when a few have strongly demonstrated not to work (Deer Antler Velvet, Chrysin, Chasteberry).
Ingredients such as L-Arginine make sense for their N.O. boosting properties, which may help T but do help sexual function. The rest we’ll simply have to have faith that they actually benefit the formula in some indirect way.
If TestoBoost doesn’t work, then at least you’ll have a face to point to:
Dr. Mauro di Pasquale.
Which is partially why we’re standing by this formula as worthwhile. The other reason for our excitement over this formula is its involvement with gold & silver Olympic medalists—even though its “involvement” involves athletes who blamed the supplement for their doping allegations (which is funny considering Dr. Pasquale’s nickname: “Mr. Steroid Hunter”).
For the record: TestoBoost is an all-natural supplement—even with its Deer Antler Velvet, which has been removed from the WADA Banned Substances list.
Granted, a strong element of faith goes into supplementing TestoBoost, but considering Dr. Pasquale’s constant attention to the formula as well as TestoBoost’s high number of T-boosters with well-documented T-boosting biopathways, it’s not too much of a stretch to qualify TestoBoost as a qualified test booster. With that in mind, here are the specific T-producing pathways that are addressed by TestoBoost, taken word-for-word from the product’s info pdf:
- Increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production.
- Increasing the effect of LH.
- Increasing testicular steroidogenesis directly.
- Decreasing inhibitors of steroidogenesis.
- Providing vitamins & minerals that might be frankly or marginally deficient and thus not allowing the full production of testosterone – e.g. magnesium, zinc, B6.
- Increasing peripheral formation of testosterone.
- Decreasing peripheral formation of dihydrotestosterone and estrogens or blocking their effects.
Mix these effects with the libido enhancing additions (e.g. Tribulus) and the absorption-enhancing Bioperine, and there you go: TestoBoost.
Strictly on a technical level, TestoBoost is impressive for its ability to juggle so many ingredients while maintaining decent dosages & quality ingredient forms for them all. That’s just called refinement, baby. Dr. Pasquale, stand up and take a bow.
For all of the biopathways Dr. Pasquale listed, there’s an equal amount of purported benefits:
- Increase testosterone
- Block excessive estrogen production
- Block excessive production of dihydrotestosterone
- Enhances prostate health in men
- Increase libido and sex drive in both men and women
- Provide a potent anabolic effect
- Decrease body fat
Aside from the whole prostate thing, TestoBoost’s benefits are intended to benefit both men & women by taking a maximalist (as opposed to minimalist) approach on increasing testosterone production. Not all of the ingredients will work for everyone, but if at least some work for you, then you’re in business, partna.
Who Takes It?
Professional Athletes. That’s the rumor report. TestoBoost is reportedly on the radar of professional-grade athletes who are apparently willing to lay their careers on the line with Dr. Pasquale’s masterpiece. Or his long-listed formula was just the perfect scapegoat for dope-accused athletes.
Any Side Effects?
No, but maybe? As far as reports of side effects go, they are very rare. At most complaints of side effect usually describe upset stomach or mild nausea, which makes sense considering the wide array of ingredients here.
Our only concern would be the high risk of bad ingredient interactions due to TestoBoost’s long list of ingredients. Although the mild dosages & quality ingredient forms don’t have us too concerned. Our recommendation: Watch what you stack this T-booster with to avoid any bad interactions.
- Dr. Pasquale. He has the background, the certification, & the passion.
- BIG-Boosters. D-Aspartic Acid, Zinc, Vitamin D, & Boron.
- Ambitious Formula. And always evolving so stay tuned on any updates.
- Mystery Ingredients. Many questionable additions have us scratching our heads.
- Mystery Dosages. Big portion of formula is hidden under a prop blend.
- Limited Potential. The shotgun spread approach lacks bio-pathway precision.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $89.95
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on TestoBoost
The original TestoBoost formula came out in February, 2000. Since then it has undergone at least 4 formulations–several of which involved fairly major revisions (e.g. the addition of D-Aspartic Acid). While this review covered the most relevant formula at the time of writing, be sure to check the Supp Facts before buying TestoBoost as well as Dr. Pasquale’s page to stay up-to-date on TestoBoost’s current formulation. Anything missed here is likely to be covered there.