Really good question
Natural test boosters are becoming popular and, predictably, a crowded market has followed. Unfortunately, this has left us with something of a mixed bag quality wise.
For every brand dedicated to helping you achieve your ideal hormonal balance there’ll be another far more concerned with their ideal bank balance. Now some of these scams are laughably obvious, but others are altogether more cunning. It’s important we all have an idea of what to look for.
Here’s just a few of the areas you want to have a look at.
A useful rule of thumb when it comes to supplements containing what are called ‘proprietary blends’ is to avoid them. It’s more a rule of middle finger really. Proprietary blends are effectively an FDA loophole which allows manufacturers to avoid declaring how much of any one ingredient is actually in their supplement.
Instead they mix up the components as part of a patented formula and then only the individual names of each element and the total volume of the cocktail must be cited.
This is ripe for misuse as it gives makers the chance to save money by only including trace elements of expensive ingredient but still make a big noise about it being in there.
It’s the not knowing which makes proprietary blends so shady. Clarity is crucial when choosing a booster.
What is meant by servings is basically the number of capsules you’ll be expected to taker per day to feel the full effects of your test booster.
This can vary drastically from brand to brand, but ideally you would be looking at maybe 3 or 4 a day. Any more than that things start to get a little unmanageable.
More importantly your body can only absorb so many nutrients at any one time, the rest becomes waste product. So any more than 3 or 4 and you’re in real danger of quite literally pissing your money away.
Less than that and unless your capsule is the size of a six inch Sub (other sandwiches are available) it’s questionable you’ll ever be able to get enough of a concentration of active ingredients to feel any benefits.
There are a few hallmarks of quality you can use to distinguish a serious trustworthy company from the type of paper thin pop-up outfit who’ll be packing up at the first sound of sirens.
Firstly, where does the company manufacturer their supplements? Is that disclosed? If so, is that location required to comply with the internationally recognised good practice regulations laid down by the FDA & GCP?
This is your health we’re talking about after all. Next, look for testimonials. Credible testimonials, we’re talking names, photos, believable written accounts and videos, both from the official website and elsewhere. Use your intuition here, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.
Here’s a good example below. Now don’t get us wrong, we think Bodybuilding.com are a fantastic outfit (this is a screenshot from the site) … but they are also a massive outfit, their catalogue is vast and there’s no way they could have enough staff to police the reviews and testimonials.
Same goes for Amazon. As a result you’ll get rogue reviews, the image below are reviews left for a test booster that’s no longer available for purchase. Hmmm, so these chicks in bikinis are all buying test boosters are they?
There’s no harm in doing a bit of digging on the net before parting with your hard earned cash.
Speaking of which, does the company offer a legit money back guarantee? Nobody likes having to hand back money, so if you’ve got a company or brand willing to do that you can be sure it’s only because their company is supremely confident the product will do what they claim and they won’t have to.
To look more in-depth into this subject, read our full article on supplement industry scams.