Battle Fuel XT Review
Battle Fuel XT is a natural test booster from Musclepharm. It is designed to appeal to bodybuilders, offering a natural alternative, so they don’t have to resort to more dangerous performance enhancement.
Battle Fuel claims to use a four stage approach to boost the amount of testosterone in our system, giving us all the benefits that come with higher levels of test:
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Better stamina
- Higher energy and increased sex drive
This means 4 proprietary blends. Ordinarily we don’t like to see this ( ingredients should be named and dosed individually) but there’s enough here to catch the eye. Let’s get in to the all-important formula.
How Does Battle Fuel XT Work?
Before we hit the proprietary blends, there are a few ingredients given their own unique amounts, so let’s size them up first.
Vitamin D – This is a great choice. vitamin D levels have repeatedly been linked to testosterone. It is drawn mainly from exposure to sunlight, which is why our T drops in the winter. However, vitamin D only helps do this at dosages of around 3,300IUs (the Vitamin D Council recently recommended a daily intake of 5000IUs.) So the 600IUs present here simply isn’t going to get it done.
Magnesium – A lot of guys don’t appreciate that the overall T in their system doesn’t automatically equal what we have free to use. Up to 60% of your horomone can be tied up by Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, lying dormant in the body. Magnesium is one of the best natural ways to release this T, allowing more of it to fuel our physical performance. 225mg is a well-judged amount to do this successfully.
Zinc – Yet another good choice here. Zinc is vital for the creation of luteinizing hormone which ihas a hand in how much testosterone is produced in our balls. This mineral is difficult to get enough of from diet, so supplementing is a good idea. Sadly with a small 4mg per serving, Battle Fuel isn’t nearly as strong in the zinc department as other brands. We would be looking for about 30mg ideally.
Now we come to the first ‘stage’ (blend) known as the Testosterone Amplifier. With a few notable exceptions, we don’t know the volume of each ingredient but the combined amount of all 4 stages is 6226mg
D-Aspartic Acid – Strong start. D-AA works on the central region of the brain promoting the release of hormones important for T, like luteinizing hormone, growth hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. Battle Fuel ignores the proprietary blends rules for D-AA and gives it its own dose. It’s easy to see why with a whopping 3000mg included. This is just about the biggest amount we’ve seen in a booster.
Mucuna Pruriens – Another solid pick. Mucuna pruriens have been shown to increase levels of our free testosterone and are a rich source of the amino acid L-Dopa (billed here as 50%). L-Dopa (also known as levodopa) is a widely known booster of T and Human Growth Hormone. Velvet bean as it’s also known is great for vutting cortisol too. Cortisol is a stress hormone as it produced if we are under pressure, blocking T. Thanks to it being part of a proprietary blend, there’s no way of telling how much is in Battle Fuel.
Asteracantha Longifolla Aquatic Extract – Probably the weakest link in this blend, this extract of a plant used in traditional Indian medicine hasn’t shown a whole lot of promise, but has displayed some ability to positively affect sex drive. Which, let’s face it, is always welcome and better than nothing.
Moving on to the second stage now, we come to the Testosterone Activator blend.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine – This is another ingredient that slightly misses the mark. Acetyl-L-Carnitine doesn’t help T but is great for fat loss because it aids transportation of long chain fatty acids to be burnt off for fuel. This also gives you more energy to play with. So Acetyl-L-Carnitine may help you build muscle through extra time in the gym. But that’s us being generous.
Anacyclus Pyrethrum – Anacyclus Pyrethrum has been shown to up levels of serum T and luteinizing hormone in rats. We’re still waiting for more human studies. However this ingredient is a pretty potent libido booster, with the effects lasting even several weeks after you’ve stpped taking it..
Curculigo Orchioides – Again, this ingredient’s inclusion in boosters stems mainly from research conducted on lab rats and even those aren’t terribly convincing. About as far as anyone is willing to go is to say that this component promotes ‘testosterone-like effects’ doubtless in reference to its more established sex drive enhancing qualities.
Level 3 is the Testosterone Muscle Growth Complex.
Suma Extract – Suma feels like a good choice because it has various elements which act as the building blocks for T synthesis. These include B vitamins, vitamin K2, zinc, magnesium, ecdysteroids, saponins, and steroidal glycosides. It also helps nitric oxide levels in the body, improving blood flow and increasing energy.
Maca 4:1 – Maca can help levels of nitric oxide in the body, stimulating blood flow and aiding erections for sufferers of erectile dysfunction.
Propionyl Carnitine – Another ingredient with all its standout qualities focused on sex drive and erection strength. No direct boost to T, so very much secondary benefits.
The last stage is the Anti-Aromatase and Estrogen Suppression Matrix. Estrogen is the female hormone which we all have amounts of in our system. It exists in direct competition with testosterone, meaning that when one is high the other is low.
DIM – Found in broccoli and kale and other green leafy vegetables, Di-Indoly Methane as it is technically known has shown some real promise in clinical trials as far as the effective suppression of estrogen. There’s not quite enough evidence out there just yet for us to fully endorse as a nailed on anti-aromatase option, but it looks to be headed in the right direction.
Indole-3 Carbinol – Indole-3 Carbinol is converted to DIM when it is digested so see above.