Priced below $20 on sites like Amazon, Alpha Boost from Alpha Nutra is a temptation for guys looking to raise their testosterone without lowering their bank balance.
This cost is well below the average for a natural test booster, but is it money well spent?
Remember the old saying: Buy cheap, buy twice. It is good value only if it delivers results – so that’s what this review aims to establish.
We fully analyse the ingredients and the dosages chosen for True Grit Test Booster later in the article. First though … the scores
On the face of it there are a lot of strong components in Alpha Boost, unfortunately most of them are obscured within a proprietary blend and are competing for space with some more questionable choices. In other areas there’s a duplication (2 * Ginsengs??), and there are the inclusion of some classic t-boosting duds. The most serious misstep though, lies in the sheer volume of zinc in this supplement. Ordinarily a great mineral to include, Alpha Boost is a perfect example of why full dosages are so important.
Alpha Boost looks incredibly good value, but you have to weigh that against some of the problems we’ve talked about. $20 for an effective booster would be great, but $20 for potentially a load of unpleasant side effects, not so much. For more information on this read the ingredients review in detail further down the page.
There are no testimonials to speak of, apart from the customer reviews on the sites that sell them. These are variable in terms of quality and usefulness and the glowing feedback left on amazon in particular had us at best confused, at worst suspicious.
There are two elements to the trust score – the company and the product. Whilst there seems to be no issue with the company and the way they operate, we wouldn’t trust this product. At risk of sounding like a stuck record here there is just far too much zinc in the formula.
Alpha Nutraceuticals is a supplement company operating out of California. By all accounts there are very successful and produce a range of products besides Alpha Boost, which is why the oversight with the zinc in this case is all the more worrying.
Alpha Boost directs you take 1 serving of 2 capsules daily. Ordinarily we’d say this isn’t nearly enough to keep the active ingredients working consistently throughout the day – 3 or 4 capsules is preferable – but given our concerns about the zinc, it’s possibly a blessing in disguise.
People’s zinc tolerance is 40mg so with a label that already cites 50mg and unknown quantities of zinc rich elements like oyster and pumpkin seed, nasty side effects are impossible to rule out.
These may include diarrhoea, vomiting, cramping and headaches. In the long term too much zinc may also cause copper deficiency, which comes with its own complications. Read the full ingredients analysis for more information.
Alpha Boost is available from a range of online outlets but most prominently feature on Amazon.com where we found the best price of under $20 for a 1 month supply.
Disappointingly Alpha Boost includes a couple of proprietary blends, so we are denied all-important individual doses for vital ingredients.
Before we attempt to decipher these mixes there are a few components given specific volumes, so let’s cast an eye over them.
Zinc is a really important mineral for healthy testosterone flow as it is the main catalyst for the production of luteinizing hormone. Luteinizing hormone is chiefly responsible for dictating how much testosterone is created and may even remove rate limits in the testes.
For all its usefulness though, we can’t help but feel that 50mg is a little heavy. The average zinc tolerance is thought to be around 40mg, so higher than that and there is the possibility of side effects.
Sometimes known as Longjack, this ingredient doesn’t do much to help your testosterone but has been shown to help stimulate libido. This is certainly one of Alpha Boost’s goals, however 400mg, in what’s primarily a male hormone booster with limited space, seems again a little over the top.
Maca contributes to this formula in almost exactly the same way as tongkat ali. It has shown no real hormone enhancing qualities, but some studies do show a positive effect on sex drive.
This ingredient raises nitric oxide levels in the body, possibly improving blood flow and increasing both energy levels and erection strength. There’s some question over how well the body is able to absorb this component through supplementation though.
Now we come to the first relatively small proprietary blend made up of 125mg split between two types of ginseng.
A good choice. Panax ginseng is a noted libido enhancer which can help testosterone by regulating blood sugars, balancing insulin and controlling SHBG levels, all things which can hinder healthy testosterone function.
Perhaps better known as Siberian ginseng, this ingredient has a reputation for helping to boost energy, the immune system and speed up recovery after exercise. It appears to do nothing for testosterone but would arguably still be worthwhile if not here in such a miniscule amount.
The second blend is bigger, clocking in at 745mg.
This plant based ingredient has been used in traditional South American medicine for centuries, usually as a stimulant for sexual desire. As a result it has gained a reputation for also being able to increase testosterone, although the actual evidence of this seems more anecdotal than we would like.
Normally some derivative of pumpkin seed would be welcome in a supplement because of their high zinc content, however because Alpha Boost already has quite a strong zinc content, the ever increasing amount here is becoming a worry.
Studies suggest Mucuna Pruriens is able to improve our ratio of free testosterone and can also be a rich source of the amino acid levodopa (L-DOPA) a stimulator of testosterone and human growth hormone.
It has been shown to significantly reduce production of our stress hormone, leading not only to healthier male hormone function but also better mood. Great choice.
Oat straw strikes us as a bit of a weird choice for a testosterone booster.
The best connection we can make is that it contains a component known as avenanthramides, the main purpose of which is to fight oxidation in the body. In theory this cuts down on inflammation and speeds up recovery time so you can return to exercise sooner. More suited to pre and post workout supplements.
Would be a great choice if we could be sure how much of it is actually present. Nettle has proved itself to be effective at enhancing free testosterone levels by helping to inhibit SHBG function and the beta-sitosterol present within it also has the potential to lower estrogen.
Again, another ingredient which feels a little out of place.
Cayenne’s ability to raise body temperature and burn extra calories make it more of a regular feature in fat burning supplements, but as there is a direct balance between body fat and muscle mass, in the right quantity, you might be able to make a case for inclusion.
This ingredient has shown in some studies it is able to increase sperm motility in rats but no direct human studies exist pointing to any hormonal benefit in humans.
Much has been written about the health benefits of licorice, but in actual fact in the context of testosterone, the latest research appears to show it has a decidedly negative effect.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 7 healthy males, given daily amounts of licorice all saw a significant fall in serum testosterone. Poor choice, let’s just cross our fingers the volume is minimal.
Some men report an increase libido in reaction to this ingredient but the evidence is thin as far as clinical trials and as always we’ve no clue how much is in here and whether it would make a difference.
Once considered among the premium testosterone boosting ingredients available, tribulus spectacularly failed to fulfil its promise in clinical trials and has continued to do so right up to today.
A slight boost in sex drive appears to be the extent of this debunked ingredient’s worth, so overall a real waste.
Ordinarily there would be a much needed positive for Alpha Boost here because oyster extract is loaded with zinc, but as we’ve already mentioned zinc is the one good thing you can have too much of and this supplement is in serious danger of it now. More on the risks in the side effects section of this review
Boron can be considered a bit of a miracle mineral as far as boosting our testosterone goes. It consistently displays a capability to improve our free testosterone levels and lower female hormone levels in clinical trials. Once again the stumbling block here is lack of clarity over content however.
Alpha Boost’s price is low but sometimes it’s worth paying a little more if your reward is higher testosterone and genuine results.