The supplement industry has it’s detractors and you may well wonder where these cynics are getting their ammunition. The answer, in short, is products like Alpha XTRM. Here we’ll highlight one of the many rogue supplements on the market.
We hold up Alpha XTRM as a perfect example of the sort of hastily cobbled together, bandwagon jumping, half assed scammery that routinely taints an otherwise valuable industry.
Alpha XTRM is manufactured by… your guess is as good as mine. It’s like nailing jello to the wall trying to get a consistent line on this stuff. Some sources refer to just the Alpha XTRM Company while others simply gloss over the fact that it ever originated anywhere. In the ‘About Us’ section of one of the more coherent sites I found (not a high bar, more of the others later) the makers refer to themselves merely as ““An online retailer of sustenance supplements.” Oh. Well that clears that up then.
The usually reassuring ‘Contact Us’ link leads only to a few sorry looking, unanswered questions about Alpha XTRM, and the initially promising ‘Our Team’ option contains nothing more than some very general references to a team of nonspecific experts being highly skilled and dedicated to getting you the best results. There’s barely an excuse for this level of obscurity in your average Witness Protection Program, let alone a product that we’re going to be expected to regularly ingest and entrust with our health and wellbeing.
Arguably though, it doesn’t matter how confusing your promotion is, how shambolic the shop window looks, as long as the goods inside do the job. Certainly Alpha XTRM’s shaky foundations don’t stop it making some bold claims about eventual results. Everything that would be on most guys’ wish list is covered: greater strength, prolonged stamina, better energy levels, improved sex drive – the most important part of any supplement is the ingredients, so this would be Alpha XTRM’s best chance to redeem itself. It failed spectacularly to do so. Again, there is little or no consistency when it comes to what’s actually in the stuff.
Different sites declare different components. Tribulus Terrestris and Long Jack are intermittently mentioned, along with such enlightening words as ‘vitamins’ – doesn’t matter which ones, they’re all good right? – and ‘anti-oxidants.’ The most regularly cited ingredients though were: magnesium, genseng extract and L-Arginine. These are actually not bad. Magnesium in particular is brilliant for freeing up the lion share of testosterone in a man’s system which is normally bound to SHGB and therefore unusable, genseng too helps to stimulate blood flow and regulate blood glucose and insulin, which can inhibit testosterone.
Even L-Arginine, in the right doses, can help circulation of blood vessels, despite having no direct effect on testosterone levels. The caveat there though, is ‘in the right doses’ we simply don’t know how much of anything is actually in Alpha XTRM, rendering the whole exercise pointless.
The so-called proof of Alpha XTRM’s power is possibly the most laughable thing about it. In place of the clinical trials and research articles you would hope for, most of the sites praising this brand were populated almost exclusively by pictures of muscular celebrities. They more closely resembled the bedroom wall of a 14 year old girl than an informative webpage. These celebrities were pictured looking both in and mildly out of shape, with a photo of the supplement never far away; presumably we are supposed to just accept that the two are somehow connected. If that’s really all it takes to prove a product works these days, then give me a box of tic-tacs, a picture of Denzel Washington and another of Hilary Clinton and I’ll give you the world’s first 100% successful, scientifically certified sex change pill.
What little writing there is on there is pretty awful too, I mean I’m no F. Scott Fitzgerald myself, but some of that stuff read like an opticians eye chart. Either they’ve been hastily auto-translated, or they’ve put Borat in charge of P.R. One site even seemed to be trying an audacious piece of reverse psychology, titling itself “DO NOT USE ALPHA XTRM – BAD SIDE EFFECTS” then preceding to give the supplement a flawless, if occasionally anagrammed, review. Add to that offers of a free penis enlargement book being offered with some rush orders and I think you’re starting to grasp the level we’re dealing with. Because most of the testimonials were similarly garbled and unsubstantiated I thought I’d go in search of a trusty video review, try and find some brave soul who had risked his health so we don’t have to.
To my surprise, I found one. So I clicked on it and prepared myself for an opinion U-turn on Alpha XTRM. Oh dear. Let’s put it this way; either they can’t find anyone human willing to recommend it, so they’re using cheap voice software or eminent physicist Stephen Hawking is an unlikely believer in this particular testosterone boosting supplement. All the video consisted of was a robotic voice and the by now standard burly man picture.
If you’re still genuinely interested in the price of Alpha XTRM I’m going to go ahead and guess that you’re either a very forgiving person or that one guy at the Batchelor party prepared to drink that green stuff that’s been behind the bar since 1968. Especially for you guys then; Alpha XTRM is only available through a 10-day trial, priced $4.97, for which you’ll receive a 30-day supply of the supplement. Beyond that point you’ll be automatically enrolled in the elusive company’s mailing system and charged $139.97 for a year’s supply coming in monthly portions, which you must contact them to opt out of.
This is utterly ridiculous. For a start, very few genuinely natural testosterone boosters will be showing maximum results in just 10 days and to utilise the old marketing trick of hoping people forget to cancel so you can take their money sums Alpha XTRM up in a nutshell. All about the cash. The only saving grace for anyone trusting enough to make it that far is on some sites when you try to buy it, in a twist worthy of Hitchcock himself, it takes you to the checkout for another supplement altogether. A shambles from start to finish.
So why waste your time telling you about a supplement as hopeless as Alpha XTRM? Well, ironically, in a way Alpha XTRM is the perfect product; the perfect product to illustrate the importance of taking a rounded approach when we review supplements. By evaluating a testosterone booster not only in terms of price and ingredients, but also gauging the trustworthiness of the company it originates from and the legitimacy of the testimonials for example, we can weed out the obvious con artists before they ever reach you.
Alpha XTRM is a painfully obvious scam, but there are some other supplements out there which also leave a lot to be desired that are a lot subtler in their attempts to get your business. It might be slight over pricing, suspiciously perfect reviews, exaggerated ingredient strength or a subtly misrepresented study, all these little touches can tip the balance and potentially have you shelling out for an inferior option. The easiest way to guard against these pitfalls is to trust in a site like ours which exhaustively examines boosters from all angles to root out the duds. Let us waste our time on the jokers so you don’t have to.