We regularly review supplements that have thrown everything but the kitchen sink onto their ingredients list.
The quantities involved are normally trace amounts, and nowhere near at effective dosages, but this scattergun tactic works. Users who, unlike you, don’t bother reading proper reviews are impressed by the extensive list and often buy.
When you look at the various offerings of this product, the ingredients are confusing. Which is especially surprising given that there are only two ingredients in it..
The confusion is over the amount of boron citrate in it. Many supplement stores (Predator Nutrition, Supplement Central, Strong Supplement Shop) are quoting 10mg boron per serving, but Black Lion Research’s own website state the boron dosage as 20mg.
Given how dreadful the Black Lion website is and how well run the others are I’d be inclined to say the error is with Black Lion and the actual dosage is 10mg per day. Which also seems more in the realms of reality, 20mg a day is very high level to supplement at, as the USDA upper limit for adult males is 20mg a day in total (including food).
This is really more about value than price. The prices themselves aren’t over the top for test boosting supplements, we’ve listed a few prices quoted for Viron at time of writing;
What is a bit hard to swallow is that you are not getting a massive amount for your money. Only two ingredients.
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Big bag of 100g worth, so 100,000 milligrams for $23.95.
That equates to 666 portions of 150mg, almost a 2 year supply.
250 caps, 3 mg dosage. Pack of 2 is 17.24, so 500 caps in total.
Take 3 a day is 167 days worth.
So you can basically DIY a 6 month supply of this for $40, and indeed have 1 year and 3 months of free Tongkat left over to share with your uncle Stan.
Few and far between. Despite this product being launched in July 2014, we could find only a handful of reviews on it. And two of them are pretty much the same review despite being posted 2 years apart.
Maybe Robert joined the USAF and had some kind of memory impairment that caused him to write the same thing two years later.
There is little available official material about Black Lion Research to be found. Their website is completely anonymous, there’s not even an address on it. I have no idea where they are based.
No information on where the products are made either, no certification (cGMP), no details on where the ingredients are sourced. Nothing.
I can’t find anything particularly bad about them. But then I can’t find much of anything about them. I feel bad scoring them as a 3 as I don’t at all think they are baddies – but they’ve made so little effort, they don’t really deserve much more.
With a woefully unprofessional website and the confusion (noted above) about the levels of boron in the product, Black Lion Research don’t really inspire much confidence.
However as noted above in the testimonials, the founder of the company Brundel is an active forum participant. If you read the kind of stuff he writes it does inspire confidence that he has been involved in the industry for a long time. Although without much official backstory, you do wonder how much of the science is of the ‘Bro’ variety.
Plus there are odd hints and pointers of social naughtiness along the way.
All in all, you get the impression this is a bunch of tinkering dudes rather than a pro supplement operation. Not bad dudes I have to say but nonetheless … dudes.
1 capsule per day, 5 days per week.
We’ve listed multiple sources above in the ‘Price’ section.
Muster yourself for this mighty list of ingredients …
An ingredient of many names (aka Longjack, Tongkat Ali, Eurycoma Longfolia) which makes regular appearances on the ingredients list of test boosters. Does it deserve to though?
Well, that depends. If it’s on a muscle building test booster like this one then the answer is, frankly – no
The only properly conducted clinical studies which have demonstrated a significant positive effect of Eurycoma Longfolia supplementation, have been on men who either already had clinically low testosterone, or were stressed.
Is that you? Given that the product is marketed at young bodybuilders, the answer to that is probably no too.
If we were going to make a body builder’s test booster out of only 2 ingredients, we would definitely not pick this ingredient to be one of them
This ingredient is a traditional medicinal herb which helps your erections. It’s not one we’d pick for the bodybuilding crowd.
We are big fans of boron as a test booster, this is a good choice.
Studies have demonstrated it to be an effective testosterone stimulator and, importantly, estrogen inhibitor.
As pointed out above, there is some dubiety over the dosage;
Right … let’s assume it’s 10mg per day/serving. The study below used a daily supplementation of 11.6mg of boron;
Yes – everything you’d want in a test booster, other than boron. It’s got boron.
I can’t decide what is the oddest thing about Viron. The fact that somebody went to the trouble of producing this product, or the fact that other people tout it as a top testosterone booster.