Do test boosters work?
Maybe. That is the honest true short answer for testosterone or test boosters. At least this is the case for the ones that are legally sold on the market in North America. If you are looking for answers on banned supplements/steroids, well that’s a very different topic. If you are considering illegal supplements or steroids to boost your test levels I recommend you first speak to a doctor who could maybe prescribe them to you rather than you buying them on the black market.
Now, I don’t have the time in the world to review every single test booster on the market, as well, there are a ton! However, I did browse the most commonly sold ones and found they focus on the following ingredients:
A small leafy plant that grows in many places around Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. While there was a study on rats where male rats put on body weight and increased sexual activity, there is no research to suggest the same on adult humans.
Zinc Magnesium Aspartate (aka ZMA)
A very popular supplement on its own with athletes and body builders. It is basically 3 ingredients, zinc magnesium and vitamin B6. There are ton of studies that show ZMA is good for you for many reasons, and if you are an athlete or body builder the zinc supplementation alone will be a benefit for you. However, no study has determined that ZMA has led to more testosterone production.
This one was the most concerning. While this is a natural producing hormone, it has shown some small benefits and a lot of negatives. There have been studies that have shown an increase in muscle building from Dehydroepiandrosterone however there are also studies that show it leads to an increased production of estrogen. If you don’t want man boobs, forget this one.
Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D
While lately these are being sold as testosterone boosters there is no study that shows they directly contribute to testosterone production. With that said, anyone lacking vitamins could benefit from supplementing vitamins which will produce more testosterone but not more than a person who does not lack those vitamins.
An amino acid which does have some health benefits as it serves as a building block of protein. However, no conclusive study has shown it has led to a significant increase in testosterone production.
As you can see, with the 5 most popular ingredients in these products there is nothing to suggest they boost testosterone levels alone. These again are the most common ingredients in legally sold “testosterone booster” products, and not the steroids you can find on the black market (which are obviously more effective in boosting testosterone). So while some of these will help with testosterone production, you’ll never notice more gains than the average person not lacking vitamins or suffering from some sort of deficiency. They may help those people, but they will not help you.