I am preparing myself today for a short break for the weekend to a little cottage in a remote part of North East England.

I need to pack the car with food and lots of booze.

This means I have had little time this week to get all of my things together and I desperately need to pack some clothes for what will probably be either amazing weather to go and have a brisk autumnal walk along the sand dunes and look at the castles.

It is all very Harry Potter-esq. That said, I have never seen a Harry Potter film in my life nor have I read the books.

However, it will be a nice break away for us both, to relax, drink lots of wine and eat fresh seafood.

The problem being, because we have some busy weeks ahead, it limits the time I have available to go to the gym.

Therefore, I want to maximize my efforts by ensuring I am fully rested between gym sessions, ensuring I am progressing by increasing the weights, eating correctly and using the best supplements.

I normally use TestoFuel because it offers the best number of proven and effective testosterone stimulating ingredients, so it will be interesting to see how this testosterone booster from Beyond Raw compares.

Ingredients: The Science

Primavie (Shilajit Extract)

This is a fulvic acid found in the Himalayas. Actual medical research is low, it has been banded around for years in the East though.

It seems it can help boost the immune system, fend off lethargy and also assist with altitude sickness.

It seems there is no harm in taking it and it seems to have a fair amount of benefits, and has been noted to increasing testosterone levels in infertile men but as there has only been one human study it is unsure whether it will increase testosterone levels in fertile men.

On other thing to note is that there is a warning in place for shilijat due to the amount of additives being added to supplements and in some cases metals have been found, as such sales are now banned in Canada due to concerns.


In tests resveratrol improved inflammatory and atherogenic status in subjects at risk for cardiovascular disease, as well as in patients with established coronary heart disease, however, its bioavailability is relatively low because it is rapidly metabolized and eliminated.

Clinical trials in healthy people are limited.


Fenugreek is a proven ingredient as found in our benchmark testosterone boosting product; Testofuel.

Research shows that a fenugreek seed extract can reduce daily fat intake in overweight men when taken by mouth at a dose of 392 mg three times daily for 2-6 weeks.


Results show that training results in increased testosterone levels in athletes and that the increase is greater if accompanied by calcium supplementation.

However, calcium supplements are also known to increase artery plaque which in the long term can cause cardiovascular problems.

Read more about that, here.

Salt (sodium)

An essential mineral; its consumption is critical to our health. However, Americans plus a lot of Western countries do consume double the recommended daily intake.

Excess sodium may not raise blood pressure, but it is associated with other health issues, such as kidney damage and an increased risk of cognitive decline.


Once again, the old tribulus raises its ugly head.

The problem is that because this has been touted about for so long as a bit of a miracle plant extract used by the mysterious Eastern Bloc Olympic Athletes during the Cold War people have started to believe the hype and it is an easily recognizable ingredient the ill informed will have heard about down gym.

The issue is that it has not been scientifically proven to raise testosterone levels in any shape or form.

In fact, in studies using elite professional Australian rugby players as participants Tribulus did not produce the large gains in strength or lean muscle mass that many manufacturers claim can be experienced.

Avoid like a medieval plague if you are looking for muscular gainz.


Boron is great for the older lifter or those doing high weight low rep work as it helps to reduce inflammation, something that is found in PrimeMale, which I am a fan of. It can also have a positive effect on testosterone levels.

Longjack (Eurycoma Longifolia, TongKat Ali)

Is a pro-fertility agent and aphrodisiac that appears to have a large body of evidence supporting this role and some evidence suggesting it may be an anti-estrogen and pro-erectile agent.

Although there’s some research to suggest it may increase testosterone levels in animals and humans it is pretty lackluster which doesn’t bode too well.


Research into magnesium supplementation also increased testosterone production in men.


An aphrodisiac and Testosterone Booster.

Zinc is also very important for the functioning of the enzyme, hormone, and immune systems.In very high doses, zinc can act as an aromatase inhibitor and reduce estrogen levels.

It is also a potent antioxidant and can provide benefits for prostate issues.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

Studies have shown that treatment with Ashwagandha root extract resulted in a higher level of testosterone and a concomitant increase in serum levels of LH among infertile men having sub-optimal testosterone levels.

It’s difficult to see if the same result would be found with guys who do not have any fertility issues. So the question is, are you infertile?

If you’ve been banging your missus (or even your mistress, we shouldn’t be even talking if you have smashed your sister) unprotected and have miraculously not had a sprog you probably are infertile…sorry to break that to you, bro.

However, you are probably in look because only 12% of men throughout the whole world are infertile, and even then, that is a generous estimate by the World Health Authority.


Great for people with liver, heart and kidney problems but no evidence for boosting testosterone.

Vitamin C

Its antioxidant properties mean vitamin C provides neuroprotective effects and benefits for blood flow.

By protecting the testes from oxidative stress, vitamin C can also preserve testosterone levels.

Carduus Mar (Milk Thistle)

A great ingredient used to flush out and protect the liver as well as help repair cells but more required for anyone doing a course or Prohormones or oral anabolic steroids, not really warranted for this product unless you are a heavy drinker as well. Hic!

Betaine (trimethylglycine)

This has been recommended as a compound that will increase athletic performance.

However, results from studies have been quite unreliable thus far of Betaine.

A dose of 12500mg has been linked to increased power output, very minimal increase of workout volume and slight endurance. Then again studies have showed no increase of any of the aforementioned parameters.

Picrorhiza Kurroa

Seems to offer great protective abilities to the liver against alcohol yet there’s only one human study available which seems confusing considering its potential benefits.


This is an antioxidant used by every cell in the body. However, supplementation doesn’t have much of an effect due to it being broken down rapidly when taken orally.

Even taking this with Cystein is not much more efficient and not really worthwhile.


We are instructed to take 7 pills daily. It seems we have a free reign as and when to take them too.

It is better to have at least 4 pills and for them to be taken over the course of the day to ensure that your body gets a trickle of the nutrients to work with.

Plus, too much of some ingredients if not require by the body at the time will merely be excreted and wasted.

The 7 pills provide a massive 5770mg per day.


This is essentially two supplements.

A testosterone booster and then a liver protector.

This is slightly confusing, not least because one would normally associate a liver protection when cycling steroids or prohormones, not with just a testosterone booster.

Now, it is not a bad thing to have included, but not entirely necessary.

There are 6 ingredients included that are beneficial to help increase and preserve testosterone levels.

This is good, however, when you consider that there are a total of 11 ingredients alone for the testosterone booster supplement it seems that we may have been short changed.

Then there’s the liver guard supplement.

There’s 2 conclusive ingredients available which will help protect the liver from toxins, however, these toxin risks will be more from drinking alcohol that increasing your testosterone naturally.

Again, let’s consider that there are 6 ingredients which form part of the liver protector, to see just 2 conclusive ingredients is not great.

Not surprisingly, I am not impressed, not when there are testosterone boosters on the market that offer 8+ ingredients that all are proven to trigger more natural testosterone production and are effective.

So, while it is a relief to see Magnesium, Fenugreek, Boron and Zinc as are often so present in the best testosterone boosters, to just have these 4 plus 2 more ingredients included in a product that is supposed to ensure your body has more testosterone looks a little suspect.

Furthermore, Longjack may help with erections. So that may help any underlying issues you have there, but those two ingredients are not related to increased testosterone.

Ashwagandha and Shilajit will only increase testosterone levels if you are part of the 12% club. That is the 12% of the global male population that are infertile.


Realistically, the liver guard is not a warranted addition. This ‘testosterone booster’ is not an anabolic steroid, nor does it contain anything that is liver toxic.

So, while it is fine to be there, the reasoning behind it is more for marketing purposes rather than the ‘protective’ element it is there for.

Also, if you are going to include a liver protection, don’t just include 2 ingredients from 6 that are conclusively going to protect the liver.

Then, if we take a look at the testosterone booster element, it comes as no surprise to see that just 6 ingredients of the 11 are proven to stimulate more testosterone production.

This is not really a good indicator of performance.

Calcium is good for testosterone levels, however, continued long term supplementation can cause artery plaque which can lead to cardiovascular risks.

Then to include Shilajit which had been banned by authorities in Canada seems a bit of a risk too. Plus it only works in men who are infertile along with Ashwagandha.

The inclusion of Sodium may seem a bit too far as well, this is more commonly found in pre workout supplements because it is to replace lost salts through excessive perspiration.

However, if you have it in a pre workout plus your testosterone booster and considering that a typical Western diet provides us with too much salt anyway, it could be bad for your health.


So then, this is two supplements in one.

One of the supplements is for liver protection, yet only contains 2 proven ingredients to help with liver health from a total of 6.

It is not really necessary, either.

Then the testosterone boosting element only contains 6 effective and proven ingredients from a total of 11.

Not only that, there’s 2 ingredients that would only be beneficial if you fall within the infertile male minority.

Then there’s 1 ingredient that has been banned in Canada due to metals being found in it which are unsafe.

Then too much Soldium can have a negative effect on your health with continued Calcium supplementation not fat behind risking to clog your arteries up whcih could lead to high blood pressure and a heart attack.

Instead of wasting your money on this, take a look at what I have found to be personally and scientifically effective instead.


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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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