Reviewed – Odyssey Nutraceuticals Premium Testosterone Booster

a bottle of c.t fletcher odysses premium testosterone booster

Odyssey Test Booster Review

First Look

When looking for a natural testosterone booster supplement it is the details that matter; the ingredients and the dose, so can Odyssey bring their game?

I am not necessarily the type to be swayed by the look of the product, but, we do buy with our eyes and in some cases there has to be a real solid case to buy a product that just ‘looks’ shit.

By looking shit, I mean the packaging and design. It either has to stand out and lure me in, or at least look professional.

This is neither. Its a black bottle with a gold galleon on the front. It could mean anything, and it could be anything.

What I don’t think it is is a testosterone booster, but it does say it on the bottle, so it must be.

Then, to confuse matters, I came across this supplement because I wanted to look at the range of supplements from Iron Addicts who is run by or at least fronted by C.T Fletcher.

I clicked on the link and here I am, on the odyssey nutraceuticals web page. What at first glance seems a rather tenuous link, but one all the same.

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Who are Odyssey?

Well, I thought I was buying an Iron Addicts product, but it looks like that brand almost ceases to exist and this is the new Iron Addicts brand.

C.T Fletcher certainly has his name to it, so here we are.

They (CT FLetch?) informs us on the site that the reason behind these supplements is to educate and inspire us all.

And, if we are honest, C.T Fletcher is quite an inspiration. He’s been through a lot and come out the other end still shouting as much.

Product Aims

I am hoping that this supplement will help increase testosterone, that is the reason for a test booster anyway…

This also claims to be premium, so that must mean better ingredients and higher doses, right?

However, odyssey claim that this supplement will:

  • Build muscle
  • Increase libido
  • Improve mood
  • Rise natural energy levels

All positive things to read.

Let’s go through the ingredients…

Ingredients: The Research

odysey test booster ingredients panel

Vitamin C

Possibly one of the most well known vitamins ever, but aside from helping prevent common colds studies in to male fertility has demonstrated that vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) can be a potential treatment for increasing testosterone and fertility rates. [1]

Vitamin D3

Sometimes referred to as the sunshine vitamin. D3 is more of a hormone, because it converts to a hormone when absorbed by your skin from sunlight exposure.

D3 is responsible for many health benefits, but the one we are interested here is testosterone.

Governments recommend about 2000iu daily if taken as a supplement.

D3 can help trigger more natural test production according to the science. [2]

Zinc Monomethionine

Zinc is required to increase natural testosterone levels of those who are deficient in the essential mineral.

Therefore, to ensure that test levels are being optimised zinc should be topped up.

However, supplementing with this form of zinc requires much more than normal elemental zinc, therefore we are being short changed with this format.

For instance, Zinc monomethionine is about 21% elemental zinc by weight. [3]

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is sometimes overlooked as a beneficial testosterone boosting ingredients, but it really shouldn’t be.

The research dictates otherwise, so it is a fine addition to have, especially a large dose of 600mg as this has. [4]

Eurycoma Longifolia

Having looked through many scientific studies in to the effects of Eurycoma is is apparent that this shrub from south eastern Asia does not directly stimulate testosterone production such as D-Aspartic Acid.

However, it does contribute to lowering stress levels, this in turn helps prevent a decline of testosterone production and a hormone imbalance. [5]

AstraGin

AstraGin consists of two components that can help absorb minerals and nutrients that are required for life support.

  • Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) – This doesn’t have a long lifespan and therefore it cannot be used particularly well by the body. It also does not have a huge amount of benefit. [6]
  • Panax Notoginseng –  This seems to be able to improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure. [7]

Bioperine

Bioperine’s main objective and trump card is increasing the absorption of other nutrients. [8]

Saw Palmetto

Used primarily to prevent prostate growth, however, there is a lot of contradictory evidence that thwart these claims. [9]

Serving

There’s a whopping 5 pill serving per day, this is good.

However, we are told to take all five at once about an hour before we hit the gym. This is not exactly optimal because our bodies will process these ingredients and if we have taken more than we need to process or can process at that point the rest will be excreted.

Therefore it is better to spread the pills out over the course of he day.

Admittedly on days that you are not working out we are instructed to split the dose, but again it would be better to just spread this dose out over a day.

The actual daily dose is just over 1,035mg – that’s really low and not at all competitive.

Plus, a few of this ingredients fall within a proprietary blend. That means we have no knowledge of the exact included ingredients.

Especially when you consider that this premium testosterone booster from Odyssey costs $89.99

That’s a premium price but not a premium serving.

Ingredients Summary

I am going to say that after analyzing the ingredient profile that there are only four beneficial ingredients here that can help raise natural testosterone levels.

These are D3, vit C, zinc and fenugreek.

However, even this is not all plain sailing because the zinc is in a format whereby we would require so much more than 20mg to get the equivalent of 20mg of elemental zinc.

So, this is a rather strange inclusion.

The doses of D3, C and fenugreek are all good though.

Eurycoma is okay to have as it will help prevent stress levels peaking too much, but another proven test stimulating ingredient such as magnesium or D-Aspartic Acid would have been much more suitable.

AstraGin and Saw palmetto are not bringing a great deal of benefit, again, these would have been much better replaced with something else that is proven to work.

On a positive note, you should not really experience any negative side effects, much of this is safe unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding, in which case do not take this.

Pros

There are four proven ingredients that are able to support healthy hormone balance and testosterone production.

It is good to see vitamin C as this overlooked all too often.

Cons

There’s a further two that really have no place in this supplement and the type of zinc is not optimal either.

The price is too high for a product that does not offer much, and certainly is no better than many other testosterone boosters.

The proprietary blend is a further disappointment to add to the ‘premium’ tag from Odyssey Nutraceuticals.

Conclusion

There is very little of this that represents the ethos behind these supplements or the premium tag except for the price.

The number of proven and effective testosterone boosting ingredients does not reflect the claims of a premium product, and this performs poorly compared to many other test booster products on the market.


References

[1] https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4859110/

[2] Effect of vitamin D supplementation on testosterone levels in men. Pilz S, Frisch S, Koertke H, Kuhn J, Dreier J, Obermayer-Pietsch B, Wehr E, Zittermann A.Horm Metab Res. 2011 Mar;43(3):223-5. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1269854. Epub 2010 Dec 10. PMID:21154195

[3] https://examine.com/supplements/zinc/

[4] https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2978122/

[5] https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4085925/

[6] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/astragalus

[7] https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/204840/

[8] https://examine.com/supplements/black-pepper/

[9] https://webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-971/saw-palmetto

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