True GRIT Test Booster Review
As it’s currently priced down from the steep $74.99 to a mere $29.99 on the Bodybuilding.com website – I felt I had a duty to review True GRIT’s ‘Test Booster’.
Although it seems like great value, we have to consider why they’d do something like this. Could the product be not selling so well? Is it poor quality? Or are True Grit simply trying to gain more of a presence in the market?
There’s a lot to think about. Luckily, to take some of the pain out the process, I’ve summarized my thoughts on True Grit and whether you should buy it or not.
First, what does Test Booster claim to do?
According to Bodybuilding.com Test Booster has been seen to:
- Increase Serum Testosterone
- Promote Free Testosterone
- Lower Cortisol
This is the kind of thing we’re looking for.
The fact that they mentioned that it can lower cortisol, shows that they’re a company that has done it’s research.
Cortisol is a stress hormone, and when we’re making a lot of it – it really damages our T-Levels.
My True Grit Natural Test Booster First Look:
True Grit is a new company in the supplement industry but from what I’ve seen they’ve started strong.
They provide a range of products that appeal to the everyday gym-goer, ranging from pre-workouts to post workouts.
They don’t so much promote a healthy lifestyle as they do a lifting lifestyle – their products are aimed mainly towards the male market.
Which is great for me, because, well, I am a male.
However, many people, forget that women also produce their own natural testosterone and gently increasing that can have a massive benefit for them, particularly when it comes to cutting fat.
Seeing as I am in recovery mode and trying hard to get back in to the swing of my lifting, I keen to use a supplement that can maximize my natural T levels.
In fact, just after I have finished reviewing this product, I will be hitting the gym beneath my sitting room to hit chest as I only had time for deadlifts last night.
Therefore, I want to stimulate muscle growth, like I have experienced using other natural T boosters.
Ingredients: The Science
Fortunately, this natural Test Booster doesn’t use any proprietary blends.
This let’s us see exactly how effective the product is judging by the amount of ingredients put into it.
Here are a few of my highlights:
Unfortunately many of the other ingredients have been proven to be ineffective, or simply do not contain a high enough dosage for us to really get the benefit out of them.
So let’s focus in on what works.
Zinc – Needed for many reactions in the brain and a key component for releasing the luteinzing hormone (LH).
LH is primarily responsible for the production of testosterone and growth hormone.
The fact that it’s in here is great and it is part of the best T boosters.
Boron – Unfortuantely after you get through the citrate, there’s only 5mg of boron in Test Booster.
My worry is that 5mg may not be enough.
In a study concerning men who took 10mg of Boron a day they saw their estrogen levels drop and their free testosterone rise.
I’m not sure it’ll have the same effects at half the dosage. Boron is found in our #2 favourite testosterone booster, Prime Male.
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.
Fenugreek – A solid free testosterone promoter. Fenugreek regulates the body’s blood sugar which helps prevent insulin resistance.
A high insulin level, like coritsol, interferes with testosterone production.
This reduces the amount of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) in the body – a known protein for stripping the male hormone of it’s anabolic potency.
We love the inclusion of Fenugreek as it is also contained in our #1 Testosterone Booster, TestoFuel.
Broccoli – Broccoli contains Diindolylmethane appears to promote a healthy balance of testosterone in the body and is found in vegetables such as broccoli.
Cruciferous vegetables which contain high levels of DIM such as broccoli are eaten by many professional athletes such as rugby league players for their benefits.
Now, let’s take a look at the other ingredients that are not quite as promising…
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.
Safed Musli Extract (Chlorophytum Borivilianum) – Not a great deal of studies or evidence from studies on this ingredient is available.
What has been established is that a dose of 500mg for 12 weeks increased semen count significantly, there was a slight raise in testosterone but not by a great deal.
Bladderwrack – Used for many conditions, but, so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
It’s also important to note that it’s not safe to take bladderwrack by mouth.
Yacon Root – Yacon may have benefits for intestinal health and may reduce appetite, but studies on it are limited.
1 pill in the morning, 1 pill in the afternoon (or half an hour before a workout, depending on your schedule).
This is not at all optimal.
The best testosterone boosters will require 4 doses throughout the day to ensure your body is getting all the nutrients to stimulate testosterone production continuously.
I’m not so sure that this product gives the surging boost of testosterone that we’re looking for.
Only 4 out of the 8 ingredients really hit the mark, and even then some of them are under-dosed.
That’s only a 50% success rate.
Okay, so Zinc, Fenugreek, Boron and DIM found in Broccoli can help either stimulate an increased level of testosterone production or regulate estrogen which would otherwise potentially cause a hormone imbalance.
Ashwagandha stirs up a lot of discussion because, if you are infertile, this is a winner for you.
However, the World Health Organization (generously) estimates that only 12% of the global male population are actually infertile.
I think this will help boost test levels but on a very minor scale.
You’re better off looking elsewhere if you want to maximize your natural T levels.
As we’ve already hinted at – the ingredient profile.
These under-dosed and unproven ingredients that make up 50% of Test Booster, really need to be seen to, before I can recommend it as a choice worthy product.
Another issue is the dosing requirements. 2 servings a day, although convenient are not enough to promise effective testosterone production.
The best testosterone boosters on the market use around 3-4 servings a day.
This keeps T-levels constantly on the rise – as opposed to giving them a big hit of nutrients, having them rise only to fall back down hours later.
Then there’s the Shilajit which is actually banned in Canada due to its potential danger.
Let’s also not forget Bladderwack which is not safe to supplement by mouth…
There’s quite a lot that needs doing to this product before it’s fully ready to stimulate natural test levels and be safe.
My True GRIT Natural Test Booster Review Conclusion
Although it seems to have it’s heart in the right place, Test Booster needs a lot more work if it wants to be an effective booster on the market.
Only half the ingredient profile is effective, with the other being under-dosed and in some cases unproven to work in humans or just dangerous!
The serving requirements need an adjustment as well. 1-2 servings a day is not enough to ensure maximum testosterone production. What you need is something in the 3-4 serving area.
I’ve got some great examples over on my Top 3 T-Boosters Page, if you’re looking for gains, you should really check it out.