Testosterone Boosters on the market can be simple and comprised of only a few ingredients – but that doesn’t mean they’re ineffective.
As long as there are a some proven ingredients laid out – there shouldn’t be a problem for producing the desired effects.
But is Test Pro-Complex one of these Testosterone Boosters? If you’ve seen its ingredient profile you know it isn’t comprised of much – and you also know it’s new on the market.
It’s leading feature is it’s generous dose of tribulus terrestris – which makes up nearly half of the blend. However, this may be doing more harm to this booster than good…
About the Company
BodyFortress is a company whose products I’ve reviewed in the past. They are promoted by two professional bodybuilders (Mike O’Hearn and Korbie Nitiforo) which definitely gives them some strong social proofing for being successful in the industry.
However, my only experiences with BodyFortress so far have not been positive. Their recent fat burner Shred-Abolic was hit and miss in a few areas and appealed more to a pre-workout crowd. It was a confused product. Hopefully Test Pro-Complex does a better job.
The Ingredients and how they work
Right off the bat, Test Pro-Complex recommends taking a single capsule per day with a meal. This is not the best way to dose a T booster.
Multiple doses per day are the key to high Test levels – this ensures a consistent constant supply to help the body grow, rather than elevating T levels and then supporting them throughout the day so they can progress to a higher natural level.
Some may argue that a highly dosed single serving can work just as effectively, although the body can only process so much at a time – the surplus goes to waste, not storage.
That said, let’s take a look at these ingredients:
Unfortunately this is product contains numerous proprietary blends:
Tribulus Terrestris – This should not be the main ingredient. Studies have shown that Tribulus Terrestris can boost libido, but has no effect on a testosterone – which makes it a poor choice for a testosterone booster.
Below is a compilation of studies showing that Trib is definitely not an effective T-Booster:
- Study A involved elite rugby players aged 18 – 29. They took 450mg of Trib a day for 5 weeks – No increase.
- Study B men of all shapes and sized aged 20-36. Split into 2 groups, one group consumed 10mg/kg bodyweight of Trib a day and the other 20mg/kg for 24 days – No Increase.
- Study C this time women took 500mg of Trib, however this study was to test if Trib could fail a drug test. However, when testing the urine no testosterone increases were shown.
Usually I don’t go into this much detail when discussing ingredients, but too many supplement companies worship Tribulus Terrestris even though it shows no real potential for Testosterone boosting. It’s an outdated ingredient, and proven to be ineffective. It needs to go.
Horny Goat Weed – There is some promise for Horny Goat Weed, but no solid proof. It has been seen to be an effective erectile aid and aphrodisiac, which could suggest it raises testosterone. However, the only proof of it actually doing so is in research animals – which doesn’t always scale up to humans.
Chrysin – A bioflavonoid found in bee pollen. Chrysin has been proven to boost testosterone in the past, however, the only times it has done successfully is when injected directly into the testicles. In an oral course, Chrysin has been seen to have no effect on testosterone.
Indole-3-Carbinol – There is not a lot of research into Indole-3-Carbinol unfortunately. However research is ongoing to see whether it has any anticarcinogenic or antioxidant qualities.
Beta-Sitosterol – Known for its ability to inhibit Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) which binds with up 60% of the free testosterone in the body and takes away its anabolic potency.
Campesterol – This is a new one on me, it’s not often I come up against campesterol. But I believe I know why BodyFortress used it – campesterol is structurally similar to cholesterol – which is used by the leydig cells in the testes for testosterone. I have found no evidence of this working.
Stigmasterol – Another phytosterol similar to cholesterol, it was involved in a clinical evaluation as an active compound of the herb Shweta Musali and how it effects semen and testosterone. It was shown to not exert a “significant effect”. Considering how hard this study was to find that involved Stigmasterol and testosterone, it’s clear that a lot more testing needs to be done.
Check out which ingredients work and which don’t in our
– Testosterone Booster ingredients guide –
There have been no reported side effects with this product. It uses one small dose a day – I can’t imagine it being much trouble.
Pros and Cons
- Beta-Sitosterol is a good ingredient
- This product only costs $9.99 for 30 caps
- Too many proprietary blends
- Tribulus Terrestris is too ineffective for a main ingredient
- A lot of these ingredients are unproven
Test Pro-Complex Review Conclusion
This is not an effective testosterone booster. The ingredients are ill-informed and outdated, or just completely untested or unproven.
The dosage needs work and the servings follow a poor schedule – this product may be extremely cheap but I do believe you get what you pay for unfortunately.
With the athletes they already have signed, BodyFortress could have a very positive future – however their R&D department needs a lot of work beforehand.