Review of: Super Test by Beast Sports Nutrition
Summary: Beast Super Test is a natural test booster manufactured by Beast Sports Nutrition. The primary ingredients in it are ashwagandha and fenugreek. Ashwagandha has been clinically validated to support optimal testosterone. Fenugreek, on the other hand, has mixed evidence surrounding its effectiveness. Super Test also packs in a proprietary blend to boost libido.
Verdict: Overall, Super Test is one of the better test boosters on the market and holds a spot in my top 10 rankings.
Although the manufacturers added some proven test-boosting ingredients, there are also a bunch of ingredients in Super Test that simply don't make sense.
But to make the long story short:
Yes, supplementing with Super Test can help support healthy testosterone levels.
That being said:
Supplementation should always be accompanied with particular diet and lifestyle changes. Remember that real results only come with a combination of these three factors. Taking supplements (especially natural supplements) should make up only a small segment of your overall testosterone-boosting plan.
The bulk of my review is centred on Super Test's ingredient profile. There is no better way to determine the effectiveness of a particular supplement than by diving in to the scientific research behind each one of its ingredients. With an understanding of how each ingredient actually performs in clinical human research, we can make an informed decision behind whether it will actually help us get the results that we want.
I will also take a look at some customer feedback and price comparisons, but these are not factors that should be relied upon to make a decision as much as my ingredient analysis.
Super Test contains a long list of ingredients with a wide variety of purported mechanisms. Let's go through each of them one at a time.
Vitamin B6 plays a role in over 100 bodily functions. It has a part in maintaining protein metabolism, immune function, eye health, skin health, and energy regulation. Yes, it's that important. That being said, B6 deficiencies are rare in western developed countries. In fact, researchers theorize that most people are getting an abundance of the vitamin.
The 5mg dose of vitamin B6 in Super Test will not really impact your testosterone.
Magnesium plays a key role in over 600 bodily reactions (1). Regulating your metabolism, managing your energy, maintaining your genes, and ensuring that your nervous system is well kept are all functions that magnesium plays a part in. Despite its importance, recent figures estimate that around 50% of people in Western developed countries are deficient in this key mineral (2, 3).
If you are currently not getting enough magnesium from your diet, then supplementing with it can help top up your testosterone levels (4, 5). If, however, you are getting enough of it through the foods you eat, then topping up your levels even further is unlikely to affect your T.
Seeing magnesium as an ingredient within the Super Test formula is a definite plus point. The drawback, however, is the dosage. At 26mg, it is only 7% of your daily required value.
Zinc is often referred to as the "essential trace element", since a very small amount of it is actually required by the human body. It is often supplemented with to help boost immunity and prevent infection.
Like is the case with magnesium, zinc supplementation is also positively correlated with testosterone levels in men (6, 7). However, it's important to note that most of the studies performed with zinc, observing its effects on T, have been done on athletes and/or people performing extreme exercise. Zinc is lost through sweat, so it makes sense that supplementation helped top up their levels. If you, on the other hand, are already getting enough zinc through your diet and not really sweating a lot, then topping up your levels further will not enhance your T.
The 14mg of zinc with Super Test provides 200% of your daily requirement of this metal.
Fenugreek is a herb that has traditionally been used in Arabic regions for its purported male enhancement benefits. This traditional belief seems to have carried on over to the present day since many popular test boosters contain fenugreek as a primary ingredient. But is it actually proven to work? Let's take a look at what the research has to say:
The current state of research on fenugreek's interaction with testosterone is inconclusive. Some studies show an increase in T via supplementation while others show the opposite. Also, the third study cited above shows a decrease in DHT. DHT is the most powerful androgen in the human body and is definitely something we don't want to decrease.
The 300mg dose of fenugreek in Super Test may boost your libido, but how it affects testosterone is inconclusive.
Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that has truly stood the test of time; it has literally been in use for thousands of years.
The primary impact of ashwagandha on the human bod is its tremendous ability to lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone your body releases when stressed. The more cortisol you have running through your veins, the more you will feel anxious and uneasy. Also, T-levels take a hit from higher cortisol. By allowing your body to deal with the chemical effects of stress, ashwagandha supplementation induces a calm source of assertive energy that increases your overall well-being.
KSM-66 is patented form of ashwagandha that contains a high amount of active ingredients. The 300mg dose in Super Test, however, is below the amount I've seen in some other supplements on the market.
The Male Support Complex is a proprietary blend included within the Super Test formula as a purported libido enhancer. Here's what I found after breaking it down:
Overall, I'm not a fan of proprietary blends because we can never be sure of the individual dosages of each ingredient within them. Overall, the male support complex seems alright, other than the few ingredients that actually have the opposite effects of what we're after.
Agmatine sulfate is a compound that is used to treat neuropathic pain and drug addiction.
In Super Test, agmatine is added as a nitric oxide factor. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, i.e. it increases blood flow throughout the body. Agmatine is not the best ingredient for boosting NO (L-citrulline has been much more thoroughly studied), but there is some evidence to support its effectiveness (30).
Polygonum Cuspidatum, aka Japanese Knotweed, is a traditional Chinese medicine that has most readily been used for its benefits on blood circulation.
The active ingredient in polygonum is resveratrol. There is some research to suggest that resveratrol reduces aromatase activity (the enzyme that converts T into estrogen) (31), but it's not definitive.
White button mushroom extract is also added in the Super Test formula as an anti-estrogenic factor. Research has shown its anti-aromatase impact (32, 33). Less aromatase means less testosterone gets converted into estrogen.
Stinging nettle is a plant that gets its name from the stinging reaction that occurs in the skin upon contact with it. It has been in use since the time of the ancient Greeks and continues to be used for its anti-inflammatory effects (34). In Super Test, it is added as an anti-DHT factor.
DHT is a derived from testosterone. So stinging nettle apparently increases testosterone by allowing less of it to be converted into DHT, but this is definitely something that you don't want. DHT is an androgen with 3-5x the potency of testosterone. A lot of the benefits that we associate with higher T are actually because of DHT.
The 150mg dose of stinging nettle in Super Test is a huge downside for me.
Beta sitosterol is the active ingredient in stinging nettle, so I'm not sure why they included it alongside it. Either way, this is definitely something that you don't want to see in a natural test booster, especially if you're trying to level up your libido.
There is very little research surrounding pumpkin extract's interaction with hormones. Uses of it usually include the treatment of bladder problems and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Beast Super Test gets an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com. There are a bunch of mixed reviews with some guys saying that they feel a huge energy boost and others saying that it did nothing for them.
Looking at individual customer reviews can be helpful, but it should never be relied upon as a major factor when making a decision. This is especially the case with supplements, since everyone's body responds differently.
Retailing at about $1/serving, Beast Super Test comes in at about the average price for a natural testosterone booster.
Although Beast Super Test contains a mix of natural herbal ingredients, there are a list of possible side-effects that come with it. This is the case with any supplement that you take. There are almost always reported cases of possible side-effects, but as long as you maintain your dosage to within the recommended amount, they are not likely to occur.
Either way, the following are a list of side-effect associated with each one of Super Test's individual ingredients.
For this portion of the review, let's put Beast Super Test against some other popular testosterone boosters on the market to see how it stacks up.
Animal Stak is manufactured by supplement giant, Universal Nutrition. It is probably the only natural test booster that I've come across with a longer ingredients list than Beast Super Test.
Animal Stak provides powerful micronutrient support with vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium all dosed at over 100% of the daily recommended amount. As per its testosterone boosting blend, the primary ingredients are tribulus, tongkat ali, fenugreek, stinging nettle root, and maca. Of all of these, tongkat ali is the only one with evidence supporting test boosting effects. Animal Stak contains a bunch of other ingredients as well, but they are all comprised within proprietary blends, which I am not a fan of. Super Test comes out on top due to its ashwagandha content.
Winner: Beast Super Test
TestoFuel is a natural test booster that comes up again and again due to its insane popularity. Everybody want to know about this supplement and whether it can actually deliver on the claims made through advertising.
Well, the bottom line is that TestoFuel's primary ingredient, D-aspartic acid, has been shown in clinical research to give a hefty boost to testosterone in the short-term (up to 14 days). When looked at over the long term, however, testosterone levels return back to normal. Other than that, TestoFuel contains a solid ingredient profile. Super Test still, nonetheless, comes out on top due to ashwagandha.
Winner: Beast Super Test
Test Freak is another very popular test booster. It contains a proven ZMA formula and does a good job with the dosages. The primary ingredient, however, is fenugreek.
As you've read in my review above, fenugreek has a lot of mixed evidence regarding its influence on testosterone. Still, more evidence than not suggests that the impact is not significant.
What I don't like about Test Freak is the anti-DHT formula. The manufacturers put in a great deal of effort in adding ingredients that reduce DHT. This is a huge red flag because DHT is the very hormone that regulates your sex drive and energy levels.
Super Test definitely comes out on top again.
Winner: Beast Super Test
P6 is the flag ship test booster manufactured by Cellucor Nutrition. This is a company that has really exploded on to the supplement scene in the recent past.
P6 extreme contains all of its ingredients within a proprietary blend. I'm not a fan of this because, as you know, it's important to know the dosages of any supplement before taking it. Either way, the primary ingredients seem to be ashwagandha and tongkat ali, both of which are clinically validated to boost testosterone. They've also added some nitric oxide boosting ingredients .
Overall, P6 does contain a powerful formula, but due to the proprietary blend, I'll say that Super Test comes out on top again.
Winner: Beast Super Test