Blue Star Status: A Scientific Review on Ingredients, Dosage, and Side Effects
Review of: Status by Blue Star Nutraceuticals
Many proven test-boosting ingredients.
Average rating of 3.4/5 by 62 Amazon reviewers.
Not the cheapest but reasonable.
- Clinically proven formula
- 60-day money back guarantee
- Worldwide shipping
- Higher price point
- Exaggerated claims on website
Summary: Status by Blue Star Nutraceuticals is definitely one of the better test booster supplements I've come across. For my review I went through each of its ingredients piece-by-piece and observed all the applicable research. Based on my analysis of the research, Status contains a bunch of ingredients that are clinically proven to have a positive influence on testosterone.
DOES BLUE STAR STATUS WORK?
The short answer is yes. Status is comprised of a micronutrient and herbal formula that is proven to exert a positive influence on testosterone levels.
With that being said, it is not a quick fix. DO NOT buy this supplement if you intend to rely on it as the sole means to increase your T-levels.
If you're currently experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, it's most likely due to your decisions regarding nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle factors. Once you've started making changes in your diet and lifestyle, Status can help provide you with an edge to see results faster.
BLUE STAR STATUS DETAILED REVIEW
The main component of this review is the ingredient analysis, i.e. an in-depth look at the applicable research behind each one of Status' ingredients. Once you understand how the ingredients go on to affect the body, based on peer-reviewed human research (not animal or test-tube studies), you will be able to make an informed decision before purchase.
Status Ingredients: 4/5
Status contains a micronutrient formula, the ZMA complex, a testosterone-boosting formula, the Status Blend, and an absorption formula, the XD Delivery Technology.
What I like is that, even though they used proprietary blends, Blue Star disclose the dosages of each ingredient. They do not disclose the dosage of the ingredients in the XD Delivery blend, but that's okay since that is only included to enhance the absorption of the active ingredients.
Let's now go through the list of ingredients one piece at a time.
Magnesium is a mineral that plays a key role in many of our body's functions. Adequate magnesium balance is associated with increased energy levels, calm nerves, better sleep, bone health, heart health, and a host of other benefits as well.
Magnesium has also been found to be directly correlated with testosterone:
- 399 men over the age of 65 were evaluated for a number of factors. Researchers found magnesium levels to be strongly and independently correlated with anabolic hormones testosterone and IGF-1 (1).
- Athletes and sedentary subjects supplementing with 10mg of magnesium per kg of bodyweight were found to have increased testosterone levels (2). The increases were greater in the athletes.
Magnesium deficiency is amongst the leading micronutrient deficiencies in developed countries. An estimated 48% of American adults have deficient magnesium levels (3).
Although Status contains magnesium, it is only 9% of your daily requirement.
Magnesium balance holds a strong relationship with T-levels, but the dosage in Status is nowhere near the amount needed to correct any underlying deficiencies.
Zinc is another critical mineral for proper human development and growth. Adequate zinc levels are associated with increased immunity, balanced hormones, nutrient absorption and a number of other benefits.
Like with magnesium, zinc will only impact your testosterone levels to the extent that you are currently deficient in it (4). Let's take a quick look at the research:
- Elite athletes were found to have higher testosterone levels with zinc supplementation than without it (5).
- Sedentary subjects exercising on a stationary bike were found to have decreased testosterone levels. However, supplementing with zinc prevented this decrease (6).
Zinc supplementation is especially important if you're exercising or live in a hot environment, since a lot of it is lost through sweat.
Status provides 42% of your daily requirement of zinc.
Vitamin B6 is a B vitamin required by your body to properly regulate metabolism. B6 is involved in a number of other functions as well, but there is no unique benefits associated with supplementation.
Also, B6 deficiencies are relatively rare. Researchers estimate that, in developed countries, a B6 surplus is more common than a deficiency.
The fact that status has B6 doesn't hurt, but it doesn't provide any unique testosterone-boosting qualities either.
Withania somnifera, aka Ashwagandha, is a herb from India that has been used to treat a variety of conditions due to its restorative properties. It is termed an "adaptogen", meaning that it can help your body better deal with stress.
Ashwagandha means "smell of horse," implying that the herb conveys the strength and virility of a stallion. Also, it has traditionally been prescribed to strengthen the immune system after illness.
Let's take a quick look at some research on its interaction with hormones:
- Chronically stressed subjects supplementing with 300mg's of Ashwagandha were found to have 27.9% lower cortisol levels after 60 days (7).
- Infertile men supplementing with 5g of ashwagandha were found to have significantly higher testosterone levels (10-22%) and significantly lower cortisol levels (36-48%) after 3 months of use (8).
- Healthy men supplementing with 600mg of Ashwagandha daily were found to have significant increases in muscle mass, strength, and testosterone levels (9).
Ashwagandha is extremely well-researched and is an all-round super-herb. Keep in mind that cortisol and testosterone are made from the same raw material, i.e. lower cortisol means higher testosterone.
Supplementing with this herb will not only increase your testosterone levels, but will also enhance the overall quality of your life regardless of what your goals are.
Longjack Extract (Eurycoma Longifolia)
Eurycoma Longifolia (aka Tongkat Ali, Malaysian Ginseng, or Longjack) is a herb that has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac.
There's a bunch of evidence supporting its pro-fertility and aphrodisiac qualities, but let's see what the research says about its interaction with testosterone:
- Subjects with moderate stress supplementing with longjack extract for 4 weeks were found to have 37% higher testosterone levels compared to placebo (10).
- Men with low testosterone supplementing with 200mg of longjack were found to have 46% higher testosterone levels after 4 weeks (11).
Longjack Extract seems to have an extremely positive influence on testosterone levels. But its important to note that in both the studies cited above, the subjects were either stressed or had very low testosterone levels to begin with. Whether the impact of Longjack carries on to effect healthy men who are not stressed still needs further research.
Diindoylymethane (DIM) is a molecule most commonly found in broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It has been studied for its anti-cancer and aromatase inhibiting effects.
Aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen.
DIM helps balance the body's hormones by regulating estrogen metabolism. DIM inhibits aromatase, allowing more testosterone to remain in its free form. It also converts more potent forms of estrogen into less potent forms, thus reducing the overall effect of estrogen on the body.
TestoSURGE (Trigonella Foenum - graecum)
Trigonella foenum-graecum, aka Fenugreek, is a herb from India that has traditionally been used to boost libido and masculinity.
Let's take a quick look at the research on its interaction with androgens:
- Resistance-trained men supplementing with 500mg of Fenugreek experienced significantly higher testosterone levels compared to placebo (12).
- 60 healthy men supplementing with 600mg of fenugreek for 6 weeks were found to experience a significant positive impact on physiological aspects of libido with no significant influence on testosterone (13).
- 45 resistance-trained men supplementing with 500mg of Fenugreek over 8 weeks were found to experience a 9.42% decrease in DHT levels with no change in testosterone (14).
As you can see, the studies report mixed results. There is no conclusive evidence as to how exactly fenugreek impacts our body. The first study shows an increase, the second shows no change, and the third shows a decrease in DHT. DHT is an androgen that is derived from testosterone. It is apparently 3-10x more potent.
The research regarding fenugreek's impact on testosterone is inconclusive.
XD Delivery Technology
The XD Delivery Technology blend includes a bunch of ingredients to enhance the absorption rate of Status' other active ingredients.
BioPerine and AstraGin are two trademarked formulas that are also included in a variety of other supplements to enhance nutrient absorption in the body.
BioPerine is basically black pepper extract.
Astragen contains astralagus, a herb that has also been shown to drastically improve the absorption of many key nutrients.
Even though we don't know the dosages of the ingredients in this blend, I still think its a good addition as it increases the potency of the other active ingredients in the formula.
As of this writing, Status has an average rating of 3.4/5 as rated by 62 reviews on Amazon.
I've added testimonials as a rating factor for my reviews because it provides perspective based on what other people are saying.
But what I've seen come up again and again is some products receiving better ratings even though their ingredient formula is less proven to work.
Status has ingredients which are far more powerful than some other test booster supplements I've reviewed that have gotten better ratings.
Either way, about half of the people that have bought this supplement have reported amazing results, while about a fourth have given 1 star reviews.
At this point you've gone through the ingredient analysis and know how each one impacts your body. So although it is interesting to have a look at what others have said about the product, the bulk of your decision should be dictated by the science.
A 1-month supply of Status retails for $69.99 ($2.33/serving).
It is definitely in the top-tier of test-boosters based on price, but I'd say that it is justified given its ingredient formula.
Keep in mind that the side-effects listed below are associated with taking doses of this supplement beyond what is recommended on the label.
Possible Side-Effects of Ashwagandha
- Stomach upset
Possible Side-Effects of Longjack Extract
No information currently available about side-effects.
Possible Side-Effects of 3,3'-Diindolylmethane
- Darkening of the urine.
- Increased bowel frequency
- Skin rash
Possible Side-Effects of Fenugreek
- Stomach upset
- "Maple syrup" odor in urine
- Nasal congestion
- Facial swelling
- Lower blood sugar
HOW DOES IT COMPARE?
Status is amongst the best testosterone booster supplements I've come across.
For this portion of the review, let's see how it compares to some other best-selling test-boosters.
Status vs TestoFuel
The primary ingredient in TestoFuel is D-Aspartic Acid.
The research performed on D-AA and its interaction with testosterone reports mixed findings. The conclusion on Examine.com states that D-AA may increase testosterone levels only within 12 days of use, and that this spike may prolong in infertile men.
There's even one study that shows D-AA supplementation leading to lower testosterone levels.
As far as primary ingredients are concerned, Ashwagandha is definitely better-researched and more effective .
Status vs Test Freak
The primary ingredient in Test Freak is fenugreek.
Status has fenugreek in it as well, however the dosage in Test Freak is possibly more than 10x that amount (can't be sure since its a proprietary blend).
Like with D-AA, fenugreek is another very common ingredient in test boosters, but research does not confirm its impact on testosterone levels. The studies report mixed findings.
Since Ashwagandha is a proven ingredient, once again Status takes the cake.
Status vs Prime Male
Once again, the primary ingredient in Prime Male is D-AA. But what I like most about Prime Male is the micronutrient formula, more particularly the dosage of vitamin D, vitamin K2, and zinc.
The ingredient profiles in both these supplements are very different, but at the same time, many of the ingredients are scientifically proven to boost testosterone.
It's a tough call, but I'll say Status is the winner due to its primary ingredient, Ashwagandha. Sure Prime Male has a lot of vitamin D, but you can supplement with that separately for pretty cheap as well.
Status vs Nugenix
The primary ingredients in Nugenix are L-Citrulline Malate, Fenugreek, and Tribulus.
L-Citrulline is a proven nitric oxide booster. Fenugreek, you already know that the research shows mixed results. And Tribulus Terrestris is a proven libido booster.
As per its impact on T-levels, Nugenix, I would say, is ineffective.
Overall, I'd say Status is a pretty great supplement that can boost your T-levels and provide a host of life enhancement benefits as well.