Review of: Test1fy by Olympus Labs
Summary: Test1fy is a natural test boosting supplement manufactured by Olympus Labs. It contains a powerful ingredient profile that has been clinically validated in multiple human trials to have a positive influence on testosterone. The manufacturers have experimented with also experimented with a new ingredient, analcyclus pyrethrum, which I haven't come across before. Anacyclus is still in preliminary research regarding its hormonal impact, but for the most part, the studies seems promising.
Verdict: Test1fy is amongst the best testosterone boosters on the market.
Test1fy is a proven testosterone boosting supplement. That being said, supplementation should never be relied upon as the sole measure for improving any aspect of your health. Only when combined with particular diet and lifestyle changes should supplementation be considered to help speed up your results.
Olympus Labs is a company that has recently been pumping out supplements that are a cut above the rest. Test1fy is amongst there top supplement and it really stands out in a market flooded with sub-standard test boosters that make exaggerated claims.
My Test1fy review dives into the intricacies of its ingredient profile. I will analyze the scientific research behind each one of the ingredients listed on the label to reveal whether or not it is actually proven test booster.
Vitamin D plays a critical role in over 1000 bodily functions. Better calcium absorption, improved immunity, and cancer prevention are just a few of the many benefits associated with maintaining optimal vitamin D levels. Furthermore, your vitamin D levels are also a solid indicator of your testosterone levels. Let's take a quick look at the research:
It's a coincidence that the amount of vitamin D in Test1fy is exactly the same dosage as the one given to subjects in the second study cited above. 3332IY is enough to optimize your levels and take your T up a notch if you are currently deficient in it.
Anacyclus pyrethrum is a herb that has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac in Ayurvedic medicine. It also has supposed male enhancement benefits.
Analcyclus Pyrethrum has not been extensively studied (there are only 12 published scientific papers on it as of now), but so far, the research seems promising. Let's take a quick look:
The research surrounding anacyclus is still in preliminary stages. No human research has even been performed with it. The animal studies are promising, but there's no saying that the same effects carry over in humans as well.
Anacyclus Pyrethrum this not a proven ingredient, but Test1fy makes up for it with its other ingredients.
Ashwagandha is another herb from Ayurveda. Unlike anacyclus, however, over 300 scientific papers have been published studying its effects on the human body.
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen with its main benefits coming from its ability to significantly decrease cortisol levels. Cortisol, as you know, is what's referred to as the stress hormone. It is highly catabolic and holds an inverse relationship with testosterone, i.e. higher cortisol means lower testosterone. I've already done an extensive overview of ashwagandha and its impact on testosterone, but the bottom line is this:
Ashwagandha is a proven testosterone booster that can help your body decrease stress, increase energy levels, and significantly improve performance in the gym as well. The 675mg dose in Test1fy is a huge plus point.
LJ-100 is a patented form of the herb Eurycoma Longifolia, aka Tongkat Ali. Tongkat ali has traditionally been used in Asia to treat malaria and fever. Today, it has readily been studied for its effects on male enhancement.
Based on my analysis of the 5 human trials observing the effects of tongkat ali on testosterone, my conclusion is that:
Tongkat ali supplementation has powerful test boosting effects in men with low testosterone and in men who are chronically stressed. Further research is needed to confirm whether the same effect carries on in men who do not suffer from these two conditions.
Abieta-8, 11, 13-trien-18-oic acid, aka dehydroabietic acid, is a resin acid. It is a common ingredient in many aromatase-inhibitor supplements. Aromatase is the enzyme that increases estrogen in the body. So the less aromatase you have in your body, the less estrogen is produced.
Dehydroabietic acid (DAA) is a relatively understudied ingredient. There is research that shows its anti-estrogen effects in test-tube (6) and animal (7) studies, but whether this effect carries on in humans still remains to be seen.
Mucuna pruriens, aka velvet bean, is a legume from Ayurveda that is a precursor to dopamine. Dopamine is the hormone responsible for the pleasure-reward system in your brain.
In terms of its impact on testosterone, mucuna pruriens has been shown to be very effective at increasing T-levels in infertile men. You can read my complete overview of mucuna pruriens impact on testosterone here.
Calcium fructoborate is a mixture of minerals comprised of boron, calcium, and fructose. The ingredient of interest is boron.
Boron is a mineral that has been shown to have a positive impact on testosterone levels in men. The research is still preliminary in this regard, but so far the lone human study (8) that shows this impact is promising.
Bioperine is basically black pepper extract. It provides no benefits on its own, but is readily added to a range of supplements for its ability to improve absorption of the primary ingredients.
Although it contains a powerful ingredient profile, Test1fy is not very popular on Amazon.com. As of this writing, there are only 12 customer reviews that provide an average rating of 3.8/5 stars.
Looking at what other customers have to say about a supplement is definitely a component of my reviews, but it is not the major component. What people experience varies on a case-to-case basis. What has been proven in a clinical trial is a much more solid indicator of overall quality than anecdotal experience.
Test1fy is definitely reasonably priced. The downside, however, is that you have to take 8 capsules per serving. Not only is this difficult, but it also leaves fewer servings per container.
A recommendation that you'll read on any supplement that you buy is to consult your primary health care physician before taking the supplement. Of course, this statement is placed to protect the manufacturers, but there is credence to it. There are always possible side-effects that come with any supplement, as is the case with Test1fy.
That being said, Test1fy contains an all-natural herbal blend that is mostly considered safe. But every person is different and you never know what reaction might occur. Below, I've listed out the possible side effects associated with each one of Test1fy's ingredients.
Lack of sufficient evidence
For this portion of my review I went over to Amazon. The following are some testosterone boosters that were recommended as being related to Test1fy, and I've broken down how Test1fy stacks up based on a comparison of ingredients.
K1ngs Blood, like Test1fy, is manufactured by Olympus Labs. It contains a very similar ingredient profile to Test1fy, with ashwagandha, tongkat ali, and mucuna pruriens being amongst the common ingredients.
The extra ingredients that K1ngs Blood packs in include shilajit extract and horny goat weed. These ingredients have been observed to be more libido enhancers than test boosters. It is a tough call to say which supplement is better, but Test1fy comes out on top due to the inclusion of vitamin D.
TestoMenix is a natural testosterone booster that has been selling quite well on Amazon.com. Despite the mass of positive reviews it receives, it is not a supplement that I recommend.
First off, TestoMenix contains a propriety blend. This means that we can't be sure of the dosage of each ingredient. Secondly, the ingredient profile is weak in test-boosting terms. The primary ingredient seems to be horny goat weed, which been shown not to have a positive impact on testosterone. TestoMenix is probably a potent libido enhancer, whereby users think that it's also increasing their T. But as I've talked about previously, the two aspects can be mutually exclusive.
What I found really disturbing about Alpha X Boost is the difficulty I had in finding its ingredients label. This is a huge red flag.
It seems as if Alpha X Boost and TestoMenix are manufactured by the same company. The primary ingredients in Alpha X Boost, like in TestoMenix, are horny goat weed and tongkat ali extract. Horny goat weed is a potent libido enhancer but its effects on testosterone are negligible. Test1fy definitely takes the cake in this case.
Alpha Test is a budget testosterone booster manufactured by supplement giant, MuscleTech. Again, this is an example of a supplement that puts focus on libido enhancement rather than test enhancement.
The primary ingredients in Alpha Test are fenugreek, tribulus, shilajit, boron, and broccoli extract. This is not a "bad" ingredient profile, per say, but Test1fy definitely delivers the goods.