Testavate 500 Information (Test Boosters/Hormone Regulation)
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Vitamin D3 5000 IU
Testavate 500 995mg: Bulbine Natalensis (7:1 Stems), Fenugreek seeds (28% protodiosin), Milk Thistle 80%, 3,4,5 trihydroxystibene, Long Jack.
Greatest thing ever, will swell your nads with test, super buff your muscles, top secret African herbal remedy....blah blah blah.
Here's some of the actual marketing copy:
"One serving of Testavate 500 is the equivalent of 300mg of Testosterone Cypianate."
"Testavate 500 is a natural supplement that will work more effectively than any natural product ever made!"
Sounds good, huh? But what have you got here? A bunch of stuff with NO HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS backing it up and a ton of Vitamin D3.
I mention that because if you're taking Vitamin D3 already and you decide to take this, stop taking Vitamin D3. The dose here is great - I take 4,000iu a day - but you don't want to be getting more than 8,000iu max. Vitamin D3 has some known benefits. I won't talk about those here; you can reseach that yourself. You don't want to verdoes though.
As far as the rest of the stuff, maybe it works and maybe it doesn't.
Anyone out there actually use this? Let us know what you think!
Testavate 500 Ingredients
3,4,5-trihydroxystibene3,4,5-trihydroxystibene is a tough one: I can't find anything on it. Is it a mispelling on 3,4,5-trihydroxystilbene? Or is it a shortened form of /trans-3,4,5-Trihydroxystibene'? Or maybe 3,4,5-trihydroxystibene-3-beta-mono-D-glucoside?
3-4'-5-trihydroxystilbene is also know as Phytoalexin Resveratrol, amd most pf you reading this know what Resveratrol is. If that's what it is, why the hell don't thye just say so? I'm pretty tired of companies using all the different compound nomenclatures for stuff.
Hey dumbass supplement makers: I research everything before I take it. Guess what? If I can't figure out what it is, I don't take it!
If it IS Phytoalexin Resveratrol then it's a compound found largely in the skins of red grapes used in traditional medicine to treat diseases of the blood vessels, heart, and liver. It came to scientific attention during the mid-1990s as a possible explanation for the "French Paradox" - the low incidence of heart disease among the French people, who eat a relatively high-fat diet.
Since then, it has been touted by manufacturers and examined by scientific researchers as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and a phytoestrogen.
Epidemiologic studies can find associations between the consumption of foods or dietary supplements and various health outcomes. Animal experiments can demonstrate what can happen in the species tested. However, only human clinical trials can determine whether supplementation is useful for humans. Resveratrol has not been tested in clinical trials, and most clinical trials of other antioxidants have failed to demonstrate the benefits suggested by preliminary studies.
Bulbine NatalensisThe first compnay to release Bulbine Natalensis as a muscle bulding supplement was Ruthless Inc. So if anyone else tells you they were 'first', they aren't being honest. And if they aren't being honest about that, what else are they not being honest about?
Bulbine Natalensis is an herb that's been recently studied for use as a libido enhancer, testosterone booster, estrogen reducer and as an herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction.
In traditional folk medicine, the leaves, roots, and sap are all used for a variety of ailments, everything from bug stings, mosquito bites, blisters, cold sores, mouth ulcers, and cracked skin to to soothing sunburn, disinfecting cuts, and to speed the healing of bruises.
A rodent study was performed by the Centre for Phytomedicine Research, Department of Botany, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa. Rodents receiving Bulbine Natalensis had a serum testosterone level equal to 347% of the control group; in that same group, estrogen was 35% lower.
Although this herb is new to the market, it has been used to boost testosterone levels in humans, while lowering estrogen levels. While no clinical studies have been performed examining these effects in humans, its use has been validated in non-clinical settings. This means, to me, it's validity is unverified.
Like most supplements, you can read as many rave reviews online as you can reviews taht slam it. No human trials to speak of and I couldn't find reports of any bloosdwork being do to see if this works or not.
Personally, I staty away from stuff that's unproven. I'd rather spend my money on something I know works.
FenugreekFenugreek is a plant in the family Fabaceae used both as an herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed).
Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of the polysaccharide galactomannan and saponins such as diosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens. Other bioactive constituents of fenugreek include mucilage, volatile oils, and alkaloids such as choline and trigonelline.
Due to its estrogen-like properties, fenugreek has been found to help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS. Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholestrol levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Fenugreek is also being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.
Fenugreek seed is widely used as a milk producing agent by nursing mothers to increase breast milk supply. Studies have shown fenugreek is a potent stimulator of breastmilk production. It can be found in capsule form in many health food stores.
Several human intervention trials demonstrated that the antidiabetic effects of fenugreek seeds ameliorate most metabolic symptoms associated with type-1 and type-2 diabetes in both humans and relevant animal models by reducing serum glucose and improving glucose tolerance.
GelatinGelatin is a tasteless substance created from collagen found in animal skin and bones. It is used to thicken liquid in processed foods as well as having applications in photography, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Gelatin is found in many forms of candy, marshmallows, Jell-O, and some types of yogurt. Gelatin can be bought in many grocery stores for use in home cooking. In the vast majority of cases, gelatin is not harmful to the consumer.
Long Jack (Eurycoma Longifolia, Tongkat Ali, Pasak Bumi)Long Jack (Eurycoma longifolia - commonly called tongkat ali or pasak bumi) is a flowering plant in the family Simaroubaceae, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, and, to a lesser extent, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.
Even though there are other legitimate medical areas of interest in Eurycoma longifolia, most Southeast Asians consume it for the plant's impact on sexual conduct. Already in 2001, Malaysian scientific researchers opened their peer-reviewed, Medline-archived report on Eurycoma longifolia's effect on lab rats with the statement "that Eurycoma longifolia Jack commonly known as Tongkat Ali has gained notoriety as a symbol of man's ego and strength by the Malaysian men because it increases male virility and sexual prowess during sexual activities."
Some scientific studies found that it enhances sexual characteristics and performance in rodents. Other laboratory animal tests have produced positive indications, with one extract having been observed to increase sexual activity in mature rats, including arousal, sniffing, and mounting behavior. In an experiment conducted on male rats, it was found that eurycoma longifolia increases sperm count. The authors also reported that the plasma testosterone level of Eurycoma longifolia extract treated rats "was significantly increased when compared with that of the control and infertile animals."
Another group of scientists confirmed that Eurycoma longifolia has the capacity to "reverse the inhibitory effects of estrogen on testosterone production and spermatogenesis." One Medline-indexed journal article cited as result that Eurycoma longifalia had an effect similar to testosterone replacement therapy in counteracting ostereoposis.
In a placebo-controlled human study with healthy young men in a weight-training program, it was found that "the lean body mass of the treatment group showed a significant increment, from 52.26 (7.18) kg to 54.39 (7.43) kg (p = 0.012)." The results of the study were published in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The anabolic impact of Eurycoma longifolia has been confirmed in the animal model, when the size and weight of just one muscle was measured in treated and untreated rats of equal size. "Results showed that 800 mg/kg of butanol, methanol, water and chloroform fractions of E. longifolia Jack significantly increased (p<0.05) the leavator ani muscle".
Because of Eurycoma longifolia's testosterone-enhancing capacity, it has been included in numerous supplements marketed primarily to body building men. In gym circles, Eurycoma longifolia Jack is commonly referred to as Longjack.
Magnesium StearateMagnesium stearate is often used as a diluent in the manufacture of medical tablets, capsules and powders. In this regard, the substance is also useful, because it has lubricating properties, preventing ingredients from sticking to manufacturing equipment during the compression of chemical powders into solid tablets.
Magnesium stearate is the most commonly used lubricant for tablets. Studies have shown that magnesium stearate may affect the release time of the active ingredients in tablets, but not that it reduces the over-all bioavailability of those ingredients.
Milk Thistle (SILYMARIN)The milk thistle is a thistle of the genus Silybum Adans., a flowering plant of the daisy family (Asteraceae). They are native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The name "milk thistle" derives from two features of the leaves: they are mottled with splashes of white and they contain a milky sap.
The seeds of the milk thistle have been used for 2000 years to treat chronic liver disease and protect the liver against toxins. Increasing research is being undertaken on the physiological effects, therapeutic properties and possible medical uses of milk thistle.
Research into the biological activity of silymarin and its possible medical uses has been conducted in many countries since the 1970s. Milk thistle has been reported to have protective effects on the liver and to greatly improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), toxin-induced liver damage, and gallbladder disorders.
Reviews of the literature covering clinical studies of silymarin vary. A review using only studies with both double-blind and placebo protocols concluded that milk thistle and its derivatives "does not seem to significantly influence the course of patients with alcoholic and/or hepatitis B or C liver diseases".
A different review of the literature performed for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services found that while there is strong evidence of legitimate medical benefits, the studies done to date are of uneven design and quality that no firm conclusions about degrees of effectiveness for specific conditions or appropriate dosage can yet be made.
A review of studies of silymarin and liver disease which are available on the web shows an interesting pattern in that studies which tested low dosages of silymarin concluded that silymarin was ineffective, while studies which used significantly larger doses concluded that silymarin was biologically active and had therapeutic effects.
Beside benefits for liver disease, other unproven treatment claims include:
Used as a post (oral steroid) cycle therapy for body builders and/or in the hopes of reducing or eliminating liver damage
Lowering cholesterol levels
Reducing insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis
Reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.
Used in many products claiming to reduce the effects of a hangover
Used by individuals withdrawing from opiates, especially during the Acute Withdrawal Stage.
Reducing liver damaging effects of chemotherapeutic drugs
Clinical study has shown that liver function tests can be improved in active hepatitis patients.
Rice Powder (Rice Flower)Rice powder (rice flower) is a form of flour made from finely milled rice. It is distinct from rice starch, which is usually produced by steeping rice in lye.
Rice flour may be made from either white rice or brown rice. Rice flour is a particularly good substitute for wheat flour, which causes irritation in the digestive systems of those who are gluten-intolerant.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)Vitamin D is well-known for helping to maintain calcium levels and in building strong bones. Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Elderly who don't get enough vitamin D have weaker muscles and are more prone to falls, which could further increase the risk of fractures.
Recent research has revealed new roles of vitamin D. Many types of cells in the body can use vitamin D to help regulate critical functions. A vitamin D deficiency could result in potential problems such as a weakened immune system and an increased risk of cancer. Impaired immune function could lead to a greater risk of autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, and heighten succeptibility to some infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Studies also suggest low levels of vitamin D may be linked to heart disease. Other stidies have determined vitamin D plays a role in controlling blood pressure and preventing artery damage.
There is no solid consensus on the amoutn of vitamin D needed. The human body produces vitamin D3 when skin is exposed to sunlight. However, in our indoor oriented world, most indoviduals (especially those in northern climates) don't get enough sun exposure for their bosy to produce adequate vitamin D3. When it comes to supplementation, indoviduals have taken up to 10,000IU daily without adverse effect. Between 2,000IU - 6,000IU appears to be adequate supplementation for the majority of the population.
If you decide to supplement, look for vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) as opposed to vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Vitamin D3 has much more bioavailability than vitamin D2.
I happen to be a big proponent of vitamin D. My wife, especially, has found significant improvement in her seasonal affective disorder by supplementing with vitamin D3.
Zinc AspartateZinc L-aspartate, often simply called zinc aspartate, is a chelated mineral supplement and an important naturally occurring bioavailable delivery form of zinc. Zinc aspartate is a salt of zinc with the amino acid aspartic acid.
Zinc is an essential trace element, necessary for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Zinc is found in nearly 100 specific enzymes (other sources say 300), serves as structural ions in transcription factors and is stored and transferred in metallothioneins. It is "typically the second most abundant transition metal in organisms" after iron and it is the only metal which appears in all enzyme classes.
In humans, zinc interacts with "a wide range of organic ligands" and has roles in the metabolism of RNA and DNA, signal transduction, and gene expression. It also regulates apoptosis.