Test Freak claims to be a hybrid vitamin/mineral supplement made up of clinically researched ingredients, so we looked more closely into those ingredients … and this is what we found.
Tribulus Terrestris – one of the main ingredients – makes you feel like it’s increasing your testosterone production because it enhances your libido … but it doesn’t actually raise test levels unless they’re abnormally low to begin with.
As for the other ingredients, it seems that many of them aren’t exactly boosting testosterone production either, but instead they’re preventing the conversion of testosterone to DHT – the much more powerful androgen.
So any analysis will definitely show there’s more testosterone in the bloodstream after taking Test Freak, so PharmaFreak aren’t exactly lying to us … but it does seem they’re stretching the truth somewhat.
Potential side effects of Test Freak include: digestive problems, erectile problems, a maple-syrup odour in urine and interaction with blood-thinning medications.
Some users have also mentioned hair loss, acne, increased anger, sleep problems … and swollen testicles.
Some companies sell 120 Test Freak caps (that’s 30 days’ worth) online for around $50, but since PharmaFreak is a Canadian company and their website tells us it’s for ‘US Residents Only’ we’re not sure that $50 is in Canadian or US dollars.
The first thing we noticed when visiting the Test Freak Web page were the filthy images at the bottom of the page. Other images elsewhere around the site were equally filthy. We’re not talking obscene material here – it’s just that those images have the same dirt pattern on them, like they’d all been scanned on the same scanner whose glass plate needed cleaning in the worst possible way.
And if anybody had bothered to check those images once they’d been uploaded they certainly hadn’t bothered to do anything about them, which doesn’t say much for the company’s image.
As for the company’s products? Well, here’s something interesting: we recently read an interview with the head honcho of both PharmaFreak and its sister company SD Pharmaceuticals, who stated he wouldn’t use the two main testosterone boosters in Test Freak on their own.
That’s because he said they work best when they’re stacked with D-aspartic acid … which just happens to be one of the products from SD Pharmaceuticals. Strangely enough, the Test Freak web page advises us to stack it with another PharmaFreak product containing D-aspartic acid, but it says nothing about the offering from SD Pharmaceuticals.
So which product should we buy to make Test Freak actually work, then? Decisions, decisions. Either way, it all adds to the company’s bottom line. But not ours.
And as for Test Freak itself, we’ve already mentioned that Tribulus Terrestris can make users feel like their testosterone levels are raised purely because of an increase in their libido, as opposed to an actual increase in test levels.
We’ve also mentioned that Fenugreek helps prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, thereby leaving more traces of original test in the blood. As does Saw Palmetto.
Other ingredients lower oestrogen levels so test levels stay proportionately higher.
On the whole, then, we haven’t found anything here in the way of actually increasing testosterone production – it’s more preventing a decrease in existing levels. So for all those reasons we’re going to reject Test Freak.
It seems that PharmaFreak are using Test Freak as an excuse to foist other products of theirs onto us – in at least two cases to improve the effects of Test Freak. But we’re also urged to be sure to get proper deep sleep to enable our bodies to increase naturally produced testosterone. And the best way to get ourselves those recommended eight hours shut-eye? PharmaFreak’s GH Freak, of course! Price-wise it’s all starting to add up, isn’t it?
However, there’s also what happens while we’re awake – or to be more precise, what doesn’t happen: Trib doesn’t increase testosterone… Fenugreek works wonders for breast-feeding mothers but not for boosting test production… Saw Palmetto increases test levels by lowering the dihydrotestosterone all that test should be converted to … and, let’s face it, we’re not all that keen on some of the other potential side effects such as increased anger, baldness – and zits, especially at our age. And we’re not all that thrilled at the prospect of swollen testicles, either.
From the website, quote:
Directions For TEST FREAK: As a dietary supplement, men take 4 capsules every day before bed, with 8 ounces of water. Take on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes after your last meal. Use continuously for up to 8 weeks, followed by a 2-week off period. Combine with a diet and training program for best results.
Test Freak just claims to boost testosterone production.
Does it work? It depends: if your testosterone levels are ‘abnormally low’ to begin with, there’s a good possibility that Tribulus Terrestris might just help raise them up a little. But if those levels are normal, then there’s not going to be much of an improvement – if there’s one at all.
So what about Fenugreek, then – does that help raise testosterone levels? Short answer: no. Like Test Freak’s other ingredients such as Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle and Resveratrol, Fenugreek prevents testosterone from dissipating one way or the other, which leaves test levels in the bloodstream a little higher than they would otherwise be.
If you click on the ‘supplement facts’ link on the Test Freak web page, you’ll need a magnifying glass to make out the ingredient list that pops up. Here’s what each capsule contains:
Test Freak’s Proprietary Testosterone Support Complex contains:
Test Freak’s Proprietary DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) Support Complex contains:
Test Freak’s Proprietary Oestrogen Support Complex contains:
Any combination of ingredients could have different effects on different people, so here’s a rundown of the potential side effects of each individual ingredient of Test Freak:
Magnesium – digestion problems.
Zinc – Digestion problems, possible damage to stomach or kidneys.
Fenugreek – Digestion problems, a ‘maple syrup’ odour to urine, nasal congestion, breathing difficulties and lowering of blood sugar levels.
Tribulus Terrestris – According to WebMD, the safety of using this plant in the long-term (longer than eight weeks) is unconfirmed.
Saw Palmetto – Digestion problems, dizziness and headaches. It can also slow down blood clotting, increasing the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Stinging Nettle – Digestion problems, excessive sweating.
Hesperidin – Digestion problems and headaches.
Apigenin – ‘Excessive intake’ may cause numbness and prolonged sedation.
Resveratrol – can interact with blood-thinning medications.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Consult a physician before using this product if you have any medical condition, if you require surgery, or if you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription medication. Use only as directed. Do not exceed recommended serving, as improper use of this product does not enhance results. Do not use if the inner safety seal on this package has been broken. Store in a cool, dry place.
You won’t find any customer reviews on the Test Freak website, which may come as a bit of a surprise. But what does come as a surprise is the number of not-so-glowing reviews that appear elsewhere – including on several sites actually selling the product.
And, of course, we went to Amazon to see what people there thought of Test Freak. Of the reviews there when we visited, 28 were positive while 15 users weren’t quite so enchanted by the product, including one who posted what has to be our favourite review about any product – ever:
Didn’t notice anything except for the fenugreek made me smell like maple syrup. Now I got horses following me all over town. Thanks a lot.
We couldn’t find anything on the Test Freak website, but then again, we weren’t expecting to. From the various online retailers there’s always the possibility of a guarantee of some kind, so it’s worth investing a little bit of time looking through all those terms and conditions before handing over your credit card details.
You can buy Test Freak pretty well anywhere in the world – except from its website.
It’s got a handy store locator there, but we’re still just that little bit concerned that even though PharmaFreak is a Canadian company the website insists it’s for US residents only.
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