MyoTosterone a 38% Testosterone Increase – Legit? Or not?
Testosterone boosters are typically sold as a culmination of a bunch of herbs that have shown promise in rats, particularly for increasing their mating behavior. In general this has translated very poorly to human males. That is why supplement studies, from American entities (or other scientifically equivocal countries) on healthy males often get significant media attention.
The latest study was funded and completed by Triarco Industries, which is most well know for their product Aminogen (found in many whey proteins). The product they put to the test is called MyTosterone and contains both astaxathin extracted from Haematococcus algae (pluvialis), and saw palmetto.
The study itself used untrained men and included a huge age range between 20 and 68 years old (with no mention as to why). There were three test groups including an 800 mg per day supplemented group, a 1200 mg per day supplemented group, and a placebo group. The administration period lasted 14 days (same length as the first popularized study with D-Aspartic Acid).
They found that after 14 days the 800 mg per day group had no significant increase in testosterone. But the 1200 mg per day group had a 38% increase in testosterone. Unfortunately a major weakness of this study was it’s lack of data reporting. They did not list the individual baseline testosterone levels in the men. That’s not too disappointing, but in this case they didnt even give the before and after average testosterone levels for each group. And as you can see in the following table, the 38% increase vs. placebo is largely because the placebo group had a fall in testosterone over the 14 days.
Overall this seems very suspect, and here’s why…
Triarco Industries and ConsumberLab.com
ConsumerLab.com claims to be an independent third party tester of dietary supplements. Meaning the information they report should be fully unbiased (unless perhaps they are paid to test a supplement by the company that makes it). Per ConsumerLab.com:
Oddly enough the author (and only listed contributor) was Mark Anderson, whose email is at (@) consumerlab.com. He also apparently works for Triarco Industries (or use to per wikipedia? Hard to say…). Nonetheless we will see if the next consumerlab.com report suggests MyoTosterone as the next greatest testosterone boosting supplement. Anyways, we will see how the supplement industry spins this lackluster study into something it’s not, which is a decent testosterone booster.