These are the FAQ's and Science behind our testosterone boosting complex
For best results, take 2 capsules of AlphaMax twice daily in the morning and evening. AlphaMax beta testers have noticed increased “Alpha Mentality” and increased drive when taken 30 minutes before a workout. Beta testers also noticed improved sleep quality when taken 30 minutes before bed.
AlphaMax is a natural testosterone booster and is not a prohormone; therefore, a PCT is not necessary. However, AlphaMax can be used as part of a complete PCT due to its safety and efficacy.
AlphaMax is designed for men. Since if alters both testosterone and estrogen, we suggest women do not take this product.
While AlphaMax could be combined with other testosterone boosters, it is not recommended. AlphaMax was formulated to operate on its own, with efficacious doses of ingredients carefully chosen. Combining AlphaMax with other testosterone boosters may alter its effectiveness.
AlphaMax stacks very well with SlinMax, MassMax and IntraMax in our Bulk Stack. Also check out our Complete Stack, which adds in the pre-workout powerhouse combo of HyperMax and VasoMax.
In this section we will cover each and every ingredient
Vitamin D3 is not actually a vitamin, but is a steroid hormone with multiple hormonal effects in the body, including testosterone levels.
Multiple studies show that testosterone can be increased with D3 supplementation.
Wehr et al. (2009) found significant correlations between vitamin D status and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which would lead to lower bound testosterone and higher free testosterone
As a follow-up, Pilz et al. (2011) observed that vitamin D supplementation increased total testosterone by 25.2% and free testosterone by 20.3%.
Vitamin B6 is an essential vitamin affects various functions, including: DNA repair, formation of hemoglobin, brain health, and neurotransmitter synthesis.
Vitamin B6 promotes androgen synthesis, such as testosterone, and androgen receptor sensitivity.
B vitamins are involved in the suppression of many hormones that inhibit testosterone bioactivity; for example, they affect estrogen levels as monitored by the liver.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for bone, muscle, heart, and brain health, just to name a few. Marginal magnesium deficiency is common, so supplementing with it can eliminate problems that result from this common deficiency, such as increased blood pressure, neural hyperpolarization, and decreased glucose tolerance. Additionally, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin B6 are known in combination as ZMA, and have demonstrated testosterone-boosting properties.
Sheykh et al. (2012) found that supplementing with ZMA and engaging in resistance training increased anabolic hormones and reduced cellular damage.
Zinc is an essential mineral that affects expression of hundreds of genes. It regulates testosterone via aromatase inhibition. In this way, it decreases the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, thus keeping testosterone active for longer and keeping estrogen levels lower.
Zinc supplementation has been shown to reduce SHBG, such that more bound testosterone is converted to free and active testosterone.
Kilic (2007) demonstrated how consuming zinc can improve total and free testosterone in men post-exercise.
Also known as stinging nettle, this herb can increase testosterone through multiple mechanisms. Lignans from stinging nettle inhibit binding of testosterone by sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which increases free testosterone, making it bioavailable and active.
Gassner et al. (1995) observed aromatase inhibition from Urtica dioica extract, which would prevent conversion of testosterone to estradiol such that testosterone would remain active for a longer period of time.
Specific lignans from Urtica dioica demonstrated potent inhibition of SHBG, wherein 3,4-Divanillyltetrahydrofuran displaced dihydrotestosterone from SHBG by 95%.
Mucuna Pruriens contains a natural source of a dopamine precursor, which is an important neurotransmitter involved in sleep, mood and behavior. Also, dopamine is closely connected to testosterone and is essential for keeping testosterone levels high and opposing hormones (such as prolactin) lower.
Men saw increases in testosterone of 38.8% after supplementing with Mucuna pruriens (Shukla et al., 2009).
In another study, Shukla et al. (2010) demonstrated that Mucuna pruriens reduced both cortisol (stress hormone) and oxidative stress.
Eurycoma longifolia, or tongkat ali, is an adaptogen that is well known for its testosterone-boosting and libido-enhancing effects. Dozens of studies have confirmed its effectiveness on increasing testosterone in a wide range of men, including athletes.
Talbott et al. (2013) observed that testosterone levels were 16.4% higher and cortisol levels were 32.3% lower in healthy athletes after an intense workout, thus preserving an anabolic state.
Withania Somnifera, commonly known as Ashwagandha, is a potent adaptogen that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Multiple studies demonstrate its potent testosterone-boosting effects.
Wankhede et al. (2015) showed that Ashwagandha supplementation for 8 weeks can increase testosterone in young, healthy men by 15.3% when combined with exercise, which was a five-fold increase over exercise alone.
The same study found that ashwagandha almost doubled the strength increases seen in both the upper body and lower body, and these results corresponded with significant increases in muscle mass in the arms and chest.
Also known as Dehydroabietic acid (DHAA), this naturally-occurring compound is an extremely potent aromatase inhibitor, which means it reduces the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, making the ingredient a perfect complement to the testosterone boosters in the formula. While other components boost testosterone production and activity via reduction of SHBG, DHAA keeps the body from converting and eliminating it, allowing it to be active for a longer period of time.
By observing that DHAA increased expression of adiponectin, Takahashi et al. (2011) demonstrated that DHAA can also improve insulin sensitivity and nutrient uptake into muscle tissue.
Another Ayurvedic powerhouse, Coleus forskohlii is known for its testosterone-boosting and fat-burning effects.
In a study of 30 men, Godard et al. (2005) observed that testosterone, lean mass, and bone mass increased while fat mass decreased after Coleus foskohlii supplementation.
For centuries, this botanical has been utilized in cuisine and medicine throughout the world. Through its effects on estrogen, Ferula has positive hormonal benefits for men and has been used for many sexual ailments.
Platel et al. (2000) observed that Ferula asafoetida increased pancreatic amylase and lipase production, which would improve breakdown and absorption of nutrients to enhance growth.
Boron is a trace mineral that should be in any testosterone booster due to its effectiveness.
Naghii et al. (2011) found that boron increased free testosterone and lowered estrogen in healthy men
In the same study, boron reduced inflammatory markers C reactive protein and TNF-alpha, which would improve recovery from exercise
These are the references to the exact studies, down the page we have created these formulations around.
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SHEYKH, A.V.D. and S. BORDBAR, EFFECT OF ZMA SUPPLEMENT ALONE AND IN COMBINATION WITH CARBOHYDRATES, WITH SIX WEEKS OF RESISTANCE TRAINING ON ANABOLIC HORMONE LEVELS AND CELLULAR DAMAGE INDEXES IN UNTRAINED MALES. 2012.
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Urtica Dioica containing 3,4-Divanillyltetrahydrofuran
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Mucuna Pruriens Extract
Shukla, K.K., et al., Mucuna pruriens improves male fertility by its action on the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis. Fertil Steril, 2009. 92(6): p. 1934-40.
Shukla, K.K., et al., Mucuna pruriens Reduces Stress and Improves the Quality of Semen in Infertile Men. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2010. 7(1): p. 137-44.
Gupta, A., et al., A proton NMR study of the effect of Mucuna pruriens on seminal plasma metabolites of infertile males. J Pharm Biomed Anal, 2011. 55(5): p. 1060-6.
Eurycoma Longifolia (Root) Extract
Ismail, S.B., et al., Randomized Clinical Trial on the Use of PHYSTA Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia for the Improvement of Quality of Life and Sexual Well-Being in Men. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2012. 2012: p. 429268.
Tambi, M.I., M.K. Imran, and R.R. Henkel, Standardised water-soluble extract of Eurycoma longifolia, Tongkat ali, as testosterone booster for managing men with late-onset hypogonadism? Andrologia, 2012. 44 Suppl 1: p. 226-30.
Talbott, S.M., et al., Effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2013. 10(1): p. 28.
Udani, J.K., et al., Effects of a Proprietary Freeze-Dried Water Extract of Eurycoma longifolia (Physta) and Polygonum minus on Sexual Performance and Well-Being in Men: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2014. 2014: p. 179529.
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Withania Somnifera (Root) Extract
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Mahdi, A.A., et al., Withania somnifera Improves Semen Quality in Stress-Related Male Fertility. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2009.
Ahmad, M.K., et al., Withania somnifera improves semen quality by regulating reproductive hormone levels and oxidative stress in seminal plasma of infertile males. Fertil Steril, 2010. 94(3): p. 989-96.
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Sandhu, J.S., et al., Effects of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna) on physical performance and cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy young adults. Int J Ayurveda Res, 2010. 1(3): p. 144-9.
Raut, A.A., et al., Exploratory study to evaluate tolerability, safety, and activity of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) in healthy volunteers. J Ayurveda Integr Med, 2012. 3(3): p. 111-4.
Abieta-8, 11, 13-trien-18-oic Acid
Su, S.L., et al., Isolation and biological activities of neomyrrhaol and other terpenes from the resin of Commiphora myrrha. Planta Med, 2009. 75(4): p. 351-5.
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Takahashi, N., et al., Dehydroabietic acid activates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma and stimulates insulin-dependent glucose uptake into 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Biofactors, 2011. 37(4): p. 309-14.
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Ferula Asafoetida (Root) Extract
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Mahendra, P. and S. Bisht, Ferula asafoetida: Traditional uses and pharmacological activity. Pharmacogn Rev, 2012. 6(12): p. 141-6.
Keshri, G., et al., Post-Coital Antifertility Activity of Ferula Assafoetida Extract in Female Rats. Pharmaceutical Biology, 1999. 37(4): p. 273-276.
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Nabavi, S.M., et al., Antioxidant and antihaemolytic activities of Ferula foetida regel (Umbelliferae). Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci, 2011. 15(2): p. 157-64.
Ferrando, A.A. and N.R. Green, The effect of boron supplementation on lean body mass, plasma testosterone levels, and strength in male bodybuilders. International journal of sport nutrition, 1993. 3(2): p. 140-149.
Naghii, M.R., et al., Comparative effects of daily and weekly boron supplementation on plasma steroid hormones and proinflammatory cytokines. J Trace Elem Med Biol, 2011. 25(1): p. 54-8.
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