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Performix Super T Review

Super T is a test-booster by Performix that contains similar ingredients to other test-boosters but features Terra Intelligent Dosing technology, which Performix claims massively improves bioavailability.

Performix Super T

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FUROSAP

Super T contains a particular form of Fenugreek Furosap that is allegedly more potent than ordinary Fenugreek, though no studies have compared different forms. Fenugreek has been shown to increase Testosterone but has also failed to do so using the same dosing, so these effects should be considered unreliable at this time. We discuss Fenugreek and its effects on Testosterone in depth in this article.

At the very least, Fenugreek may function as a libido enhancer and can encourage Testosterone levels to remain at the high end of the normal healthy range.

Performix does not disclose the exact dose of Fenugreek in Super T but does list the percentage of primary bioactives at 45% Furostanolic Saponins and 20% Protodioscin.

TRIBULUS ALATUS

Tribulus Alatus, unlike Tribulus Terrestris, actually has some preliminary support as a Testosterone booster, as it has been shown to increase Testosterone levels in mice. Unfortunately, there are no human studies testing the effects of Tribulus Alatus on Testosterone, though the preliminary results indicate there may be something to it.

Performix does not disclose the dose of Tribulus Alatus used in Super T but does disclose the standardization (54% Saponins), which is slightly more than the average.

MACA:

Maca has a well-documented history of use as an herbal aphrodiac and libido enhancer, so it has actually been studied pretty extensively with regards to its effects on Testosterone and Sexual well-being.

We discuss the relationship between Maca and Testosterone more in this article, but to make a long story short, it does not boost Testosterone. It is, however, a reliable libido enhancer and can also improve physical performance, assuming the right dose.

Performix does not disclose the actual dose of Maca present in Super T but given the weight of the proprietary blend, it is quite under-dosed relative to other products. Super T’s absorption enhancement capacity would have to be incredibly significant to make up for the low dose of Maca.

HORNY GOAT WEED

Horny Goat Weed contains Icariin, the compound primarily responsible for the sexual-enhancement effects.

A 2006 study, published in the “Asian Journal of Andrology”, found that Icariin (80mg/kg) was able to increase Testosterone roughly three times as much as the control group in chemically castrated mice. However, the dose used in this particular study would be roughly equivalent to a 200lb human consuming 1150mg pure Icariin daily.

It’s clear how much Horny Goat Weed is present in Super T but it’s clearly not much (relative to what was used in the above-mentioned study). Performix does list the standardization of Icariin (10%) which is average.

EURYCOMA LONGIFOLIA

Eurycoma Longifolia, also known as Tongkat Ali has been shown, in various studies, to increase Testosterone in male rats, but the only human studies that exist have tested the effects of Eurycoma Longifolia in infertile men, not healthy men.

A 2010 study published in the “Asian Journal of Andrology” found that supplementation with 200mg of an extract of Eurycoma Longifolia significantly improved various indications of male fertility (in humans), though the mechanism of action was unknown.

A 2012 study published in “Andrologia: Volume 44” (the same researchers from the above mentioned human study) found that men suffering from Hypogonadism (diminishing functionality of the gonads) who were treated with a 200 mg daily dose of Eurycoma longifolia extract reached normal Testosterone levels after a 30 day period.

It seems more like that Eurycoma can encourage optimal (healthy) Testosterone levels but probably will not increase Testosterone significantly except in individuals with initially low Testosterone. A clinical dose would be around 200mg, but Super T contains much less.

BIOPERINE

Piper nigrum, also known as Black Pepper, contains Piperine. Several studies have found that black pepper extract, when combined with other supplements, has increased the absorption of those supplements (as measured by plasma levels). Piperine’s ability to increase absorption of other compounds is due to the inhibition of certain enzymes which breakdown most compounds, as well as the slowing of intestinal transit (increasing the amount of time these compounds are exposed to the possibility of uptake).

While Performix’s Terra Intelligent Dosing Technology is slightly gimmicky to us at best, BioPerine definitely enhances the bioavailability of the Super T formula as a whole.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

In terms of basic ingredients, Super T is similar to many other Test-boosters out there. It’s the absorption/bioavailability of the ingredients that Perfomix touts as superior to other test-boosters and not the ingredients themselves. What’s not clear however, is how much more bioavailable these ingredients really are as a result of Performix’s TERRA Intelligent Dosing technology. One would hope MUCH more bioavailable  since the doses of individual ingredients in Super T are quite low.

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