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Fusion Bodybuilding Zeus Review

Zeus is Fusion Bodybuilding’s recent test-booster which features a relatively simple blend of Fenugreek, Tongkat Ali, and Rhodiola Rosea…

Fusion Bodybuilding Zeus

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FENUGREEK SEED EXTRACT (50% SAPONINS)

While Fenugreek (as Testofen) has demonstrated the ability to increase Testosterone in one study, it has failed to do so elsewhere under similar conditions. We discuss Fenugreek and its effects on Testosterone in depth in this article.

At this time, the reason for the discrepancy is unknown. So, as a Test-booster, the reliability of Fenugreek should be questioned. Like Tribulus, Fenugreek is an effective libido enhancer and may provide the illusion of increased Testosterone regardless of whether an actual increase occurs.

Zeus contains 350mg of Fenugreek, yielding 175mg of Fenuside (main bioactive), which may or may not influence testosterone levels but is definitely enough to enhance libido and sexual well-being.

TONGKAT ALI

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 Tongkat Ali 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. To be fair, at the start of the study about 35% of the men were showing normal Testosterone levels, and at the end about 90% showed normal levels. Still, 35% to 90% is clearly statistically significant.

Fusion has dosed Eurycoma Longifolia at 300mg for the Zeus formula, considerably more than we’re used to seeing and definitely a “clinical” dose.

RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT, (STD. MIN. 3% ROSAVINS)

Rhodiola Rosea has a long history of use as an adaptogen, meaning it can decrease the body’s sensitivity to stressful situations, physical or mental. Preliminary studies in animals have shown that Rhodiola Rosea produces anabolic effects similar to low dose testosterone treatment.

One human trial, to determine a possible role in erectile dysfunction, found that subjects who consumed 150-200mg Rhodiola Rosea daily for three months experienced heightened sexual function. Whether this was a direct result of increased testosterone is unknown, but given the preliminary support from the animal studies, it is certainly a possibility.

Zeus contains 180mg of Rhodiola extract, certainly within the clinical range mentioned above.

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).

Bioperine has no influence on Testosterone. It just serves as a means of enhancing the absorption of the other ingredients in Zeus.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Zeus contains three of the most common test-booster ingredients at moderately effective doses. Fenugreek is the only ingredient that has been shown to outright boost testosterone in healthy individuals, but it may be unreliable. The other ingredients (Tongkat Ali and Rhodiola) may simply encourage Testosterone levels to remain toward the upper end of the normal range. Users may experience some libido enhancement as well. At just over $1 per serving, Zeus is price average, but there are better options out there within that price range.

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