Testosterone is one of the most important hormones for male health and vitality. When you consider this, it doesn’t surprise why so many men are in a search of natural ways to keep their testosterone levels healthy.
Testosterone boosters are a great way to do so. But due to so many choices of male health supplements on the market, it’s hard to distinguish which ones are worth your money.
That’s where we come in. Our job is to provide you with the info that will help you choose only the best stuff. And in this review, we took our time to look into Aphro-D testosterone Booster.
Here is a quick summary of what we think of it and a full review you can find out below.
- Ridiculously high price
- The whole formula in a proprietary blend
- Possibly problematic ingredient
Shortly, Aphro-D is an expensive mess. The formula is ineffective and doesn’t contain any good ingredients for testosterone boosting. In addition to that, one ingredient may even be toxic. So it doesn’t surprise that the whole formula is hidden in a proprietary blend and that manufacturer even purposely tries to hide the ingredient list from the official website. All in all, we don’t recommend Aphro-D and think you should avoid it too.
What do we recommend?
What is Aphro-D?
Aphro-D is a new supplement on the market designed for men to help them boost testosterone levels and overall vitality. It features four main ingredients: Tonkgat Ali, Schisandra Berry, Pearl Powder, and He Shou Wu. According to the manufacturer, these are the key herbal ingredients with clinical evidence for the above-claimed benefits.
Behind Aphro-D’s formula stands Dr. Farhan Khawaja, a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. from McGill University. If this name sounds familiar, it’s because Dr. Farhan is also known as Doc Testosterone, a well-known social media influencer specialized in male health and vitality.
Doc Testosterone is so confident in its supplement that the official Aphro-D website says it is the world’s #1 testosterone booster for men. A pretty bold claim. However, does the famous name behind a brand and a Ph.D. in neuroscience automatically guarantee the quality of a testosterone booster?
Well, it’s our job to find out. So let’s get to business and see what Aphro-D’s formula has to offer.
In the attempt to take a closer look at Aphro-D’s formula we came across an unexpected obstacle. Finding an ingredient list of Aphro-D was quite a challenge. Even the official website doesn’t contain the displayed formula of Aphro-D!
This is something we have not encountered before, and to be honest, it is a huge red flag that the manufacturer tries to hide it from potential customers on the website! In order to get the full information of what is into Aphro-D, looks like the manufacturer expects you to purchase the product first!
However, we did manage to get the Aphro-D ingredient list. Unfortunately, we are not pleasantly surprised.
Our Commentary on the Formula
As you can see from the image above, the formula is pretty underwhelming and hides all of its dosages in a proprietary blend. For those unfamiliar with the term proprietary blend, it’s a loophole that allows manufacturers to hide the dosages from the public eye, even though they may be too low and ineffective.
By the law, FDA requires manufacturers to list all of the supplement’s ingredients and their dosages on the label. However, when the ingredients are a part of a so-called “proprietary blend”, there is an exception to the rule. When that’s the case, only a dosage of the whole blend needs to be established, not the individual dosages of each ingredient.
And as you can see from Aphro-D’s ingredient list, not a single ingredient’s dosage are visible. Only of the blend’s amount.
This is problematic for a few reasons. First of all, without the dosages, you cannot know whether the ingredients are effective. No matter how good a single ingredient might seem, if the supplement doesn’t contain it in a good amount, the effectiveness may be questionable.
And the second thing, without the dosages, there might be a higher risk of potential side effects. This especially goes for more sensitive individuals who might be irritated by higher dosages and experience side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, etc.
Ingredients in Aphro-D
When the whole formula is hidden in a proprietary blend is automatically a deal-breaker for us. Not to mention the fact that the manufacturer tries to purposely hide the ingredient list from its website, which makes the whole thing even fishier.
However, we will still cover the ingredients in Aphro-D. That way, if you come across supplements with similar ingredients, you know what to expect from them. So let’s start with each ingredient.
Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia)
Eurycoma longifolia is a herb more known as Tongkat Ali, Malaysian Ginseng, or Longjack. It got a lot of hype due to its supposed “testosterone boosting” properties. However, the evidence for such a benefit does not look too convincing.
On the other hand, the aphrodisiac effects of Tongkat Ali seem reliable. That said, it may positively influence libido and sexual desire.
Also, Tongkat Ali has a pro-erectile effect and can increase your sperm count. However, due to the unknown amount of Tongkat Ali in Aphro-D, we cannot say to what degree it may benefit you. Or if even it may benefit you.
In the past, Schisandra berries (Schisandra Chinensis) is a herb mostly used as a performance enhancer. As well, it acts as an adaptogen, so it may help deal with physical, emotional, or environmental stress.
Although people use it for various reasons, unfortunately, for now, there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
Pearl powder was a well-known ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. Nowadays, it’s mostly used in beauty care for skin treatment, but due to its antioxidant properties also in healthcare. Lately, it got a lot of steam in the biomedical area due to the active compounds found in the pearl matrix.
Although it has been used for centuries, its benefits and mechanism of action are still somewhat unexplained. That said, a lot more research is needed to fully identify its potential benefits and use.
He Shou Wu
He Shou Wu is another herbal remedy well-known in traditional Chinese medicine. In the western part of the world, He Shou Wu also goes under the name Fo-Ti.
Although this herb has been used for many of its supposed benefits, it raises caution due to its potential toxicity and liver damage. More about this you can find in a study here.
That said, we recommend caution with this ingredient.
Aphro-D: Dosage Directions
According to the instructions provided by the manufacturer, you should take four (4) capsules of Aphro-D first thing in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach.
Reviews and Testimonials
Information about Aphro-D on the internet is pretty limited, which isn’t surprising since it is a new product on the market. That said, there isn’t an abundance of user and customer reviews either.
In the search for customer reviews, we looked at Reddit first. However, we didn’t have much luck there and didn’t find any valuable information. And since Aphro-D doesn’t sell on Amazon, Amazon user reviews are not an option either.
That said, the only testimonials we found on the official Aphro-D website and YouTube. However, YouTube testimonials are from people who are an affiliate with Aphro-D. So you should probably take them with a grain of salt.
As far as the testimonials on the official website go, we are all aware that the manufacturers are in a direct jurisdiction of them. That said, they aren’t always as trustworthy. The manufacturer is free to write whatever it wants and use fake paid testimonials to act as real ones.
What concerns us the most about Aphro-D is the ingredient He Shou Wu. The reason is that some studies showed the potential toxicity of this ancient Chinese herb. The fact that Aphro-D contains an unknown amount of it due to a proprietary blend makes the whole thing even worse.
All the other ingredients should be safe and don’t raise our concerns. However, it’s always better to talk to your doctor first before you start taking Aphro-D on your own.
Cost, Where to Buy, and Other Things to Consider
Aphro-D sells only on its official website. A single 120-capsule bottle costs $80. A single pack of Aphro-D should last you a month since it contains 30 servings.
If you are purchasing only a single Aphro-D bottle, on top of the regular $80 price, you will also have to pay an additional $10 shipping fee. This $90 price makes Aphro-D one of the most expensive testosterone supplements we reviewed lately.
However, there are special offers that allow you to get Aphro-D cheaper. For example, there is Buy 2 Get 1 Free Aphro-D special offer that costs $160 and has free shipping. This is noticeably cheaper than purchasing a single bottle.
To note, Aphro-D ships worldwide. You can order it no matter where you live – the UK, Canada, Australia, or anywhere else in the world.
Aphro-D Review: The Bottom Line
In our opinion, everything about Aphro-D screams to avoid it – proprietary blend formula, possibly unsafe ingredients, and the manufacturer’s attempt to completely hide the ingredients list from the website. Not to mention ridiculously high price.
In addition to all that, the ingredients are also below average and don’t have any evidence to positively influence testosterone production.
In our opinion, you should stay away from Aphro-D. It is just another example of how a famous name behind a brand and extremely high price don’t guarantee quality.
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