BPI Sports has come out with a testosterone boosting supplement that is designed to increase testosterone levels while inhibiting estrogen secretion and minimizing estrogen activity.
It’s name? A-HD.
Originally called Arimedex-HD, this supplement should not to be mistaken for the prescription estrogen inhibitor Arimidex (they had to change the name due to copyright infringements). Despite the similar sounding name, the formula offers completely different ingredients and mechanisms for action.
The makers of A-HD claim that it will increase testosterone production while minimizing estrogen activity, supposedly in much the same way as some of the top-rated products on this site. While this sounds all well and fine, I decided to do my own research to see if the A-HD could really compare to either the prescription medication or any other leading supplements on the market.
A-HD contains a few ingredients, most of which are consisted in a proprietary blend. Though there aren’t too many details about the ingredient concentrations, I did manage to find out what chemicals were included in that blend:
Tracheloside: This chemical, along with the four more listed below, is part of A-HD’s proprietary blend. Trachelosides are relatively unknown to researchers, but BPI Sports claims that it has potent anti-estrogenic activity.
Secoisolariciresinol Diglycoside: Like tracheloside, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside does not have any official research showing anti-estrogenic properties; not that we could find anyway. But BPI Sports says it will inhibit aromatase and helps reduce muscle damage during workouts.
Pterostilbene: This ingredient is considered an antioxidant and can reduce inflammation and according to the makers of A-HD, it will also increase testosterone production.
Gingerol: We were actually able to find a study done using gingerol on mice showing that the chemical did, in fact, increase levels of testosterone.
Caffeic Acid: This chemical has no relation to caffeine even though its spelling is similar. Caffeic Acid is considered an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient.
According to BPI Sports, all of the ingredients in A-HD have been studied and proven effective. While I wasn’t able to find these studies in my own research, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. If in fact these ingredients have been tested and shown to work, BPI Sports may have a very powerful product.
The proprietary blend in A-HD is a bad sign. The entire blend is 250mg, but BPI Sports does not list the amount of each individual ingredient. So even if the ingredients were truly tested and proven to be effective, you’d have no way of knowing if A-HD contains the correct dosage of each ingredient. I can’t help but be a little skeptical of the unknown when it comes to testosterone boosters.
Also, as stated in the beginning of this review, the fact that BPI Sports had to change the name of their product due to copyright infringements shows us a lot about the quality of the company.
What About Side Effects?
Some of the ingredients inside A-HD are natural and safe to use, and considering the fact that many of the ingredients will be in low concentrations, I doubt you’ll have too many problems in regards to side effects and risks.
However, A-HD does come with a warning that it should not be used by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (a little odd since this is a supplement designed to boost testosterone in men), and you should consult your doctor first if you have prostate hypertrophy, liver disease, heart disease, or are taking any medication.
Some consumer reviews report increased acne breakouts and oily skin while supplementing with this product – this could be a direct result of increased testosterone levels (a good thing) or it could be a side effect of some of the ingredients inside the formula. Hard to tell with this one.
A few rare cases also reported heartburn, increased aggression, and insomnia – so approach this supplement with caution.
How to Use A-HD
One of the best parts about A-HD is the fact that it’s extremely easy to use. Just take one capsule daily, preferably at the same time each day. Most consumers preferred to take it in the morning on a full stomach.
The pills are small and easy to swallow – another point in A-HD’s favor, though it may cause side effects within a 30 minutes of use.
How Long Until You See Results?
Obviously results are going to vary from person to person, so you may see results quickly or you might not see any results at all. Manufacturers recommend taking A-HD for a consecutive 4-8 weeks in order to see the best results – though you’ll want to cycle this product to avoid the risk of liver damage.
8 weeks is the maximum length for a cycle of A-HD, and a 4 week break between cycles is recommended.
Fortunately, A-HD is fairly affordable. Although you can’t find it on popular supplement sites such as GNC.com, a little shopping can get you a box of A-HD for about $32.95 (I found it on a1supplements.com)
If you decide to buy it from the manufacturers, the price is a bit more expensive, selling for about $48.99 for a 28 capsule box.
Depending on who you buy A-HD from determines the return policies. Some sites offer 30 day guarantees while others leave you out to dry if the product doesn’t work.
If you decide to go the more expensive route and opt for the manufacturers website at BPISports.net, you are backed with a 30 day guarantee on any unopened products in their original packaging. It can take as long as 2 billing cycles before your refund will be credited to your account – pity the guarantee doesn’t let you try the formula risk-free.
To contact customer service, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at 954-926-0900.
The Makers Behind A-HD
BPI Sports was originally founded in 2009 and has a domestic retailer base of over 20,000 stores across the US. Though there is not a lot of information about the company itself, it seems to offer reliable, quality supplements for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.
From what I’ve read on consumer reviews about this product, A-HD is more effective for older men who need a little extra boost in testosterone. Younger athletes and bodybuilders experienced little to no results, while those over 50 reported an increase in energy and muscle mass. Consequently, we can assume that your results may depend a great deal on your age and initial testosterone levels.
Consumer reviews remain fairly positive, so it might be worth trying at least once, but considering the proprietary blend and lack of money-back guarantee, I’m a little hesitant to recommend this formula to everyone.