PRODUCT REVIEW: Anabolic Freak from PharmaFreak
Anabolic Freak from PharmaFreak is their “strongest D-AA testosterone booster”, with D-AA standing for D-Aspartic Acid.
Looking at the freakish name of this supp, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a steroid. But don’t worry – it’s not.
It’s supposed to help you:
- Naturally enhance free testosterone levels
- Support healthy cortisol and estrogen balance
- Enhance luteinizing hormone production
We’re always looking for the best testosterone boosters out there, so Anabolic Freak naturally caught our eye. To determine if it can compete with the best, we should first check the ingredients and side effects. On first glance, we can see D-Aspartic Acid in there, which looks a promising ingredient.
Let’s plunge straight into this Anabolic Freak review to find out more.
Pros and Cons
Overall, Anabolic Freak has a solid formula, but there’s nothing ‘freakish’ about it. This testosterone booster would be much stronger if it included heavier dosages of certain ingredients.
- Contains basic vitamins and minerals needed for healthy anabolic hormone levels
- D-AA-CC can help you temporarily if you have low T levels
- Rhodiola combats stress
- Underdosed ingredients – primarily vitamin D
- Has to be cycled every 12 days, which indicates that the supplement isn’t safe for long term use
- $62 for one bottle, too high price considering the quality of the ingredients
Who Makes Anabolic Freak?
Anabolic Freak is produced by PharmaFreak, a company started back in 2008. Its co-founders are Don Gauvreau and Alex Savva, both expert fitness trainers and nutritionists. They have a lot of positive reviews on their products online, and are known for their reputation in the supplement industry. Alongside Anabolic Freak, they offer a number of supplements for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.
The goal of Anabolic Freak is fairly straightforward: to boost anabolic hormone production and support your testosterone levels.
As always, we’ll do an in-depth inspection of the ingredients in Anabolic Freak to see if it can really achieve what it claims.
The Anabolic Freak formula starts well with vitamin D, B6, and other common testosterone-supporting nutrients.
However, the more you progress towards the end tail of the ingredient label, there are fewer and fewer ingredients that actually work. From resveratrol to vitamin B12, some of these ingredients lack potency when it comes to boosting your male hormone.
Still, we have to give PharmaFreak props for not including proprietary blends. This kind of transparency is something all users will appreciate.
Here are the ingredients inspected in detail:
You may call vitamin D a vitamin, or a hormone. In both cases you’d be correct. With the help of cholesterol, your skin produces it when in contact with direct sunlight. Your body needs vitamin D to produce hormones like testosterone.
A deficiency in this ‘Sunshine’ vitamin can not only lead to hormone disbalances, it also aggravates stress and mood disorders, which indirectly contributes to crashing testosterone levels.
There’s just one slight problem – Anabolic Freak has only 200IU of vitamin D. That covers only half of the minimum daily requirement. The optimal dosage for raising testosterone is somewhere around 10 times that, which is at least 2000-3000IU. (1) We aren’t certain why PharmaFreak have opted for such a low dose of vitamin D in Anabolic Freak.
Vitamin B6 is one of those basic ingredients in a testosterone booster. Studies show that it can stimulate testes cells to spurt out extra testosterone. In addition, vitamin B6 plays a role in many other functions of the body and the nervous system, which makes it a great overall health enhancer. (2)
Folic acid or vitamin B9 helps reduce plaque around arteries caused by high homocysteine. (3) However, its effects on testosterone aren’t significant unless you’re deficient in it.
B12 is another vitamin for overall health. But as with other B complex vitamins, only vegans and elderly may be at risk of a deficiency in this nutrient. As a result, there’s little it can contribute to your testosterone health.
D-Aspartic Acid Calcium Chelate
This is one of the more potent T-boosters in Anabolic Freak. If you’re suffering from low testosterone, then taking D-AA-CC can help raise it back to normal levels, at least temporarily. So far, research suggests that while D-AA-CC does indeed raise your testosterone, these benefits are short-lived. And if you’re someone who already has normal testosterone levels, D-AA-CC won’t work for you. (5)
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen and herbal supplement that can reduce stress and mental fatigue. This means that it also helps prevent excess cortisol, which is the main stress hormone. (6) By doing so, it helps you to maintain healthy testosterone levels. This is because testosterone is negatively affected by high cortisol.
Resveratrol is an anti-aging antioxidant found in grapes and red wine. It has cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits, but as far as testosterone is concerned, this one is going to leave you disappointed. Some minor research done on cultured cells (not humans) suggested it could potentially be an aromatase inhibitor, but there’s a serious lack of reputable evidence to confirm these effects. (7)
We like the name “Anabolic Freak”. It’s an exciting name for a testosterone booster.
The problem is, the ingredients don’t do it justice. Anabolic Freak’s formula isn’t strong enough to cause any substantial gains in terms of testosterone.
While there are some good ingredients included, there’s nothing in there that will increase your anabolic hormones long-term. Vitamin D has the potential to do it, but its dosage in Anabolic Freak is too low.
On the other hand, some of the best T boosting ingredients are missing, including:
You may wonder why is Bioperine included on the list. It doesn’t boost testosterone, right?
Correct, but Bioperine works in a different way. It enhances the absorption of other ingredients, making them more effective.
How to Take (Dosage)
There are 96 capsules in one bottle of PharmaFreak Anabolic Freak.
The serving size is 2 capsules, which you should take twice per day. The first serving in the morning, and the second one in the mid-afternoon or 30 minutes before exercise.
According to the label, you should take Anabolic Freak for 12 consecutive days, then take 3 days off. Repeat the process afterwards.
We don’t see the reason to cycle a testosterone booster like this; unless it hides aggressive or harmful ingredients. From what we saw, there’s nothing aggressive about Anabolic Freak. If anything, the supplement could use higher doses of certain ingredients.
It’s also worth mentioning that top testosterone boosters don’t need to be cycled. They are completely safe to take long-term for sustained benefits on male health.
Anabolic Freak Side Effects
The dosages in Anabolic Freak are too light to cause any significant side effects. In fact, certain ingredients such as vitamin D are underdosed, which not only doesn’t cause any side effects – it produces no effects at all!
Anabolic Freak is a premium-priced testosterone booster. One bottle, which offers 48 servings, costs $62.94.
Sure, this is a high price but in all truth it’s nothing new. Top-of-the-line premium testosterone boosters all belong somewhere in this price range, however, there’s one big difference between them and Anabolic Freak – results.
While Anabolic Freak is a decent T booster, its benefits can’t compare with those of top-rated products on the market. That’s why the price is, in our opinion, unjustified.
Is Anabolic Freak Good Value For Money?
If Anabolic Freak offered something more exciting, such as Indole-3-Carbinol, Ashwagandha, along with having higher doses of its existing ingredients, then it would definitely be worth considering despite its high price. But since it has none of that, Anabolic Freak may not be a good value for money.
First off, let us clarify that Anabolic Freak is by no means a bad testosterone booster. On the contrary, it has some of the most critical ingredients for boosting testosterone.
The main problem are the dosages and a few key ingredients missing.
Because of this you get the feeling that the name “Anabolic Freak” doesn’t suit it well. Perhaps Anabolic Supporter would be a better choice – because that’s exactly what this testosterone booster does. It supports your masculine health.
For a price of $62.94, we maybe expected a little bit more, considering that’s the same price of the best testosterone boosters out there.
- Effect of vitamin D supplementation on testosterone levels in men. (source)
- Increased target tissue uptake of, and sensitivity to, testosterone in the vitamin B6 deficient rat. (source)
- Effect of Folic Acid Therapy on Homocysteine Level in patients with Atherosclerosis or Buerger’s Disease and in Healthy individuals: A clinical trial. (source)
- The effects of d-aspartic acid supplementation in resistance-trained men over a three month training period: A randomized controlled trial. (source)
- Stress management and the role of Rhodiola rosea: a review. (source)
- Anti-aromatase effect of resveratrol and melatonin on hormonal positive breast cancer cells co-cultured with breast adipose fibroblasts. (source)