About Test Reload
Brought to you by Mike Chang, Test Reload is a dietary supplement that’s claimed to naturally increase your testosterone levels, support muscle building, and fight against aging. On top of this, Test Reload is also claimed to help reduce estrogen production, which is why it’s called a “dual action test booster.”
In order to accomplish this, Test Reload is claimed to contain a proprietary blend of fenugreek, d-aspartic acid, maca root, white button mushroom extract, and more, all of which can help you get “the ripped muscular body you want.” All you need to do is start with 3 capsules per day, which can be increased to 6 per day once your body adjusts to Test Reload’s ingredients.
There’s no doubt that low testosterone is a very real problem, and that it can cause you to feel like less of a man. But is there anything contained in Test Reload that can really boost your testosterone, or are you being sold a bunch of snake oil?
To build our knowledge base, let’s begin by discussing what testosterone is and how it works within your body.
The Importance of Testosterone
Testosterone is a hormone secreted primarily in the testes, although a small amount is also secreted by the adrenal gland, both of which are controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. In men, testosterone is responsible for the development of sex organs, body hair, and deepening of the voice, but also plays a vital role in preventing bone disorders.
After about the age of 30, a man’s body begins producing less testosterone (about 1% per year), which can gradually lead to less muscle mass, decreased energy and sex drive, weakened bones, and more. Although this is a normal part of aging, some conditions, such as hypogonadism, can affect men under the age of 30.
In either instance, it’s important that you speak with your physician if you’re exhibiting some of the symptoms of low testosterone, who can then formulate a treatment plan based on your specific diagnosis.
Before you do though, is there anything contained in Test Reload that you could realistically expect to boost your T levels?
Test Reload’s Ingredients
According the supplement’s label, Test Reload contains the following ingredients:
- Test Reload Proprietary Blend 4,610mg: D-Aspartic Acid, Beta Alanine, Mucuna Pruriens Extract (95%), Fenugreek Extract (50%), White Button Mushroom Extract (20%), Maca Root PE 4:1, Boron Citrate.
However, despite their prevalence in a wide variety of testosterone supplements, there is insufficient clinical evidence showing that these ingredients can reliably provide any of the benefits claimed by Test Reload’s manufacturer. This is something we covered in-depth in Do Testosterone Boosters Really Work?
With this said, the Test Reload website does provide a fairly extensive list of clinical references to support their claims. However, one (or even a few) clinical trials showing an ingredient can provide some kind of benefit doesn’t mean that it’s clinically “proven,” which often only occurs after years of research and countless peer reviews to verify the findings are correct. We covered some of this in Think that Clinical Study is Legit?
To top it all off, even if Test Reload’s ingredients were shown to work as advertised, all of them are part of a proprietary formulation, so there’s no way to know how much of each is contained in the supplement.
Reader Update: One of the company’s customers wrote in to let us know that, according to their label, Test Reload contains:
- D-Aspartic Acid 3,120mg
- Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 4,000IU
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract (95%) 200mg
- Fenugreek Extract (50%) 600mg
- Maca Root PE 4:1 150mg
- White Button Mushroom (20%) 10mg
- Boron Citrate 10mg
Interestingly, you’ll note that the beta alanine originally mentioned isn’t listed on this customer’s label.
Nonetheless, if Test Reload’s ingredients won’t work as advertised, will they cause any harm?
Test Reload’s Side Effects
Despite the fact that they probably won’t boost your testosterone levels in any meaningful way, Test Reload’s ingredients should be well tolerated by most individuals, with the most common side effects as bloating and digestive upset.
According to the Test Reload website, you might want to avoid the supplement if you’re sensitive to stimulants, although there doesn’t appear to be any stimulants in its formulation. Also, the company states: “We suggest a maximum cycle length of 12 weeks followed by a 4 week off-period.”
Outside of Test Reload, are there more reliable methods of boosting your testosterone?
How Else Can You Boost Testosterone?
Outside of taking supplements or (in severe instances) testosterone prescriptions from your physician, there are several lifestyle changes you can make in order to boost testosterone. This includes eating more high quality fat, keeping cholesterol (a chemical precursor to testosterone) in your diet, shortening the length of your workouts, and more.
Who Makes Test Reload?
Test Reload is manufactured by Mike Chang Fitness, LLC based out of Austin, TX, a company that specializes in workout programs and related supplements, including Six Pack Sleep, Afterburn Fuel, Leptin Shred, and many others.
Similar to Test Reload, many of these products also contain a wide variety of clinically unproven ingredients, in addition to high prices (more about this next), which falls in line with most of the testosterone boosters we’ve reviewed here at HighYa, including Spartagen XT, Alpha Limit, and Lifeforce T-2000.
At the time of our research, Mike Chang Fitness had a B rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 24 closed complaints. Most of these appeared to reference poor customer service, hard selling tactics, and difficulty cancelling subscriptions. Certainly, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience the same with Test Reload.
With all of this in mind, how much will Test Reload set you back?
Test Reload Pricing & Refund Policy
One bottle (120 capsules) of Test Reload is priced at $67 plus $14.95 S&H.
Important note: Keep in mind that you’ll also be enrolled in the Test Reload autoship program, which means you’ll receive a new bottle once every 30 days, and your credit card will be charged $67 plus $14.95 S&H each time.
Each Test Reload order will also come with Mike Chang’s Monster Mass muscle building program as a free bonus item.
All Test Reload purchases come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges, even if the bottle is completely empty.
In order to request a refund or cancel your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to call Test Reload’s customer service department at 800-655-8576.
Can Test Reload Really Boost Your Testosterone?
Since Test Reload doesn’t contain any ingredients that have been clinically shown to boost testosterone levels, probably not. In fact, according to the supplement’s website, users who saw results used Test Reload “in addition to Mike Chang's exercise and nutrition systems.”
This means that, as we noted above, you can probably achieve much of the same t-boosting results simply by changing your exercise habits and diet, without spending an exorbitant amount of money on an otherwise unproven supplement.
Here’s even more important information to consider. According to the disclaimer on the Test Reload website:
“Reports of specific fat loss, muscle gain, abdominal definition, or any positive results of any kind should therefore be understood as the exception rather than the rule. Consumers who use our products can generally expect not to see any increase in fat loss, muscle gain, abdominal definition, or positive results of any kind. It is entirely possible you will gain fat, lose muscle, lose abdominal definition, and experience other negative outcomes as a result of the advice contained in our products.”
Taking all of this into consideration, we’d recommend speaking with your physician if you’re experiencing symptoms of low testosterone instead of placing your Test Reload order.
Lightheadedness and high blood pressure spiked.
After two and half weeks my blood pressure spiked to 186/85. My doctor directed to discontinue use of the product immediately.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend