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Roar Ambition Ltd is an English supplement company based in Leeds. They are responsible for some of the coolest looking products out there on the market right now — and some of our favourite supplements:
- We’re talking fat burner Instant Knockout, best for ultimate shredding.
- Testosterone Booster Testofuel, ideal for the young weightlifting market
- The explosive (pun intended) pre-workout 4Gauge
All three make our Best Of year lists, and have done for some time now. Seriously, these guys get 5 stars for style and, so far, substance. But can their new product range, Hunter, live up to its predecessors? Let’s find out. First up, our review of T-booster Hunter Test…
Hunter Test is part of a three-product stack (Hunter Test, Hunter Burn, Hunter Focus). Hunter Test promises to boost testosterone, increase your energy levels, help you become stronger and healthier, enhance your confidence, and boost your libido.
Zinc (30mg) & Magnesium(200mg)
Zinc and magnesium are two of the three ingredients that make up ZMA, a supplement designed to help improve sleep and recovery from exercise. Though there is no vitamin B6, the third ZMA ingredient, in Hunter Test, both zinc and magnesium are often found in testosterone supplements.
Zinc actually has a direct (if small) effect on testosterone, especially in men who exercise at a high intensity. This is because intense exercise can use up your body’s stored zinc. When you become deficient in zinc, your testosterone can suffer. By topping up with a zinc supplement you can return your testosterone levels to optimum, and prevent further loss.
Magnesium does not appear to directly increase testosterone, though it does help convert vitamin D into an active form (see below). However, it may reduce cortisol which can indirectly increase testosterone. It also improves sleep quality which is one of the best ways to maintain or increase testosterone. Magnesium is also lost in sweat.
There is still a lot of debate about vitamin D, but there does appear to be some evidence that supplementing with vitamin D can increase testosterone levels in healthy men.
D-Aspartic Acid (3000mg)
D-AA is an amino acid that is often used in testosterone boosters. This is because as a short-term testosterone booster it is fantastic. In the first 12 days, studies have found that D-Aspartic Acid can massively increase testosterone. However, after 90 days the effects have vanished.
This does not make D-Aspartic Acid a dud ingredient though. It is perfect for athletes who need a top-up, men who need a quick, drastic change, and infertile men (who tend to see much longer-term results). The 3000mg in Hunter Test is one of the biggest doses found in a T-booster on the market today.
Panax Ginseng (300mg)
While it may have little to no effect on regular men, infertile men can see decent increases in testosterone when taking Panax Ginseng. But there are many benefits to Ginseng. It can improve sleep quality (which can indirectly increase testosterone), it can increase libido, reduce depression, increase calmness, mood, erections, and cognition. The dosage is spot on.
Ashwagandha Extract (100mg)
There is some evidence that points to a very small increase in testosterone when taking Ashwagandha. But the main benefit is a significant decrease in cortisol. High cortisol levels directly affect testosterone production by attacking the testes. Studies have shown that taking Ashwagandha can reduce cortisol by up to 27.9%.
This is an ingredient found in broccoli and other vegetables that are in the brassica family. While it doesn’t boost testosterone, it blocks an enzyme called aromatase. The function of aromatase is to convert testosterone into oestrogen. As you can imagine, in men, the more aromatase you have in your body, the less testosterone.
Finding an ingredient that can block aromatase would therefore help protect testosterone, and allow your body to rebuild testosterone levels.
Firstly, the dosage is perfect. Boron may increase testosterone, but the evidence is not overwhelming at this point in time. It’s early days when it comes to researching the effectiveness of boron on testosterone. But for now I am cautiously hopeful.
Vitamin K2 (150mcg)
Vitamin K has been shown to boost testosterone in rats by working directly on the testes, and its influence is amplified when used alongside vitamin D3. Note, however, that the successful study mentioned above used the menaquinone-4 version of K2, and not the menaquinone-7 used in Hunter Test . It’s not clear how beneficial this form of K2 will be, though there is some suggestion that vitamin K can help with age-related testosterone decline.
- Excellent design and marketing
- UK-based company with an excellent reputation
- Free delivery on large orders
- A nice combination of ingredients that reduce oestrogen, protect testosterone, and help with recovery and sleep quality
- Massive dose of D-AA, pretty decent doses of the rest.
- Made according to cGMP rules in the UK and FDA laws in the USA.
- At £40 per month, some may see this as a bit pricey
- Some of the ingredients will be effective for infertile men, but ineffective for men with regular testosterone levels
- Product will be less effective after a few weeks
- There are a lot of pills to take each day (180 capsules for a month is 6 per day)
As this is a relatively new product and only sold via the official website, there are few consumer reviews available as yet.
None to report. Almost all of the ingredients can be found in a regular, healthy diet.
How to Take It?
Roar Ambition tells us that a serving size is six capsules, which should be taken as three capsules twice a day. A lot to take, but it should keep your T-levels up throughout the day.
Who Takes It?
This is a particularly interesting question being as Roar Ambition’s other testosterone-boosting offering, TestoFuel, firmly targets young bodybuilders and weightlifters. You would assume Hunter Test would want to appeal to a different demographic, and it does.
It seems obvious that Hunter Test is aiming for the slightly older to middle-aged man, an active man in his 40s, for instance. (I’d hazard a guess that it’s trying to usurp Prime Male‘s mantle). Whereas TestoFuel appeals to the younger man who wants to bulk up, Hunter Test is aimed at the older man who needs to boost his testosterone levels to keep as fit and active as he is and to maintain the muscles he has. Or who needs an extra boost when T-levels are low.
The Hunter range is being marketed as a ‘premium’ range and the price tag reflects that. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the entire Hunter range is more understated, elegant and ‘mature’ than Roar Ambition’s typical eye-catching marketing — ie, capsules in a fist (Instant Knockout) and in a ‘shotgun shell’ (4Gauge).
Either way, if you are in the right age bracket, or are infertile, have a low libido, low energy, and particularly if you have had your testosterone checked then this product is a great non-medical option.
Does it Work?
How well it works will depend on many other factors. What your current testosterone levels are like, what your diet is like, your sleep, your activity levels, and several other factors. But Hunter Test will work.
If you have been training hard, are chronically stressed, have been sleeping badly, or are currently sedentary, then this supplement combined with a lifestyle overhaul could potentially make a huge difference.
As with any testosterone booster, Hunter Test will not work in a vacuum. In other words, you can’t just take the supplement and expect instant results. You need to address your current lifestyle.
But if you are already making improvements to your lifestyle, Hunter Test could be a great addition. It offers credible testosterone boosters that work along more than one bio-pathway, contains a huge dose of D-AA, and includes pretty decent dosages of the rest.
The ingredients are tailor made for older men whose testosterone levels are already beginning to fall or have fallen.
It will give you that extra 5-10% which a good supplement will offer. Worth your money, but you will have to make it work for you.
Where to Buy
Hunter Test is only available from the official Hunterlife.com website
ALSO: You can buy a trio of Hunter products — Hunter Burn, Hunter Test, Hunter Focus — as a ready-made stack from manufacturer, Roar Ambition, and enjoy a saving of £96 for a three-months supply.