Blue Star’s testosterone booster “Status” offers some high quality ingredients and a couple of fairly unique compounds but it also has some pretty questionable ingredients.
We break it all down in this review.
- FDA Registered Facility – Unknown
- GMP Certified – Yes
- Made in USA – Unknown
- Crucial Minerals – Yes
- Crucial Vitamins – One
- Herbal Support – Yes
- Full Transparency – No
What we like about Status
A good mix of one crucial vitamin and 2 minerals (which make up the ZMA complex) along with 2 strong T boosting herbs.
⇒ Critical combination of the some crucial vitamins and minerals
⇒ Strong Science Backed Herbal Support
What we are 50/50 on
⇒ 300 mg longjack
Longjack, is one of the best herbs you can take for testosterone support, however 300 mg is quite a bit of it which may mean you need to cycle Status (5 days on, 5 days off sort of thing) rather than taking it everyday.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and some people prefer to cycle. Personally, I like to stick with supplements I can take every day to support my body but that is just me.
⇒ XD Delivery Technology™ proprietary blend
BioPerine is a great ingredient to go along with any supplement as it aids your body in absorbing more of the nutrients taken. Astragin is lesser known but is also meant to help your body absorb nutrients more effectively.
So why is this in the 50/50 column?
Because we don’t know how much of either is provided since it is hidden under the umbrella of “proprietary blend” which is a sneaky way of getting away with not telling us.
For Bioperine it is most common to have 2.5 – 5 mg per serving. However according to the makers of Astragin, 50 mg per day is recommended.
Admittedly, none of us here at iTestosterone are as familiar with Astragin so we are not sure how much would be a decent dose in Status but there is no way of knowing how much is in it either way.
What we do know is there is only 61 mg total split between 5 ingredients within their “XD Delivery Technology™” proprietary blend.
In total, we think the mix is probably fair, given it’s designed as an absorption aid and they are not hiding any of the main ingredients. Still, it has to fall under our 50/50 label until they release exactly how much of each of the 5 ingredients we are consuming.
What we don’t like
⇒ GMP Certified but Where Is It Made?
We know Status is made in a GMP certified facility which is great but we don’t know where it’s manufactured which is always a little scary considering the supplement industry’s reputation for cutting corners.
While the GMP certification eases a lot of concern, we would still prefer to know what country it is manufactured in.
⇒ No Boron
They included the vitamins and minerals which make up the ZMA complex but for some reason did not include Boron which would have been a great addition.
⇒ The Cost
$69.95 is just a lot of coin to shell out for a 30 day supply
Unproven Over-Hyped Ingredients
⇒ Fenugreek Extract – Listed on the label as “TestoSURGE® (Trigonella foenum – graecum)(Seed)” It’s a fancy way of saying “fenugreek” which is used to treat menopausal symptoms, induce childbirth, and increase the supply of breast milk in lactating mothers.
Why is it in so many T-Boosters on the market today? Because of a patented extraction method called “Testofen” which used “in-house” studies to try and validate it as a miracle testosterone booster.
Interestingly, Nugenix which helped push Testofen into the limelight by running a series of extremely costly ads, doesn’t even use that extraction method in their own Ultimate Testosterone product, opting instead for regular Fenugreek Extract.
We have yet to find a non-sponsored study on either Fenugreek or Testofen showing any improvement in T levels but there are a lot of studies showing no increase.
⇒ Damiana Leaf Powder – There are two isolated compounds in damiana leaf, pinocembrin and acacetin, that may suppress aromatase activity, which is the body’s conversion of testosterone to estrogen. This is good for your testosterone.
However other compounds, apigenin 7-glucoside, Z-echinacin and oddly enough pinocembrin again, showed estrogenic activity. This is bad for your testosterone.
The jury is still out on how effective damiana is for a man’s testosterone levels but based on the evidence at hand, you shouldn’t expect to see any results from it.
For women, a lack of scientific evidence still prevails but anecdotal evidence abounds which kind of makes sense given the strange and fairly unique anti-estrogenic and estrogenic mix damiana appears to have.
⇒ Diindolylmethane (DIM) – There is a lot of hype around DIM but to date the human studies have varied greatly with little to no evidence supporting claims of a testosterone increase.
In fact, there has been evidence showing it may actually decrease testosterone in humans while in rats it has been shown to lead to histological degeneration of testicular tissues which is something you obviously don’t want.
Lastly, DIM is frequently used to treat postmenopausal women. While a nutrient can certainly have multiple benefits and can react differently in men than women, in this case it just leaves yet another question mark as to what Blue Star was thinking adding it to their T booster.
Despite some questionable compounds in the ingredients, Blue Star Status is a good product with a very strong supply of ashwagandha and longjack, plus vitamin and mineral support.
Best Place To Buy
Bodybuilding.com or direct from BlueStarNutraceuticals.com