We really wanted to like Genius Test in our review. In some ways it really shines bright but it feels like they tried so hard to be “different” while still maintaining the “status quo”, they lost out on what could have made them “better”.
- FDA Registered Facility – Unknown
- GMP Certified – Unknown
- Made in USA – Unknown
- Crucial Minerals – One
- Crucial Vitamins – No
- Herbal Support – Yes
- Full Transparency – Yes
What we like about Genius Test
⇒ Mineral Support
Trace Minerals: Boron
⇒ Herbal Support
A really high (1,000 mg) dose of Ashwagandha/KSM-66 is impressive.
⇒ Fully Transparent
Genius Test is fully transparent with their product. You know exactly what you are getting as they do not hide anything behind a “proprietary blend”.
What we are 50/50 on
⇒ Powdered Shilajit Extract
Don’t get me wrong, I like shilajit and even cycle it into my own supplement mix. It provides one of the most concentrated forms of minerals and phytonutrients on the planet
However, I take a pure Himalayan shilajit resin and not a powdered extract.
Resin is the pure form of shilajit and is very expensive. A small 10 gram jar of verified, high quality, pure shilajit costs around $60.
Powdered forms are often cut with fulvic acid which decreases the potency while at the same time allows the manufacturer to make claims of higher fulvic acid content. Often times manufacturers will add inexpensive fillers to their shilajit to lower production costs too.
In resin form, you take just a small pea size drop of shilajit daily.
All of that said, 500mg is still a very generous serving size (compare to Vintage Boost) and if you are going to supplement with shilajit powder instead of resin like we recommend, Genius Test is a fair way to get both shilajit powder and a T Booster at the same time.
⇒ Bioflavonoid Quercetin
Quercetin is a good nutrient with a wide range of health benefits and supplementing with quercetin in dihydrate form, is the most bioavailable, which is what Genius Test uses so props to them for that.
While no human studies have been directly linked to a boost in testosterone, Quercetin appears to inhibit an enzyme called UGT2B17 which converts testosterone into a molecule known as testosterone glucuronide.
Testosterone glucuronide is excreted via the kidneys and your urine. So it would seem that supplementing with quercetin may help keep more of your testosterone in your system which is great.
The problem we have with quercetin in Genius Test, is there is only 250 mg of it. We have not seen a human study yet where less than 500 mg of daily supplementation was used effectively and in most cases it was 1,000 – 2,000 mg.
In short, we like quercetin and think it is a great supplement to take. However, we are not sold on achieving any real benefits from just 250 mg. We feel it would be better to take quercetin as a standalone supplement.
What we don’t like
⇒ Where Is It Made?
We don’t know where it’s manufactured or if it’s in an FDA or GMP certified facility which usually means it is not.
That’s always a little scary considering the supplement industry’s reputation for cutting corners.
Considering the large doses of Ashwagandha, Shilajit and Longjack which are all on the expensive side to manufacture, it is a valid concern.
⇒ Some Unproven Over-Hyped Ingredients
Fenugreek Extract – 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.
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 Genius Brand was thinking adding it to their T booster.
Overall we applaud the effort by Genius Brand for trying to put together a unique product and quality product. It seems as if they added Fenugreek and DIM to not stray too far from the “popular in the moment” crowd though and there just isn’t enough quercetin to get us excited.
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