EVLTEST Brings EVL’s Advanced D-Aspartic Acid to Powder Form!

Testosterone boosters are a marketing minefield. We love them for what they do, but they need to be approached reasonably and discussed responsibly. Some ingredients work best for older folk, and others work great for everyone in short spurts of time. If we can be honest about that, we can be honest about test boosters.

But for many, the huge amount of pills to take per day for adequate dosages is a major turnoff. The folks over at EVLution Nutrition solved the “bucket of pills” issue with a new powdered version of their test booster!

The Premise: EVL hears you loud and clear – no more pills!

EVLTEST

EVLTEST fans rejoice… no need for those four horse tablets anymore. Just drink this powder and you’re off to the races!

With supplements like Vitamin D3 plus your multivitamin, 3-6 fish oil softgels, and maybe even creatine and an anti-inflammatory joint product on the daily list for serious athletes, the last thing we want is more pills to take!

If we could take all of our daily supplements in a single individualized flavored serving… we probably would. But for now, that’s just not in the cards. And for our older athletes, the “capsule-catastrophe” gets even worse: they may worry about falling hormone levels and opt to introduce a natural test booster to keep their alpha humming along.

…but that means even more pills, sometimes a lot more pills, as most major test boosters come in capsules. EVLTest was one such test booster, needing four large tablets to achieve dosing. For some people, enough was enough. Thankfully, EVL has introduced a new powdered version of their test booster to solve this problem once and for all!

The full label’s below after we compare prices of the pills (which are staying on the market) and the new powder (which we’re most stoked about):

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In a test booster, we expect help in our recreational arena (the gym) along with some help in the bedroom and confidence department. Nothing more, nothing less… but all the better if it prevents some conversion to estrogen and keeps DHT off our scalps.

Our long-time readers will know test boosters are not miracles that will provide you with massive lean-body mass gains in 2 weeks. For our older readers, a test booster can help you make more gains as your natural hormone levels decline. The younger-kin out there obviously need to look at diet first, but there’s a couple ingredients here that should still put some extra pep in your step.

EVLTEST Ingredients

With our expectations set, we begin our dive into the ingredients!

  • The “Indirect” Boosters

    EVLTest Ingredients

    Ready for a month of fun and some good nights sleeps? EVLTest after dinner is a tasty ticket there

    We noticed that the vitamins included in EVLtest all may boost testosterone indirectly. It does via correcting mineral deficiencies and by including the constituents of ZMA. While the ingredients don’t directly boost testosterone in otherwise healthy man, they are effective at doing so when a deficiency is present:

    • Vitamin D3 (1,000IU)

      Vitamin D3 is the most anabolic supplement around… for those that are deficient! And fact is that most Americans are, at the very least, not reaching the optimal range of daily Vitamin D intake. The dosing here is great, as 1,000IU a day is more than enough to get into the “optimal range,”[1] especially on top of a multivitamin. Keep in mind, however, that D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin and is likely best taken with a source of fat. Consider taking EVLTEST around a meal with fat in it, likely just after dinner (you’ll understand why with the next ingredients).

      When you hit the intake sweet spot, Vitamin D3 boosts testosterone, reduces fat mass, improves subjective quality of life, and can even enhance cognition.[2-5] Depending on your diet and multivitamin, this might also allow you to forgo taking Vitamin D3 separately.

      Vitamin D Synthesis

      Realize that Vitamin D isn’t so much as a “vitamin” as it is a hormone produced by the skin!

    • Vitamin B6 (11mg) – 550% DV

      Vitamin B6 is an interesting inclusion as it will not directly impact your body’s ability to produce androgens. Instead, EVLution Nutrition angle with B6 is to improve sleep. Sleep deprivation causes massive drops in testosterone. Lowered testosterone means less protein synthesis and many things that will lower your potential for gains.[6] Since Vitamin B6 is a precursor to both melatonin and serotonin, it may help you sleep better.[7]

      We have doubts since Vitamin B deficiencies are rarer in non-restrictive diet populations, but we’ll take what we can get if it’ll help us sleep better.

      See where we’re going here?!
      EVL Sports Drink

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      Vitamin B6? And Magnesium Aspartate is next? Yep, EVL threw in a “mini” form of ZMA in here! And that’s why we think you should take this after dinner… because the enhanced sleep is great thanks to the magnesium and B6.

      Now what’s so crazy about the B6 in these formulas? It gives you “enhanced dreams” – as in they’re more vivid!![22,23] This is why people go go gaga over ZMA sometimes. Anyway, we have some here, we love it before bed, now let’s keep moving forward.

    • Magnesium Aspartate (160mg) 40% DV

      Magnesium takes up tons of space, and tiny doses of magnesium is something we often see with testosterone boosters. This hits a happy medium. It’s not the full dose in “true” ZMA products, but it’s low to keep you out of the bathroom. You can always add more on your own, but too high of magnesium doses can create excretory system havoc!

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      The amount present in EVLTEST is just enough to cover your bases when combined with a decent diet. Try and track your magnesium intake for a day or two. If you still find yourself deficient, consider adding more, and make sure you calculate your multivitamin’s supply too.

      Regardless, magnesium supplementation provides many general health benefits and is best known as a sleep optimizer. It’ll help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep more efficiently.[8-9] Thus, it may boost your testosterone via sleep improvements. It will not help you further in the testosterone realm if your sleep is already amazing.[10]

    • Zinc as Both Monomethionine and Aspartate (30mg) – 200% DV

      Zinc

      Ditch these guys, EVLTEST has your Zinc covered and then some!!

      While the magnesium is dosed lower, the zinc dose is sky high – or right where most ZMA formulas have it. Zinc is like Vitamin D3 in it’s a miracle for your hormonal profile if you are already deficient. Those deficient in zinc may experience decreased libido, reduced testosterone, and impaired immune function. And most of us are deficient in the world of athletic endeavours![11]

      Zinc is even linked to increased IGF-1 levels beyond its essential role in every other awesome body process. By correcting the deficiency you probably have, you’ll be able to maximize your muscular potential.[12] Seek zinc out, you need it to make gains.

  • The “Direct” Boosters

    Beyond its vitamin offerings, EVLTest features three ingredients that act as more “direct” testosterone or libido boosters. They aren’t correcting a deficiency in the body and instead improve testosterone or libido directly.

    • D-Aspartic Acid (3120mg)

      This is where having a powder makes sense. D-Aspartic Acid is our favorite test-boosting ingredient… at least for a few weeks! If you’re looking to get in “the mode” for a bit, DAA is a must-have.

      D-Aspartic Acid is a non-essential amino acid that serves a precursory role for most male sexual hormones. Since higher levels of luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and growth hormone lead to higher testosterone levels, D-Aspartic Acid is here since it helps your body produce more sexual hormones.

      D-Aspartic Acid Testosterone

      D-Aspartic Acid provides for a fantastic rise in testosterone after about two weeks or so… but right after that… the levels start to return to baseline. Outside of a couple fun weeks, this still makes it very useful for the critical first two weeks of PCT.

      And it does a good job, at least for a while! One study showed that participants experienced an acute testosterone boost of about 42% in a couple of weeks![13] While acute boosts are less helpful than prolonged boosts, and things eventually returned to baseline, it’s still something, especially if you time it up right! That study also used 3g a day, which means EVLTEST is a generous product for its active ingredients. More isn’t better — studies have associated greater than 3g a day with lower testosterone levels, so make sure you stick to one serving of EVLTEST a day. Younger folk should set reasonable expectations though, since it won’t work as well for them.[14]

      D-Aspartic Acid Fertility

      Watch out guys!! If you’re having pregnancy problems, DAA does some crazy stuff with seminal numbers!!!

      Meanwhile, those studies showed that basically every fertility score improved, so many are calling this more of a “sex supplement” outside of the standard 2-3 week test boost period. So the biggest downside is that DAA only seems to work its real magic for 2 or 3 weeks.

      So it’s fun for a month, and then you get off… and come back on later. We seriously love this ingredient for what it is. The issue is that it was horribly marketed at first. Now that we know the truth, let’s just crush the gym for three important weeks and then buy another tub with our next quarterly bonus.

    • Tribulus Terrestris Extract (std. min. 45% Saponins (fruit)) (750mg)

      Tribulus gets a lot of flack in the industry these days. We’ll be upfront, it may not boost testosterone in healthy men much…or at all.[15] But it feels like it does!! That’s because it’s a ridiculously amazing libido ingredient and just helps us feel so good in a funky place. Its effects on libido are even documented within scientific literature.[16-18]

      Also cool that wek now we’re getting a relatively strong 45% minimum extract, so it’s not just some watered down tribulus fruit here.

      Once again, an ingredient that gets too much hate because of yesteryear’s awful marketing. Just be honest and let it do its thing where it counts – in the bedroom and in the psyche!

    • Diindolylmethane (DIM) (250mg)

      EVLution Nutrition EVLTEST

      EVL heard you loud and clear, and put it out in powder form!!

      DIM is an extract we definitely like over here at PricePlow. It’s derived from the bodybuilding community’s favorite vegetable: broccoli. It’s also found in other members of the cruciferous like cauliflower.

      EVL added DIM into EVLTEST due to its potential as an aromatase inhibitor. Aromatase is the enzyme responsible for turning androgens into estrogen. Less estrogen is a good thing for older men trying to put on more size. Diindolylmethane works in so many ways it’s hard to provide a generalized mechanism. It may work through aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation, a protein that can degrade estrogen receptors within a cell.[19]

      DIM is also great at regulating your estrogen balance. It does so through increasing the ratio of “good estrogen” to “bad estrogen” in the blood.[20,21] Estrogen is necessary – you don’t want to shut it all off – you want it to be regular, and DIM helps with that.

      If science makes your eyes spin into the back of your head, let’s make it easy: DIM keeps your testosterone high while helping estrogen levels in a healthy range. But if you’re a science nut, you can go down a deep rabbit hole with this wonderful ingredient.[19-21]

    Initial Flavors (outside of the capsules)

    EVL Morgan Self

    Energy aminos are a dime a dozen, until you taste the Fruit Punch BCAA Lean Energy from EVLution Nutrition!

    Those who watch the PricePlow YouTube channel may know that we’re huge fans of EVL’s flavoring, especially the fruit punch BCAA Energy (Mike’s favorite fruit punch on the market)! So while EVLution Nutrition usually has interesting flavors, at the powder’s first launch, we’re only starting with blue razz. Hopefully there’s more coming, but truth be told, D-Aspartic Acid isn’t always fun to flavor. We’ll take it, because, once again, we’ve got too many pills as it is!

    Otherwise, it’ll be four large tablets for you!

    Dosing Strategy

    As mentioned above, due to the “mini-ZMA” action going on in here, we recommend this one after dinner to get some bonus sleep benefits. And due to the Vitamin D3 inside, your dinner should have some fats inside!

    EVLTEST your way to a killer month

    EVLTEST Powder

    Another look at the other side of the bottle, with benefits

    We will put EVLTEST in the “recommended when certain criteria are met” category. If you’re above 30 and have found that your sexual drive is lower than it was in your youth, give EVLTEST a shot. If you’re younger and need a shot in the butt for a few weeks (maybe your heavy weeks are coming up), now’s the time to give it a shot, but don’t expect it to work as well as it would if you were 40.

    …and if you’re trying to get your lady pregnant, then this has some staples you want until the deed is done!!

    But overall, the older guys are the ones who really care should remember to cycle in and out of DAA mode, and all the better when it comes with some bonus supporting ingredients and is from some of the industry’s flavor kings. So this month, you get one less issue in the capsule catastrophe thanks to EVL!

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