CEL is a no stranger to hardcore products - they’ve been around for a long time and are known for their strong prohormone supplements.
Though they no longer make prohormones, their latest test booster, M-Test is the next best thing.
M-Test contains clinical dosages of effective ingredients that'll elevate and maintain testosterone levels.
Very effective in decreasing cortisol and increasing testosterone levels.
Contains full dosages of research-backed patented ingredients.
It’s priced lower than many test boosters and contains clinically dosed patented ingredients.
M-Test is widely available.
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When it comes to building muscle naturally, a good test booster is hard to beat.
It’s not hard to see why, since testosterone is one of most anabolic hormones in the body - if you can ramp up your natural test production, you can see some impressive results.
The thing is, many test boosters are pretty much worthless.
You have to dig a little to find one that actually does what it says it will.
Before we dig into the ingredients, it's important to understand this...
A test booster won't increase test production as that's not how it works, you need to increase free or available testosterone.
The way it works is this: of the total amount of testosterone released, about 98% is unavailable, or inactive.
This is because it is bound to plasma proteins, such as SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin).
The test that is not bound is called available, or free test (about 2%).
This is the test that’s active.
This means it can be used for, among other functions, muscle growth (1).
So the key point here is that when you shop for a test booster, you want one that helps maximize free testosterone.
OK, let’s check out the ingredients and see if M-Test measures up.
Fadogia Agrestis PE (1200mg)
This is a shrub with a long history of use in traditional African medicine as an aphrodisiac.
The test-boosting ability of fadogia is mainly due to its saponin content.
This increases luteinizing hormone (LH), which is released by the pituitary gland and stimulates production of testosterone.
The research that supports the effectiveness of fadogia has been primarily conducted on animals, such as one study conducted on rats (2).
M-Test uses a 1200 mg dose, which is a moderate dose based on weight.
This may be a little underdosed if you’re over 200lbs.
Divana-Plex is a standardized extract of urtica dioica, which you may know as stinging nettle.
Divana-Plex contains several lignans that bind to SHBG which in turn blocks the SHBG from attaching to its own receptor, this in turn increases free testosterone (3).
As we talked about at the beginning, it’s free, or unbound, testosterone that’s used for muscle growth, while bound testosterone is inactive – Divana-Plex is in M-Test because it helps make the most of free testosterone (4), (5).
M-Test uses the maximum clinical dose.
KSM-66® Ashwagandha Root Extract (695 mg)
This ingredient is made by Ixoreal Biomed and is considered to be the most concentrated ashwagandha extract on the market.
This extract is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body deal with physical and mental stress (6).
Additionally, Ashwagandha has been shown to improve quality of semen by increasing levels of luteinizing hormone (7).
Ashwagandha has also been shown to be anti-catabolic due to the fact that it inhibits the catabolic hormone cortisol.
KSM-66 is dosed at the upper end of the spectrum at 695mg.
Eurycoma Longifolia (500 mg)
Next we have Eurycoma Longifolia, a plant from Southeast Asia that’s more commonly known as either longjack or tongkat ali.
Well known in traditional medicines as a sexual enhancer, longjack is considered to be one of the more effective natural test boosters (9).
These impressive effects happen in the 400-600 mg range, M-Test hits it right in the middle with 500 mg.
We were hoping this would be the patented version, LJ100 but we're sure this wouldn't be priced as low as it currently is.
PrimaVie® Shilajit (200mg)
Here’s a newer ingredient that’s been showing up in quite a few test boosters lately.
So what is PrimaVie Shilajit?
It’s a resin found in rocks lin the Himalayas that’s a popular Ayurvedic medicine that’s used to improve testosterone levels.
One reason for this is that it contains the active ingredient fulvic acid, a reasonably well known test boosting compound (10).
The clinical dose is 250 mg, M-Test comes very close with 200 mg per serving.
Boron Citrate (200 mg)
Boron is an essential mineral that’s needed for healthy bones, in fact you often find it complexed with Calcium and Vitamin D in bone health formulas.
Since many people, including bodybuilders and athletes, do not use a daily vitamin/mineral formula, there’s a good chance of deficiency.
Beyond its basic use for bone health, boron also has made a name for itself as a test booster, elevating levels of both total test and the all-important free test (12).
The clinical dosing ranges between 6 and 10 mg, M-Test uses a 200 mg citrate version for enhanced absorption which supplies the max clinical dose of 10 mg active boron.
Mucuna Pruriens SE (100 mg)
The last ingredient is M-Test is a complex of two mucuna pruriens standardized to contain 95% and 20% L-Dopa.
The one drawback here is that the blend is not fully disclosed so we don’t know the dosage of each extract.
Basically, mucuna pruriens is considered an adaptogen so it will work well with ashwagandha in that regard.
Also, l-dopa increases luteinizing hormone, which in turn means greater test production.
Another huge benefit of l-dopa is that it also increases GH, another powerful anabolic hormone produced in the body (13).
If you’re wondering why CEL uses two forms of mucuna pruriens, the company has issued a statement claiming that two forms of mucuna means a broader range of compounds for better results.
This is a little underdosed since the common dosing is in the 250-500 mg per day range.
So What's The Best Way To Take M-Text?
The suggested dose is 6 capsules per day, divided up equally and taken with a meal, so one great example would be 3 with breakfast and 3 with dinner.
The Bottom Line
Not every natural test booster works all that well, in fact it’s a category where hype often exceeds results.
To make it even worse, most formulas are not well thought out and just go with a kitchen sink approach - the more ingredients the better.
Who has time for that?
Nah, costs too much.
This is a well thought out test booster with effective ingredients and the studies to back them up.
For the most part, CEL uses clinical dosing for max results.
Better still, it’s priced less, sometimes much less, than the competition.
It should go without saying, but despite a little underdosing on some ingredients, this is a great looking product - if you’re looking for muscle growth and want to do it naturally, look no further, M-Test will get it done!
M-Test contains patented ingredients that will not only help increase testosterone but also decrease cortisol and increase overall energy levels.
This may just be the best bang for your buck test booster we’ve seen in a while.
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2. Yakubu, M. T., Akanji, M. A., & Oladiji, A. T. (2005, December). Aphrodisiac potentials of the aqueous extract of Fadogia agrestis (Schweinf. Ex Hiern) stem in male albino rats. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16281088
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