Antaeus Labs Ultra Test
Ultratest is the culmination of a multi-year project in testosterone enhancement. It utilizes exceptionally novel and potent ingredients in a carefully-developed combination that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The core ingredient is Geranylgeraniol. This is a terpene which is ubiquitous in nature and vital to animal life, but it is everywhere in trace amounts, so it was extremely difficult to isolate and extract.
Geranylgeraniol has been shown, in several recent papers out of Japan, to increase testosterone levels in animals to a truly remarkable extent — in fact, to such an extent that animals receiving geranylgeraniol saw their testosterone levels double. This can be attributed to the following mechanism of action: Geranylgeraniol potently increases cyclic AMP (cAMP) levels, which then activate the cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), which then boosts mRNA and protein levels of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR)… and StAR is the rate-limiting gatekeeper of steroid biosynthesis in Leydig cells.
It’s worth mentioning that boosting cAMP/PKA can also induce a wide variety of other effects which have, in themselves, little to do with enhanced testosterone biosynthesis — and that all of these additional effects are positive. They include enhanced fatty acid oxidation, enhanced muscle glycogen synthesis, and vasodilation.
It may be tempting to compare geranylgeraniol to forskolin — another known PKA-boosting substance — but forskolin has essentially zero oral bioavailability, and its use is primarily associated with GI distress, whereas geranylgeraniol is very well absorbed, has good oral bioavailability, and won’t induce uncomfortable side effects at any dose.
Geranylgeraniol is, for good reason, the core ingredient in Ultratest...
A high-potency aqueous extract of Tongkat Ali (eurycoma longfolia) is right alongside it. The aqueous extract of this plant has been shown, in numerous human studies, to enhance testosterone levels in active male subjects. It is well studied not only as a testosterone booster, but also as an ergogenic aid which can enhance athletic performance and reduce cortisol levels.
But, most of all, it’s eurycoma longfolia‘s unique mechanism of action that interests us. Geranylgeraniol can increase progesterone levels just as it increases testosterone levels. Aqueous eurycoma longfolia extracts enhance the activity of the CYP17A1 enzyme which accelerates the metabolism of pregnenolone and progesterone to yield more DHEA and androstenedione, respectively. Ultimately, eurycoma longfolia turns any geranylgeraniol-induced rise in progesterone into more testosterone. The two ingredients thus work alongside each other as though they were made for each other.
Phytol is the last key ingredient. Like geranylgeraniol, it’s a diterpene alcohol. And, again like geranylgeraniol, it’s ubiquitous in nature. In fact, phytol is a constituent of chlorophyll, so it could hardly be more ubiquitous. Yet, with that said, humans don’t have the ability to separate phytol from the chlorophyll molecules it is bound to, and, for this reason, human dietary consumption of unbound and bioavailable phytol is generally much less than 1mg/day.
Aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen, and recent data indicates that phytol is the most potent natural aromatase inhibitor in existence. By blocking the peripheral conversion of testosterone to estradiol, phytol serves two vital roles: First, it inhibits the negative feedback mechanism of the HPG axis, thus promoting further downstream endogenous testosterone production. Second, it reduces blood estradiol levels, and keeps them low, which is associated with a number of obviously beneficial physical and mental effects.
Geranylgeraniol, eurycoma longfolia, and phytol are clearly a mighty trifecta for testosterone enhancement. Together, they optimize the steroidogenesis process — by boosting testosterone, by speeding the conversion of progesterone into more testosterone, and by preventing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
Included alongside them in Ultratest are the vitamins K2 and D3 — both of which are of known utility where testosterone support and energy are concerned.
We have every confidence that Ultratest will be of great use for improved libido and recovery, for anti-aging purposes, for assistance with recovery from the use of agents which would lower endogenous testosterone levels, or to kick-start a hard training program.
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