ANS DAA Test 5 Review 2018

test5Recently I was going through the questions my readers ask and I’ve noticed an interesting one. Many readers are looking for more information about the DAA Test 5 testosterone booster, even if it is not sold anymore by the manufacturer Advanced Nutrition Systems. However, you can still buy ANS DAA Test 5 on, so it make sense to have a look at it.

DAA Test 5 ingredients

An important point is the update of the Test5 formula which happened not a long time ago. So if you decide to pick this supplement stack on you can get one of two entirely different products. Both of them are made mostly of d-aspartic acid (thus the “DAA” in the stack’s name) but one is a proprietary blend (the 96 caps packaging with a white label) and the other has an open formula (the 150 caps packaging with a black label). If you are inclined to tinkering you can try to mix your own Test5 stack based on the open formula.

Proprietary blend (per serving):

  • Sodium D-Aspartic Acid – 3120mg
  • Testosterone support complex containing chrysin, fenugreek seed extract, massularia acuminata 4:1 extract and Diindolylmethane (DIM) – 176mg

Open formula:

  • D-Aspartic Acid – 2000mg
  • Massularia acuminata 4:1 extract – 50mg
  • DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) – 50mg
  • Pregnenolone – 25mg
  • Chrysin – 150mg

test5Scientific research on Test5 ingredients

D-Aspartic Acid is a form of the amino acid aspartic acid. It is used by athletes as a testosterone booster, its effects has been scientifically verified. The results however are only temporary, after one to one and a half week the testosterone return to its normal levels. DAA can also be used as a testosterone booster for infertile men. More about DAA here.

Fenugreek seed extract is known for its libido enhancing properties and it is proven ingredient of many supplements for men. One study has demonstrated that it also raises testosterone,  however other studies didn’t support this conclusion. More about fenugreek here.

Massularia acuminata is an African herbal aphrodisiac. It has been subject to preliminary studies on male rats and the results seem to be promising. Massularia has raised libido and testosterone in rats. However the body of research is limited and no human studies have been conducted yet.

DIM / Diindolylmethane is a natural aromatase inhibitor found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like cale, cauliflower, etc. The enzyme aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen. Supplementing DIM helps to reduce this process. Read more about it here.

DHEA / Dehydroepiandrosterone is a natural hormone which can convert in either estrogen or testosterone. Be careful of DHEA as it is on the WADA prohibited substance list. The research shows that DHEA effects are unreliable.

Chrysin does have testosterone increasing properties if injected directly to testicles. However it is poorly absorbed and quickly metabolized when ingested orally – more about it here. Adding chrysin to a supplement stack doesn’t make much sense.

DAA Test 5 Dosage

The white label 96 caps packaging contains 24 servings. One serving, i.e. a daily dose of Test5 consists of 4 capsules. The black label 150 caps packaging contains 30 servings consisting of 5 caps.

Does ANS DAA Test 5 work?

To begin with I have not tried this supplement by myself. As a matter of principle I do not recommend neither do I take products containing proprietary blends. Moreover the second main ingredient of the open formula, chrysin, is proven ineffective if ingested orally. The product is not being sold anymore except and I suppose it has been dropped for a reason. Advanced Nutrition Systems replaced it with another supplement, ISO T-Drive, more about it below. There is a body of scientific research for D-Aspartic Acid so Test5 does work like any stack with DAA. However it is just too expensive. You can get d-aspartic acid powder or fenugreek seed extract for a fraction of the Test5 price. If you want an effective testosterone booster take pure DAA (budget) or Testofuel (premium).

ANS DAA Test 5 side effects

The manufacturer recommends not to take the supplement for more than 8 weeks in a row. This is a sensible precaution as you should cycle d-aspartic acid which is the main ingredient of this stack. You must also not exceed the recommended daily intake which again makes sense with DAA and any other drug, even with a harmless vitamin C (which is not in this stack by the way). The supplement is not intended to cure anything and it has not been evaluated by the FDA. And of course drugs and alcohol do not mix well.

Why is DAA Test5 not available anymore

Well, this is my educated guess. I believe the manufacturer, Advanced Nutrition Systems, has experimented with a men’s health supplement to have a complete line of products along with weight loss, muscle grow and pre-workout supplements. Despite the update of formula, DAA Test 5 in its both flavors received rather critical reviews for being mostly pure d-aspartic acid with a few addition and a hefty price tag. So Advanced Nutrition Systems decided to drop the product long on DAA and replace it with a better stack with more diversified formula and a new name. If you navigate to the manufacturers website you will find ISO T-Drive instead of Test5 with many new ingredients in addition to DAA, e.g. Tribulus Terrestris, ZMA and KSM-66.

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