Published 23rd May 23
Elm & Rye Testosterone Support is a test booster supplement that is designed with what the company calls a blend of "potent and sustainable ingredients".
They say it will aid your production of testosterone and overall levels, boost sexual functions and performance, accelerate energy production, muscle mass, and weight loss, and even improve your bone density.
However, in our Elm & Rye complete review, we discovered that this is far from the case.
The Elm & Rye test booster formula consists of calcium carbonate, tribulus terrestris powder, chrysin, diindolylmethane, long jack eurycoma root extract, and gamma oryzanol.
The first obvious issue comes from the fact that all of the ingredients are lumped into a single proprietary blend, with none of their dosages listed.
This is generally a tactic used by companies who are trying to hide an ineffective formula. We can work out that most of the ingredients won't be in their effective dosage ranges as they simply require more space than is in the capsules.
Then there is issues with the ingredients themselves. While calcium and diindolylmethane can indeed enhance your production of testosterone if consumed in the correct doses, tribulus and tongkat ali both need far more research done before the results can be deemed conclusive.
You then even have the chrysin and gamma oryzanol which have actually been proven to to enhance your hormone balance.
Put all of this together, and it makes the entire formula extremely untrustworthy and highly unlikely to produce results.
The fact that they sell them in a choice of either capsules or gummies is a nice touch, as it means that there are options for people who can't or don't want to swallow pills. There are even favourable reviews of the strawberry passionfruit flavour of the gummies.
Unfortunately, this still doesn't allow them to overcome the overall ineffectiveness of the formula, especially as they are quite expensive, even if you buy them in bulk. That is why we suggest you do not buy the Elm & Rye test booster.
We would instead suggest that you give TestoFuel a try. A test booster that is made from only optimal doses of proven ingredients and to top it off it's actually cheaper, it is simply a far superior supplement in virtually every way.
|Available in a choice of either capsules or gummies||None of the ingredient dosages are listed, making it impossible to tell how each will work, although it is also impossible that the product contains high enough dosages|
|Contains some ingredients proven to benefit your test levels||Two of the ingredients have limited research and no conclusive evidence to prove that they will actually boost your test levels|
|There have been favourable reviews of the strawberry passionfruit flavour of the gummy version||Chrysin can only benefit your test levels if administered by injection, not orally like it is here|
|Gamma oryzanol has been conclusively proven to have no effect on your test levels|
Elm and Rye has the issue of not being available on third party retailers meaning that all of the reviews on their own website can be easily manipulated. As such we can't get any Elm and Rye amazon reviews. Nor do they have a trust pilot, meaning that we're having to rely on reddit reviews of elm and rye and other social media.
And even that was a little limited, seemed to be people talking positively about some of the other products like the pre workout, but nothing specific when it came to the elm and rye test booster.
There was also a lot of "reviews" on tiktok and social media platforms, but as almost all of these seemed to be sponsored by the product in some way we can't gleem much information from there.
As a result we'll have to mark customer reviews as inconclusive for now.
NB: Elm and Rye Testosterone Boosters Contain A Combined Total Of 1000mg Ingredients. Ingredients Of Proprietary Blends Have To Be Listed From Largest To Smallest By Law For Sale Within The US. This Allows Us To Work Out Roughly The Blends Numbers.
The most favourable and likely breakdown we could give it was: calcium carb (300mg), trubulus (200mg), chrysin (200mg), tongkat ali (200mg), gamma orbyzol (50mg). This would mea
Calcium (As Calcium Carbonate)
Calcium is a mineral that is best known for its ability to keep the bones and heart healthy and strong. However, it also has the ability to increase testosterone production, particularl in elite athletes, while avoiding becoming calcium deficient will optimise your overall health.
The problem is, for calcium to produce its optimal effects, its must be consumed in daily doses of at least 350 mg and paired with a suitable workout routine (1). And calcium only makes up 12% of calcium carbonate. Meaning that this is going to do practically nothing.
As Elm & Rye Testosterone Support hides the actual amount of each ingredient that is present, it is impossible to know if they have used enough for it to be effective However,either way calcium carbonate can't possibly be here in a high enough dosage to do anything.
Tribulus Terrestris Powder
Tribulus terrestris powder is extracted from the fruit of the pantropic tribulus terrestris weed. It has been used in traditional medicines around the world for centuries, due to the incredible range of health benefits that it is purported to offer.
It is said to boost your libido, sex drive, sexual functions, and sexual performance, especially in men, stop issues like erectile dysfunction, and boost your heart health. These benefits have led to tribulus terrestris often being put in supplements made to boost your testosterone levels.
The issue is, there only limited evidence to prove that tribulus terrestris has any effect on your natural testosterone levels (2). Meaning it's one of middle tier ingredients as test boosters go.
While this is never ideal, it is particularly worrying when the ingredient is the second most abundant ingredient in a formula, meaning that we've likely used up around 600mg of space if calcium carbonate is dosed in the proper range and tribulus is too. This means there is a very good chance that it is doing nothing in Elm & Rye test boosters besides taking up a huge amount of space.
Chrysin (5, 7-dihydroxyflavone)
Chrysin (5, 7-dihydroxyflavone) is a type of flavonoid that is found in bee pollen and propolis, and which has been shown to improve the health of your colon and intestines.
In recent years, it has also started to be put in testosterone boosting supplements, as studies have shown it has the ability to stimulate the testicles, encourage them increase testosterone produce, and stop the process that converts testosterone into estrogen.
Unfortunately, chrysin has only been proven to effect your serum testosterone levels and estrogen production when it is injected directly into your testicles.
Research shows that taking as much as 3,000 mg of chrysin orally each day, which is far more than is likely to be in Elm & Rye Testosterone Support gummies and capsules, has virtually no effect of your testosterone production or hormonal balance (3).
That means its inclusion in either of the Elm and Rye supplements is all but assured to be of absolutely no use at all.
DIM (diindolylmethane) is a phytonutrient made up of two molecules, indole and methane. It is naturally found in cruciferous green vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale, and is proven to have antioxidant and antineoplastic properties.
Beyond being a good way to maintain optimal cardiovascular health, brain health and function, and gut health, it is also proven to capable of helping the human body to maintain a healthy hormone balance.
As a powerful anti aromatase modulator, it interacts with estrogen binding sites, which will stop your body from being able to turn testosterone into estrogen. This will keep your estrogen levels down and prevent declining testosterone levels.
This will lead to improved human growth hormone levels, physical ability, and sexual performance, an increased ability to gain muscle mass, enhanced overall health, and even better immune system functioning that can combat cold and flu symptoms more easily (4).
The only problem is, for DIM to produce optimal effects, you need to consume between 100 and 200 mg each day. As Elm and Rye supplements don't disclose the quantities used in any of their formulas, we simply have no way of knowing if enough is present to be of any use or not. Although, based on the listing being 4th in a 1000mg, it could be at 100mg, and we'll give elm and rye the benefit of the doubt here, meaning it could do something, but DIM is not effecttive for the long term, and actually has a negative impact in some cases.
Tongkat Ali (Long Jack Eurycoma Root)
Tongkat ali is a long jack eurycoma root extract that has long been used in traditional medicine in east Asia. Users claim that it can enhance fertility, libido, and testosterone levels and production, and reduce estrogen levels.
However, while there have been some studies which have produced a small amount of evidence to support its ability to enhance your fertility and sex drive, there is no conclusive evidence to prove that it has any effect on your testosterone production.
This makes the long jack eurycoma root yet another ingredient in the Elm & Rye test booster supplement that is highly unlikely to provide any benefits for people hoping to elevate their testosterone levels (5).
Gamma oryzanol is a combination of compounds that is most commonly found in the oil made from rice bran. It has begun to be put in some supplements that promote a healthy lifestyle as there is a limited amount of evidence that it can boost skin health and lower cholesterol levels.
It is also put in testosterone boosting supplements as well, as there are claims that it can increase testosterone levels and production. However, it has conclusively been proven that this is not the case (6).
This means its presence in Elm & Rye Testosterone Support is guaranteed to offer none of the advertised benefits.
Beyond its active ingredients, the Elm & Rye test booster contains microcrystalline cellulose and vegetable magnesium stearate, while the capsules also contain gelatin.
Microcrystalline Cellulose and vegetable magnesium stearate are only used to boost the bulk, stability, and texture of the pills or capsules. They will not offer any test boosting benefits or even health benefits of their own, but they have been seen to cause side effects in some people.
The reported side effects linked to them include bloating, gas, depression, diarrhoea, forgetfulness, headaches, stomach pain, and low energy levels (7)(8).
Gelatin is also used purely to create the capsule and make it smooth and easy to consume. However, it too can cause side effects, such as bloating, diarrhoea, gas, heartburn, and nausea (9).
The only things in here that's likely to be in the effective zones, or do anything at all is DIM, Tribulus and Tongkat Ali. And when we look a the price point Elm and Rye has on a test booster containing these ingredients, we can't possibly justify the price.
There are budget test boosters for about $20 a month that do this, and do it a whole lot better. If you're looking for a premium product however, you'd be far better off with a test booster based on a DAA, Ashwagandha, Fenugreek, Gingeng blend like Testofuel we mentioned in the intro, or if you're looking for something longjack based there are other optoins, but Elm and Rye is ultimately not the premium test booster it pretends to be.