Whilst the sports nutrition industry is full of supplements that claim to raise T-levels, increase protein synthesis and boost your results in the gym, few actually have scientific evidence to fully back it up. That’s why THE PROTEIN WORKS has created T-Factor, one of the first scientifically proven formulas to raise hormone levels and increase protein synthesis significantly.
The first active ingredient in THE PROTEIN WORKS T-Factor is the amino acid D Aspartic Acid. Interestingly this is one of few supplements that has been scientifically shown to increase T-levels in healthy young men and not castrated rats, elderly men, post-menopausal women, or men suffering from low T-levels. Formed principally in the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and testes it plays an important role in the production of compounds associated with libido, tissue growth and the production of Luteinizing muscle growth compounds. D Aspartic Acid stimulates the production of signal molecules which in turn enhance the activity in your testes as well as your pituitary gland. From an athletic perspective this allows your body to produce the compounds that help increase lean growth, strength, power and energy.
More specifically scientists from Universita di Napoli Parthenope e Fondazione in Italy found that subjects consuming D-aspartic acid supplementation for 20 days experienced improvements in T-levels compared to those with a placebo, concluding ‘here we demonstrated that D-aspartic acid, which occurs as a physiological compound in the mammalian pituitary and testis, has a role in the regulation of the release and synthesis of LH and T-levels.’ (Enza Topo et al 2009.) In another study, researchers provided a group of males (aged 27-37) a daily dose of 3.12 grams of D Aspartic acid for twelve consecutive days. T-levels in the subjects that received the supplement had risen by 33% after the twelve days.
The second active ingredient is Beta-Ecdysterone, a naturally occurring phytochemical found in herbs or roots such as Cyanotis Vaga. Recent studies have suggested that when consumed alongside a structured weight routine, Beta-Ecdysterone can help improve lean mass without the addition of body fat by stimulating protein synthesis. In one study conducted by B. Ya. Smetanin in 1986, 117 speed skaters were tested for work capacity, body weight, and lung capacity. Ecdysterone supplementation resulted in an increase in all of the aforementioned parameters. In another study conducted by S. Yu. Simakin, 78 highly trained athletes were either given a placebo, protein, or Ecdysterone with a protein supplement. Results were best for the group consuming Ecdysterone with a protein supplement. In this group, a 6 to 7% increase in lean muscle mass was observed after just 10 days, and fat content was reduced by an average of 10% for males.
Di Indolyl Methane
The third active ingredient is Di Indolyl Methane a naturally occurring phytonutrient that is mainly found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and sprouts, and studies have shown it has a potent ability to regulate sex hormone balance in both men. But despite being readily found in cruciferous vegetables, Di Indolyl Methane from food sources is often very poorly absorbed due to its extremely low solubility, and so these foods rarely exhibit more than a weak effect from the Di Indolyl Methane they contain. Supplemental forms of Di Indolyl Methane however are much more readily bioavailable, and even relatively small doses have been shown to have a significant effect. The prime function of Di Indolyl Methane is to optimise the effects of estrogen in both sexes, and it does this by altering the way estrogen is metabolised, reducing formation of the 16-hydroxy estrogen metabolite and increasing the synthesis of 2-hydroxy estrogen. This change in the balance of metabolites results in superior libido and mood in men, reduction of the aromatization and binding of T-hormones to other proteins, and exhibits protection against certain forms of cancer in both sexes. Plus in recent studies, Di Indolyl Methane supplementation has also been identified clinically to improve certain aspects of immune function, and current trials are investigating its use to help combat hard to treat viruses such as HIV and hepatitis.
The fourth active ingredient is 5 Methyl-7-Methoxyisoflavone, a powerful flavone that was issued a patent back in the 1970's as an anabolic agent. A Hungarian company filed the main patent as an animal feed additive. When 5-Methy-7-Methoxyisoflavone was approved for animal, this new product became a favourite among livestock producers, especially during the 80's. In human studies Methoxy Isoflavone showed positive results also with demonstrated increases in protein utilization, after a few weeks of use a 4.4 - 6.6lb increase of lean muscle have been reported. Furthermore these anabolic effects also increased calcium, phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen retention to a significant degree.