{"id":604926837042,"title":"T-Hero Review: Can It Boost T Levels?","created_at":"2023-03-01T23:31:23-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"T-Hero Review: Can It Boost T Levels?\",\n \"keywords\": \"t hero, t-hero, t hero review, t hero reviews, t hero side effects, t hero amazon, t hero supplement\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in T-Hero based on medical studies to give our take on whether the supplement is likely to increase T levels naturally or if it's a waste of money. 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information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ],\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/T-Hero_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1677731333\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003e-Hero is a dietary supplement sold by a brand called Essential Elements that’s used to naturally increase testosterone (T) levels. The brand claims that their supplement has “traditional herbs with modern elements” and that the supplement “[promotes] the body’s ability to create proper levels of testosterone.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does T-Hero actually contain ingredients proven in research studies to increase testosterone levels or are these just marketing claims? Does the supplement contain any unhealthy additive ingredients? Will it cause side effects? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of T-Hero?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in T-Hero based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective or if it’s a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also review potential side effects, explain what site has the supplement for the cheapest price and feature real, unsponsored T-Hero user reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"T-Hero ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/T-Hero_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1677731351\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eT-Hero contains six active ingredients, shown above: ashwagandha extract, shilajit extract, diindolylmethane, boron, BioPerine and yohimbine.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAshwagandha extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a promising herbal ingredient for testosterone support. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6438434\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmerican Journal of Men’s Health\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eashwagandha at a lower dose than in T-Hero increased testosterone levels in participants by 15%.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eShilajit\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has also been clinically shown to increase T levels, but our concern about this ingredient is its sourcing. It’s harvested as a resin and tends to be high in heavy metals, as we documented in our review of shilajit supplement \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/choq-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eChoq\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe only recommend using shilajit supplements if the manufacturer supplies third-party testing proving the shilajit to be low in contaminants, and we can’t find any evidence that T-Hero publishes this type of testing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eDiindolylmethane\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a strange choice for a testosterone supplement in our opinion. We can’t find any medical studies proving it to increase or support testosterone, and we found two clinical trials (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12665522\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esource 1\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4759426\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esource 2\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e) which found it to have an anti-androgenic effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAndrogens are male sex hormones, and testosterone is the primary androgen, so an ingredient with an anti-androgenic effect is probably not a great choice for a T supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBoron\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a mineral that is clinically shown to increase T, but the 5 milligram (mg) dose in T-Hero may be underdosed. A 2011 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/21129941\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that 11.6 mg of boron increased T levels by over 25%, but we can’t find any studies proving this ingredient effective at the dose in this supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBioPerine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is typically used to enhance the absorption of other active ingredients in a formulation, and not to directly increase T levels.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eYohimbine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is frequently included in erectile dysfunction supplements. We can’t locate any medical studies suggesting that it increases T.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the inactive ingredients in T-Hero are safe and non-toxic, which is a good thing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider T-Hero potentially effective for naturally increasing T levels. It contains an effective dose of two botanical compounds shown in research studies to increase T, and we consider the boron dose potentially effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut does the supplement cause side effects? We’ll review in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes T-Hero Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eT-Hero doesn’t appear to have been studied in any clinical trials so it's impossible to say for certain whether or not the supplement causes side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAshwagandha extract can cause liver injury when taken at high doses, according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8041491\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiver International\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal. We do not consider the dose in T-Hero to be particularly high, and similar doses have been proven safe in clinical trials.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, consumers planning to take this supplement continuously over long periods of time may wish to speak with their doctor about this risk.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYohimbine can cause severe side effects when taken at high doses due to its stimulatory nature, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/hydroxycut-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHydroxycut\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review article, but the dose in T-Hero (2 mg) is very low.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eOverall, we do not consider T-Hero likely to cause side effects in the average consumer.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e It contains well-studied botanical ingredients at doses that should be safe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is no reference to side effects on the T-Hero website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real users rate and describe the effects of T-Hero? Do they complain of side effects? We’ll analyze in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Customers Review T-Hero\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eT-Hero is sold on Amazon, which is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe supplement has been reviewed over 2,800 times, with an average review rating of 4 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Viv” who claims it increased her husband’s energy levels:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“My husband wanted to try, he’s on his second bottle, he has a very physically demanding job and he says it gives him the energy he needs to get through the day, he feels stronger, and can focus better.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Kevilladakilla” who claims to have experienced no effects at all:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“I can fully admit this product did nothing for me. I took as directed and noticed nothing. No better recovery time, no dofference in bulk no loss of fat.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTwo customers complained about billing on the manufacturer’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/los-angeles\/profile\/vitamins-and-supplements\/essential-elements-1216-1273813\/complaints\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003epage\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, but the manufacturer responded to resolve both which is a sign of a high-quality brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhich Supplements Have Research Backing for T?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA famous Stanford neuroscientist named Dr. Andrew Huberman discussed some of the supplements with research backing for natural T support in an interview on the “Mark Bell’s Power Project” YouTube channel:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/2PSbFBWyRK8\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhere to Buy T-Hero for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eT-Hero is sold on the brand’s website, on Amazon and on Walmart. Here’s a cost breakdown at the time of publishing this article:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWalmart: $39.99 (\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/Male-Health-Supplement-Muscle-Support-T-Health-with-DIM-Ashwagandha-Shilajit-More-T-Hero-by-Essential-Elements-60-Vegan-Capsules\/2926265564\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/Male-Health-Supplement-Muscle-Support-T-Health-with-DIM-Ashwagandha-Shilajit-More-T-Hero-by-Essential-Elements-60-Vegan-Capsules\/2926265564\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $34.99 (\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/essentialelementsnutrition.com\/product\/t-hero\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$32.99\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3mjQls5\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eT-Hero is currently 17% cheaper on Amazon than on other retail sites.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Testosterone Support Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Men_s_Health_Supplements_Image.png?v=1702513583\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/y2gMNb\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eBulletproof 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rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eMomentous Tongkat Ali\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top herbal testosterone support pick, and costs\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eunder $20\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eat the time of updating this article.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTongkat ali's effects on testosterone were reviewed in a 2022\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/36013514\/\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/a\u003e, and the researchers concluded that\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003eA significant improvement in total testosterone levels after [tongkat ali] treatment was mostly reported in both healthy volunteers and hypogonadal men.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003ePanax ginseng\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eextract\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis an herbal libido enhancer, and was shown in a\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3861174\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003epublished in the\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003eSpermatogenesis\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003ejournal to increase sex drive in men when taken daily.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIlluminate Labs sells a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003ePanax Ginseng Extract supplement\u003c\/a\u003e which is third-party tested, and costs only \u003cstrong\u003e$15\u003c\/strong\u003e on a subscription basis.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAll of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of additive ingredients that we consider unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of T-Hero\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of T-Hero in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePros:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEffective formulation\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSeveral research-backed ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDecent price\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFairly positive online reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eCons:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShilajit is often high in contaminants\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNo shilajit testing published\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNo clinical trials funded\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains an anti-androgen\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eT-Hero is a decently formulated supplement that we consider likely to increase T levels. It contains an effective dose of ashwagandha extract, an effective dose of shilajit extract and a potentially effective boron dose based on our review of clinical studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis supplement is free of any unhealthy additive ingredients like artificial flavors or dyes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOur only concern about this formulation is that shilajit can be high in heavy metals like lead due to its sourcing, and T-Hero doesn’t appear to publish any testing data proving their shilajit is pure.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not currently recommend T-Hero because we don’t recommend any supplements containing shilajit that don’t have third-party testing data, but we do consider this product to be better than the average T supplement we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers intent on purchasing T-Hero, Amazon currently has the best price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-03-01T23:40:14-05:00","updated_at":"2024-02-14T11:32:59-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in T-Hero based on medical studies to give our take on whether the supplement is likely to increase T levels naturally or if it's a waste of money. We share our concerns about one of its ingredients and feature real customer reviews.","template_suffix":"","handle":"t-hero-review","tags":"_related:testosterone"}

T-Hero Review: Can It Boost T Levels?

T-Hero Review: Can It Boost T Levels?


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T-Hero is a dietary supplement sold by a brand called Essential Elements that’s used to naturally increase testosterone (T) levels. The brand claims that their supplement has “traditional herbs with modern elements” and that the supplement “[promotes] the body’s ability to create proper levels of testosterone.”

But does T-Hero actually contain ingredients proven in research studies to increase testosterone levels or are these just marketing claims? Does the supplement contain any unhealthy additive ingredients? Will it cause side effects? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of T-Hero?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in T-Hero based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective or if it’s a waste of money.

We’ll also review potential side effects, explain what site has the supplement for the cheapest price and feature real, unsponsored T-Hero user reviews.

Ingredient Analysis

T-Hero ingredients

T-Hero contains six active ingredients, shown above: ashwagandha extract, shilajit extract, diindolylmethane, boron, BioPerine and yohimbine.

Ashwagandha extract is a promising herbal ingredient for testosterone support. A clinical trial published in the American Journal of Men’s Health found that ashwagandha at a lower dose than in T-Hero increased testosterone levels in participants by 15%.

Shilajit has also been clinically shown to increase T levels, but our concern about this ingredient is its sourcing. It’s harvested as a resin and tends to be high in heavy metals, as we documented in our review of shilajit supplement Choq.

We only recommend using shilajit supplements if the manufacturer supplies third-party testing proving the shilajit to be low in contaminants, and we can’t find any evidence that T-Hero publishes this type of testing.

Diindolylmethane is a strange choice for a testosterone supplement in our opinion. We can’t find any medical studies proving it to increase or support testosterone, and we found two clinical trials (source 1, source 2) which found it to have an anti-androgenic effect.

Androgens are male sex hormones, and testosterone is the primary androgen, so an ingredient with an anti-androgenic effect is probably not a great choice for a T supplement.

Boron is a mineral that is clinically shown to increase T, but the 5 milligram (mg) dose in T-Hero may be underdosed. A 2011 clinical trial found that 11.6 mg of boron increased T levels by over 25%, but we can’t find any studies proving this ingredient effective at the dose in this supplement.

BioPerine is typically used to enhance the absorption of other active ingredients in a formulation, and not to directly increase T levels.

Yohimbine is frequently included in erectile dysfunction supplements. We can’t locate any medical studies suggesting that it increases T.

All of the inactive ingredients in T-Hero are safe and non-toxic, which is a good thing.

Overall, we consider T-Hero potentially effective for naturally increasing T levels. It contains an effective dose of two botanical compounds shown in research studies to increase T, and we consider the boron dose potentially effective.

But does the supplement cause side effects? We’ll review in the next section.

Does T-Hero Cause Side Effects?

T-Hero doesn’t appear to have been studied in any clinical trials so it's impossible to say for certain whether or not the supplement causes side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.

Ashwagandha extract can cause liver injury when taken at high doses, according to a medical review published in the Liver International journal. We do not consider the dose in T-Hero to be particularly high, and similar doses have been proven safe in clinical trials.

However, consumers planning to take this supplement continuously over long periods of time may wish to speak with their doctor about this risk.

Yohimbine can cause severe side effects when taken at high doses due to its stimulatory nature, as we documented in our Hydroxycut review article, but the dose in T-Hero (2 mg) is very low.

Overall, we do not consider T-Hero likely to cause side effects in the average consumer. It contains well-studied botanical ingredients at doses that should be safe.

There is no reference to side effects on the T-Hero website.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of T-Hero? Do they complain of side effects? We’ll analyze in the next section.

Real Customers Review T-Hero

T-Hero is sold on Amazon, which is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion. 

The supplement has been reviewed over 2,800 times, with an average review rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Viv” who claims it increased her husband’s energy levels:

“My husband wanted to try, he’s on his second bottle, he has a very physically demanding job and he says it gives him the energy he needs to get through the day, he feels stronger, and can focus better.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Kevilladakilla” who claims to have experienced no effects at all:

“I can fully admit this product did nothing for me. I took as directed and noticed nothing. No better recovery time, no dofference in bulk no loss of fat.”

Two customers complained about billing on the manufacturer’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) page, but the manufacturer responded to resolve both which is a sign of a high-quality brand.

Which Supplements Have Research Backing for T?

A famous Stanford neuroscientist named Dr. Andrew Huberman discussed some of the supplements with research backing for natural T support in an interview on the “Mark Bell’s Power Project” YouTube channel:

Where to Buy T-Hero for the Best Price

T-Hero is sold on the brand’s website, on Amazon and on Walmart. Here’s a cost breakdown at the time of publishing this article:

Walmart: $39.99 (link)

Brand website: $34.99 (link)

Amazon: $32.99 (link to official Amazon listing)

T-Hero is currently 17% cheaper on Amazon than on other retail sites.

Our Testosterone Support Picks

Bulletproof Magnesium is our top testosterone support pick, because magnesium is a mineral that is clinically shown to increase free and total testosterone in athletes and in sedentary individuals.

Bulletproof Magnesium costs under $17 at the time of updating this article.

Momentous Tongkat Ali is our top herbal testosterone support pick, and costs under $20 at the time of updating this article.

Tongkat ali's effects on testosterone were reviewed in a 2022 meta-study, and the researchers concluded that "A significant improvement in total testosterone levels after [tongkat ali] treatment was mostly reported in both healthy volunteers and hypogonadal men."

Panax ginseng extract is an herbal libido enhancer, and was shown in a medical review published in the Spermatogenesis journal to increase sex drive in men when taken daily.

Illuminate Labs sells a Panax Ginseng Extract supplement which is third-party tested, and costs only $15 on a subscription basis.

All of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of additive ingredients that we consider unhealthy.

Pros and Cons of T-Hero

Here are the pros and cons of T-Hero in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Effective formulation
  • Several research-backed ingredients
  • Decent price
  • Fairly positive online reviews

Cons:

  • Shilajit is often high in contaminants
  • No shilajit testing published
  • No clinical trials funded
  • Contains an anti-androgen
Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

T-Hero is a decently formulated supplement that we consider likely to increase T levels. It contains an effective dose of ashwagandha extract, an effective dose of shilajit extract and a potentially effective boron dose based on our review of clinical studies.

This supplement is free of any unhealthy additive ingredients like artificial flavors or dyes.

Our only concern about this formulation is that shilajit can be high in heavy metals like lead due to its sourcing, and T-Hero doesn’t appear to publish any testing data proving their shilajit is pure.

We do not currently recommend T-Hero because we don’t recommend any supplements containing shilajit that don’t have third-party testing data, but we do consider this product to be better than the average T supplement we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.

For consumers intent on purchasing T-Hero, Amazon currently has the best price.