BPI A-HD Powder Reviews

BPI A-HD Powder

Promising to give you that “hard-as-nails, dense, muscular look”, BPI Sports’ A-HD Powder wants to enhance gym performance by boosting testosterone levels.

There are a lot of effective testosterone boosters out there, so is there any reason to choose A-HD Powder over the others?

Who Makes It?

BPI Sports is a Florida-based sports nutrition company founded in 2009. Not only has it been around for a while, but the company claims more than 20,000 stores in 82 counties now sell its products. It was also chosen as GNC’s 2012 vendor of the year.[1]

While BPI Sports enjoys great sales and growth, it’s Better Business Bureau score is only a “B-.“ This grade is based on the company’s short history in the marketplace, lack of information about itself, and presence of official complaints filed with the BBB.[2]

Given these facts, it appears that while BPI Sports is an established and successful company, its reputation is questionable.

What Are the Ingredients?

A-HD Powder provides nine interesting ingredients in one proprietary blend. The ingredients are:

Safflower is often used to treat various cardiovascular diseases and so could promote better vascularity.[3] However, there is no clinical evidence that it actually affects fat burn or testosterone levels in humans.[4]

Flaxseed is rich in fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which the body turns into omega-3 fatty acid. Many believe that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids promote higher levels of testosterone. While studies on animals show flaxseed can increase fat loss,[5] it’s unclear whether it has any positive effect on testosterone levels.

Blepharis persica k. is a shrub traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and diuretic. Clinical research on this ingredient is lacking.

Ginger root raises thermogenesis and boosts faster fat burn. It also raises testosterone levels in rats.[6]

Turmeric treats arthritis, heartburn, and various gastrointestinal issues. In addition, turmeric improves digestion and fat burn.[7]

Indian kino tree fights infections and lowers blood sugars levels.[8]

Artichoke leaf improves digestion, provides the body with powerful antioxidants, and inhibits cancer cell growth.[9] However, there are no studies showing it has any effect on testosterone levels.

Yohimbe bark is used by many bodybuilders to enhance performance and burn fat. However, while the ingredient can improve stamina and treat impotence,[10] there is no clinical research showing that yohimbe bark actually boosts testosterone in men.

Also, yohimbe bark has been known to cause serious side effects and is banned from certain countries.

Propolis is a honey bee secretion that is shown to raise testosterone levels in animals.[11] However, like many of A-HD’s other ingredients, there are no studies on how propolis effects humans.

There are many confusing ingredients included in A-HD Powder. Too many aren’t proven to boost performance or testosterone in humans. Also, some have nothing to do with performance, muscle development, or testosterone levels.

From a review of A-HD Powder’s ingredients, it’s difficult to determine whether the product is actually effective in boosting energy and testosterone levels.

Are There Side Effects?

Yes, many of A-HD Powder’s ingredients can cause side effects including gas, bloating, diarrhea, and nausea.

Yohimbe bark is a source of concern because it causes serious side effects such as dizziness and panic attacks. In fact, in dosages over 100 mg yohimbe has even caused death.

Concerns over possible side effects could be alleviated should BPI Sports provide information about each ingredient’s individual dosage.

How Do You Use It?

Take one scoop daily in the morning with 8 ounces of cold water or beverage of choice.

A-HD Powder should be taken on a full stomach.

For best results, take for four to eight consecutive weeks, but do not take longer than eight weeks.

User Reviews

Regardless of its unproven ingredients, A-HD Powder enjoys very positive user reviews. Currently out of 132 user reviews on BodyBuilding.com, A-HD Power has a high score of 9.2 out of 10.

How Much Does It Cost?

A-HD Powder can be found at various health supplement stores for various prices. If you’re shopping online, the best deals are from the following vendors:

Is A-HD Powder Backed by a Manufacturer Guarantee?

Yes, BPI Sports does back its products with a guarantee, although the guarantee is rather limited. BPI Sports will only accept returns purchased directly from the company that are unopened.[12] Also, the product must be received by BPI Sports within 30 days of purchase.

You may be able to find a better guarantee on A-HD Powder from vendors. For example, GNC offers a 30-day money back guarantee on all products, used or unused.

Final Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about A-HD Powder. Without clinical proof that ingredients work for their intended purpose, it is easy to doubt A-HD Powder’s efficacy. Nevertheless, I can’t disregard the amazing user reviews on A-HD Powder. Also, while there are concerns about possible side effects from taking A-HD Powder, it appears that a large majority of users haven’t experienced any negative side effects.

However, with ingredients like yohimbe that carry such a high risk, it is better to go with a product that reveals its dosages so you can take it safely.

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References

[1] BPISports.net. "GNC Awards Prestigious 2012 Vendor of the Year Award to BPI Sports." Accessed 4.01.2013. Available from: http://bpisports.net/2013/02/gnc-awards-prestigious-2012-vendor-of-the-year-award-to-bpi

[2] Better Business Bureau. "Business Review – BPI Sports." Accessed 4.01.2013. Available from: http://www.bbb.org/south-east-florida/business-reviews/vitamins-and-food-supplements-retail/bpi-sports-in-hollywood-fl-90058108

[3] WebMD.com. “Safflower overview.” Accessed 2.25.2013. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-96-SAFFLOWER.aspx?activeIngredientId=96&activeIngredientName=SAFFLOWER

[4] See Shimomura, Yoshiharu, Tomohiro Tamura, and Masashige Suzuki. "Less body fat accumulation in rats fed a safflower oil diet than in rats fed a beef tallow diet." The Journal of Nutrition, 120.11 (1990): 1291. Available from: http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/2231019

[5] See University of Maryland Medical Center. “Flaxseed oil.” Accessed 2.26.2013. Available from: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/flaxseed-oil-000304.htm

[6]See Sakr, Saber A., and Gamal M. Badawy. "Effect of ginger (Zingiber officinale R.) on metiram-inhibited spermatogenesis and induced apoptosis in albino mice.” Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, 1.04 (2011): 131-136. Available from: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=rm09002&lang=en

[7] See Widiastuti, E., and N. S. Prabowo. "Effect of turmeric extract on blood parameters, feed efficiency and abdominal fat content in broilers." Journal of the Indonesian Tropical Animal Agriculture 36.1 (2011): 21-26. Available from: http://www.cabdirect.org/abstracts/20113196461.html

[8] Manickam, M., et al. "Antihyperglycemic activity of phenolics from Pterocarpus marsupium." Journal of Natural Products, 60.6 (1997): 609-610. Available from: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np9607013

[9] See WebMD.com “Artichoke.” Accessed 4.01.2013. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-842-ARTICHOKE.aspx?activeIngredientId=842&activeIngredientName=ARTICHOKE

[10] See Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. "Scientific assessment of yobimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe)." Accessed 2.5.2013. Available from: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/labellingnutrition/vitamins/sa_yohimbe_en.pdf

[11] For example, Yousef, Mokhtar I., and Afrah F. Salama. "Propolis protection from reproductive toxicity caused by aluminium chloride in male rats." Food and Chemical Toxicology, 47.6 (2009): 1168-1175. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691509000726

[12] BPI Sports. “Returns.” Accessed 4.01.2013. Available from: http://bpisports.net/returns