We’re really disappointed in this testosterone booster. It makes some really big claims, and the manufacturers have clearly tried to keep things simple. The problem is that they selected some pretty awful ingredients. Tribulus Terrestris has been shown in several different clinical trials not to work. Even at high doses, it doesn’t influence testosterone. The same goes for Ashwagandha. There’s a lot of hype out there about this stuff at the minute; lots of websites will tell you that it is an amazing natural test booster. But the science just isn’t there to back these claims up.
Bucked Up RUT testosterone booster is all bark and no bite. The makers clearly allowed themselves to be influenced by hyped and not by hard science. There are much better products out there!
Our Bucked Up RUT Review
Bucked Up is one of the latest supplement brands to come onto the market. The company’s focus is obviously bodybuilding. They already have quite an extensive range of supplements on offer, covering all the usual bodybuilding suspects: pre-workouts, BCAAs, protein, etc. They seem to be trying to build a reputation for making “hardcore” supplements, judging by the branding and the product names.
So what is RUT supposed to do then?
How does it claim to be different from every other testosterone booster on the market today?
Bucked Up obviously view their formula as a major selling point because they’ve plastered it all over the box. But what can users actually expect from this stack?
According to the website, users can expect the following results from using RUT:
- Increased stamina
- Increased libido
- Greater ‘vitality’
- Enhanced “body composition”
These claims are very general. The website says a lot about RUT helping you “achieve your goals” and “do better in life”, but very little about how it works or what practical differences users are going to see.
But as we’ve said before, testosterone boosters have one job – INCREASING TESTOSTERONE.
Either they do it safely and reliably, or they don’t. It’s as simple as that.
Does Bucked Up RUT work?
How does it compare to some of the best testosterone boosters on the market today?
Find out by reading our full Bucked Up RUT review below. We’ll take you through the main strengths and weaknesses of the formula, the side effect risks, and more. Have you used RUT yourself? What did you think? Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments!
Let’s take a look at the label and see what we’re dealing with here:
What a shame! Right away we can tell that this is not a market-leading formula at all.
The manufacturers have tried to keep things simple, but they’ve obviously let themselves be influenced by hype rather than hard science!
The RUT formula is effectively split into two parts.
There’s the vitamin and mineral stack, which is great. No problems there. We get a nice, big, healthy dose of D3 and plenty of zinc. Together, these ingredients can have a significant impact on testosterone levels in men. This is especially true if you are deficient in either nutrient – unless you work outdoors and eat plenty of nuts, then you probably are deficient!
Then there’s the proper testosterone boosting stack – the one with the interesting ingredients. This is where things get ugly.
One of the main ingredients is totally ineffective for raising free serum testosterone. The other is effective at promoting sleep – which will indirectly increase free serum test – but it has not been shown to directly increase serum testosterone by itself. That’s 1500mg of a 1900mg formula gone already, and we’re yet to find anything that boosts testosterone!
We expect much better from testosterone boosters these days. There’s plenty of evidence out there showing that some substances can stimulate greater testosterone production, less aromatase activity, and so on.
It’s a real shame that Bucked Up decided not to use any!
- Generous servings of key nutrients
- Ashwagandha should help with stress management
We’re not impressed with this supplement overall. But there are definite strengths to Bucked Up RUT that are worth highlighting.
The main benefit of this product is the very generous servings of key nutrients.
Testosterone boosters tend to make a big deal out of their exotic herbal extracts and concentrates. But simple micronutrients – vitamins and minerals – can actually have a dramatic effect on your free serum testosterone levels.
Take Vitamin D for example. We know that Vitamin D deficiency leads to a major drop in testosterone levels. The correlation here is very close, and it’s been demonstrated in numerous robust clinical studies: lower Vitamin D levels usually means lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, a lot of us are chronically deficient in Vitamin D. We spend most of our days indoors, and lots of us live in the northern hemisphere where winters tend to be long and dark.
Supplementing with Vitamin D can rapidly rectify a Vitamin D deficiency. More interestingly, studies have shown that Vitamin D supplementation leads to a signifciant rise in free and total testosterone levels in healthy men (ref).
RUT provides a massive 5,000IU of Vitamin D per daily serving. That is WAY MORE than we really need to treat a deficiency, which is great! Vitamin D is safe to take in large quantities so it’s always better to overshoot it a little.
Then there’s the Zinc.
People so often overlook something as simple as zinc when trying to optimize their diet for testosterone. But they’re totally wrong to do so.
Zinc supplementation has been shown time and again to support healthy testosterone levels in men. More specifically, clinical trials have shown that zinc is able to prevent the decline in testosterone associated with intense, frequent training.
Like Vitamin D, zinc deficiencies are commonplace nowadays. Few guys eat tree nuts and shellfish on a daily basis. As such, their zinc levels steadily deplete over time. We think this is actually the most common cause of low testosterone levels across the population.
RUT provides a very good serving of zinc per daily dose – 200% of your RDI to be exact. This will comfortably keep your zinc levels high, which will in turn help prevent the decline in testosterone we all experience when we pound the weights a little too hard for too long.
- Uses bogus, ineffective ingredients
- Ashwagandha only effective indirectly
- Very weak testosterone booster compared to the current market leaders
Overall, we think this is a very poor testosterone booster. The strengths listed above are definitely real, but they’re nothing that you wont find in any half-decent testosterone booster on the market today. The rest of the formula is pretty much useless in our opinion.
One of the main ingredients in RUT is Tribulus Terrestris.
We see this stuff come up again and again in testosterone boosters, and we have no idea why. It is completely useless!
Take a look at this study, in which researchers tried to see if Tribulus Terrestris would keep testosterone levels high in rugby players undergoing intense pre-season training. Their conclusion puts it very simply: “It was concluded that T. terrestris did not produce the large gains in strength or lean muscle mass that many manufacturers claim can be experienced within 5-28 days. Furthermore, T. terrestris did not alter the urinary T/E ratio”.
Then there’s this study, which gave large doses of Tribulus Terrestris to healthy young men for 24 days. The conclusions reached by the researchers are the same as the previous study: “The findings in the current study anticipate that Tribulus terrestris steroid saponins possess neither direct nor indirect androgen-increasing properties.”
Tribulus terrestris doesn’t influence testosterone in healthy men, regardless of activity level, age, or any other variable.
It gets included in testosterone boosters because of manufacturer driven hype and propaganda. Don’t waste your money on products that are laden with this useless crap!
The Tribulus Terrestris isn’t the only dead weight in the RUT formula however. In fact, we’d go as far as to say there isn’t a single herbal extract or concentrate in this product which we’d describe as a proper testosterone booster!
For example, let’s look at Ashwagandha.
This stuff has been used as an anxiolytic (a substance which reduces anxiety) for centuries, if not millennia. Nowadays it is found in many natural substances, from nootropics to sleep stacks. There is good reason for this; clinical studies have found that ashwagandha supplementation improves sleep quality (ref), hastens the onset of sleep, and reduces anxiety in people suffering with stress (ref).
However, evidence that it boosts testosterone is much thinner on the ground.
One could argue that a reduction in stress will indirectly support healthy testosterone levels. Being stressed for prolonged periods of time will see a huge drop in free serum testosterone levels. This is true for emotional stress as well as physical stress – intensive training regimes like Smolov or German Volume Training will wipe out a natural lifter’s T levels, as will final exams or a string of tight deadlines. Reducing stress can therefore help with testosterone management.
But this is very indirect.
That’s no doubt why studies looking at ashwagandha and testosterone have shown moderate results at best – some report around a 10% rise in testosterone levels relative to placebo, others even less (ref).
Ashwagandha is one of two main ingredients in Bucked Up RUT, the other being useless Tribulus Terrestris. Yet it doesn’t seem to have any significant testosterone boosting effects beyond helping you get a better nights sleep. This is useful, no doubt about that. But it doesn’t mean it should be the foundation of a testosterone booster.
RUT Side Effects – Is It Safe?
Most people turn to natural testosterone boosters because they offer the same kind of benefits as anabolic steroids (to a much lesser degree) but without any of the nasty side effects or long-term health risks (impotence, heart disease, liver damage, kidney damage, etc).
So when a testosterone booster contains substances that are known to cause side effects, it’s a serious problem.
There are a couple of ingredients in RUT which you need to be very wary of.
The first of these is Trubulus Terrestris.
Tribulus is know to cause several relatively serious side effects in a significant minority of users. These side effects include:
- Stomach pain
According to some reports, Tribulus Terrestris use has been linked to kidney damage.
The fact that Tribulus is practically useless for raising testosterone makes these safety risks all the more serious; it’s all pain and no potential gain!
We need make clear that the long-term effects of Tribulus are not completely known. As far as we know, there haven’t been any long-term studies carried out on Tribulus Terrestris supplementation. We have no idea what kind of damage could be caused by frequent use over many months and years.
Since there’s no benefit to be had, this one is best avoided completely!
You need to remember the following when reading our reviews:
- We are not doctors
- This is not medical advice
- You need to do your own research and consult with a doctor before using any supplements of any kind
We don’t know you or your particular medical history. We cannot possibly give you an exhaustive breakdown of every possible side effect or health risk. All we can do is provide a rough overview of the main risks for the average user, based on our own research and experience.
It is absolutely VITAL that you consult with a doctor before using any natural testosterone boosters, and be sure to do your own research thoroughly.
Bucked Up RUT Review Summary
We’re really unimpressed with this testosterone booster.
We expected a lot from this product, given how Bucked Up are positioning themselves as makers of hardcore bodybuilding supplements. The only thing that’s hardcore about RUT is the price.
The main ingredients have been poorly chosen.
Tribulus doesn’t work. That much is quite clear from the available scientific studies. It just doesn’t work how people say it does.
Ashwagandha – the other main ingredient – helps to reduce anxiety and promote sleep. But this only causes modest rises in free serum testosterone. It certainly shouldn’t be a main ingredient in a test booster.
Together, they make up the bulk of the RUT formula.
Therefore, in buying this product you are essentially paying top dollar for a Vitamin D and Zinc supplement.
In our opinion, the RUT price tag is completely unjustifiable. It doesn’t contain any of the staple ingredients that we look for in natural testosterone boosters today. We’re surprised that such a new supplement can get the basics so wrong!