As ever, poor copywriting irks us – the ability to communicate the content of your product and provide us with a good reason(s) to buy it is essential for figuring out whether it is worth using. Elite test 360 has some serious mixed signals with its marketing – suggesting that 10,000 athletes use it every day, recommended by doctors and so forth, except that there is no supporting evidence for these claims and any links on the site are broken. This doesn’t instill confidence.
Additionally, from a first glance at the ingredients and how they’re presented, it seems that elite test is relying primarily on ‘superior’ versions of supplement blends that are either widely available, either due to their high demand and low price (such as creatine) or their general uselessness (such as L-arginine). We’re going to be spending most of our time discussing whether or not these are actually superior forms and, thereafter, whether they are effective enough to justify a purchase.
Elite test 360 is a supplement that aims to improve the development of muscle and the reduction of fat through the improvement of testosterone and other variables. It is a blend of L-Arginine, Creatine and the common tribulus extract that has been so popular as a “testosterone booster” in recent times. The main claim is that these are 100% natural products and is supposedly produced in a Current good manufacturing practices laboratory. In an ideal world, the cGMP status would ensure that the supplement contains exactly the ingredients that it says and in the exact quantities stated. As it happens, however, Elite test 360 does not provide any nutritional values for the product and the cGMP adherence doesn’t actually prove anything .
The short answer is no. There is no reasonable mechanism for the increase of testosterone (free or bound) in the ingredients included in this product. The science has repeatedly shown inconclusive results on almost all ‘testosterone boosters’, with tribulus being one of the most common fad products in this category.
Tribulus has been mistaken for a testosterone booster due to its effects in improving male perception of mood and sexual health. However, according to the studies performed on this ingredient, it is actually able ot improve these markers without improving testosterone levels at all. This means that it has some benefits to male health but doesn’t actually improve the production of muscle or reduction in bodyfat .
The problem here is that Elite test have been conflating the symptoms of higher testosterone with higher testosterone itself. This is similar to what happens when someone suffers a headache and, upon consulting WedMD, decides to self-diagnose with a brain tumour. We cannot assume the cause of a change or sensation when there are multiple causes that explain it equally well. In this case, the feelings of sexual health could be inspired by improved testosterone, but are actually caused by the improvement of brain sensitivity to testosterone, not an increase in testosterone itself !
We’ve covered L-arginine repeatedly because it is just so ubiquitous in the supplement industry – there are several recurring problems with Arginine that we will outline once more to show that Elite test doesn’t actually improve testosterone, or any of the health/performance markers associated with this.
The main claim of arginine is that it can improve various health markers including the regulation and production of various hormones – testosterone included. The problem with this is that, firstly, it is only able to do this for those who are already deficient. Arginine is not able to improve these values through supplementation, but only through the combatting of deficiency .
Secondly, arginine is almost entirely useless in pill form due to the poor bioavailability – the oral form of arginine is mostly destroyed during digestion, meaning that the effectiveness will be reduced drastically if it is consumed in powder or pill form. Whilst they claim to be providing superior products, elite test cannot be serious about this: a basic understanding of nutrition and supplementation would make it obvious that the best way to supplement arginine is through citrulline, which breaks down to arginine in the liver.
We are big fans of creatine: we often refer to it as the strength-endurance supplement because this is the most accurate way to classify it. Creatine is one of the ‘raw ingredients’ in the production of ATP – the fuel for muscles and all other activity in the body. Increasing the amount of creatine increases the “pool” of resources that we can use to generate ATP in a short space of time – essential for improving strength and the ability to perform long workouts with heavy weights .
The problem with creatine in this supplement can be broken down into 3 simple problems: (1) creatine doesn’t improve testosterone production or uptake, (2) there is nothing superior about the creatine in elite test, especially given the market alternatives and price point, and (3) creatine actively increases bodyweight. The first of these is pretty self-explanatory: the role of creatine in the body is not the increase of testosterone but the increase in creatinine-phosphate, which is used to produce ATP. In this sense, it is a co-factor in the production of energy, not the hormones.
The second problem may be an even larger nail in the coffin for elite test: creatine is a widely-available and inexpensive supplement that many people use without any of the purported benefits that elite test ascribes to it. The creatine market is huge and we could easily find 100 examples of competing products – elite test claims that their creatine is ‘pure’, though this is equally true of almost every creatine on the market.
Finally, it is both funny and enlightening to note that the purpose of this product appears to be the reduction of bodyfat and increase of muscular tissue/definition in prospective customers. Firstly, there are pretty much no ingredients that will do that – even creatine is only partially effective and must be combined with the correct training volume and intensity – as well as the fact that creatine actually increases water-weight and reduces definition in the short-term. Whilst creatine is a great choice for strength and power athletes, it has very little positive effect for the recreational gym-goer in terms of body composition or aesthetics, with the increased capacity for water retention making the body look “soft” and ill-defined until use has seceded and water levels have returned to normal.
This is where elite test 360 really runs into issues. Firstly, we couldn’t actually find a first-party supplier for this supplement: the official website doesn’t work and the link to “try it now” has an incorrect target, meaning that there is no link to the sales page. Even buying it from Amazon is difficult, where the product shows as “currently unavailable”. This suggests to us that the company has already gone under, but that won’t stop us kicking a poor-quality supplement when its down!
The price point for this product, whilst no longer available on the market, could not possibly be low enough to justify purchasing it. The comparable costs to emulate the effects of this product are simple: the only ingredient that actually has any bearing on the increase in muscle mass is creatine through an indirect effect on the ability to sustain higher training volumes. This is only relevant for actual athletes in strength and power sports, with limited application to bodybuilding (which doesn’t use the ATP-CP system as much). Creatine is sold in powder form for around $10 and should not be considered a miraculous or rare ingredient.
There is no real value added to this product from arginine or tribulus: the former has poor availability and elite test doesn’t reach minimum effective dosing, whereas the latter has no bearing on muscle synthesis and should be considered only as a sexual health aid (though if you have erectile dysfunction, perhaps this product is more pertinent to you!). Overall, we’d not pay more than $10 for this product, which is why it might come as a surprise that it once had an RRP of $90 for 60 pills. We can’t even begin to think of a justification for this.
Overall, elite test 360 might be the most stereotypical supplement (previously) on the market. Not only did it ship a blend of under-dosed and ineffective ingredients, but it misrepresented their effects and quality, all whilst marketing itself through poor copywriting and some of the most cliched branding we’ve ever seen. The terms “elite”, “testosterone” and “360” are already incredibly overused and we can’t help but feel like these were chosen for their tendency to be searched!
Satirical comments aside, this product is an awful waste of money and time, and we’re far from upset to see it off the market permanently. This is symptomatic of the problem with the supplement market – poor quality, underdosed and ineffective ingredients that sound science-y but actually don’t do much to improve the health benefits they claim. Overall, we’re being generous when we give this product a 1/5 – its only redeeming factor is that it has not been reported for controlled substances or life-threatening stimulants, because it has failed at every other aspect of being an effective and market-sensitive supplement.
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Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives. You can contact her via the "About Us" page.
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