I just finished a run of Alphadex, paired with Magnitropin, Myokem’s test-booster/estrogen control combo, and I must say that overall I was very satisfied. The specifics of each are quite different, and they can (and should, in some circumstances) be run separate from one another. Like my Mag review,...
I just finished a run of Alphadex, paired with Magnitropin, Myokem’s test-booster/estrogen control combo, and I must say that overall I was very satisfied. The specifics of each are quite different, and they can (and should, in some circumstances) be run separate from one another. Like my Mag review, I’m going to lay out some ingredient info and dig into the claims that Myokem makes about the effectiveness of this product, which are:
- Estrogen Control
- Increased Hard, Lean Muscle
- Increased Strength
Now let’s open ‘er up…
Alphadex Estro-Control Matrix – 455mg
Safflower seed extract (std. min. 10% tracheloside) – the lignan tracheloside is the heavy lifter in this ingredient, as it has been shown to inhibit aromatase enzymes in extra-gonadal tissues. According to one Korean study, tracheloside at 0.31ug/ml had an effect comparable to Nolvadex at 0.43ug/ml. So basically, more effective at a lower concentration than a prescription AI. Cool.
Brassiopsis glomerulata extract (20:1) – as stated on Myokem’s website, the entire herb is used as an estrogen-controlling ingredient, due to in vitro studies that show multiple active compounds. According to studies, these active compounds (dehydrolololide, N-benzoyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester, and 6B-Hydroxystigmasta-4-en-3-one) were inactive in enzyme-only assays, but active in cell assays, suggesting that they don’t bind to the aromatase enzymes directly, as tracheloside does, but inhibit aromatizing processes by some other means. These two top ingredients seem to complement each other nicely, one acting directly on the enzyme, the other acting on the whole cell process.
Garcinia mangostana extract (std. min. 9% Gamma Mangostin) – much like safflower, compounds in this plant were discovered to be anti-estrogenic in studies concerning hormone-dependent cancer cells. Gamma mangostin, the xanthone of note here, has AI effects rivaling that of letrozole. Aside from this, however, other compounds in this plant have immune-boosting, anti-oxidizing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Acacetin – another plant-derived compound, showing anti-estrogenic and AI action, acacetin comes from the Damiana plant. I found a ton of literature on acacetin, with some very interesting potential benefits. A nice touch to round out an already solid selection of ingredients.
Black pepper extract – you know the drill.
Even with a prop blend, the science behind these particular ingredients strikes me as so promising, I can’t help but give an A here. I like how even with black pepper extract, which a lot of suppliers and consumers might consider a “throw-away” ingredient, Myokem strives to provide the highest potency – 98%. A lot of companies don’t do that.
1 pill, twice a day with food. Doesn’t get much easier than that. There are no training/non-training specifics, no pre-workout doses… just very straightforward. These are bright yellow capsules that are easy to swallow and easy to spot if you drop one.
There are 56 pills, or exactly enough for 4 weeks, which runs concurrently with Magnitropin very nicely.
Let’s take a look at each of the claims, and we’ll see how things stack up.
Estrogen Control – hard to quantify without a series of medical tests, but the science behind these ingredients suggests that this claim is met. I also did feel the typical effects of estrogen control: vascularity, leanness, harder muscles, etc. Check.
Increased Hard, Lean Muscle – even though I steadily gained weight while taking this, the feeling and appearance of my muscles was much more full and dry. I also experienced a great deal more vascularity and pump while lifting, bordering on uncomfortable cramping at times. All sure signs of estrogen control. Check.
Increased Strength – hard to say with this one… I did feel more aggressive in the gym, probably due more to Magnitropin than Alphadex, but I have to assume these worked synergistically such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, in a way. I’ll call this plausible.
Generally very effective, producing changes that can be seen and felt. I imagine this would make an excellent addition to a PH stack as a part of cycle support or PCT, but imagination is all I have in that realm as of yet.
SIDE EFFECTS: B+
As I mentioned, the dryness of muscles became most apparent when I would literally be in pain from pumps -- triceps in particular, and sometimes lower back. It honestly felt like my tris were growing arms of their own and trying to bust out of my skin. It’s great to know something is working, but this sometimes got a bit intense.
I also noticed, more so toward the end of my run of this and Mag, that I’d get tired more profoundly and earlier at night, and the libido would yo-yo a bit. This might be a coincidence, and again it proves that the product is doing something, so I’m willing to take the good with the bad. Overall, sides were not too bad and fairly easy to combat. I didn’t have any pronounced joint stiffness or anything debilitating.
$44.99 on Nutraplanet, while Magnitropin is $49.99. A little bit higher than the average for this supplement category, but it is very effective and contains high quality ingredients. It does only last 4 weeks, which puts it at roughly $11.25/week, but I wager this product could be a life-saver for someone rebounding from a tough PH cycle, or suffering from low T/abnormally high estrogen. When you consider the obscene amount of totally useless products that cost even more, Alphadex is a good value.
A very effective product, with a slew of high-quality ingredients, for a reasonable price. Can’t get much better than that. Everyone is different and will respond differently to these types of supplements, but from where I’m standing, this stuff works and works well.
Thanks for reading, SR!
- Muscle Fullness
- Increased HardLean Muscle
- Perceivable Estrogen Control
- Possible Negative Impact On EnergyLibido?
- Pumps Uncomfortable At Times