The term “wolf in sheeps clothing” can be applied to the supplement market.
There are numerous OTC supplements that market themselves as prescription drug mimics. Whether it be a simple one-letter difference in the name or a container that is supposed to look like it came from the pharmacy, you should not trust misleading products.
Certain products, such as Syntheroid, are known for their reputability and good quality, but that is not the case for every supplement.
BPI Sports has created a product called A-HD, originally called Arimedex-HD but had to change the name due to copyright infringement. The name Arimedex may sound familiar to some because it was originally meant to sound like the prescription supplement, “Arimidex.” If that’s not a wolf in sheeps clothing, we don’t know what is.
So we decided to break down the ingredients in A-HD to see just how effective and safe it is.
Under the Hood
A-HD contains the ingredient Niacin and their own proprietary blend. The proprietary blend does not specify the quantity of individual ingredients but it does contain the following:
1. Tracheloside: Supposedly contains anti-estrogenic properties, according to SDI.
2. Secoisolariciresinol diglycoside: We were unable to find official research on this chemical, but BPI claims it provides powerful anti-estrogenic properties.
3. Pterostilbene: This antioxidant is said to inhibit aromatase and modulate testosterone levels.
4. Gingerol: Studies indicate this extract has increased testosterone levels among test mice.
5. Caffeic Acid: Antioxidant that also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-estrogenic properties.
While these ingredients all appear to have beneficial effects, the biggest issue we found was the quantity of these ingredients. All we know is that the proprietary blend is 250mg and the recommended usage is one capsule per day. That is not a whole lot to take in per day and the fact that we don’t know how much of each ingredient is included in the blend, we aren’t able to determine its effectiveness.
Also, while this may not have a direct effect on the effectiveness of A-HD, we are skeptical of the fact that name of the product had to be changed because of copyright infringement. Basically, BPI Sports tried to mimic a powerful and effective prescription product in hopes that people would mistake it for Arimidex. This shows us poor company character and little regard to their customers’ needs. Would you feel comfortable working with a company like that?
While there appear to be no major reports of major side effects, some common adverse effects include nausea, fatigue, vomiting and headache. You should consult a healthcare physician before trying any supplement, including A-HD.
A-HD appears to be a waste of money because it contains ingredients of which we are unable to find clinical studies showing effectiveness.
Also, since A-HD contains a proprietary blend, we don’t know if it even contains the correct dosage of individual ingredients. Our recommendation to you is to try something else.
In your search, it may be a good idea to look into Syntheroid to see about its ingredients and reputability.