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APEX Male by Blackstone Labs Review
APEX Male is a testosterone booster manufactured by Blackstone Labs. It ranks 273 out of 285 testosterone boosters and earned an overall thumbs-down recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.
APEX Male earned a thumbs-down recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.
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The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.
APEX Male earned a thumbs-down in this category because its effectiveness rating is 1.33. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means APEX Male is made up of low-quality ingredients and will not lead to positive results.
This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.
APEX Male earned a thumbs-down in this category because it contains 0% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.
APEX Male contains:
- unrated ingredients: 5 (the database does not contain information on these ingredients)
- total ingredients: 12
The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).
|Vitamin D3 31.25mcg||1.6 out of 3|
|Fenugreek 125mg||1.6 out of 3|
|Tribulus Terrestris 125mg||1.4 out of 3|
|Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piperine) 5mg||1.4 out of 3|
|Tyrosine 125mg||1.3 out of 3|
|D-Aspartic Acid 1.5g||1 out of 3|
|Diindolylmethane 100mg||1 out of 3|
|Bulbine Natalensis Extract*||not rated|
|Maca Extract*||not rated|
|Prunella Vulgaris*||not rated|
|Horny Goat Weed*||not rated|
|N-Methyl D-Aspartate*||not rated|
|Product Effectiveness Rating||1.33|
Note: These ingredients are accurate as of September 07, 2019.
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APEX Male earned a thumbs-down in this category because 0% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.
APEX Male Dosing Compared to Research
This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in APEX Male to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.
A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.
A down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is lower than the effective range.
|Ingredient & Amount||Effective Range|
|Vitamin D3 31.25mcg||80mcg|
|Tribulus Terrestris 0.125g||0.75g - 1.25g|
|Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piperine) 5mg||60mg|
APEX Male Dosing Compared to Other Products
This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in APEX Male to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.
An orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.
An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.
|Ingredient & Amount||Average||Range|
|Vitamin D3 0.03125mg||2.09mg||0mg - 268mg|
|D-Aspartic Acid 1.5g||1.96g||0g - 5g|
|Bulbine Natalensis Extract 0.5g||0.43g||0.03g - 1g|
|Fenugreek 0.13g||0.39g||0.01g - 1.1g|
|Tribulus Terrestris 0.13g||0.49g||0.02g - 2g|
|Maca Extract 0.13g||0.29g||0g - 2.1g|
|Tyrosine 0.13g||0.71g||0g - 5.5g|
|Diindolylmethane 100mg||132.55mg||1mg - 300mg|
|Prunella Vulgaris 75mg||268.75mg||75mg - 450mg|
|Horny Goat Weed 0.08g||0.24g||0.01g - 1.6g|
|N-Methyl D-Aspartate 15mg||20mg||15mg - 25mg|
|Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piperine) 0.01g||0.02g||0g - 5g|
APEX Male earned a thumbs-down in this category because 21% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?
The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).
APEX Male is moderately effective at:
APEX Male is ineffective at:
- improve cognitive ability
- increase testosterone
- increase strength
- improve cycling performance
- increase muscle mass
- lower blood pressure
- increase fat burning
- lower triglyceride levels
- lower total cholesterol levels
- improve glucose control
- improve cardiovascular endurance
- decrease fatigue
- increase weight loss
- improve mood
- increase DHT (dihydrotestosterone) levels
- improve muscular endurance
- increase luteinizing hormone
- improve cycling sprint performance
- reduce muscle soreness
APEX Male earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 19. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
A research rating of 19 means there is an insufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure its effectiveness rating is valid.
The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.
The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.
APEX Male earned a thumbs-up in this category because its discloses 100% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."
When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.
APEX Male contains:
- total ingredients: 12
- ingredients with amounts listed: 12
- ingredients without amounts listed: 0
- percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 100%
The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.
APEX Male earned a thumbs-down in this category because it ranks 273 out of 285 in the testosterone booster category (bottom third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.
APEX Male ranks 273 out of 285 in the Testosterone Boosters category and 4,478 out of 4,526 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked testosterone booster. Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.
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|Effectiveness Rating||rating is lower than the required 1.5|
|Ingredients||less than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective|
|Ingredient Dosing||less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly|
|Claims||less than 75% of claims are rated as effective|
|Research Rating||research rating is lower than the required 60|
|Nutrition Label Transparency||discloses all ingredient amounts on label|
|Ranking Within Category||ranks in the bottom third of category|
|Overall Recommendation||received a thumbs down in the majority of areas|