Turkesterone is becoming a popular name in the fitness industry. And now, Greg Doucette is selling Turkesterone supplements as the HTLT’s Turk Builder.
But does this supplement even work? Let’s find out.
About the Creator – HTLT Supplements
Greg Doucette is a true bodybuilder who competed in the IFBB. He once broke the record for the heaviest sumo deadlift when he carried 9,130 kg (20,128 lb. 3 oz.).
But now, he likes to be called coach Greg as he dedicates his time to teaching people the ins and outs of bodybuilding, muscle gain, and fat loss. He even has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology.
Greg created the HTLT Supplements brand, and now he’s continuously introducing supplements like his Casein + Whey Protein Powder to help you train harder than last time.
A Closer Look at HTLT’s Turk Builder
A bottle of HTLT Turk Builder is loaded with 60 Turkestorone-packed capsules. A moderate amount of ashwagandha is added along with other ingredients like vitamin E, black pepper extract Hypromellose (capsules), Silicon Dioxide, and Magnesium Stearate.
HTLT’s Turk Builder currently costs $39.99 a bottle with a discount when you buy more.
How does it work?
The main ingredient in HTLT’s Turk Builder is Turkersterone which may supposedly help you build muscle, improve performance, and burn body fat.
Jeff Nippard says turkesterone is the insect and plant equivalent of testosterone. Some people believe that Turkersterone is responsible for growth in these plants and insects, which may lead them to believe that it may drive growth and improve performance in humans.
But there hasn’t been enough research to prove Turkersterone’s effectiveness.
Together, turkesterone and ashwagandha may make this supplement worth trying out.
HTLT Turk Builder Ingredients
The main ingredients in HTLT’s Turk Builder consist of:
500 mg Ajuga Turkestanica Extract (Standardized to 10% Turkesterone) – Yields 50 mg Turkesterone
Turkesterone is an Ecdysteroid that may boost your performance during workouts, but there isn’t enough research to conclude this.
Ashwagandha is used to lower cortisol and increase testosterone levels.
A study found that 58 people experienced reduced cortisol levels after eight weeks of consuming ashwagandha extract. And research on humans shows that high cortisol levels are associated with low blood testosterone levels.
And another study on 43 men found that ashwagandha was associated with a 14.7% increase in testosterone.
Vitamin E has some well-researched benefits like improving antioxidant defenses, reducing markers of oxidative stress, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
BioPerine (Black Pepper Extract)
HTLT added Bioperine (black pepper extract) to enhance the bioavailability of the supplements. However, no research has proven that Bioperine can directly help with the absorption of Turkerstone. But piperine (the main compound in Bioperine) can increase the absorption of other nutrients.
Also, some animal studies show that piperine may stabilize blood sugar, boost brain function, decrease inflammation and combat cancerous growth.
The other ingredients in HTLT’s Turk builder include Hypromellose (capsules), Silicon Dioxide, and Magnesium Stearate.
Nutritional Facts: HTLT’s Turk Builder
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving||Daily Value %|
|Vitamin E (as d-Alpha Tocopherol)||5mg||33%|
|Ajuga Turkestanica Extract 10%||500mg||**|
|Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) (root) (std to 5% total withanolides||100mg||**|
|Black pepper Fruit Extract (Piper nigrum)||5mg||**|
**Daily Value (DV) not established
How to use HTLT’s Turk Builder
The daily recommended dosage of HTLT’s Turk Builder is 2-3 capsules for men and 1-2 capsules for women. You’re allowed to increase the daily dose based on your required results, but Doucette recommends splitting up the total amount into multiple doses taken at different times during the day.
But, HTLT advises not to take more than six capsules a day.
HTLT Supplements doesn’t mention if the Turk Builder can be taken by children, pregnant women, or someone taking other medications. If you have a medical condition, then consult your doctor before taking HTLT’s Turk Builder.
Side Effects of HTLT’s Turk Builder
The side effects of using Turkestone are mostly unknown because of limited research. So it’s difficult to say how this supplement will affect you.
But below are a few ingredients in HTLT’s Turk Builder that may produce side effects:
- Ashwagandha is thought to be unsafe during pregnancy.
- Piperine can lower blood sugar and affect the absorption rate of certain medications like blood thinners and drugs used for treating pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
Also, diabetes patients should consult a doctor before using supplements that contain piperine.
Where can you buy HTLT’s Turk Builder?
HTLT’s Turk builder can only be purchased from the HTLT website. This supplement isn’t sold anywhere else.
Pros of Turk Builder
May boost Testosterone
Ashwagandha has been shown to boost testosterone, but the amount of ashwagandha in HTLT’s Turk builder may be considered moderate.
So, you shouldn’t expect astronomical results, but it’s possible to still see a positive effect.
HTLT’s Turk Builder is plant-based which is preferred to artificial substances. Its main ingredients come from plants like Ajuga Turkestanica and ashwagandha.
Positive Anecdotal Evidence
While there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence proving the benefits of turkesterone, a number of videos have surfaced of people sharing their personal experiences using Turk Builder.
In the best cases; Turk Builder builds muscle and drops body fat. In the worst cases; it does nothing, but also doesn’t produce any side effects.
Cons of Turk Builder
Needs more research
There has been very little research on the effectiveness of the main ingredient in HTLT’s Turk Builder (Turkersterone). This is why it’s received such mixed reviews in the fitness community and why it probably won’t be promoted as a reliable supplement for quite some time.
Effectiveness is unclear
It’s hard to tell the effectiveness of Turk Builder. Turkesterone already carries its fair share of controversy, and HTLT doesn’t clarify the effectiveness of their Turk Builder.
In fact, in one of Greg Doucette’s Q & A videos on turkesterone, most of the questions about its effectiveness, side effects, and benefits were answered with some form of “I don’t know”.
What other reviews are saying
Noob Gains’ founder, Kyle Hoffman, took Turk Builder and recorded his personal results:
“I took six capsules per day with lunch for multiple months as instructed on the label. During that time, I was able to perform more reps at each workout (maybe one or two), and I noticed more noticeable “pumps” after each workout. It’s hard to explain, but Turk Builder was absolutely doing something.”
Jeff Nippard admitted that Turkesterone supplements might have some benefits, but he won’t buy or use them until he sees more research on it.
Dr. Layne Norton is much more pessimistic about the supplement and advises people to save their money and leave turkesterone to the bugs.
Is HTLT’s Turk Builder worth it?
After letting Greg Doucette yell at you and explain why turkesterone is so effective for muscle growth, what do we think?
On the one hand, Turk Builder is a mostly natural supplement that may help boost testosterone and boasts a number of satisfied YouTubers that have used the product (our founder included).
On the other hand, because of the lack of research on turkesterone, the only positive proof it does anything is anecdotal and any negative adverse effects are currently unknown.
Should you try it? Well, that’s up to you. Although you may notice a slight increase in performance during workouts, it’s not exactly clear what’s happening inside your body.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5