Low testosterone levels can cause a huge range of issues ranging from poor sleep to weight gain, to health problems.
There are several lifestyle changes that you can make to help restore your testosterone levels, one of them is taking testosterone boosters.
Blue Up by Controlled Labs is one such natural testosterone booster.
We will be taking an in-depth look at the product in this article and helping you decide whether it is worth your money.
Quick Review: Blue Up appears to be a complete waste of money.
There’s a lack of information when it comes to the ingredients and their amounts and the reviews are negative.
This is one to avoid.
Controlled Labs is one of those supplement companies that are fairly well-known, but aren’t exactly open about who they are, or where they are from.
After checking their website, Facebook page, and other social media channels we were unable to ascertain who founded Controlled Labs, and when they did so.
Is Controlled Labs a mega supplements company employing hundreds? Or is it one guy in his basement?
We just don’t know!
The face of Controlled Labs is their “trainer” Kane Sumabat, who is in incredible shape.
It is not clear whether he is a founding member of Controlled Labs or just someone hired to represent them.
Of course, not knowing who founded a supplement company or where the company operates from does not necessarily mean that a company is good or bad.
It is just a small red flag.
If you don’t know the physical address of a company, nor do you know any of the names of the founders then there is a lack of trust and transparency between you and the company.
Blue Up’s Claims
The first claim (and it’s a big one) is that Blue Up is the most potent natural testosterone booster on the market.
They claim that their ingredients increase free testosterone rather than just total testosterone, and give a breakdown of the specific benefits of each ingredient.
They also provide references to back up their claims.
Sadly, the references all talk about the effect of Eurycoma Longifolia on the libido and “sexual motivation” of middle-aged mice …
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with citing studies that were performed on mice.
However, if you don’t explain what the studies are relating to they are completely useless.
People aren’t buying your product to help improve their libido. They want bigger muscles, less body fat, and improved performance in the gym.
If they were looking to improve their libido then they would buy Viagra!
Blue Up Ingredients
The biggest issue with Blue Up is the complete lack of transparency when it comes to the ingredients list.
Controlled Labs have decided to create a big complex and only put the ingredient amount for that.
This is a great way of disguising the individual dosages of each ingredient.
Don’t understand why this is a big deal?
Let’s say you found a cake recipe and you were told that it contained eggs, flour, jam, and whatever else you put into a cake.
But instead of providing information about how many eggs went in to it or what jam you were using, the ingredients list just said “cake x 1”.
This is the problem with complexes.
Blue Up may have the perfect amount of each ingredient but it does not share that information with us.
It claims to be the most potent natural testosterone booster available but then hides the dosages.
Anyway, enough moaning!
Let’s check out the ingredients.
Tribulus Terrestris, Avena Sativa, Eurycoma Longifolia, and 175mg caffeine (coffee bean extract).
As you can see, they have provided us with the correct dosage of caffeine which is great, but also highlights the fact that all other ingredient dosages are withheld.
Let’s take a quick look at each ingredient and discuss whether they do what Blue Up claims.
- Tribulus Terrestris – Blue Up claims that Tribulus Terrestris has been shown to increase Luteinising Hormone which signals the body to increase testosterone production. According to examine.com though, Tribulus Terrestris has been found to have no effect on Luteinising Hormone, which is backed up by this study  which found that Tribulus Terrestris had no effect on androgen production in young men. Tribulus Terrestris has been repeatedly found to have no effect on testosterone production, though it does improve libido.
- Avena Sativa – Basically just the scientific name for oats. There really isn’t any evidence that oats have any effect on testosterone production. This article by Anabolic Men even claims that Avena Sativa may harm testosterone production .
- Eurycoma Longifolia – Added by Controlled Labs due to its ability to increase IGF-1 levels and modulate cortisol. Again, examine.com (the Gold standard in neutral scientific evaluation) disagrees with them. Finding that there were “no detectable alterations in IGF-1 for Eurycoma extract” . It does however appear to reduce cortisol in people who are overly stressed. It has no significant effect on testosterone production.
- Caffeine – No effect on testosterone production, but an excellent supplement ingredient anyway.
Overall, none of the ingredients particularly influence testosterone production, and a lot of the claims made by Controlled Labs about Blue Up have been disproved by science.
If you’re looking for an energy boost or a better sex drive then Blue Up will help – but there are other, better supplements out there for that.
Note: There is also a stimulant-free version of Blue Up which is exactly the same but without the 175mg of caffeine.
Blue Up Reviews
Across Amazon and Bodybuilding.com the reviews are pretty high (but there were only 21 reviews in total).
Most people said they saw an improvement.
But how did they measure this?
The ingredients are proven to be ineffective at increasing testosterone levels.
Sounds like a case of the placebo effect to us!
Blue Up Bottom Line
The complete lack of transparency about the company and the ingredients list are big red flags.
The claims are not proven, and the ingredients are not particularly effective.
It is possible to find studies that can make your product look better than it is, which is why websites such as examine.com are so effective.
They only use creditable studies performed on humans (and not mice) that have been peer-reviewed.
None of the claims made by Controlled Labs held water when put through the same rigorous process.
This is a dud supplement.
Thanks to the caffeine it may make a decent pre-workout though, so it is not a complete waste of money!
(If you’ve used Blue Up then let us know in the comments what you thought of it!)