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BPI Sports A-HD (Arimedex) Ingredients: Snake Oil or The Real Deal?


What ARE the REAL ingredients in bpi's A-HD

BPI Sports produces a supplement called A-HD. Once sold under the name Arimedex-HD.

We're going to take a look into the ingredients, side effects and see if this is worth your investment.

Let's first take a look at what BPI says A-HD may be able to do for you.

  • BPI says A-HD is The King of Testosterone Boosters
  • It is also supposed to be an Androgenic and Estrogenic Modulator
  • Finally, they claim it is the #1 PCT (Post Cycle Therapy)

OK, so, the implications are that taking A-HD will increase your testosterone level and if you've been on a cycle (think steroids) this supplement is a great way to get your body back to producing its own testosterone.

Androgenic in a nutshell, is any steroid hormone that deals with male sex characteristics. This means basically bigger muscles and more libido.

Here's what BPI says on its website:

"Introducing A-HD™ the ultimate estrogenic modulator and androgenic formula!* A-HD™ is designed to support increased testosterone production while minimizing estrogen activity.* Zero to little estrogen leads to a harder, leaner, more dry looking physique.* No more holding water, no more bloated looks, just rock-hard shredded muscle!* A-HD is the androgenic/estrogenic modulator of choice, as well as the top PCT (post cycle therapy), among all hardcore bodybuilders in the "know".* Ever wonder how to get that long lasting, hard-as-nails, dense, muscular look?* This is it. A-HD is The Ultra Concentrated Testosterone Booster.* Just one small capsule a day. That's it. Not 2-4 capsules at a time. Don't waste your time with anything else because THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE A-HD™.

So... how will this supplement do that exactly? What's in it? Is it safe and will it work? OR is it just really well-packaged snake oil?

Ingredients: What's in A-HD?

What are the ingredients and what specifically is each one there for?

I'm going to scour the internet so you won't have to!

As you read through this, make a note that the * you see scattered about means:

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

And you can find these words at the bottom of BPI's website. This is the company's lawyer doing his job...

Research on Safflower

  • Safflower seed compound as anti-estrogenic as Nolvadex
    The seeds of the safflower – scientific name Carthamus tinctorius – contain a lignan that blocks the effect of estradiol in cells as effectively as Nolvadex does, according to pharmacologists at Seoul National University.
  • Nolvadex - Steroid .com
    Nolvadex is commonly referred to in quite a few ways: as a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator), as an anti-estrogen (that is actually incorrect, as we will later see), and finally as a triphenylethylene.
  • Safflower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.[1]) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm (12 to 59 in) tall with globular flower heads having yello

Safflower Seed Extract or Carthamus tinctorius

CHEMICAL NAME: (3s,4s)-4-[(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)methyl]-3-hydroxy-3-[[3-methoxy-4-[(2s,3r,4s,5r,6r)-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxan-2-yl]oxy-phenyl]methyl]oxolan-2-one

BPI's Webstie Claims: "Scientific evidence shows that this novel lignan-class compound has potent anti-estrogenic activity ."

WHAT IS IT REALLY: So when I Google that big fat nonsensical long strain of gobbly gook up there I found out a website called Ergo-Log.

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At the top of the page is this: "Safflower seed compound as anti-estrogenic as Nolvadex." Nolvadex is a drug that is prescribed in the treatment of breast cancer. It was then introduced into the bodybuilding community to help with reducing estrogen and kick starting the body into producing its own testosterone again. Then in a Korean research project, they discovered that the seeds from the safflower plant which has the scientific name of Carthamus tinctorius – has a lignan that can block the effects of estradiol in cells as effectively as Nolvadex does. according to pharmacologists at Seoul National University.


"Whether the human body is capable of deactivating estradiol by taking tracheloside, the researchers are not prepared to say."

Just because it works in the lab, doesn't always mean that it will function the same way in the human body and at what concentration. A-HD is taken orally which means it's got stomach acid and a host of other bodily fluids to compete with for absorption and assimilation into the system.

So, in a nutshell, the gobbly gook translates into Safflower Seed extract. And the jury is still out as to whether or not it will actually lower estrogen and stimulate an increase in testosterone.

Red Flag Alert: The red flag for me was when I hit Wikipedia and was reminded that Safflower seeds is a main ingredient in vegetable oil...

Research on Flaxseed

Flax Seed Oil or Maybe Sesame

CHEMICAL NAME: (2r,3r)-2,3-bis[(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)methyl]butane-1,4-diol;(2r,3r,4s,5s,6r)-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxane-2,3,4,5-tetrol

BPI's Webstie Claims: "Scientific evidence shows that this compound possesses powerful anti-estrogenic properties via multiple mechanisms.* Specifically, this novel lignan-class compound has been shown to inhibit 3ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase and 17ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, down-regulate 5 alpha-reductase, modulate tyrosine kinases as well as other protein kinases, and favorably modulate plasma free testosterone levels.* Moreover, use of this compound prior to sustained physical exercise/exertion may help to reduce muscle damage via up-regulation of hepatic glutathione (GSH) levels and down-regulation of malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in skeletal muscle.*"

Two questions arise as I go on a Google spree trying to get to the bottom of this line of gobbly gook. On BPI's site, there is no link to the alleged scientific evidence or even a quote from the study or source of scientific evidence. So question number one is: Where is the scientific evidence exactly?

The other question is what the hell is a "novel lignan-class" anyway? Novel as far as I'm concerned is either a work of fiction or the root word to novelty which is something of little importance.

Wikipedia to the rescue!

"The lignans are a group of chemical compounds found in plants. Lignans are one of the major classes of phytoestrogens, which are estrogen-like chemicals and also act as antioxidants."

So on to the Mayo Clinic and Flax Seed:

"The lignan constituents of flaxseed (not flaxseed oil) possesses in vitro anti-oxidant and possible estrogen receptor agonist/antagonist properties, prompting theories of efficacy for the treatment of breast cancer. However, there is not sufficient human evidence to make a recommendation. "

So looks good on paper, but nothing definitive that it helps with breast cancer. My thought here is that the idea is multiple pathways to replicate Novaldex and Clomid, both of which are used by body builders to reduce estrogen, elevate testosterone and jump start the body after a cycle of steroids.

Research on Pterostilbene

Pterostilbene - The “Other” Resveratrol

CHEMICAL NAME: 4-[(e)-2-(3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethenyl]phenol

BPI's Webstie Claims: "Scientific evidence shows this novel stilbenoid-class compound, which is methylated, is markedly more efficiently metabolized than non-methylated stilbenoid-class compounds for activation of the SIRT1 gene, up-regulation of plasma free testosterone production via selective estrogen receptor (ER) modulation, healthy glucose metabolism, and maintaining healthy insulin sensitivity.* As a methylated stilbenoid-class compound, this compound is not sulfated by P450 enzymes, which translates into significantly greater bio-activity.* "

Again, novel rears it's confusing head, exactly where IS the scientific evidence and just what is a stilbenoid-class?

Let's start with the stilbenoid-class thingy...

According to Wikipedia, "Stilbenoids are secondary products of heartwood formation in trees that can act as phytoalexins ." Got it? I know I'm following along perfectly! NOT!!!

Let's try this, Wikipedia also tells us that Resveratrol is a stilbenoid. And we've all heard of that. This Pterostilbene is also a stilbenoid. One article I found online at a life extension website gave me a little more detail.

Tiesha D. Johnson, RN, BSN tells us that, "This natural compound favorably regulates genes involved in the development of cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and the system-wide inflammation that underlies a variety of age-related disorders. "

So where is the more testosterone bigger muscles stuff? Anything on estrogenic modulation? What about anti-aromatase? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Couldn't find it. Not to say this stuff is bad for you, because it actually looks pretty good for you would be centenarians out there.

Resveratrol however, has had some research done on boosting testosterone, so why not use that? Why use the other Resveratrol?

Red Flag Alert: According to Tiesha's article, you need a dose of 150 - 500 micrograms for this supplement to be worth it's salt. How much are we getting from A-HD? See, all A-HD tells us is that 1 capsule contains a 250 milligram dose of a "proprietary blend."



CHEMICAL NAME: s)-5-hydroxy-1-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-3-decanone

BPI's Webstie Claims: "Scientific evidence shows that this phenolic-acid class compound exhibits bio-active androgenic activity via multiple pathways, such as marked down-regulation of malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, resulting in potent potential up-regulating effects on plasma free testosterone and luteinizing hormone.* (NOTE: Scientific data showed an increase of up to 231.8% in plasma free testosterone (as compared to control), and an increase of up to 147.6% in luteinizing hormone (as compared to control).)* "

Good news! Sort of... I found a study. Not that BPI sent me too, but Google. That study shows that researchers have looked at Gingerol as a way to prevent and fight Prostate cancer. So being that hormones play a role in Prostate cancer, perhaps there is some carry over into the androgenic/anabolic world, but if you ask me, that's stretching it.

Once again I am asking for the scientific evidence, and when you look at Wikipedia and the internet in general there isn't any credible data available to support Gingerol as a testosterone boosting agent. I did find one study that concludes:

"Similar to many other compounds, it shows efficacy in increasing testosterone in animal models but a lack of human studies exist at this moment in time. It seems to be able to increase testosterone in otherwise healthy rats though, and a negative feedback mechanism may exist at higher dosages. The mechanism of action is not known ."

Red Flag Alert: That article sites 600mg/kg body weight as the magic number for T and we are still in the dark on how much Gingerol we're actually getting here due to the propriety blend.

Research on Caffeate


CHEMICAL NAME: phenethyl(e)-3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)prop-2-enoate

BPI's Webstie Claims: "Scientific evidence shows that this remarkably active, and specific phenolic acid-class compound blocks inflammatory proteins, such as pro-inflammatory interleukin-1{beta}, and also inhibits prostaglandin synthesis in acute inflammation, and suppresses COX-II mRNA and protein.* This compound is a specific inhibitor of 5 alpha-reductase (which down-regulates conversion to dihydrotestosterone) activity.* Moreover, this compound acts as an estrogen receptor (ER) modulator.*"

Still no scientific evidence located, but since it is a phenolic acid-class compound and so is estrodial I suppose we can conclude that there's a connection and that this goobly gook must be correct then. Never mind there's no reference to the actual scientific evidence and when you probe the internet you find that some people think its carcinogenic while others find it useful for treating colon cancer in rats. Speaking of colons....

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My Two Cents: Snake Oil

I think it's bullshit that a consumer has to do this much leg work to see if it's the real deal. It's also bullshit that so many people fall for this crap.

Red Flag Alert: Here's the credibility issue, before A-HD became A-HD, BDI marketed it under the name Arimedex-HD. Arimedex is used in the bodybuilding world to combat the side effects of estrogen brought on by aromatase caused by steroid use. This is also the drug that helps with that lean hard look due to the lack of estrogen in the body. In men, it helps eliminate the bloating and water retention that estrogen can cause. At some point, BPI had to change the name to A-HD. One website says it was due to trademark infringement. Basically the company is trying to pass off relatively natural ingredients as a drug.

This whole company is shady from the start and I they give reputable supplement companies a bad name. These guys are modern snake oil salesmen of the first order!

Conclusion: Skip it. Pass on it. A good title for this hub could have been How To Have Expensive Urine. If you're considering this product then it's safe to say you're looking to raise testosterone, lean out and get that hard, dense muscular look. Here's how you do that in 3 easy steps:

  1. Lift really heavy weights a lot.
  2. Eat really clean.
  3. Rest, recuperate, repeat steps one and two.

If you're going to supplement, supplement! A supplement is just that. Meaning, you can't eat enough whole protein so you supplement with protein shakes. Creatine mono-hydrate is a tried and true supplement that works when you use it right and it's backed by real science. Not the goobly gook you see up above.

At the end of the day, don't fall for the hype. There are no magic pills you can buy at any store or pharmacy that will make you look like Arnold overnight. There is no substitute for hard work in the gym and a clean diet, even in today's steroid infused body building community. Those guys and gals still have to work their ass off and suffer for their art and craft. Muscle has to be torn down to rebuild. Roids or not. There is no quick fix and for sure there will be no help from A-HD.


David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on December 19, 2014:

@Ks7X - A couple days won't be long enough - any difference you feel in the first couple days will be mostly placebo - check in in 2 weeks

KS7X on December 19, 2014:

My friend gave me a 4 week cycle of A-HD. I think I will start it today to see what happens.


23 years old


210 lbs

I will be back within a couple days to give some feedback.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on June 24, 2014:

@Jim Chantrelle - just curious, have you had any blood work done to measure the actual difference in free T? How long have you been training? And how specifically has your strength improved?

Jim Chantrelle on June 23, 2014:

A-HD works great for me. Noticeable increase in strength after the first two weeks. Also libido is way higher. 46 years old working out 5 times a week with a consistent diet and NO other sups.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on April 05, 2014:

@Pharma647 - ?

Pharma674 on April 04, 2014:

Definitely pent subject material, be thankful in support of picky facts . abfdged

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on April 02, 2014:

Jason, I'm not a doctor and I don't know if you've seen an Orthopedist yet nor do I know anything about the injury. I will suggest you do see an Orthopedist though to gauge the extent of the injury and discuss alternative therapies for rehab other than surgery and steroids.

Jason on April 01, 2014:

I bought a couple of boxes of GRP-HD purely for the peptides release it says. I was hoping it would stimulate muscle and tendon growth for my injured shoulder just so I can stay employed. By sounds of it I have had the wool pulled over my eyes. Is there a recommendation on what to take to save me having surgury. I was trying to avoid a path of steroids but that might be my only solution as I need a quick fix.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on March 02, 2014:

@Les Golden, please share with us you specific results - how did it work for you? Increase in size and by how much? Increase in strength and by how much? Also would you be so kind as to post some of the published, accredited double blind placebo studies that prove these natural herbs do in fact work on that majority of people?

les golden on March 01, 2014:

A-HD, if you do your research, is WELL liked by most of those who have used it. Check for yourselves. It doesn't work for everybody, what does ? It is widely used in the bodybuilding world. Science is proving that these natural herbal ingredients are as effective and less dangerous than synthetic drugs developed for the same uses. A- HD works for me too.

just did it on February 26, 2013:

On a 4 week of this 3 today get a little restless Ill let you know more after a week or two.

Mario Diaz on February 15, 2013:

Honestly, I want to gain lean muscle mass while shredding as much as possible. Strength is most important to me and I usually don't take any supplements whatsoever. The manager at my local GNC seemed extremely knowledgeable and recommended that I stack them together so that they create a sort of shredding, yet muscle gaining, combo. The Roxy lean was a free 21 daysample attached to the GRD, which he informed me would help with the recovery aspect. I took the stack today (day 1) and I turned extremely red (which I was informed of) and hot. That was just with the Roxy lean/GRD combo, which are both empty-stomach. I noticed increased focus and I was anxious.I do manual labor for a living and I did not tire at all in my fourteen hour shift today.

Rick S. on February 15, 2013:

My goal in taking A-HD is to lean up and increase muscularity. As I said, I am 46 years old and I am working out harder and more consistently than ever before but no getting the definition that I used to get. I am hoping an increase in my bodies production of testosterone will do this. Recent articles are boasting D-Aspartic Acid as increasing testosterone levels too.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on February 15, 2013:

@mario diaz, Roxy Lean has a lot of caffeine and also niacin, which could make you feel flush and anxious. I haven't done much research on GRP-HD. Let me ask you, what is your #1 goal with taking this stuff?

Rick S. on February 14, 2013:

After looking at my pictures today, I discovered how bloated in the belly area that I looked. It was as if I was taking creatine which can cause water retention and thereby a bloated belly but I am not taking any creatine. At least I thought I wasn't until I read the ingredients on my Body Fortress protein powder. It has creatine in it so I am switching to a different brand that doesn't have creatine in it. It's called Elite Fusion made by Dymatize Nutrition. Hope this helps in shrinking my bloated looking belly.

mario diaz on February 14, 2013:

Hey! I just purchased BPI's AHD with the Solid included. I also purchased GRP-HD with Roxylean attached. I am planning to stack all four together. Two are empty stomach and two are full stomach (breakfast). Is this safe? And I will also try to keep pics for some real help.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on February 14, 2013:

Rick S. this will be really cool! Appreciate you doing this.

Rick S. on February 13, 2013:

2-13-2013 Ok I took my first dose of AHD and Solid today. I am 46 years old. Height is 6'2" tall and my weight today is 235. My body fat is 20.5%. I lift 4 to 5 times a week hitting both upper and lower body. I also drink Body Fortress protein powder with water twice a day. Unfortunately I won't be measuring my testosterone levels before and after but hopefully the results after six weeks will give us all an idea on the effectiveness of this product. I will take pictures and e-mail them to you tomorrow for posting. March 27 will be 6 weeks.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on February 07, 2013:

That'll be great Rick S - would love to see some measured results become part of the discussion - also, if you want to email them to me, I'll be happy add the picture and the results to this article - is my email address.

Rick S. on February 06, 2013:

Hey I just ordered two bottles today and they come with two sample bottles of this stuff called "Solid". I will post my training and body composition when I start. We will put an end to this debate once and for all.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on February 04, 2013:

bill, would you do us all a favor and out line your current training and current body comp and then follow that up in 6 weeks with the results? Also, what other supplements are you taking?

bill on February 04, 2013:

Ive been taking it for 4 days and i can tell a huge difference already. In the gym and the bedroom lol. no joke

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on January 21, 2013:

You're welcome Bill, glad you found this and glad it helped!

Bill on January 20, 2013:

Thanks for the warning - you just saved me over $100 on what would have been "magic beans" that would have done nothing.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on November 02, 2012:

Josh, some supplements, while being legal, have ingredients that might cause an athlete to test positive for steroids and the like. Other companies may simply put that warning there to make a prospective buyer think the product is more "potent" then it actually is. Thanks for chiming in!

josh on November 02, 2012:

Why do some sites warn of this possibly containing ingredients banned by some organizations?

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on October 29, 2012:

Jake, I say put your money where your mouth is - eliminate ALL other supplements from your nutrition program and take only this for 8 weeks. Do full measurements (body fat%, scale weight, BMI, etc PLUS blood work) and if you T levels are significantly higher and estrogen is lower and there is a body composition that is significantly different and it has a similar effect as the real Arimedex does on your hormone levels, I'll stand corrected, until then, it's still snake oil to me and hype marketing... consumers (your clients) deserve to have reputable companies selling reputable products. Appreciate you chiming in and your two cents. You up for the challenge?

Jake on October 29, 2012:

Jon, the new ingredient is psoralea, check it out, there's some interesting evidence to suggest it helps with focus in ADHD patients. (ie likely a dopamine agonist)

they had to reformulate b/c the old 1.m.r. had an unlisted ingredient - theophylline. research that and i think you'll be interested as well, it's an extremely strong stimulant. as for why it was unlisted - i can't say. too strong maybe? trying to avoid the FDA's scrutiny? related to the Dimethylaminoethanol ban? (think Jack3d, oxyelitepro, ACG3)

the new 1.m.r. actually has MORE ingredients, which are the same minus the substitution of psoralea for theophylline... recount them =P they're in a different order so i know its confusing.

how do i know? i manage a health foods store and we carry their products. not saying they're great, i think some are hit or miss. but try a product before bashing it.

OP - if you didn't even understand the chemical nomenclature of the ingredients, how are you in anyway qualified to comment on their efficacy... also its Caffeic Acid, not Caffeate (or caffeine for that matter) TOTALLY 100% DIFFERENT! that's like saying all methylxanthines are the same. I hate when people say chocolate has caffeine. Theobromine does not equal caffeine does not equal Caffeic Acid (ingredient in beehive propolis)

sorry I just can't stand ignorance, I found this post while investigating the oral bio-availability of the Carthamus. Hope some people will read this and decide to follow up the leads i gave you. cheers.

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on September 08, 2012:

Jon - I'm not surprised in the least! Feel free to spread the word and share this article so others don't get duped!

jon jameson on September 06, 2012:

bpi is super shady they just came out with a new 1 m.r. and they say it has an all new more powerful ingredient in it. but if you compare the new label with the old label it actually has the same even less ingredients than the old 1mr. they don't even say what the new powerful ingredient is. super shady

David R Bradley (author) from The Active Side of Infinity on July 30, 2012:

tlTS, let us know your results - post before and after pics so we can all see the effect it has on your physique! Thanks for reading and the commnet, caps included!

tITS on July 30, 2012:


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