PCT Complete aims to address the negative effects that take place after ending a hormonal cycle such as; decline in mood, loss of libido, confidence, strength, size and muscle fullness. PCT Complete takes a more intelligent approach with with regards to restoring the body to its natural equilibrium. PCT was designed to be stacked with Test Complete for hormonal optimisation. For total hormonal optimisation and to reduce catabolism & enhance anabolism, PCT Complete can be stacked with Test Compete & Corti-Lean. The benefits of such a stack are enhancement and regulation of key anabolic & catabolic hormones such as:
- Increased Free Testosterone Levels
- Increased Total Testosterone Levels
- Increases in Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
- Decreases in Estrogen Levels
- Reduction in serum Cortisol Levels
- Increased Growth Hormone release
- Optimised fat loss
- Improvements in body composition
- Build and retain lean muscle
- Improved mood & well being
- Train harder & longer
KSM-66 Ashwagandha extract:
KSM-66® is a high quality Ashwagandha extract produced by Ixoreal that was in development for over 14 years.
The incredible effects of this plant extract are numerous; anxiety relief, balanced cortisol levels, improved physical performance, increased libido and enhanced mood.
When testosterone levels are low, cortisol rises. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone detrimental to muscle growth. Some cortisol is necessary as an anti-inflammatory and to be able to wake up in the morning, but it is a stress hormone and it will breakdown muscle tissue when flooding the body in excess. Lowering cortisol will improve testosterone levels, increasing libido, performance and mood. KSM-66 Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to increase serum levels of testosterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) in studies and also reduce serum cortisol levels. In addition to helping optimize important anabolic hormones Ashwagandha has shown to be beneficial in regards to cognitive function and also reduced feelings of stress and improved well-being.
In double-blind delivery, and placebo controlled setting KSM-66 Ashwagandha has shown:
- Statistically significant increases in serum testosterone levels in a clinical trial
- A 27.9% reduction in serum cortisol levels, measured over 60 days in a clinical trial.
- Statistically significant increases to endurance and stamina, as measured by VO2 max.
- Increased measures of well-being as reported by self-assessment scales, included in both the clinical trials mentioned above.
In PCT Complete, we use the clinically studied dose of 600mg daily.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid found in various membranous tissues throughout the body and is acomponent of the cell membrane. Phosphatidylserine is a necessity for crucial physiological functions, as the phospholipid is implicated in several components of cell communication and also transmission in the brain along with other neuroendocrine functions. In this context PS is included in PCT Complete for its positive effect on performance parameters and also its positive impact on cortisol modulation. Phosphatidylserine (PS) prevents the causes of cortisol level increase after exercise, and is a vital nutrient that supports testicular function and testosterone production. Research suggests that PS supports testosterone production by increasing the testes sensitivity to luteinizing hormone (LH) and increases testicular steroidogenesis – aka the creation of testosterone.
PS has been shown to have a measurable effect on exercise capacity in a clinical setting. One such study showed improvements cyclists time to exhaustion by 28%.
In studies it has been shown to:
- Lower exercise induced cortisol
- Improve Testosterone to Cortisol ratio
- Significantly alter exercise time to exhaustion and capacity
- Improve cognitive function
Overall, phosphatidylserine appears to play a valuable role in the increase in exercise capacity and optimisation of key hormones involved in improving body composition.
In PCT Complete we use 500mg of Phosphatidylserine per daily serving.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that reduces stress, decreases cortisol, and combats mental fatigue. A staple herb of Ayurveda, rhodiola is renowned for its ability to naturally boost energy levels, improve cognitive performance, and promote a sense of well-being.
In addition to its anti-stress, anti-fatigue properties, rhodiola also has been noted to increase athletic performance, enhance glucose uptake by skeletal muscle, shorten recovery time after prolonged workouts, increase attention span, memory, strength, and most notably to increase VO2 max. Rhodiola Rosea extract increases the level of enzymes, RNA, and proteins important to muscle recovery after exhaustive exercise. This adaptogen can make a difference when using the correct extract, like the one used in PCT Complete.
In PCT Complete we use 300mg of Rhodiola Rosea per daily serving.
Bacopa Monnieri is one of the oldest, most well-known Ayurvedic medicines in existence, with some accounts tracing it as far back as 800 B.C. Bacopa has been extensively used as an adaptogen as well as an herbal remedy used to treat everything ranging from anxiety and depression and even leprosy.
Bacopa impacts several systems of the body, but its nootropic and anxiolytic (stress-relieving) qualities are primarily attributed to its ability to promote neural communication and enhance the release of certain neurotransmitters within the body. Bacopa has been shown to regulate neurotransmitter levels in the brain, especially acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin.
Benefits of Bacopa include but are limited to:
- Improved memory & cognitive function
- Reduction in stress
- Reduction in anxiety
- Improvement in mood & well-being
- Increased learning ability and neuroprotective.
Overall a adaptogen which benefits the body and the mind, improving mood and feelings of well-being, essential after a cycle of hormones.
In PCT Complete we use 300mg of Bacopa Monnieri per daily serving.
You’ll find that most ingredients are taken to boost testosterone levels, but DIM actually focuses on blocking elevated estrogen levels.
The main mechanism of action for DIM is two-fold: it can, in low doses act as an aromatase inhibitor preventing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and it can modify the type of estrogen in the body as no all estrogens are bad. DIM promotes the metabolism of beneficial estrogens that themselves reduce estrogenic activity in the body.
DIM has been shown to decrease aromatase expression, this helps promote higher levels of testosterone within the blood, through decreasing the amount of it that gets converted to estrogen via aromatase.
DIM is an ideal hormone optimiser as it’s doesn’t crush estrogen but creates a more favourable balance in the body.
In PCT Complete we use 200mg of 3,3′-Diindoylylmethane per daily serving.
N-coumaroyldopamine is a naturally occurring beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist and it’s effects are mediated via the beta-2 adrenergic receptor.
N-coumaroyldopamine works by increasing the messenger molecule cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) within the body, elevated levels of cAMP have also been associated with:
- Increased vasodilation
- Increased muscle protein synthesis
- Increased metabolic rate and Increased energy expenditure.
- Reduced catabolism
- Increasing adipose utilization.
In PCT Complete we use 50mg of N-coumaroyldopamine per daily serving.
BioPerineⓇ is a patented form of black pepper extract standardized for 95% piperine.
Bioperine has shown in studies to enhance bioavailability in supplemented ingredients, including both fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins thus increasing the absorption of all of the aforementioned ingredients in PCT Complete.
In PCT Complete we use 10mg of Bioperine per daily serving.
PCT can be stacked with any product in the Brawn Elite range depending on your goal due to its versatility.