D-Bal Review

Our D-Bal review takes a look at this popular muscle building supplement and finds out how it stacks up against the competition. Our PT John Dixon explains all…

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Steroids can be tempting. After all, who wouldn’t want such a massive boost to their performance and results? However, as we all know, they are dangerous. The side effects are not worth it – they will give you life-long, life-threatening symptoms. They are also illegal, so unregulated, and are banned in most competitions, so a no-go for many athletes.

However, there are plenty of natural steroid alternatives out there. Though they aren’t as powerful as steroids, they are readily available, high quality, completely legal, and entirely safe. All-natural ingredients keep side effects low whilst clever recipes still help you to get the results you want.

D-Bal by Crazy Bulk is one of the better known, more popular steroid alternatives out there. Crazy Bulk advertise some quite fantastic results, including muscle gain, strength increase, and improved, faster recovery.

Is it too good to be true? Let’s find out as I explain all in my D-Bal review.

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D-Bal – Quick Verdict

For anyone seeking more efficient lean muscle growth and faster recovery times using a completely natural and legal supplement then D-Bal is just the thing. We highly recommend this supplement after testing it for 2 months.

D-Bal Explained

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D-Bal is an entirely safe, natural alternative to Dianabol (methandrostenolone – one of the most popular, most potent, least safe steroids out there, beloved of bodybuilders and strength athletes).

It is made by Crazy Bulk, who have made their name selling natural supplements designed to mimic the positive effects of illegal steroids and other potentially harmful compounds with none of the risks.

Anabolic steroids are used to boost hypertrophy (muscle gain), performance and recovery. Dianabol does this tremendously, it can just ruin your liver and testosterone output, among other things. D-Bal has been made to give these same benefits in a safe manner, largely aimed at men as it optimizes natural testosterone output, but with advantages to be gained for women, too.

Crazy Bulk have plenty of claims to back this up. For example, the blend of ingredients they use is designed specifically to extend your anabolic window. This is the time period after any given workout in which your body is undergoing hypertrophy – when it is building muscle. This means that it will spend more time adapting efficiently to your training stimuli.

D-Bal includes plenty of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs all known for supporting optimal physical function. They should improve natural testosterone levels, which by itself represents a great boost to your athletic and muscle building potential. It should also speed up recovery time, giving you fewer DOMS (delayed onset of muscular soreness) effects and allowing for more frequent, more intense training.

Benefits Of D-Bal

As above, there are a great many benefits to be gained from taking D-Bal, not least in optimising testosterone output. However, there are five overall benefits that Crazy Bulk list for D-Bal, all of which seem to check out. They can be split across three different main aims.

First off, it can improve hypertrophy rates and muscle density. This means that you will get larger muscles made from better quality muscle mass, in simple terms. It will be lean, effective muscle, designed to give you the aesthetic and athletic results you want.

This improvement comes from enhanced protein synthesis, reduced muscular tension, especially during exercise, and intake of vitamins and minerals designed to boost testosterone and speed up post-training recovery.

Secondly, D-Bal is a good cutting tool – it supports fat loss very ably. It does so by keeping your metabolism functioning optimally. This will use up energy in the form of calories. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat – more muscle means more energy use even at rest. Keep yourself in a calorie deficit and your body will take these extra calories from fat, burning it as fuel, to use a crude metaphor.

Finally, D-Bal can increase your focus and improve motivation. Obviously, these are great benefits to receive for any walk of life. They are definite bonuses through any training regime. Keeping a clear head will help you to maintain a healthy body and a driven, focussed timetable for training. You will be able to get into the zone more easily for tougher workouts and will find greater willpower overall to stick to your goals.

D-Bal Ingredients

Obviously, these benefits need to come from somewhere. Also obviously, with any dietary supplement, they come from the ingredients. D-Bal’s ingredients list is incredibly clever and well thought out.

It begins with 7.5 mg of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 has been linked with a wide range of benefits. These include enhanced mood and focus, improved immune function, and the building of stronger musculature. This links well with the 60 mg of magnesium included in the formula. Magnesium has been linked with muscular health – it alleviates tension, reduces the lactic acid build up in muscles during training, and improves muscular contraction under load. 60 mg is on the low side, but it is nonetheless a welcome inclusion.

D-Bal includes 800 mg of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). MSM is a fantastic anti-inflammatory that has been linked with a decrease to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs through imbalances in the body; it contributes to protein damage and high blood pressure and can put you at risk of several diseases. Decreasing it will lead to improved health overall and to a boost for muscle recovery.

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Next up, we have 300 mg of l-isoleucine, an essential amino acid. As an essential amino acid, it plays a key role in the growth and formation of new muscle, and in improved protein synthesis. This is pretty key to the overall recipe, really underscoring how well you can benefit from your workouts on D-Bal.

There is also 30 mg of sodium hyaluronate, a protein found in all body tissues. It is central to cartilage formation and maintenance. Cartilage takes a beating during intense exercise. Maintaining it will help to cushion your joints and keep you safe. Sodium hyaluronate is also a great anti-inflammatory ingredient and can lead to improved hydration.

There are also some herbs included in D-Bal that should improve your training and energy levels. Firstly, there is 200 mg of Suma root, a plant rich in various vitamins, minerals, and amino acids known to play a central role in metabolic health. It has also been linked with improved immune function and decreased symptoms from stress.

D-Bal also includes 200 mg of Ashwagandha, a herb used for thousands of years in traditional forms of medicine. It has been linked with reduced cortisol levels (the ‘stress hormone’) and a decrease in abdominal fat storage. It has also been shown to elevate testosterone output and improve musculature and strength.

Finally, there is Tribulus Terrestris, a slightly questionable inclusion to the list. It is known to support libido and sexual function. How far this carries over to exercise drive and function is less clear.

How To Use/Take D-Bal

D-Bal is pretty straightforward and easy to take, though timing is everything. Simply take three capsules about 45 minutes after you finish your workout. If you’re on a rest day, take it whenever works for your own timetable.

Each bottle contains 30 servings, so enough for a month. Recommended use is a minimum of two months for the best results. You can also stack it with some of Crazy Bulk’s other products – their site has plenty of stacking options with some decent discounts, across a range of goals.

Using D-Bal

First things first, we need to address the whole idea behind steroid alternatives. They are meant to give decent results, though not as good as steroids themselves, whilst being free from side effects. As D-Bal is entirely natural, made from all-natural ingredients and compounds, it has few, if any, side effects.

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It is not toxic to the liver, won’t elevate your blood pressure, won’t lead to plummeting natural testosterone output – none of the issues associated with dianabol will affect you. I can attest to this, having tried it for a couple of months myself – I was more energetic, slightly more aggressive in the gym (in a constructive way), and more focussed, without any of the toxic behavior or unhealthy physical affects you might expect from anabolic steroids.

This isn’t to say it’s for everyone. Though I can’t imagine any circumstances under which D-Bal might be inappropriate, it will always be worth reading the ingredients list carefully and consulting your doctor, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are on any prescription medication.

This said, the research behind D-Bal is pretty solid. Its unique blend of ingredients should do what it claims – it will enhance your training, gains and recovery. Again, I found this. I used it as part of a cutting regime. If anything, I gained strength, which is very hard to achieve on a cut. I also maintained solid muscle mass whilst losing weight faster than ever. This was in large part due to the intensity of training I was able to take part in – recovery and drive made sure that each workout was a killer.

There are a couple of things I would change. It could do with a healthier dose of magnesium. I supplemented this separately. It’s easy and cheap to do, but shouldn’t be necessary. I also wouldn’t include Tribulus Terrestris for training – though its effect on libido was startling and quite welcome.

Overall, D-Bal was great to use. The feeling whilst training on it was second to none, I gained strength whilst losing body fat, and found fewer aches and pains as I recovered faster and more efficiently.

D-Bal Pros and Cons

  • The results are great, from improved strength to heightened mood and energy
  • All ingredients are entirely safe and natural
  • No reported side effects
  • Everything is soy, grain, and dairy-free, making it suitable for most diets
  • There are some great offers available on Crazy Bulk’s website – money of stacks, 3-for-2, and so on
  • Worldwide delivery is free and customer service is fantastic
  • Crazy Bulk offer a 60-day money back guarantee on all purchases 
  • Some doses are on the low side
  • Some ingredients are unnecessary
  • Clinical evidence is scarce for some of the ingredients
  • You can only buy through Crazy Bulk’s website – though this is easy to navigate with good service


Is D-Bal safe?

Yes, D-Bal is entirely safe. It has been designed as a safe alternative to dianabol, all ingredients are natural, and all benefits and results are within reasonable limits. There are no side effects associated with it.

How long does it take for D-Bal to work?

D-Bal can begin to take work within a couple of weeks. However, best results will come after a couple of months. It can be taken for far longer cycles than true steroids, so sustained use and growth can be implemented. 

What are the side effects of D-Bal?

All ingredients in D-Bal are safe and natural. As such, there are no known side effects and no health concerns attached to it. It shouldn’t interfere with pre-existing conditions or prescription medications, though it is always still a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

When should I take D-Bal?

Take D-Bal daily. On rest days, take three pills whenever makes sense to your schedule. On training days, take it around 45 minutes after your workout. You get 30 servings in each bottle, so enough for one month.

How can you gain muscle fast?

Training and diet will make or break a muscle-gaining programme. To gain muscle quickly, eat plenty of protein and healthy fats and take part in hard resistance training. 3-4 resistance sessions per week should be appropriate, though you can train more if you have the ability to.

Make sure the majority of your food is from whole sources, eat plenty of fibre-rich fruit and vegetables, and stay hydrated. Get 7-9 hours of good quality sleep per night.

Is DBal Max legit?

Yes, D-Bal and D-Bal Max are completely legit. They are legal, regulated, and entirely safe. There are no side effects or risks associated with them, Crazy Bulk are a reputable company, and everything is entirely transparent and above board.


I really liked using D-Bal. There are some detractors and doubters out there. Natural steroids can sound too good to be true. However, this misses the point.

Natural steroids aren’t steroid equivalents. You will be stronger, with greater lean muscle mass, on real anabolic steroids than you will be on natural alternatives. However, as we all know, real anabolic steroids are not safe and not good for your long term health.

Natural alternatives are nowhere near as potent. This is as true of D-Bal as any other natural alternative.

However, it is an incredible training supplement. You will have more energy, will recover faster and more efficiently, and will ultimately build up more lean muscle mass taking it than not. There are no downsides to it, other than the cost (which is reasonable, especially with some of Crazy Bulk’s deals in place), no side effects, nothing bad and everything good.

I got fantastic results from it. There is a good chance you will too.

Written by John Dixon

John is a personal trainer and part time (although he might say full time) writer here at PathMed. He uses his knowledge of fitness and physiotherapy to deliver real insight in to our reviews and health guides.

John’s military background also brings a real-life perspective to his work.