By Bryan Kernan author of Bodybuilding Supplement Secrets Revealed
Ecdysteroids are compounds naturally found in insects and some plants. Some examples of ecdysteroids are ecdysone, ecdysterone, turkesterone and 2-deoxyecdysone.
Plant based ecdysteroids are also called phytoecdysteroids, phytosterol and plant sterols.
Ecdysteroids are used as a legal, safe and natural alternative to anabolic androgenic steroid drugs, to help increase muscle mass and enhance athletic performance.
Many people have trouble pronouncing the word ecdysteroid. The correct pronunciation is - egg-die-ste-oid.
Listen to the pronunciation in the video.
There are two main plant sources of ecdysteroids:
Cyanotis Arachnoidea, Cyanotis Vaga and Cyanotis Longifolia Benth are a family of plants native to China that contain ecdysteroids in their roots and flowers.
Maral root (Rhaponticum carthamoides) also known as Russian leuzea, originates from Siberia, Russia and is cultivated in Russia and because it is rich in antioxidants and ecdysteroids, plant-based steroids.
There are also some common foods that contains ecdysteroids such as:
Spinach is known to contain ecdysteroids in the form of 20-hydroxyecdysone.
Quinoa contain ecdysteroids, such as 20-hydroxyecdysone concentrated in it's bran.
The only problem with foods sources of ecdysteroids like spinach and quinoa is that they only contain a small amount, measured in micrograms, so you would have to eat a ton of them to get enough ecdysteroids to get the full benefits.
In order to get enough ecdysteroids you would need to take an ecdysteroid supplement, these are made from extracts of the plant sources, so that the concentration of ecdysteroids is up the milligram level, usually 100 to 300 milligrams per capsule.
Bodybuilders, fitness buffs and athletes claim they see results in increased muscle growth, reduced fatigue, increased strength, faster, recovery, etc.
There are many studies to back up the results of ecdysteroids such as:
In a study on the biological effects in mammals researchers concluded that ecdysteroids were "behaving similar to anabolic steroids putatively without the androgenic effect".
Effects and applications of arthropod steroid hormones (ecdysteroids) in mammals
Lafont R, Dinan L. Effects and applications of arthropod steroid hormones (ecdysteroids) in mammals. J Endocrinol. 2006;191:1-8
Other studies observed that ecdysteroids help to cause "significantly higher increases in muscle mass", "increases in one-repetition bench press performance" and "the anabolic potency was comparable or even higher as found for the anabolic androgenic steroids, SARMs or IGF-1".
Ecdysteroids: A novel class of anabolic agents
Biol Sport. 2015 Jun; 32(2): 169-173. Published online 2015 Mar 15. doi: 10.5604/20831862.1144420
Ecdysteroids Side Effects
Do ecdysteroids have side effects? The best thing about ecdysteroids is that despite its anabolic benefits, it causes no hair loss, testicular shrinkage, gynecomastia, kidney or , liver toxicity, etc. that are associated with the use of steroid type drugs, and it seem that women can use it without worrying about masculinizing effects.
Studies found that ecdysteroids are not only safe and effective but also have a very low level toxicity.
Note: There is not enough research on the use of ecdysteroids during pregnancy and breast-feeding. So, to stay on the safe side do not use ecdysteroids if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are nursing.
Are Ecdysteroids Banned?
At this time ecdysteroid supplements are neither illegal or banned. But the WADA has it's eye on ecdysteroids such as ecdysterone and are considering added them to the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited substance list, because of their effectiveness.
The usual recommended amount of ecdysteroids is 300 to 900 mg a day, taken along with a high protein and a heavy weight training regimen to get the best results.
Where To Buy Ecdysteroids
You can find ecdysteroids for sale being marketed to bodybuilders and athletes as dietary supplements, but you need to be careful of the cheaper brands that use low quality extracts that contain little to none of the actual active ingredients.
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