Ecdisterone: the most powerful natural supplement than steroids?
Are there natural substances with stronger effects than anabolic and androgenic steroids? Get out of here!
Ecdysterone is a natural hormone that occurs in animals and plants. Some believe that when ingested by humans, ecdysterone is a more potent anabolic agent than some well-known anabolic steroids, and without the negative effects.
Others are more skeptical. I say that ecdysterone is too little researched in humans and the few studies that exist are of suboptimal quality and cannot be trusted.
Who is right? The truth is that there are very few studies on the effects of ecdysterone on humans, and those that are available support unusual findings that are probably too good to be true.
What is ecdysterone?
Ecdysteroids are a class of compounds with a structure similar to androgens - hormones that promote the development of specific male features such as hair and muscle growth, thickening of the voice and increased strength.
Ecdysterone is a natural ecdysteroid that controls the shedding and metamorphosis of anthropods - animals with exoskeletons - such as insects and crabs. As ecdysterone levels rise, the exoskeleton detaches from the animal, allowing it to crawl out of it and grow a new one.
Ecdysterone is also produced by some plants as a defense mechanism against harmful insects, disrupting their development and reproduction.
In the world of fitness and bodybuilding, ecdysteroids are sold as sports supplements to increase strength and muscle mass, reduce fatigue, and speed up recovery.
The benefits of ecdysterone
Some research suggests that ecdysterone may:
Insulin-independent blood sugar drops.
Fighting diabetes and obesity.
Increase protein synthesis.
Increase rodent strength and physical performance.
Increase muscle mass in animals.
Preserves muscle mass in a caloric deficit.
Protect against free radicals.
Improve liver regeneration.
Inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
It all sounds incredible, a universal panacea! In reality, ecdysterone is literally IN-credible, in the sense of not being believed! The first problem with the claims about ecdysterone is that most of the studies - especially those relevant to sports performance - were done on animals, not humans. Animal studies may be useful in testing the various mechanisms by which a substance works, but the results of these studies cannot be fully extrapolated to humans.
For example, one study found that ecdysterone may increase the strength of the mouse. Another is that mice that took ecdysterone could stay afloat longer than those who didn't, in a "forced swimming" test. Does this mean that it can increase strength and performance in people? We don't know exactly, but it seems unlikely.
There is some research on humans, but the problem with them is that they are hard to believe. For example, a study published in 1988 in a journal that no longer exists in the meantime concluded that well-trained athletes who used ecdysterone over a ten-day period had a 6-7% increase in muscle mass. and a 10% reduction in fat. I repeat, in ten days ... without any side effects!
These results are both impressive and very, very hard to believe. In fact, these results far outweigh what you might get from using a true anabolic steroid such as testosterone, trenbolone or Winstrol.
Another study found that taking ecdysterone and sitting idle is more effective for gaining muscle mass than not taking anything and training yourself with weights. This result is at least suspicious!
Not only are these results unlikely, but there are some studies that have contradicted them and shown that aldosterone has no effect on weight loss, muscle mass gain, and strength gain.
The bottom line is that although ecdysterone is an interesting substance, there is no credible scientific evidence to show that it can increase muscle mass or strength, or lead to fat burning.
Side effects of ecdysterone
There is not enough research to determine if there are any side effects to using ecdysterone.
In rodents, ecdysterone becomes toxic when injected at doses of 6400 mg/kg body weight or when taken orally at doses of 9000 mg/kg body weight. The highest dose used in humans to date has been 800 mg (total), which means somewhere at 10 mg/kg body weight for someone 90 kg.
In other words, it's probably safe for people, but we can't know more until more studies are done.
And some other questions you may have about ecdysterone: it can't increase natural testosterone levels, technically it's a natural steroid, but it doesn't behave like synthetic anabolic and androgenic steroids in the body and is not currently on the list of banned substances in sports, although it was a proposal to be introduced.