Magic: Beta-Ecdysterone Guide

Magic: Beta Ecdysterone

What is ecdysterone?

Magic: Beta Ecdysterone - Various life processes in insects are controlled by ecdysteroids, a type of steroid hormone. +

Despite having a similar structure to testosterone, there is no evidence that ecdysteroids work like testosterone in humans. +


Ecdysteroids are used for athletic performance, diabetes management, and body composition, among many other things. +

A natural muscle-building supplement, Ecdysterone (20-Hydroxyecdysone) is a unique and powerful natural substance. +[1,2]

Bodybuilders and other athletes use it because it increases lean muscle mass and is extremely effective at increasing strength and power. +
With cyclodextrin added to our Ecdysterone supplement, it is quickly absorbed and starts working instantly. +

It is certainly possible to gain muscle and strength without using supplements or steroids, but performance-enhancing drugs are still widely used. The compound ecdysterone may be particularly effective at increasing strength and muscle recovery, according to a number of studies, including one conducted at Freie Universität in Germany. +[3,4]

Magic: Beta Ecdysterone - Are ecdysterone supplements safe? Is ecdysterone a steroid?

Below, we'll discuss how this compound works, as well as its potential benefits and risks. +

What Exactly Is Ecdysterone?

It's mainly taken as a supplement to improve muscle gains and athletic performance. Ecdysterone naturally occurs in some insects and plants, including spinach. +[5,6,7,8]

Within two to three months, research suggests it can help people build lean muscle mass and increase strength and power. +

There are several other names for ecdysterone supplements, including spinach extract, 20-hydroxy-ecdysterone, beta-ecdysterone, and alfa-ecdysterone. +

Is ecdysterone a hormone?

Magic: Beta Ecdysterone - Phytoecdysteroids, such as spinach and quinoa, are derived from plants, and ecdysterone is one of them. +

Unlike synthetic anabolic steroids (variations of the male hormone testosterone), "steroids" are organic compounds. +

Ecdysterone may have some hormone-like effects because it has a similar chemical structure to testosterone. There are, however, differences between taking it and taking testosterone, and it is not considered an artificial hormone for hormone replacement therapy. +

In spite of this, it is still considered quite potent and might have similar effects to other legal and illegal steroids, including metandienone, a prohibited anabolic agent. The steroid may even be stronger and more effective than other steroids currently banned from competitive sports, according to some. +

Potential Benefits/Uses

Does ecdysterone really work?

There have been limited reliable studies focused on this compound, since it has only recently become more widely available as a supplement. Based on available research and testimonials, here are some of the potential benefits we know+:

  1. May Help Improve Muscle Building

When you do strength-training exercises consistently, ecdysterone might make it easier for you to add muscle mass. +

The "anabolic ratio" of this supplement is high, suggesting that it could increase+:

  • Anabolism (formation of muscle cells) +
  • Amino acid-based protein synthesis+
  • Production of red blood cells+
  • Growth and remodeling of bones+

The anabolic effects of echysterone are attributed to its estrogen receptor (ER) binding properties, which regulate growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle and also regulate immune function. +

PI3K/Akt signaling pathways are also affected by ecdysterone, which supports muscle protein synthesis. +

When administered at the same dose as other steroid compounds, such as metandienone, estradienedione and SARM-S-1, ecdysterone exhibited a strong hypertrophic effect on specific muscle fiber sizes in rats. +

  1. May Assist in Athletic Performance

Among athletes and bodybuilders, beta-ecdysone is popular because it not only builds muscle, but also reduces fatigue and aids recovery. At one point, it was even called the "Russian secret" because it was allegedly used by Russian Olympians. +

Young men who exercised in 2019 found that ecdysterone did increase muscle strength and recovery, according to researchers from Freie Universität Berlin. +[9]

46 participants were split into two groups for a period of 10 weeks in this study: those who took ecdysterone-containing supplements and those who did not. Participants who took ecdysterone experienced significant increases in muscle mass as well as one-repetition bench press performance. +

Researchers recommended that ecdysterone be added to the list of prohibited steroids among competitive athletes because it is so effective. +

  1. Might Help Improve Insulin Sensitivity

A recent animal study suggests that ecdysterone supplements may promote metabolic health by preventing insulin resistance, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and obesity, among other things. More research is needed on this topic, however. +

For 13 weeks, oral administration of ecdysterone at a dose of 10 milligrams per kilogram of body weight ameliorated obesity and insulin resistance in rats, according to a 2009 study. Compared with animals that were not supplemented, these rats did not gain significant amounts of weight or body fat despite being fed a high-fat diet. +

The ecdysterone group also had significantly lower plasma insulin levels and glucose tolerance. +

  1. Might Support Immune Function

These compounds have some adaptogenic properties that may help the body cope with stress and pathogens. Some of the ways in which they may support immune function and homeostasis include+:

  • Increasing the number of red blood cells+
  • Enhancing the quality of sleep+
  • Enhancing thermal tolerance+
  • Cardiovascular function and circulation are supported+
  • Growth stimulation for bones+
  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties+

Risks and Side Effects

As long as it isn't overused, ecdysterone is considered generally safe. Although it's currently not banned or treated like a steroid in the U.S., it is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2021 Monitoring Program list, which means WADA intends to gather more information about the substance in order to decide whether it should be banned. +

According to one of the most reliable studies mentioned above, taking it in supplement form did not cause liver or kidney toxicity. Additionally, compared to other steroid drugs, it appears to cause fewer side effects, such as changes in appetite, mood, libido, hair growth, and sleep. +

Make sure that you purchase a high-quality ecdysterone supplement from a reputable seller to avoid side effects or to simply avoid wasting your money. According to some research, combining ecdysterone (or 20-hydroxyecdysone) with cyclodextrin can improve absorption, so look for supplements that combine these two ingredients. +

Ecdysterone vs. Turkesterone

In traditional medicine, Turkesterone is used for its anabolic and adaptogenic effects in certain thistle-like plants growing in Central Asia. +[10,11]

The difference between turkesterone and ecdysterone is that they are both naturally occurring phytoecdysteroids, derived from the same plants and used in similar ways. +

Although both compounds are generally effective, testimonials indicate that turkesterone has a bit more potency. (It's also more expensive.) +[12,13,14,15,16]

Research suggests turkesterone increases muscle-to-fat ratio, increases glycogen levels in muscles, and increases ATP synthesis, helping your body remove lactic acid so you recover from workouts more quickly. +

Conclusion

  • A phytoecdysteroid like beta-ecdysterone (also known as 20-hydroxyecdysone) is produced by insects and plants such as spinach and quinoa. +
  • Performance-enhancing effects of ecdysterone supplements include increased muscle mass, strength, powder, and recovery. +

We have overdosed this product with a solid 1 gram of Ecdysterone, while most other products use between 250-500mg. +

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