Ecdysterone: The Russian muscle-building secret?

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Ecdysterone has been around since the late 1980’s. It was known from this time that Ecdysterone is an extremely effective muscle-builder, but it never received much attention because there was no cost-effective way to extract the high quality pharmaceutical grade that worked really well. It’s only in the last year that companies have developed a way to extract concentrated Ecdysterone standardised up to 97%!

 

To understand why Ecdysterone is so potent, you need to know a little more about how your muscles grow. Think of your muscles like the tyres on a car. When you fill a tyre with air, it gets bigger. The same thing happens to your muscles. When they fill with protein, they grow in size and strength. Scientists call this process ‘protein synthesis’. Without an increase in protein synthesis, you simply won’t grow at all.

One well controlled study by top Russian researchers found that when the steroid dianabol and the nutrient Beta-Ecdysterone where compared against each other for strength, it was found that their protein synthesis abilities, where nearly equal. Beta-Ecdysterone was also found to be highly anabolic and found to increase both the size and strength of the muscles.

Russian research published in the Scientific Sports Bulletin shows equally impressive results. A group of 78 elite athletes were assigned to one of three groups. The first group made no changes to their diet. Group two consumed a high-protein diet. Group three combined a high-protein diet with Ecdysterone. The group making no changes to their diet actually lost muscle, while athletes on the high-protein diet showed a slight increase in muscle mass. However, those using protein plus Ecdysterone showed a 6-7% increase in lean muscle tissue with a 10% reduction in fat!

Although Ecdysterone needs more research to convince the sceptics, it looks to be a very promising ingredient to pack on muscle size and strength. Maybe it will be the new Creatine - only time will tell.

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