Turkesterone is a relatively new supplement that hasn’t quite earned mainstream attention. Even though this supplement was discovered before the 1960s, and has been popular in many overseas countries, it is just now earning recognition in the western world. Bodybuilders, trainers, and those just looking to get a little more firmed and toned are all trying Turkesterone and many are giving it rave reviews. What does this supplement contain and what are its effects?
Turkesterone is an extract from a natural plant called Ajuga Turkestanica. The plant is considered an adaptogen, which is a herb of the plant studied to have some positive effects on the human mind, including the alleviation of anxiety and fatigue.
Turkesterone in a highly concentrated form is an ecdysterone. An ecdysterone is a sterol, a naturally occurring substance in all plant and animal life, and a subgroup of steroids. Steroids are organic compounds, and not the same thing as anabolic steroids which cause abnormal muscle building. Many people believe that Turkesterone supplements actually help the body return to a naturally balanced state, thus improving the immune system.
Ecdysteroids are a class of compounds that are structurally similar to androgens. They are well studied as plant and insect growth factors, and derived their name (ecdy-) from the process of molting in insects, called ecdysis.
Ecdysteroid is a category, and popular ecdysteroids include 'ecdysone', 'ecdysterone', 'turkesterone' and '20-hydroxyecdysone'. These four are the most commonly studied, but each ecdysteroid shares the same general properties although varies in potency and effects slightly. Turkesterone appears to be the most anabolic.
They have some biological effects in mammals when orally ingested. Due to the lack of androgenicity, their safety profiles are much greater than anabolic androgenic steroids. Ecdysteroids can lower cholesterol and blood glucose, are seen as healthy for the liver and intestines by increasing protein synthesis rates, and may have protective effects on neural tissue.