Each bottle contains 60 capsules with 500mg in each capsule.
Turkesterone is a concentrated type of ecdysteroid (also called a phytoecdysteroid), a compound that is naturally found in some insects and plants.
Ecdysteroids have anabolic and adaptogenic effects, so they’re isolated and used to make supplements that are taken for purposes such as to boost muscle growth and athletic performance. Instead, it naturally occurs in thistle-like plants, most of which grow in Central Asia, such as places like Siberia, Asia, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan. Plants that it’s commonly extracted from include those called leuzea or maral root and Ajuga turkestanica.
Ecdysteroids are naturally occurring steroids that have a similar chemical structure to androgens, including the “male reproductive hormone” testosterone (although women produce some testosterone too). This means they can have some of the same effects as testosterone when it comes to promoting muscle growth.
Some studies suggest that turkesterone supplementation may help with the maintenance of healthy/normal testosterone levels. Turkesterone is not considered to be an artificial hormone, and it’s not used for hormone replacement therapy like some other hormone medications are.
When it comes to putting on lean muscle mass and building strength, how good is turkesterone? Here’s what research tells us about its potential benefits:
1. Supports the Growth of Muscle Mass
There’s evidence that turkesterone can help increase muscle growth and one’s muscle-to-fat ratio, thereby improving body composition. It may also have some anti-obesity and metabolic-boosting effects, according to certain animal studies. It seems to do this by lowering lipid absorption, possibly shifting glucose metabolism and fighting insulin resistance, and supporting muscle synthesis in several ways, such as by boosting uptake of the amino acid leucine in muscle cells.
2. Supports Enhancing Exercise Performance
Ecdysteroids can increase ATP synthesis, which helps power muscles, improve endurance and prevent feelings of fatigue. This can translate to more intense workouts and help with building strength and stamina.
There’s lots of anecdotal evidence from users of turkesterone that they help improve one’s ability to lift more and recover more easily after tough workouts.
3. Supports Muscle & Exercise Recovery
Studies show that turkesterone can help repair muscle fibers that have been broken down after exercise and increase glycogen concentrations in muscles, which can help remove lactic acid and support workout recovery. Additionally, it’s thought to help maintain a positive nitrogen balance, which facilitates muscle growth.
4. Has Adaptogenic (Stress-Fighting) Effects – Lower stress levels
Turkesterone is considered an adaptogen, much like ashwagandha or rhodiola. It supports mental health by helping the body cope with stress and fatigue. Some find that it improves sleep and reduces anxiety, brain fog, feelings of “burnout” and low motivation, which can be a symptom of depression.
Mechanisms of action are thought to include its ability to support neurotransmitter production and assist in gut health, which helps promote a healthy “gut-brain connection.”
It may also help fight inflammation, boost antioxidant status, and improve digestion and immune function, as immunity is compromised when someone is under a lot of stressed and fatigued. Additionally, some evidence suggests it has some hepatoprotective and cardioprotective effects, meaning it supports liver and heart health in part by lowering cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Risks and Side Effects
Turkesterone and other ecdysteroids are thought to be safer overall than anabolic steroids, mostly because they don’t bind to androgen receptors, which can cause side effects. This means they are unlikely to cause any serious steroidal side effects, such as changes in appetite, mood, libido, hair growth, skin health or sleep.
That said, there are potential turkesterone side effects to be aware of, which can include nausea, upset stomach, lightheadedness and other digestive issues. To avoid these side effects, don’t take it on an empty stomach, and always follow dosage recommendations.
How to Use/Dosage
A general recommendation is to begin taking a turkesterone supplement in dosages of 500 milligrams per day with food. This amount should be taken for eight to 12 weeks (about two to three months) initially, before taking a break.
Because it shouldn’t cause dependence, most people can usually take turkesterone on and off for long periods of time, unlike other steroid drugs. It has the advantage over anabolic steroids of not requiring post cycle therapy, which is used to help balance hormones.
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