Turkesterone - The New Creatine?
Turkesterone rising to popularity, featured on Joe Rogan
So What is Turkesterone?
Turkesterone is an ecdysteroid that has shown incredible results since it has been introduced into the supplement world. What is known as a “natural anabolic agent” has been marketed to athletes to increase strength and muscle mass.
Okay, What's an Ecdysteroid?
Ecdysteroids are found in plants, such as spinach, as well as insects, and regulate moulting and metamorphosis, as well as playing a role in reproduction.
They provide growth promoting effects due to better nitrogen retention and therefore a better protein metabolism profile with reduced protein catabolism and increased anabolism.
While ecdysteroids have been in use as a performance enhancer since the 1980s, where the most cited (and controversial, at the time) use was by the Russian Olympic team, it has since become re-popularised through the publication of several studies comparing the use of these compounds versus anabolic agents in both animal and human trials.
The fitness industries' response to the benefits of Turkesterone and other Ecdysteroids
A paper, submitted to the World Anti Doping Agency in 2019 recommended, on the basis of findings of increased muscular efficiency, gain, and one-rep max ceiling, that ecdysteroids (including Turkesterone) be placed on the prohibited substance list in and out of competition.
This recommendation has not been enforced, however ecdysteroids, as of 2021, are on the ‘watch-list’.
The 'watch-list' simply means that the World Anti Doping Agency are keeping an eye on Turkesterone (as an ecdysteroid) and as more research becomes available, will make a decision as to whether these substances, due to their muscle enhancing abilities, should be taken out of competition - however currently the use of these substances are NOT prohibited.
For the avoidance of doubt - If you are considering incorporating Turkesterone into your supplemental regime and are entering into a substance-tested competition, please check with your event organiser as to whether Turkesterone is allowed.
Where Does Turkesterone Come From?
Turkesterone is one of the primary bioactive compounds naturally occurring in Ajuga turkestanica. This is plant with a long history of use in traditional medicine for its anabolic, adaptogenic, hepatoprotective and hypoglycemic activity.
In Uzbekistan and Tadzhikistan the plant has been valued for its beneficial effects on muscle strength and stomach aches. It has also been used for its protective action against heart diseases.
The plant can be found in several regions, including Australia.
Ajuga turkestanica growing in the wild.
What are the benefits of Turkesterone?
Some of the potential benefits as an ecdysteroid include:
• Activation of Notch receptors in skeletal muscle cells, which helps stem cells to develop into new muscle cells.
• Possession of anti-stress effects, which can indirectly support muscle building via optimizing cortisol levels in the body.
• Ecdysteroid-enriched extracts of Ajuga turkestanica have also been found to display anabolic effects on muscles.
• Immune boosting and stimulating effects
Turkesterone Benefits for Bodybuilding
When a product shows any instance of anabolic effects on the body, the bodybuilding community will naturally take interest – in an effort to optimise any training regime and to find an edge.
One study conducted in 2019 showed “Significantly higher increases in muscle mass” and “significantly more pronounced increases in one-repetition bench press performance were observed”.
Additionally, to date, research has not shown there to be any notable adverse side effects, which, in comparison to Anabolic Androgenic steroids or SARMS, which are not only illegal in most countries to possess and consume, also come with side effects that must be considered as part of any cycle.
The available research of Turkesterone’s effect on the body does suggest that an individual consuming Turkesterone as part of their supplementation regime will have an edge over an individual with nil Turkesterone consumption – and in the world of bodybuilding and elite competitive sport, even the slightest edge is paramount.
Turkesterone Muscle Growth
A number of controlled studies, and increasingly, testaments from popular YouTube and fitness influencers, have supported Turkesterone to enhance muscle repair and growth by increasing muscle protein synthesis.
There is also evidence (mentioned via the studies above) to suggest that ecysteriods, such as turkesterone, are also able to increase muscle ATP content, which translates to increased muscular energy and endurance during exercise.
Is Turkesterone Safe? What are the side effects of Turkesterone?
To date, studies that have been undertaken on the impacts of Turkesterone have shown no negative side effects.
One study in particular noted “The application of ecdysteroids is a promising alternative to the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids because of the apparent lack of adverse effects”.
Another study noted “No increase in biomarkers for liver or kidney toxicity was noticed”.
Furthermore, given Turkesterone is an ecdysteroid, which is a naturally occurring compound, found in several foods already, it is unlikely that serious side effects would occur – as, for instance, ecdysteroids are found in spinach – a common inclusion in the household salad.
How much Turkesterone to take?
Due to its relative novelty, there is no consensus on the recommended dosage for Turkesterone.
One study across healthy young males did show that across four different groups within a controlled randomised trial, which included a control and placebo group, the groups that were administered 12mg and 48mg of ecdysteroids observed a +1.5kg and +2.0kg addition of lean body mass (opposed to -0.3 and +0.25 kg in the placebo and control group) respectively.
Another study, however, showed a dosage of 10 mg/kg provided anabolic benefits to the host.
Turkesterone PRO’s standard serving size is 500mg, and is standarised at 10% - which aligns with the serving size that demonstrated the benefits observed in the clinical trials mentioned above.
How long should I take Turkesterone for?
Like with any supplementation, noticeable effects can take a few weeks to manifest. We recommend an 8 – 12 week window in which Turkesterone supplementation should be incorporated, along with a resistance based training program and proper caloric intake, to support new muscle growth and definition. The study mentioned above which observed the effects of ecdysteroids on a group of 46 young, healthy males, was undertaken over a 10 week period.
Since the rise in popularity of Ecdysteroids and, in particular, Turkesterone, companies have been pushing out these compounds into the market – however often at the sacrifice of purity.
• Standardisation refers to the purity, or the percentage of an active ingredient contained from a herbal extract.
• Turkesterone supplements containing a 10% standardisation, then offer a manufacturers’ guarantee that at least 10% of the active ingredient of the product is Turkesterone – this is currently the highest form of standarisation widely available to purchase.
• Avoid any purity lower than 10% - as the effects would otherwise be too low to notice from a lower purity concentration.
• Like with any new supplementation, suppliers will sometimes take advantage of the hype and market a purity level not consistent with their supply - like they say 'if it's too good to be true' it probably is.
• Avoid extremely cheap turkesterone supplements and if in doubt, ask for a lab report demonstrating the standarisation results.
Turkesterone PRO offers a 10% standardisation guarantee, each batch is independently verified.
Turkesterone can be stacked well with other testosterone boosters, growth hormone boosters or estrogen blockers. It may also be used with fat loss supplements due to its possible ability to alter lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.
Turkesterone PCT (Post Cycle Therapy)
Turkesterone dose not require a PCT as it does not cause any suppression of natural levels i.e. because there are no known side effects, the post cycle therapy traditionally required from other compounds, which usually hit the Androgen Receptor, is not required.
Buy Turkesterone Australia
Currently, there aren’t many available Turkesterone supplements available to purchase within Australia, as most products must be bought from the US or India.
Turkesterone PRO has been developed locally in Adelaide, South Australia, and is shipped directly from our stores in Adelaide or Melbourne.
Turkesterone has not been widely available for commercial use for a long period of time, however the findings from the studies are clear – Turkesterone, as a class of Ecdysteroid, has a net positive effect on the body’s systems in support of muscular growth, repair, and efficiency.
The popularity of Turkesterone in the United States is also a good indicator of the product’s efficacy – and we’re proud to be able to offer the same product here in Australia.
Turkesterone FAQs – A quick look into Turkesterone!
What is Turkesterone?
Turkesterone is an ecdysteroid (ECDY). These are hormonal steroids found in some plants, certain water animals, and insects. Their structure is similar to testosterone, and research suggests ingestion can lead to an increase in muscle mass and athletic performance.
How Does Turkesterone Work?
Turkesterone works by ‘hacking’ the stress response in the body. It does that by regulating a stable balance in the adrenal, pituitary, and hypothalamic glands.
These three glands separately produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure, immune system, mood, vision, growth, and more.
By bringing the three glands in harmony, Turkesterone enables users to increase their muscle mass, improve recovery, enhance workloads, and stimulate gains during training.
What evidence is there of Turkesterone benefits?
There are multiple studies outlining the benefits of ecdysterone usage.
In particular, studies were undertaken as a result of the USSR athletic performance in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, where athletes utterly dominated the medal count in which there was a strong belief that the usage of ecdysteroids were behind the incredible and dominating performance.
For a comprehensive list of studies that researched or analysed studies of Turkesterone, click here.
Is Turkesterone Legal?
That it’s legal to buy Turkesterone shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Its active ingredient, known as beta-ecdysterone, is found in many household foods. These include spinach, mushrooms, quinoa, and asparagus.
Does Turkesterone have any side effects?
To date, studies that have been undertaken on the impacts of Turkesterone have shown no negative side effects.
Does Turkesterone actually work?
What we know from the available research:
• "Significantly higher increases in muscle mass were observed."
• "Significantly more pronounced increases in one-repetition bench press performance"
• "Administration led to increased serum IGF1 concentrations in comparison to the control group"
Conclusion and Should I Buy Turkesterone?
Everyone is different – and will react from different compounds according to the genetic and bodily pre-deposition they have.
That said, what we do know is that from randomised controlled research trials, with placebo and control groups, across a population of young health males, ecdysteroids did have a positive effect in increasing muscle mass.
Additionally, the World Anti Doping Agency is currently considering Turkesterone (under the banner of Ecdysteroids) to be placed under the prohibited substance list – because of the demonstrated positive effects that these compounds have in the body’s ability to produce, repair, and use muscles, while under the support of these supplements. The above in consideration – and knowing Turkesterone may soon be placed on the prohibited substance list due to it offering an UNFAIR advantage to those that consume it – we recommend anyone serious about their supplementation to consider adding Turkesterone to their stack.
That said, Turkesterone is NOT for you - if you are not already on top of a good diet, work-out routine, and consume basic and fundamental supplements such as creatine to enhance your work-out.
Turkesterone is really for advanced users only - who are looking for an edge over what should already be a solid training and supplementation regime.
Turkesterone PRO - offers the finest and most pure strength Turkesterone on market
Turkesterone PRO has been manufactured and formulated in a way that MIRRORS the compounds used in research trials (i.e. without the addition of other ingredients that may mask the effects) – and in conjunction with no known side effects, we guarantee satisfaction or your money back! (check out our refund policy for hassle-free returns).