Turkesterone (Ajuga Turkestanica)
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Turkesterone is a supplement derived from the plant Ajuga Turkestanica from the Lamiaceae family native to mountain ranges of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in Central Asia. This plant and other forms of the Ajuga species of flowers have been used in traditional societies as a healing tonic.
Turkesterone is an ecdysteroid or anabolic substance found in some plants, arthropods, and fungi. Ecdysteroids support molting (shedding of the exoskeleton), development, and reproduction in arthropods. There are numerous ecdysteroids, including ecdysone, ecdysterone, turkesterone, and 2-deoxyecdysone. You might be surprised to learn that plants can also contain phytoecdysteroids to deter insects from eating them.
Even though Turkesterone seems to be a modern discovery in the past few years, it was isolated in 1975 when a Russian scientist published this scientific paper. From the mid-1970s into the 1980s, Russian Olympic athletes were suspected of using ecdysterone (beta-ecdysone), sometimes referred to as the “Russian secret.”
Turkesterone has its fair share of supporters and naysayers. You’re sure to find differing points of view online, but the majority of people who’ve used Turkesterone seem to think there are some benefits as they’ve seen lean muscle gains and reduced fat. Even with limited scientific research on Turkesterone, the findings have been pleasantly surprising.
Some of the expected benefits or anecdotal success stories of Turkesterone center around the following:
- Fat Loss
- Improved Muscle Mass
- Enhanced Muscle Protein Synthesis
- Boosts Endurance
- Limited Negative Side Effects
HIGHLIGHTS OF ECDYSTEROIDS
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of ecdysteroids and Turkesterone is that there are no reported dangerous side effects that would typically come with ingesting other anabolic substances.
- Void of androgenic activity
- It doesn’t suppress HPTA
- It doesn’t spike liver enzymes
- It doesn’t seem to be nephrotoxic
- No biomarker aberrations observed
Is turkesterone a steroid?
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 maintenance of healthy/normal testosterone levels. However, taking a turkesterone supplement is not the same thing as taking synthetic/anabolic steroids or testosterone, since it doesn’t bind to the same androgen receptors in the body.
Turkesterone is not considered to be an artificial hormone, and it’s not used for hormone replacement therapy like some other hormone medications are.
Can women take turkesterone?
Studies have not advised women against taking turkesterone. Because it does not increase androgens (male sex hormones) such as testosterone, turkesterone is equally as safe for women as it is for men.
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. May Help You Put on 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. May Enhance 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 edystreoids that they help improve one’s ability to lift more and recovery more easily after tough workouts.
3. Can Assist in 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
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.
Is it legal to use ecdysteroids such as turkesterone?
Yes, you can purchase this product in stores and online, sometimes it listed as ajuga turkestanica extract. It won’t show up on a drug test and is legally used by some athletes and bodybuilders.
In the U.S., ecdysteroids are currently not banned or treated like anabolic/artificial steroids, however some are on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2021 “Monitoring Program List.” This means WADA intends to gather more information about these substance to determine if they should be prohibited by competitive athletes or not in the future.
Note: Always consult your doctor before beginning ANY new supplementation.
Joe Rogan Podcast: Turkesterone> YouTube Video