What Is It?
Turkesterone is an ecdysteroid. Ecdysteroids are steroid hormones that are commonly found in arthropods and insects, but may also be found in certain plant species.
Turkesterone is primarily derived from the Ajuga plant but can also be extracted from various other plant species most commonly found on the African continent.
What Does It Do?
There have only been a handful of studies conducted on Turkesterone thus far, however the results have been encouraging. These studies have indicated that Turkesterone may help promote lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, improve protein synthesis, aid muscle hypertrophy & increase strength.
These effects imply that Turkesterone may act as an agonist for receptors that elicit anabolic and adaptogenic responses, while the potential lipid and carbohydrate metabolising effects may assist with fat loss and maintaining a healthy body composition.
However, it must be noted that these initial studies were conducted on animals only, not humans. Whether the full spectrum of effects experienced by animals will also be experienced by humans is yet to be determined.
For further reading, visit the links below:
- The ecdysone inducible gene expression system: unexpected effects of muristerone A and ponasterone A on cytokine signaling in mammalian cells.
How Much Do I Need To Take?
The effective dose of Turkesterone for humans is uncertain.
However, an initial human study showed that athletes who consumed 800mg of Turkesterone per day for a total of 10 weeks reported an increase in muscle hypertrophy & strength, gaining an average of 3.2kg of lean muscle mass over the 10 week period (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31123801/).
Most supplement brands currently marketing Turkesterone are recommending a daily dose between 500mg - 1000mg per day.
Due to the lack of scientific consensus on the recommended dosage, it is advised to err on the side of caution and stick to a dose of approximately 10mg of Turkesterone per kilogram of lean body weight per day.
When Do I Take It?
The dose timing of Turkesterone for humans is uncertain.
There is currently no research that favours any specific dosing protocol, while the above-mentioned human study does not specify the number, the size or the timing of doses.
Most supplement brands currently marketing Turkesterone recommend splitting a full daily intake into 2 separate doses per day.
It is therefore recommended to consistently adhere to the guideline of consuming approximately 10mg of Turkesterone per kilogram of lean body weight per day, ideally at the same time of day, everyday.
How Long Does It Take To Work?
Most studies conducted on the effects of Turkesterone support medium to long term results over periods of weeks to months of consistent use. However, anecdotally, users of Turkesterone have reported experiencing significant effects within days.
Most users of Turkesterone should expect to experience results within 2 - 4 weeks.