20-Hydroxy-Ecdysterone, 20-Hydroxyecdysone, 20-Hydroxy-Beta-Ecdysterone, Alfa-ecdysone, Beta-ecdysone, Beta Ecdysterone, Commisterone, Ecdisten, Ecdysone, Ecdystérone, Ecdysterona, Hydroxyecdysterone, Isoinokosterone, Suma.
Ecdysterone is a chemical found in insects, some animals that live in water, and some plants. People use it for medicine.
Ecdysterone is used to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.
How does it work?
Ecdysterone is similar in structure to the male hormone testosterone, but there's no evidence that it works like testosterone in people.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Muscle building.
- Improving athletic performance.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
The appropriate dose of ecdysterone depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ecdysterone. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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