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Expert Ecdysterone Information and advice from Coach Rob Regish.
Ecdysterone vs Turkesterone
It seems you're the go to guy on Ecdy, I've been reading your posts going back over 20 years. Is Turkesterone all its cracked up to be? All I read about is how it works, but it needs a delivery system. I'm confused because some say cyclodextrin, others shilajit. Which one works best?
None of the "delivery systems" you mentioned really works any better than the other, because they're mostly just marketing jargon. And, even if one did, the real limiting factor is the companies using isolated Turkesterone and not a concentrated, full spectrum Ecdysterone extract (which includes Turkesterone).
I've seen this cycle repeat over decades, where people spend lots of $$$ to find out isolated Turk works OK, but not nearly as good by itself when compared to the full spectrum compounds I recommend.
The cycle usually goes like this: Some "new guru" digs up one paper in particular (Practical uses for ecdysteroids in mammals including humans: an update) published way back in 2001 and creates hype off of a single sentence in that paper which reads; "Recent structure-activity studies as measured by a stimulation of leucine incorporation into proteins showed that among the compounds tested turkesterone was the most active..."
The paper and that last line in particular is misleading, because- 1.) The Turk/Leucine findings were never reproduced, and (most importantly) 2.) They were studying the pharmacodynamics of various phytoecdysteroids and nerobol in rats with experimental renal damage...
Incredibly, some still try to say that one "most active" line somehow applies to healthy humans involved in strength training, not rats with renal damage.
Bottom line, in the real world (validated by serious research), a Turkesterone isolate is not nearly as good as the full spectrum Rhaponticum Carthamoides Extract (RCE) used in Kre-Anabolyn and Synthagen, and it's easy to see why.
Full spectrum RCE contains TEN known Ecdysterones in natures perfect harmony, including plentiful Turkesterone and potent co-factor ecdy's like 20-Hydroxy-Ecdysterone, Cyasterone and Ponasterone. Plus, powerful tannins, resins and anti-oxidants with known and measureable biological activity.
How do I know all this? Because I've researched, studied and lab tested each and every Ecdysterone vs Turkesterone isolate the world over, from every source imaginable in the US, UK, Bulgaria, etc.
See this page for all the impressive, validated/repeated RCE studies.
Admittedly, the word "Turkesterone" does have a certain ring to it.
But, it's just one voice in the ten piece harmony of RCE.
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Rob Regish is an internationally recognized name in the field of health and fitness. He has been a weekly contributor to Super Human Radio for over a decade, answering listener questions from around the world. A former competitive powerlifter, Rob has successfully coached people ranging from ages 12 to 75. He is the author of The Blueprint Bulletin, a monthly newsletter giving no holds barred, real information on training, diet, supplements and anti-aging.
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