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How Does Secret Soviet Supplement Work?

Studies conducted in the Soviet Union in 1988 showed ecdysterone helps “increase hepatic protein synthesis and subsequently promote positive nitrogen balance!” How does this lead to more muscle mass? Simply: “the more nitrogen your body maintains and the greater rate of protein synthesis, the more muscle mass.” How does ecdysterone do this?
V. Smetanin, researcher of the Smolenk State Medical Institute in Russia speculated that ecdysterone decreases urea concentration in the body and increases hemoglobin levels by increasing a process called erythropoiesis. Erythropoiesis is the development of mature red blood cells. This leads to a stimulation of the anabolic process in protein metabolism, which in turn leads to a positive nitrogen balance in the body.

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Ecdysterone was tested in another study performed in 1986 by B.Ya Smetanin. For this research, 117 highly trained speed skaters between the ages of 18 and 28 were tested for work capacity, body weight, lung capacity and VO2 max.

The results speak for themselves: all of the said parameters increased as well as an increase in the O2 pulse max and an increase in the exhalation of CO2. Basically, they received more oxygen to their cells! This equates to decreasing recovery time, maximizing performance, permitting optimal muscle anabolism and maximum fat reduction. It also means the athletes using ecdysterone compared to those on a placebo experienced increased stamina, endurance and energy.

Another study conducted using 112 athletes performed by B.G. Fadeev in Russia showed some very impressive overall results. However, by this time, the results should come as no surprise. 89% of those who supplemented with ecdysterone versus a placebo reported less fatigue, greater performance, more motivation, greater speed, and improved strength. Again no adverse side effects were reported.

Ecdysterone compared to methandrostenolone (D-bol)

The action of methandrostenolone and ecdysterone on the physical endurance of animals and on protein metabolism in the skeletal muscles.

The study showed equivalent anabolic activity with one exception: ecdysterone stimulated both slow and the all-important fast twitch muscle fibers, while Dianabol only stimulated the slow fibers.

Chermnykh NS ; Shimanovski¨i NL ; Shutko GV ; Syrov VN

Farmakol Toksikol, 51(6):57-60 1988 Nov-Dec


The results of the comparative study on the myotropic activity of methandrostenolone and ecdysterone and their effects on physical endurance of animals suggested that ecdysterone possessing a wider spectrum of the anabolic action on the contractile proteins of the skeletal muscles exerts a more pronounced influence on physical endurance of animals without their preliminary training.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ecdysterone: the technical name is 20-hydroxyecdysone. It exists as a compound in the herbs Rhaponticum/Leuzeae and Cyanotis vaga, and is therefore a naturally occurring phytochemical.

The recommended dose of ecdysterone is 100 mg per day and up to 600 mg per day. Take 1 to 3 capsules three times daily with meals. Remember, ecdysterone should be taken with a protein diet and a high intensity workout program for best results!

Are there any side effects?

As you already know by now, the above research studies show no negative side effects, no hormonal interactions, and a very low toxicity level for ecdysterone. When tested by ICN Biochemicals on December 31, 1998, a complete safety test was performed to determine the toxicity. The data showed the amount of ecdysterone one would have to take in order to reach toxicity. The amount? 6400 mg/kg! In other words, an average 170lb person would have to take 494,528 mg to reach this point! This is 4,121 times as much as the recommended dose.