Ecdysterone is certainly not a new discovery having being first identified as a possible testosterone booster in the early 1960’s. But many Asian herbalists had been using this plant as a general tonic to improve sexual performance and libido in both men and women for hundreds of years.
It was only the Russians who first started seeing the possible advantages of taking this to increase athletic performance. They started some extensive research on the ecdysterone found in plants and insects. In 1976 two Russian scientists called Syrov and Kurmukov published that they were able to prove that ecdysterone increased the general anabolic activity as well as protein synthesis.
Over the years more and more funds were allocated to this type of research outside of the USA. The results of these studies seem to prove that ecdysterone and its many other derivatives like 20-Hydroxyecdysone and beta-ecdysterone show a dramatic increase in muscle gain and increase in fat loss.
A famous Russian study that was done on trained Olympic athletes showed that when combined with strenuous exercise and a high protein diet the athletes all gained 6% to 7% more muscle and decreased body-fat by 10%.
There are other reasons why ecdysterone finally got the deserved attention it needed from the scientific community and that was because it showed in a few studies to increase insulin sensitivity or control blood sugar better. This became the focus of much of the research from the medical fraternity because of the explosion in diabetes and the possibility that ecdysterone might help.
Ecydsterone also seems to show a positive effect on immune resistance and acts like an antioxidant when taken on a regular basis. Showing to be free of any recorded side effects it is recommended that people taking this to improve athletic performance should have around 5mg per kilogram of bodyweight.