Ecdysone: Overview, Benefits, Uses & Research
It’s derived from insects as a molting hormone and is thought to have some uses around muscle growth similar to other compounds in a similar family called “ecdysteroids.”
There are very few full studies done on ecdysone - which may be the least famous of all the ecdysteroids.
The Chemical Makeup of Ecdysone
Here's what ecdysone looks like from a chemical compound standpoint.
the chemical makeup of ecdysone
Ecdysone’s Role In Insects
In insects - ecdysone along with other steroidal pro hormones are secreted to help induce the molting phase in insects.
Ecdysone’s Role In Plants
Ecdysone and other ecdysteroids are present in other plants - but they have a different role. They are primarily used as a protection agent against herbivorous insects.
Like many other similar compounds found in plants, these are used in adaptogen uses.
Sister Compounds to Ecdysone (other Ecdysteroids)d
Possible Uses for Ecdysone
Although ecdysone - like other ecdysteroids - still needs more studies - there are several purported usages for this:
Use as an adaptogen
Ecdysone and other steroids are often used in herbal apdatogenic blends similar to cordyceps.
Use as an antioxidant
Ecdysone and other ecdysteroids are commonly used as antioxidants.
Use for sleep
Ecdysone has been shown to have a role in regulating the sleep/wake cycle.
Is Ecdysone a Steroid?
Despite being a part of a group of compounds called “ecdysteroids” - this is not a steroid, is not banned by any governing body and is generally considered safe.
Where Can You Buy Ecdysone?
Ecdysone is typically not sold on it’s own. You can buy the sister compound - Turk - usually used for muscle growth and strength promotion - here.