Ecdysteroids: Definition, Types, Benefits, and Research (2023)

Updated February 13, 2023

Since the explosion of the popularity of turkesterone, the entire category of ecdysteroids has become massively popular. But what are these new compounds and are they even worth trying?

What are Ecdysteroids?

Ecdysteroids are a class of compounds that are derived from insect hormones - the process responsible for molting. There has been some research showing that these compounds can produce muscle growth in humans and as a result - a variety of these ecdysteroid compounds have become popular in the fitness and supplement community at large.

Types of Ecdysteroids

There are several types of ecdysteroids out on the market. The class is actually much more robust that most people know - but when people are talking about ecdysteroids in public consciousness - they're usually talking about a few specific versions.

The most popular ones are turkesterone and ecdysterone.

Beyond that, you also have

We have guides and tutorials on all of these items on the market.

Are ecdysteroids banned

Ecdysteroids are currently not banned by any world governing group and are perfectly legal to use.

However, because of their popularity - many companies have popped up selling this product and the quality control is usually poor.

As a result - buyers should be very careful as to who they purchase their product from.

Ecdysteroids vs. Phytoecdysteroids

Ecdysteroids and phytoecdysteroids are similar compounds, but the key differentiator between the two is the term "phyto."

"Phyto" is a latin term referring to "having to do with plants" so while ecdysteroids are typically derived from insects - the phytoecdysteroids are typically derived from their plant corollaries.

Turkesterone vs. ecdysteroids

While ecdysteroids is a category of compounds, turkesterone is a specific compound within that category.

It's by far the most popular ecydsteroid on the market - primarily because it's also seemingly the most effective one on the market.

While many suspect brands will sell "turkesterone" - some testing shows that they're simply bottling beta-ecdysterone.

If you want to make sure you're getting quality turkesterone - the best turkesterone product on the market is here.

Ecdysteroid dosages

Because each type of ecdysteroid is unique in their usage and strength - there's no universal dosage for all ecdysteroids. However, each specific compound does have a recommended dosage.

Read our individual ecdysteroid specific guides for more information:

Ecdysteroid Studies

We're researching and compiling several ecdysteroid studies and synthesizing them here so you don't have to. Here's what we've found to date:

Other resources

Other resources on ecdysteroids you might be interested in: