(Last Updated On: March 27, 2014)

What Is 20-hydroxyecdysone?

A feature of an ever increasing number of testosterone boosters, 20-hydroxyecdysone is becoming a popular ingredient with a large number of supplement manufacturers.

What Is 20-hydroxyecdysone

20-hydroxyecdysone is one of a number of similar compounds collectively known as suma-root-1Ecdysteroids.

They are also know as Suma Extract, Brazilian Ginseng, Beta-acdysterone, turkesterone and edysterone.

They are a class of hormones coming from plants, fruits and vegetables including:

  • Asparagus Filicinus
  • Spinach
  • Quinoa
  • Yams
  • White Button Mushrooms
  • Ajuga Turkestanica
  • Silene Praemixta
  • Vites Scabra.

With links to the insect world, they are a hormonal compound involved in the sexual behaviour of insects, they share a similar structural makeup to testosterone and are considered to be the insects worlds equivalent to testosterone.

They are thought to have similar effects to anabolic steroids but without the androgenicity which makes them ( according to studies) safer than anabolic androgenic steroids.

They are also believed to have beneficial side effects in that they can lower cholesterol, control blood glucose, and also increase protein synthesis. It has also shown that it can help speed the healing of minor burns and wounds..

There has only been isolated studies on human test subjects, but trials on animals have delivered some a few positive results.

Safe Doses

For blood sugar control a recommended dose is in the region of 200mg daily, doses for other treatments are largely undetermined..


in studies looking at other anabolic effects, test rats were given doses amounting to 5mg/kg of body weight, the results did show a slight increase in energy and performance during forced swimming trials. –

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20-hydroxyecdysone has also been the subject of studies that looked at its ability to increase lean mass and power output.. the results were 100% conclusive that the compound had no effect on male test subjects when compared to those taking a placebo.

20-hydroxyecdysone And Testosterone Boosting

One study involving 45 male test subjects, who were of average age of 20 and of good fitness and who took part in regular exercise consumed 200mg Suma Root ( 60mg Ecdysterone) daily for a period of 8 weeks.

When compared to the placebo group, there were no definable benefits shown.

Read The Study Summary Here

Furthermore, there is no clinical evidence that demonstrates its ability to enhance protein synthesis.


Although there has been slight indications when tested on rats that performance could be enhanced, the evidence overall tells us that (dispute several claims made by some manufacturers) 20-hydroxyecdysone and its counterparts do not have any proven muscle boosting or testosterone enhancing properties…

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