More Strength, Size With THIS Veggie Compound (New Research)

This video is really just for fun, to share some new research that I found interesting, and to present avenues by which you may apply it. Something I’ve done many times before.

You could even file this video under my old, popular “Best Vegan Bodybuilding Foods” series that I had started in 2015, but put on hiatus since 2016, though I don’t consider this to be an official entry.

For a few years now, a plant compound called laxogenin has made a place for itself in the supplement industry. It arrived with a lot of bold promises, such as enhancing protein synthesis by 200% and reducing protein breakdown.

Hell, it has even been compared to the anabolic steroid Oxandrolone!

But, the supplement industry bullshits more than CNN, so their marketing claims should be taken with a grain of salt at best.

Up until now, all of the research supporting laxogenin for performance enhancement had been exclusively rodent model. And as such, given it’s historically-high price tag, going for sometimes as much as $60 per bottle, I just ignored it in general.

Now, fast-forward a bit.

A Dutchman by the name of Jan de Heij has conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study using experienced strength athletes, where they were given one of three things: 24 milligrams per capsule of laxogenin, 22 milligrams per capsule of 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin, or capsules containing a placebo. And each participant received 2 capsules every day for 4 weeks of whichever they were assigned.

What the researcher found was that strength increased in all three groups, but the subjects who had taken 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin performed better than the other two groups. The 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin group gained about 3% more strength than the laxogenin group, and a little over 4% more strength than the placebo group. The 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin group also gained a little over 2% more upper arm size than the laxogenin group.

As you can see, the results demonstrate more size and strength benefit from 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin, albeit it wasn’t a huge amount. For instance, a 2% increase in upper arm size would mean adding 1/3 of an inch if your arms were 15 inches to begin with.

But, you do need to put those results in perspective. They occurred in 4 weeks time, in EXPERIENCED trainees. For NON-DRUG users, a gain of 1/3 of an inch to one’s upper arms in 4 weeks would arguably be nothing to scoff at.

But, do you really need to supplement laxogenin? Can you get it from food?

Laxogenin is a member of a group of plant steroids known as brassinosteroids. And brassinosteroids are typically found in brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, turnip greens, collards, kale, bok choy, but also in tomatoes, rice, tea, cucumber, strawberries, and various mustard plants.

So, if you’d like to obtain laxogenin via whole food sources, it wouldn’t hurt to include some or all of those foods in your diet.

Just keep in mind, rapeseed for instance, only contains 10 mg of brassinosteroids per 230 kg of it’s pollen, which means it doesn’t yield a hell of a lot.

And pollen, along with seeds, roots and flowers, apparently contain the lion’s share of these plant steroids.

So, you’d likely need to consume a LOT of brassica vegetables just to hit the studied dose. And I mean a HELL of a lot.

Also keep in mind, laxogenin is but ONE of the brassinosteroid family, so how much laxogenin you’d be getting specifically in, say, a cup of broccoli, I am uncertain.

This is where supplementing MIGHT prove beneficial, as supplements can provide isolated compounds in higher dosages. That is, IF you desire to experiment with laxogenin given the data that I’ve presented in this video.

And I emphasize EXPERIMENT because the human data is still new. More quality human research is needed before we can really start drawing conclusions.

I also do not know if there are any adverse side effects in humans from isolated doses of laxogenin, nor what size of dosage may produce such side effects, despite none being witnessed in rodents. As I said, the HUMAN research is still new.

Keeping all of that in mind, if you’d still like to give laxogenin a go in a supplement form, you will find an Amazon link to a product in the video description below.

I’ve selected that specific product because it contains the 5-alpha-hydroxy form of laxogenin, it is vegan-friendly, and it is dosed at nearly 1.5 times higher than the amount used in the study. For that latter reason, one bottle would last you two months, as you’d only need one capsule per day.

In fact, I’ve already picked up a bottle myself to give a try. It was only 25 bucks, so I figured what the hell.

I also feel it is important to note that I am in no way affiliated with or sponsored by that brand. Nor am I claiming that you will actually receive any noticeable benefits, so don’t spend the money unless you have finances allowing you to experiment. I’d rather people buy food BEFORE spending their money on nonessential supplements, especially if money is tight for you.

And I shouldn’t even have to say this, but don’t even bother experimenting with any performance supplements if your diet and training are not already on point.

As I mentioned at the start, I made this video to simply to share new research that I found interesting, that might prove beneficial. This is not an endorsement of laxogenin, or a specific laxogenin product, so please don’t get me wrong.

If anything, I hope this video will inspire folks to eat a LOT more veggies!

Christ, I shouldn’t even have to say that!

But, as dumb as this will sound, Carnivores seem adamantly against eating veggies, going by comments I had received in my last video. Literally, what in the living fuck?!

Performance enhancement aside, brassinosteroids do show possible health benefits. So, even if you don’t get an anabolic effect, you may benefit in some other capacity.

Like fighting prostate cancer, fighting breast cancer, preventing metastatic cancers, and combating viruses like herpes simplex type 1 and measles.

As always, all of my references are linked over at my blog, which is linked in the description below.

Anyway, stir up discussion in the comments below.

 

REFERENCES:

Laxo by Nutrified https://www.amazon.com/Nutrified-Laxo-by/dp/B07819MYP8/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=cormcc01-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=5ab98fe033d94b1e4d5c0d7029635944&creativeASIN=B07819MYP8

Laxogenin reduces fat percentage, hydroxy-laxogenin increases muscle mass http://ergo-log.com/laxogenin-reduces-fat-percentage-hydroxy-laxogenin-increases-muscle-mass.html

PALEO FOODS: BRASSICAS (AND NOT JUST THE ONES YOU KNOW) https://paleoleap.com/eat-brassicas-just-ones-know/

Plant Steroids Hold Promise for Increase in Muscle Mass and Physical Performance https://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/2012/08/08/plant-steroids-hold-promise-for-increase-in-muscle-mass-and-physical-performance/

Brassinosteroids play a critical role in the regulation of pesticide metabolism in crop plants https://www.nature.com/articles/srep09018

Brassinosteroid https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassinosteroid

Q&A: what are brassinosteroids and how do they act in plants? https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-016-0340-8

Mechanisms of natural brassinosteroid-induced apoptosis of prostate cancer cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22939933

Brassinosteroids cause cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of human breast cancer cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20833159

Brassinosteroids: Practical Applications in Agriculture and Human Health http://www.eurekaselect.com/51283/chapter/anticancer-activities-of-brassinosteroids

Antiviral effect of brassinosteroids against herpes virus and arenaviruses. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10693656

Antiviral activity of brassinosteroids derivatives against measles virus in cell cultures. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12180649

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