Methoxyisoflavone (Molecule of the Month for July 2008)
Methoxyisoflavone is a member of the family of flavonoids (isoflavones). In a 1979 U.S. patent, the developers of this substance claim, based on preliminary animal research, that it possesses muscle-building and bone-building (anabolic) effects without the side effects seen with either androgenic (male) hormones or estrogenic (female) hormones.
Methoxy quickly became popular with many livestock producers and still is now. It packed on massive amounts of lean muscle in animals in a short time, allowing farmers to enjoy record profits. With livestock, after just 30 days on Methoxy, gains in weight average 8-15% in calfs, 7-10% in cattle, 8-20% in poultry and 10-20% in rabbits. All gains were mostly lean muscle tissue. Experts now consider Methoxy as one of the most effective anabolic agents currently available. What's more, the patent shows that it's free from "androgenic or liver-damaging side effects".
In human studies Methoxy Isoflavone showed positive results also - with demonstrated increases in protein utilization, after a few weeks of use a 4.4 - 6.6lb increase of lean muscle have been reported. Furthermore these anabolic effects also increased calcium, phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen retention toa significant degree. While other experiments showed the highly catabolic stress hormone, cortisone's effects were suppressed.
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Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for July 2008 )