History Of Laxogenin
A supplement is being resurrected from decades ago from the plant Smilax. Smilax contains steroidal saponins. One of them is laxogenin. Laxogenin was first researched back in 1963 as a potential muscle building supplement. But after almost 60 years is has NEVER been proven to build muscle in humans in research studies. Let that sink in for a minute. 60 YEARS! Yet it is still being marketing by supplement companies. I searched up laxogenin and found a ton of supplement being sold containing it. Most of them talk about its anabolic benefits. But this is all poppy-cock.
Below you’ll see what results Google shows you when you search up “laxogenin supplements”. Some of these products below do not even contain laxogenin, but the supplement companies target people looking for laxogenin and try the old “bait and switch”
Smilax was first used in bodybuilding supplements in the early 1980s. A product called “Hot Stuff” supposedly contained it. I personally remember using “Hot Stuff” and hoping to gain muscle mass. I used it when I was about 20 years old. Hot Stuff was a disgusting tasting black water like product. It contained a ton of ingredients. It became popular because some people were indeed making steroid-like gains. Rumored had it, that there were actual real anabolic steroids in the product. Logically, there was no way this Smilax plant extract was resulting in steroid-like gains. I tried looking for an image of the original Hot Stuff liquid but could not find one. Like all fad supplements from the 1980’s it quickly died off. My guess is that the company that was making it removed the anabolic steroids and then the product did not produce any effects.
Why Does Laxogenin Still Sell?
Muscle seekers get excited when they here people called it a “plant steroid”. It is like a dream come true, using a steroid made from plants!! But unfortunately, laxogenin use will never give you the same effects as anabolic steroids.
Only recently has it been brought into the bodybuilding supplement world because of some recent research by one individual. Supposedly there is some random supplement expert from the Netherlands that is testing laxogenin and 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin (5AHL) . He claims that these extracts were not available back in the 1980s when bodybuilders were using smilax as a supplement. Now, these extracts can be isolated. But here the important part. This dutch researcher found that it is 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin that is supposedly building muscle mass and NOT the laxogenin! Do you think the supplement industry would make note of this…you guessed it NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!
Supplment Company Snake Oil
Supplement companies began to market laxogenin NOT 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin. Why? Because they know that the mass market supplement buyers will not have a clue the differences between the two. Therefore the supplement companies are using the WRONG part of the smilax plant according to this person from the Netherlands!
Smilax contains laxogenin and 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin (5AHL). Laxogenine and 5AHL are not the same things. 5 AHL is structurally different than laxogenin. Take a look at the image below. the top one is laxogenin and the bottom is 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin.
This does not surprise me one bit that the supplement industry would be selling the wrong part of the plant. Pretty funny if you ask me.
In conclusion if you want to jump on board the research that this Dutch person is doing you need to buy 5-alpha-hydroxy-laxogenin. NOT laxogenin. If you know me, and know my recommendations, you’ll be thinking that you want to buy a product that contains the SINGLE ingredient only. On top of that you want to find a BRANDED ingredient. Lucky for you I did that job for you. The branded ingredient is Laxosterone. I picked up about 20 bottles for my customers reading this blog post if you want to buy it you can here.
Alex Rogers is a supplement manufacturing expert. He has been formulating, consulting, & manufacturing dietary supplements since 1998. Alex invented protein customization in 1998 & was the first company to allow consumers to create their own protein blends. He helped create the first supplement to contain natural follistatin, invented whey protein with egg lecithin, & recently imported the world’s first 100% hydrolyzed whey.