Actovegin is available in pills/tablets and ampules/injections.
Actovegin is a highly filtered extract obtained from calf blood which enhances aerobic oxidation in mammals. It is also rich in iron, manganese, amino acids, and other nutrients that are important in achieving the physiological transformations that dopers are seeking to achieve.
- Treatment of peripheral artery disease and strokes
- Treatment of cognitive disturbances after stroke to ulcers
In research studies, Actovegin has been shown to exert insulin-like activity, such as stimulating the transport of glucose in the body, as well as glucose oxidation. This supplement is supposed to be similar in its effects to insulin – the naturally occurring hormone that helps transport glucose into the cells. Because it is one of the most anabolic substances known to man, insulin is banned in sports (for non-diabetics) and exceedingly dangerous – even fatal – in high dosages. Therefore, Actovegin is considered as a potentially performance-enhancing drug for athletes, e.g. Lans Armstrong and Tiger Woods have taken it.
Currently, Actovegin is NOT on the World Anti-doping Agency’s (WADA) prohibitied substance list. However, WADA does ban injections of any substance, including Actovegin, exceeding 50 ml every six hours.
Who uses it?
Track and Field Current/Former World Record Holders:
Paula Radcliffe (for over two decades)
Usain Bolt (since he was 16)
Other prominent persons:
Country of origin: Austria (Takeda Pharmaceuticals)
This study proves that sportsmen taking Actovegin recovered 8 days earlier than the other group which did not use this supplement.
You can find in our store another supplement which is widely popular among athletes and banned by WADA – Mildronate (Meldnonium)