It is a known fact that the field of sport and bodybuilding has often been graced with the presence of performance enhancing drugs. In some cases, these aids are legal and will provide the user with very little health risks. However, in other cases, some athletes will purposefully look to using illegal forms of help which not only provide more aggressive results, but can also cause more harm to their health. Andro falls somewhere in the middle, it is relatively safe yet can have nearly instant results.
One of the most popular forms of performance enhancing drugs at present are prohormones. Although these are not technically deemed to be illegal, they are often referred to as legal steroids which can often create a great deal of confusion. There are two types of "legal" in the US. Legal by FDA standards and legal by DEA standards. The FDA can not classify an anabolic steroid, but they can prevent any chemically altered steroids from getting on the market. The DEA can only act on something deemed illegal by executive order and added to the Controlled substances list. This means that many andro prohormones are still legal, even though the original androstenedione is technically illegal in the U.S. market. Recently several more andro prohormones have been added to the DEA's controlled substances list. These are estra-4,9-stadienedione and something called Boldione or 1,4-androstadienedione. These two andro prohormones are now illegal by DEA standards, where estra-4,9-stadienedione was never legal according to FDA standards.
Medically, andro hormones provide minimal intrinsic hormone effects but can convert into active androgenic hormones. They are widely used by athletes as they work by stimulating the muscles without creating any real hormonal effects on their own which are created by the anabolic steroids they convert into. Meaning that performance is enhanced without the person breaking the legal jurisdiction. Although illegal in many countries, prohormones are easily accessible via pharmaceutical stores and also via the web. Dependent on the brand you choose to purchase will determine the form in which the prohormone will reach you, but these typically come in tablet or liquid form. Although they are not as aggressive as anabolic steroids, it is imperative that you check that they are compatible with the reasons as to why you are using them, and check any noted side effects which may come from using the product. But what exactly are the benefits of using these performance enhancing products?
The benefits of using prohormones are mainly instantaneous like anabolic steroids. In short, in order to continuously reap the benefits from prohormones, they will require frequent intake, but with this comes to the issue of possible health effects. The effects like testicular shutdown and conversion to other hormones needs to be controlled for the best andro cycle success. Andro prohormones are used primarily for body building uses, acting as a stimulant for anabolic hormones which helps to activate the androgen receptors, helping to encourage muscles to grow in terms of strength and size. It is this growth in muscle and strength which is the main advantage of prohormones and the main reason why many bodybuilders opt to use them. They also help to lower the body’s percentage of fat which helps the overall look of the muscles, making the individual look lean and ripped. However, with the advantages come the disadvantages and like many drugs, prohormones can produce some side effects. Depending on the current health situation of the individual and the degree of use, the side effects will differ from person to person. Typical side effects can include the possible development of male breast tissue, hair loss and lack of sex drive. There is also the chance of an increase in blood pressure. All of these should be noted and accounted for by the use of other supplements to counter the effects if there is an issue or to discontinue use if warrented.
Although there is the possibility that you may experience some of these side effects, the advantages of using prohormones for performance are still great. When contemplating using these to enhance your performance, ensure you do all of the necessary research and only take them for a short period of time where necessary. Only by making yourself aware of the risks can you truly help your body stay as safe as possible whilst still reap the benefits.