A review of anabolic steroid use

What determines the set of muscle mass, good relief and high power performance? The answer will contain many components, such as: diet, nature of training, the mode of the day. But the basis of all these conditions is a high level of testosterone in the blood. In this article, I will pay attention to drugs that are able to raise the production of your own (endogenous testosterone) and make a brief overview of them so that you can choose an affordable and effective product for yourself.

Testosterone boosters are a type of sports nutrition or dietary supplements used to increase the amount of your own testosterone. The composition of boosters, as a rule, includes herbal ingredients, vitamins and occasionally synthetic substances.

Attention! Testosterone boosters are not pharmacologic drugs or anabolic steroids, and can be purchased over the counter at sports nutrition stores.

However, these products are not recommended to take up to 18 years. Since at a young age people already have a high level of testosterone. Therefore, taking additional supplements that increase the secretion of the male sex hormone would be superfluous. In women, the use of testosterone boosters can lead to the manifestation of “muscularization.”

Tribulus terrestris

It was and remains the most popular and one of the most effective drugs on the market of sports nutrition in the different countries. This supplement has an absolute vegetable origin and the most extensive evidence base.

Give your preference to products in which the content of active saponins exceeds 70%. Such a product is Tribulus from Dynamic Development (Spain). All other products are those that have from 40% -60% active saponins, namely:

  • Performance evaluation: 5 (excellent)

ZMA

Quite a common additive to raise testosterone levels, although its effect is questioned by many studies. Sensations of increased strength indicators are quite subjective among users who are fond of bodybuilding, fitness and powerlifting.

The composition of this additive is quite simple: zinc, magnesium, copper, vitamin B6. The product has no contraindications. The best time to take is 30-60 minutes before bedtime. There is another option for admission, when the daily dose is divided into two times and taken immediately after exercise and before bedtime.

When recommending this supplement, I recommend looking at the composition and purchasing the product where the ratio of the active ingredients is as high as possible according to the following standard: 30 mg of zinc, 450 mg of magnesium and 10.5 mg of vitamin B6. Of course, the content of substances may vary and vary. For example:

Overall performance evaluation: 3 (so-so).

Ecdysterone

This supplement is of vegetable origin and has nothing to do with steroids, although manufacturers like to embellish the effect of their product. As soon as the user sees the phrase “steroid compound” in the description text, he immediately begins to think that the drug is better than its predecessors.

But not everything is so, after reading further in the text, we see that the effect of the drug is anabolic, but it does not have hormonal activity. Of course, taking ecdysterone will have an effect. His reception will not be superfluous after a course of anabolic steroids, during heavy physical exertion and against the background of a low-carb diet. It is accepted not only by athletes of power sports, but also by athletes of cyclical kinds of sports, such as running, football, swimming, hockey, biathlon, etc.

The drug has the following effects:

  • Raises testosterone levels;
  • Improves recovery of the nervous system;
  • Leads to an increase in glycogen in the muscles;
  • Lowers cholesterol;
  • Shows antioxidant effect;
  • Reduces cortisol levels;
  • Reduces fatigue, increases speed and strength.

Contraindications

The drug does not have any contraindications, moreover, it does not have such side effects as:

  • Muscularization in women;
  • Blood pressure increase;
  • Impact on the hormonal system;
  • The recommended dose is 400-600mg per day. The drug should be taken before meals. The most effective ecdysterone will be on the background of a diet rich in proteins.

Preparations containing ecdysterone:

  • Overall performance evaluation: 4 (good).

Next, I will list a few bright drugs to raise the level of testosterone, which I came across from a variety of offers on the market of sports nutrition:
Gaspari anatropin

If we look at the composition of this supplement, we will not see anything new, except for the special mixture Anatropin, which amounts to 625 mg per serving and the manufacturer promises to stimulate testosterone due to the new innovative composition of the mixture. Personally, I do not I will say that the effect of this product is much better than the old and simple ZMA. But I’ll emphasize that this is subjective. Overall performance evaluation: 3 (so-so) Weider Testo X-plode Weider Testo X-plode A good drug worthy of attention from a proven manufacturer of sports nutrition. It is distinguished by a fairly rich composition, in which, besides zinc, chromium and niacin, arginine alfaketoglutorate (AKG) is present, which increases muscle mass and strength. As a result of the application, I felt an increase in appetite, an increase in strength indicators in basic exercises and an improvement in well-being after a workout. Overall performance rating: 4 (good).

I will say that the effect of this product is much better than the old and simple ZMA. But I’ll emphasize that this is subjective. Overall performance evaluation: 3 (so-so) Weider Testo X-plode Weider Testo X-plode A good drug worthy of attention from a proven manufacturer of sports nutrition. It is distinguished by a fairly rich composition, in which, besides zinc, chromium and niacin, arginine alfaketoglutorate (AKG) is present, which increases muscle mass and strength. As a result of the application, I felt an increase in appetite, an increase in strength indicators in basic exercises and an improvement in well-being after a workout. Overall performance rating: 4 (good)

Universal test

I have always been attracted to the Animal line, and I was not disappointed with the use of drugs from this manufacturer. This was confirmed by this product. Yohimbe Bark Extrakt (yohimbin) appeared in the composition, which only strengthens the libido. Personally, I used this supplement after a course of anabolic steroids. Naturally, I took anti-estrogen drugs, however, I think Animal Test copes with its tasks with a bang. Even if the manufacturers praise him, but this does not prevent him from being in the top of sales.

Overall performance evaluation: 5 (excellent).

Conclusion

Of course, taking testosterone boosters will be desirable and essential when maintaining an active lifestyle, against the backdrop of stress, physical exertion, deterioration of food quality. Testosterone – around the head, as they say athletes with experience. Therefore, competently approach the reception of this type of drugs, follow the instructions for use and then you will be able to increase the level of endogenous testosterone and raise your strength indicators and recover from a course of hormonal drugs.