I’ve been in the sports supplement industry for a while. I’ve also been in a lot of gyms and training facilities. These days, I’m pretty good at spotting if someone is on ‘roids.
Synthetic anabolic steroids are like Jack’s magic beans. The big bad giant in that story is the metaphor for the big bad side effects you can suffer from if you use synthetic steroids.
There was a period, maybe around 30 years ago, when steroids were used as frequently as pre-workout blends are now. Instead of taking a hit of DHEA, guys would get jacked on Methandrostenolone before pushing their big build sets through the roof.
Yeah, the results came fast and hard, and they still do – for those that use them. These days we know a lot more about synthetic steroids, and most of what we know makes me shudder at the thought of what has become of all the serious abusers from the early days.
The Problem with Synthetic Steroids
Going back to Methandrostenolone, which was marketed under the name Dianabol – it is one of the strongest anabolic steroids. It also comes with some of the most serious side effects:
- male pattern baldness
- gynecomastia (man boobs)
- high blood pressure
- liver damage
That’s right. That last one’s a really good reason to stop and think before getting into something that can literally poison your organs.
The problem with synthetic steroids is mainly due to the way they interact with your natural hormones.
Testosterone is an important hormone in men (and women), possibly the most important. In many ways, a man’s testosterone level is what makes him a man. Women need some too but not to the same extent.
When you introduce alien synthetic forms of testosterone, like Methandrostenolone, to the body, it reacts in ways that can only be thought of as unnatural.
So, you take a steroid – the brain sees this and thinks ‘that’s a lot more free testosterone, we can shut down our own factory.’ And your body stops producing your natural testosterone. Guess what happens when you stop taking the steroid…nothing. Your body doesn’t produce it anymore, your testicles shrink and you start growing man-boobs.
Your natural production will kick in again eventually, but keep messing with the system and it’s going to break down.
The Need for a Natural Alternative
There are so many more reasons why you should not take synthetic steroids but they are worryingly resilient in the underground market. People are willing to risk everything – even their biological and chemical makeup – to get muscles, fast.
And that, friends, is where the Legal Steroid market enters the stage. What if, with some research and studies and real effort, a safe and natural product could be developed to give you the benefits of synthetic anabolic steroids…but without the side effects?
CrazyBulk are a company that has taken that challenge on full force. They’ve got a line of products which they have based on each of the major steroids (and some fat-burning amines like Clenbuterol) yet produced from safe, natural, alternative ingredients.
How Do Natural Steroids Work?
Rather than introduce a boat load of alien drugs into your system, natural steroids work by stimulating the glands that release testosterone and growth hormone to simply release more. And, depending on the specific recipe of ingredients, there maybe other actions which support the supplement as a whole.
Your hypothalamus tends to act as the general manager of all this activity and regulates everything to make sure nothing gets out of hand. Ergo, no side effects or nasty surprises.
It’s That Simple?
If I said go and take a load of these supplements and you’ll look like Jay Cutler in a few weeks, I’d be lying. However, the same can be said for synthetic steroids. Nothing works like that, nothing.
People don’t become champion bodybuilders because they’ve injected a course of Trenbolone and sat watching re-runs of Olympia on the TV. They had to work really hard in the gym and with their nutrition.
The same goes for the legal steroid alternatives. They are a great addition to your life if you are willing to put the effort in.
From a personal standpoint; all I need is 10% more drive sometimes, and I think I can move the Earth.
These supplements can provide me with that, and more.
Just don’t go trading your best cow for any magic beans.