1. What are prohormones and where do they come from?
Athletes and bodybuilders alike have gravitated towards using prohormones for great strength and muscle gains due to the fact that they can accelerate muscle growth much quicker than lifting weights and working out without them! Prohormones are substances that are enzymatically converted to anabolic hormones in the body.
Put simply, prohormones are hormone precursors, synthetically produced compounds that are converted to anabolic hormones via liver enzymes once they are introduced to the body that raise the levels of the male hormones testosterone and 19-nortestosterone. They contain metabolic precursors that your body transforms into the active hormones.
They can come in a variety of forms whether it be naturally produced in the body or taken in a pill or liquid form. Some of the different types of prohormones currently on the market today are:
1-AndroSterone: 1-AndroSterone converts to a high rate of 1-Testosterone and give you similar strength and size increases as compared to some of the older products such as 1-Andro and 1-Test that were on the market before they were banned. Old 1-Andro products were known for their high conversion rate and for being truly orally active.
They also converted to 1-Testosterone which was found in rsearch to be 700% more anabolic (ie: muscle building) than your standard testosterone. Some of the benefits of 1-AndroSterone include:
- Non Toxic
- Orally Active Compound
- Extremely Potent
- Completely Non-Aromatizable to Estrogen
- Naturally Occurring
4-AD: The new 4-AD is a legal formulation of a prohormone that will achieve similar results as the older 4-Andro and 1-Test products did, before they were banned. What you will see from the new 4-AD is massive size and strength gains, especially when stacked with other new prohormone products! Even if used alone, you will see steady gains that will stay with you for years to come! What 4-AD is composed of is found naturally in several tissues in the body and is converted to testosterone via the naturally occurring enzyme 3beta-HSD.
It actually converts to to testosterone at a much higher rate than other previously available prohormones on the market and it does not have the potential of estrogen conversion. Another excellent benefit of the 4-AD is it’s “male enhancing properties”, which as we all know, is something every male desires! Some of the benefits of 4-AD include:
- Higher Testosterone Conversion Rate
- Increased Sex Drive
- Extraordianry Mass and Strength Gains
- Low Estrogen Conversion Rate
Methyl-1-Testosterone: Methyl-1-Testosterone (17alpha methyl-17beta-hydroxy-androst-1-ene-3-one) is a prohormone that has been shown to be between seven and sixteen times more potent than testosterone. The substance 1-Testosterone (17-hydroxy-5alpha-androst-1-en-3-one) has been reported to be seven times more potent than regular testosterone and Methyl-1-Testosterone has been shown to be even more potent than regular 1-Tesosterone.
The drug 1-testosterone was methylated to protect it from liver destruction, thereby increasing oral availability. For this reason Methyl-1-Tesosterone is the most potent form of 1-Testosterone available. Some of the benefits of Methyl-1-Test Include:
- Adding Lean Muscle Mass
- Used To Restore Hormone Levels
- Ability To Gain Up to 10lbs Of Muscle Mass in Two Week Period
DHEA: DHEA is an acronym for the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone. It is the most plentiful androgenic hormone produced by the adrenal glands and it is quite important to body builders and athletes because in men, around 50% of all testosterone is derived from it, while women derive over 75% of their estrogen from it and nearly 100% after menopause. Levels of DHEA are quite high at birth, drop during childhood, and peak during young adulthood.
The levels continue to drop throughout life. This hormone is available synthetically as a nutritional supplement from A1Supplements.Com As a pre-cursor hormone, it lead to the production of other hormones. Some of the benefits of DHEA include:
- Burning Fat
- Building Muscle
- Controlling Immunity
- Regulating Blood Sugar Levels
17-Halo-Methyl-Dianadrone: 17-HD is a groundbreaking all natural formula that is designed to pack on lean muscle mass. It elevates levels of free testosterone that results in an increase of size and strength along with sending your workout inensity through the roof! Some of the benefits of 17-HD include:
- Immediate Muscle Response
- Rapid Cell Regeneration
2. What do prohormones do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
In terms of effect, the results of prohormones are similar to those of steroids – increased muscle mass and strength. Depending on which substance is used, prohormones also have the capability to decrease body fat, increase sex drive, and increase concentration, among many other things.
Anabolic is a metabolic condition in which new molecules are synthesized (growth). Precursors are substances, cells, or cellular components from which another substance, cell, or cellular component is formed. Anabolic Precursors are products that raise the levels of the male hormones testosterone and are very capable of raising your energy and mood levels, your libido, and can aid in the development of lean body mass and strength. Research also shows that in limited trials, prohormones also help to increase lean muscle mass and elevate function of the immune system.
3. Who needs pro-hormones and how much should be taken? Are there any side effects or symptoms of deficiency?
Anybody looking to increase lean muscle mass and strength gains should consider taking a prohormone. We always suggest taking the recommended dosage on the bottle of whatever product it is you are taking. Never take more than the recommended dosage.
Children under the age of 18 should not take prohormones and anyone else should always consult with their doctor if they have any specific questions about the negative possibilites that a certain prohormone could have on them. To date, there has not been a significant study done to determine if there are any side effects to taking prohormones as recommended for whatever product you might be taking. What we do know is that there have report after report about the incredible strength gains made while taking these amazing products!
The only known possible side effects is the slight possibility of increased levels of estrogen production in the body, which can lead to a term commonly known as “bitch” tits which basically means that men can possibly start having the signs of enlarged breast development. Only, not in the way they want! The best way to ensure that does not happen to you is to take an aromatizer, which reduces the production of estrogen and any ensuing side effects. Some of the best anti-estrogen products are:
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