Why Prohormones Are Not Better Than Steroids
The media make us believe that steroids are bad for health. If you have some experience with steroid use, you know how things are, but a novice can take it as truth. What they do? They begin to look for safer alternatives of steroids, which are considered to be prohormones. Right from the start i want to say that prohormones are not even far safer than anabolic steroids. But before enumerating the reasons, let’s pay attention to one very important detail.
Steroids are illegal. Twenty three years ago they were included in the list of controlled drugs and their use is prohibited. You can get in the jail for using steroids. Prohormones are legal. You can buy in stores with no fear of being punished. Prohormones tend to be claimed as being natural hormones, hence being safer than steroids. They need to convert into steroids once entering the body, while anabolics act as hormones instantly.
What you have to know is that prohormones are synthetic compounds and can not be found in the nature. Just as the anabolic androgenic steroids are. This means that prohormones are the same steroids, but “dressed” in legal form. They are not safer, more efficient or more natural than anabolic steroids are.
The simple fact that prohormones are categorized as legal drugs is not a indice that they will not cause you health problems. Contrary to this, you may experienced during their use serious side effects, while the gains you made will be far from the expected ones.
Prohormones have more accentuated side effects
You expect to deal with less or even no damage of you health since you were told prohormones are “natural”. If this was your main reason for choosing these drugs then you are wrong. Prohormones are far worse than steroids in side effects profile. The most common side effects that you can expect while run prohormone cycle are:
-Acne. A solution is to apply acne creams on affected areas but the signs left over your body will look very unaesthetic.
-Hair loss. Over the last years have been created more inoffensive forms of prohormones to minimize this effect, but it is still very common.
-Gynecomastia. This is the number one side effects most of prohormones users complain about. Just take a look on steroids boards and convince yourself that most of people complain about developing gyno with minimum consumption of prohormones.
Prohormones are liver toxic.
Far more than oral steroids. Prohormones are 17-alkylated, it means that they were changed to such degree be able to bypass liver nad get to muscles where trigger anabolic activity. This level is high and present a big risk for your liver health.
More than this, prohomens have to be taken in higher dosage than oral steroids to reach the same results. In simple words, it means the more you take, the greater you expose your liver and may damage it irremediably.
Prohormones provides modest results
These chemicals are less effective than anabolic, despite the side effects they carry are more pronounced. Prohormones will never help you to build the strength, power, muscle mass or endurance anabolic steroids are able to do. In fact, you takes to many risks for lower results than you get with anabolics. Doest it worth it? I’m sure you have the same answer: no.
Injectable steroids are by far more efficient and less dangerous. Prohormones can not be found in injectable form, so you have to limit to oral ones which are the last what you are advised to choose from the wide range of body performance enhancing drugs.
Prohormones are not studied enough
Neither steroids nor prohormones are studied enough to come up with scientific opinions about their usage and side effects for long term. In most part, our knowledge about these hormonal drugs is based on experience of steroid users.
However, to be correct enough, AAS were a bit more analized, and in turn they were included in the list of banned drugs. Prohormones are marketed as “natural” hormones but there is very little scientific research to back up this claim.
Prohormones cycles have to be followed by a PCT period
Just like in case of steroid cycle, you need to take antiestrogens to keep your estrogen level in normal limits and some Nolvadex or Arimidex to help your body restore own testosterone production once the cycles is over. Missing this part of cycle is gonna push you into serious health problems.
So, if you planned to run a prohormone cycle just to save money on PCT drugs than your are wrong. You have to allow the same budget as in case of steroids cycles, but the results will not be so stunning.
Which individuals should not use prohormones at all?
Prohormones as anabolic steroids fit people older than 21 years and with several years of training. This means that these people now their body, know what diet to follow to grow, how hard need to train for gaining muscle mass and what supplementation work great for them. Prohormones are strictly prohibited for use for people with heart, liver, kidney or other serious diseases. Their use can worsen any of these conditions.
Whatever is your reason for using prohormones, know that these drugs are not safer, more natural or more effective than anabolic steroids. Instead, they carry a high toxicity level than oral AAS. It is just about less gains with higher risks. There is no prohormone drugs that could be more efficient than any steroid, and even a full prohormone cycle is not able to provide with results anabolics put on you.
A final thought to think about: if prohormones were indeed so efficient and safe, why they continue to be less popular in spite of their legacy? On the other side, anabolic steroids are illegal, but there is much higher demand on them with every year. Let us know you opinion about this in the comments below.