Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that relate to the way the male sex hormones operate. Steroids work to promote growth of skeletal muscle and the development of male sexual characteristics in both males and females. It is thought that is was during the 1930’s that scientists discovered that anabolic steroids could in fact promote growth of the skeletal muscle and this unfortunately led to the abuse of the steroid supplements firstly by body builders and weightlifters and later by other athletes in a variety of different sports. It has got to the point now that steroid abuse is so widespread in athletics that it can affect the outcome of some competitions and more and more athletes are being disqualified for use of illicit supplements.
Prohormones are similar in structure, completely natural and have some functional differences that make them “safer” as oral agents. Although they can’t get to the crazy levels that steroids can, the can reach “sane” levels of androgen boosting. One study using 5-DHEA has it boosting testosterone levels as high as roughly 500mg of testosterone injections per week! You can’t just buy off the shelf 5-DHEA though and expect these kinds of results. Also, they are not conclusive, but do give some insight on how much can be done with true prohormones. Prohormones need enzymes to make them active and that rate limiting factor is what may allow them to actually be safer. Also, typical REAL prohormones (not the grey market steroids) do not carry any liver stressing agents. Real prohormones that are legal by DSHEA standards do not contain the 17aMethyl group that causes the liver stress. If you see this in the formula, stay away. The industry has gotten away from responsible manufacturers to ones that have no idea what they are doing and are making very ugly cocktails that throw caution to the wind.
One of the main reasons that people become involved in abusing steroids is that they can see the impact it has on their body and the improvement it has on their athletic performance. In recent years experts have put in place stringent methods to deter steroid abuse in athletics, however there are some new designer drugs that can escape detection so the problem is not dealt with. Still, the people using steroids and prohormones are shown to not be athletes or school kids, but adults that have college degrees and who want to look and feel their best. The environment is filled with estrogens like the alarming BPA or Bisphenol A, which is in most pop bottles and plastics. BPA can act like estrogen in the body, throwing off your normal balance. In this case, prohormones and steroids can benefit people. Also, one of the main “fears” which is prostate cancer, seems to be more about estrogen, than androgens like testosterone. Compared to the xeno-estrogens in the environment, I personally see no reason to not take things like prohormones to bring the body back into balance.