Within more recent years the supplement industry is seeing a rise in popularity not just for pre workouts, fat burners and proteins but for a more underground supplement and less likely known by the average consumer; pro hormones. Pro hormones are specifically designed to enhance the expression of active hormones and magnify their function within the body. These pro hormones are being used by athletes and bodybuilders to gain muscle, strength and size and can actually be quite effective in transforming a physique. The intent is to provide the benefits of taking an anabolic supplement without the legal risks, and to achieve the hoped-for benefits or advantages without use of illegal anabolic themselves.
What are Prohormones?
Prohormones are synthetic chemical compounds, which are transformed by enzymes in the body into natural hormones or in compounds with comparable hormonal activity.
How do Prohormones Work?
So in most cases prohormones are ingested orally and are metabolized by the liver. The prohormone will typically have a chemical composition that is near to that of the desired anabolic compound; enzymes produced by the liver act as catalysts in the conversion of the prohormone to anabolic hormone.
Benefits of Prohormones:
Those that take prohormone supplements will notice a dramatic increase in muscle strength and size and depending on the type of prohormone it can also have a leaning effect. The benefits can be noticeable within the first week or two of intial use.
- Increase in Strength
- Increase in Endurance
- Enahnces Recovery
- Reduces Muscle Soreness
- Can reduce fat percentage
- Increase Muscle Size
- Enhances Vascularity
- Enhances Muscular Definition
Side effects of Prohormones:
Prohormones can carry various side effects due to the fact that you are introducing hormones that are coming from an artificial source and therefore can affect your natural production. When your body has an increase of testosterone from an artificial source your natural production slows down and when you are off your cycle adverse effects can happen due to the change in the natural ratio between testosterone and estrogen. When testosterone levels are low and estrogen levels are high you may see an increase in breast tissue known as gynecomastia as well as a decrease in libido and a possible change in energy levels.
Possible Side Effects:
- Hair loss
- Breast tissue enlargement
- Prostate swelling
Is it Worth the Risk?
There are many articles and forums out there that give great information for anyone looking to step into the world that is Prohormones and many have found success. But before you start a ph and cycle we would recommend you do your homework and research all the benefits and side effects to make sure that these supplements are something that you would be comfortable with. Remember if you plan on competing for bodybuilding and fitness competitions prohormones are considered unnatural and therefore so would your classification.
Take the necessary steps pre cycle, intra cycle and post cycle to maintain the best possible health and cross all of your t’s and dot all of your i’s to keep your gains and reduce chances of side effects.
Pre Cycle- Diet, diet and yea diet comes first! You must have a clean diet to ensure you are getting all the benefits of the ph and most importantly give your body the necessary tools to reduce the risk of side effects. You should also take a liver health supplement to ensure optimal liver functions during the time that you are taking the prohormone.
Intracycle- Cycle support supplements help protect the liver, and fight high blood pressure and high cholesterol and is always recommended when taking a supplement like a prohormone.
Post Cycle (PCT)- Since you are introducing an artificial substance in your body and your test and estrogen levels will fluctuate it is always recommended to supplement with an Aromatase Inhibitor, Natural Testosterone Booster, and in most cases a SERM depending on the strength of the PH you are using.
Prohormones and Legality:
Many of these compounds are legal to manufacture, sell, possess and ingest eliminating the legal problems associated with schedule III anabolic steroids. But due to the effectiveness and popularity of prohormones many have been removed from the market and deemed illegal to manufacture and sell because of a similar molecular structure to that of illegal anabolics. The ph’s that we carry are all legal and have not been classified as illegal anabolics. Since the market is constantly changing we will remove any illegal supplement from our catalog that has been deemed illegal.
Prohormones are definitely not for the novice supplement goer and proper research should be made in order to maintain proper health and reduce the chances of side effects. If you are looking to start a prohormone we carry several and depending on your experience we have several types with different potencies. Check out our selection in our prohormone category below. Thanks for reading!