Body building supplements are successful in luring a lot of people towards them because they claim to be a shortcut to a well-toned and muscular body. Body building supplements can be broadly classified into testosterone boosters and athletic performance boosters. Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass and strength while athletic performance boosters help in increasing the quality and quantity of the work out. Anabolic or Anabolic Androgenic steroids are synthetic forms of testosterone hormone. Hence by consuming testosterone orally, bodybuilders hope to improve their muscle mass to a large extent.
Things to be kept in mind while consuming body building supplements:
Testosterone itself is an effective Body building steroid but there are a lot of other steroids that are used widely by bodybuilders and athletes. The reason for this is that each of these steroids has different effects, potency and lowest risk of side effects. So consumers take these in combinations, i.e., cycles. Depending on their goals, they design their cycles. It is said that a few Body building supplements have contents different from those mentioned in the ingredients list. These contents are added to enhance the effects of the supplements but they may have taxing effects on their consumers. Because of this reason a lot of body building supplements have been banned.
Human Growth Hormone – HGH is a naturally occurring hormone in human bodies. HGH enhances vital organs’ health, bone strength and decreased body fat (if supplements taken). There are minor as well as major side effects of HGH supplements. Minor side effects include joint pains, dry skin and bloating while major side effects include slower heartbeat, vision defects and changes in urine output.
Testosterone – A Testosterone steroid is one such steroid that is not at all suitable or rather, effective for female bodybuilders. Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone in human bodies. Testosterone pills take a long time to get absorbed into the body. Not only deficiency but also excess testosterone in the human blood stream has a number of side effects. Care has to be taken regarding dosages of Testosterone because the benefits of Testosterone are not worth the adverse side effects that it poses to consumers.
Trenbolone – Trenbolone is a highly anabolic steroid. It offers fast muscle build up, great retention of muscle and excellent strength gain. It also causes water retention to a very low extent. Since it lowers Estrogen levels in the body, it is not the best choice for women. It leads to a lot of side effects even when used in moderate quantities.
Deca Durabolin – This steroid belongs to the same family as Trenbolone. It is only a little milder as compared to Trenbolone. Its properties are very similar to those of Testosterone, but it does not pose as many side affects as Testosterone.
Though most of the Body building steroids can be consumed by both men and women, care must be taken regarding the quantities consumed, since there might be adverse side effects if the steroids are taken in excess. Water retention is a common side effect that may be observed due to usage of any steroid. It is recommended to visit a doctor in such cases since extreme cases of water retention may invoke heart failure.