Attention! The administration of the project does not approve or encourage you to use anabolic steroids. The use of anabolic steroids can cause irreparable harm to your health. This article is for informational purposes only.
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. Testosterone has both androgenic and anabolic activity. In the human body, testosterone is produced mainly by the gonads and the adrenal cortex, to a lesser extent. In men, the gonads are the testicles, in women, the ovaries.
Benefits and side effects of testosterone
The benefits of testosterone, or in other words, the anabolic effects include:
1) Increase in muscle mass;
2) Acceleration of protein synthesis;
3) Participation in the development of male sexual characteristics;
4) Ensuring spermatogenesis and sexual desire;
5) Influence on phosphorus and nitrogen balance;
6) Participation in the distribution of body fat;
7) Anti-catabolic effect.
Under the influence of aromatase, testosterone is able to turn into estrogens, that is, female sex hormones. Which can lead to suppression of the HPT axis (hypothalamus – pituitary gland – testicles), respectively, worsening of erection and spermatogenesis.
Basically, for the same reason, side effects of testosterone, or in other words, androgenic effects include:
2) Accumulation of excess water in the body;
3) Increase in blood pressure;
4) Mood swings and depression, aggression, irritability;
5) Baldness of the head;
6) Gynecomastia (in men);
7) Masculinization (in women).
What happens when you take testosterone and steroids
Getting testosterone from the outside of your body, that is, in the form of an injection. You are getting “artificial” testosterone into your body. The hypothalamus and pituitary stop signaling (stimulating) the testicles to produce their own testosterone. Therefore, they (testicles) atrophy over time and decrease in size, as unnecessary. In this case, there is a large amount of artificial testosterone in your body, covering more than enough for all the processes in which the testosterone produced by the body itself was involved. Of course, after the stop of taking testosterone, the work of the HPT axis (hypothalamus – pituitary gland – testicles) can be restored by conducting the correct PCT (post cycle therapy). Yes, and on a long steroid cycles, testicular atrophy can be fought with hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), but this article is not about that.
The body of a man produces an average of 5 mg of testosterone per day. Depending on your age, this figure may be slightly more (if you are younger) or less (if you are older), but the average is 5 mg. Taking testosterone from the outside of body production, and dosages are different, but perhaps the most minimum which athletes use is 350 mg of testosterone per week. Which in recalculation is approximately 50 mg per day. Imagine what a big difference! 10 times more compared to the natural indicator. If the body of a man is able to build muscle mass well and at 5 mg of testosterone per day, then at 50 mg per day he does it much faster and better.
How much do steroids bring to you
Anabolic steroids, in particular testosterone, give an incredible amount, no matter what anyone says. The picture below shows the results of one of the studies conducted over 20 weeks.
As you can see, the result directly depends on the dosage. Moreover, the gap in the increase in muscle mass and loss of fat between 125 mg of testosterone and 600 mg is significant. But, this condition is preserved only up to 1000 mg of testosterone per week. Between dosages of 1000 mg and 2000 mg there will be no such significant difference, but the frequency of side effects will increase significantly. By the way, the maximum dosage that the human body can use is 4000 mg of testosterone per week.
As you can see in the same picture, on steroids you can gain muscle mass and burn fat at the same time. In addition, the quality of this muscle mass will be much better compared to “natural” training.
High testosterone levels increase permeability and improve the structure of cells and cell membranes. Much more nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, micro and macro elements, oxygen, fatty acids and glucose enter the cells. Due to this, the recovery and construction of new muscle cells is much faster. Also, high testosterone stimulates the synthesis of creatine phosphate in cells and increases its amount. This leads to an increase in strength endurance and performance.
In addition, high testosterone accumulates carbohydrates in the muscle cell, in the form of glycogen, thereby increasing muscle volume and structure. High testosterone reduces insulin production. A muscle cell can, with less dependence on insulin, absorb much more carbohydrates in the form of glycogen and protein in the form of amino acids.
Due to the fact that more oxygen enters the cells, the volume of blood and the number of red blood cells in it increase, it becomes much easier to achieve pumping and venousness. Those who took anabolic steroids probably noticed that during the cycle the muscles become more solid, they are always full, their volumes are much larger, their shape is rounder. These effects are exactly what is explained.
In other words, with the level of testosterone that steroids provides, you can be undernourished and sleep deprived while progressing, gaining muscle mass and losing fat at the same time. All this is certainly good, but you should not forget about the side effects. You have one health and you should not spend it for the sake of a beautiful body.