The term ‘Legal Steroids’ probably sounds like an oxymoron, or at least counterintuitive. Think about steroids and images of freakishly muscle-bound men come to mind: Arnold Schwarzenegger, circa 1990 and Phil Heath, circa now, to name a couple that most people will know.
The truth is Arnie’s physique wasn’t as steroid-boosted as a lot of people think. He didn’t do all that much gear, and when he did, it wasn’t to excess.
Today, professional bodybuilders are 70 to 80 lbs bigger than Schwarzenegger ever was, and part of that is because the pros have gotten better at both the nutritional and training aspects of the game. But it’s also a sign that anabolic androgenic steroids have advanced somewhat in the last few decades.
This is all to be expected, of course. Knowledge evolves concomitantly with science, technology, research and development and it’s passed down the line to the next generation.
However, the subject of steroids doesn’t just conjure the thought of a hairless, spray-tanned beast giving the crowd a ‘most muscular’ pose, it’s also synonymous with illegality. Hence the head-scratcher that is the term ‘legal steroids’.
Legal Steroids are products which mimic the effects of synthetic anabolic steroids like dianabol, anadrol, sustanon, trenbolone and so on, but that are formulated from compounds found in the natural world. Thus, they legal to both purchase and use.
They are also safer than synthetic anabolic steroids, by a long shot.
Safety of Legal Steroids vs Banned Anabolic Steroids
Let’s look at illegal / banned steroids first
Synthetic anabolic steroids are essentially all derived from testosterone, the first anabolic steroid to be manufactured. It was the easiest place to start, given that humans produce natural testosterone. However, this is partly why they can have a negative health impact on the user.
The human body interprets the invasion of exogenous (made outside the body) steroid hormones like anadrol (oxymetholone), or dianabol (methandrostenolone), as a form of testosterone. It also sees that there is a lot of it compared with normal, natural and functional testosterone production.
The body’s countermove is to shut down the endogenous production (naturally made, from within the body) of its own testosterone. This, of course has knock-on effects, both during the steroid cycle and afterwards.
The cessation of endogenous testosterone production due to the influx of exogenous steroids is called Testosterone Suppression.
Testosterone suppression is usually mitigated during the steroid cycle by taking intramuscular testosterone injections in addition to the steroid being used, Sustanon being one of the most famous variants. What this does is to ensure that body function relying on testosterone itself are not interrupted.
However, once the steroid cycle has finished, the body must be allowed to return to a state of normal endogenous testosterone production. If this rehabilitation process is not given adequate time to work, then permanent damage to the endocrine system is possible, specifically the Hypothalamic Pituitary Gonadal Axis (HPGA) which is the collective term for the sex hormone producing endocrine glands.
Unfortunately, the return to natural testosterone production is not a simple waiting game. It usually requires another course of drugs, collectively referred to as PCT – Post Cycle Therapy, in order to coax the various glands back to life, and block the activity of some other enzymes, molecules and hormones that may be having further negative impacts, such as estrogen and its derivatives, as well as DHT, SHBG and cholesterol, to name a few.
Here’s the real kicker though: some of the PCT drugs have their own negative side effects!
There is a multitude of other potential negative side effects of synthetic androgenic anabolic steroids, including but not limited to:
- Gynecomastia: that means man-boobs and occurs as a result of too much estrogen in the male system. Estrogen converts from testosterone naturally via the aromatase enzyme, and indeed some men with high natural aromatase activity suffer from gynecomastia naturall. However when the body is introduced to a lot of exogenous steroid, more than a normal amount can aromatize into estrogen, resulting in more severe cases of gynecomastia.
- Testicular atrophy: aka the shrinking of your balls. It’s a common enough response to a steroid shutting down you natural testosterone production. Testicles are the testosterone factories, except when these factories shut down, they leave with the workers.
- Hepatotoxicity: that’s liver toxicity to the layperson. Oral steroids are the culprits here. They are chemically altered, “alkylated”, to pass through the liver without being fully broken down. This first pass means that they can exert their effects more substantially. Unfortunately, the process is highly toxic to the liver. For this reason, oral anabolic steroids like Dianabol (DBol), Anadrol and Winstrol can not be taken for more than a few weeks, and even then some temporary damage must be accepted.
There are more possible negative side effects with synthetic anabolic steroids, whether they are taken orally or intramuscularly via injection. However, we will point you to our article about the side effects of synthetic steroids if you wish to read more – click here to read i
Now let’s look at the safety of Legal Steroids
We highlighted the main reason why synthetic anabolic steroids can have negative side effects: because they are exogenously introduced to the human body, i.e. synthesized outside the body and either injected or ingested.
The body reacts as best it can, but the endocrine system – that which produces and manages hormones and hormonal balance – can not cope with the sheer amount and tenacity of a synthetically enhanced and altered version of testosterone.
Legal Steroids don’t work in the same way as their banned counterparts.
Synthetic steroids are a man-made proxy of the actual steroid hormone, manufactured outside the body and introduced orally or by injection.
Legal steroids are formulated from compounds which trigger the increased production of natural anabolic hormones from inside the body.
This key difference between them is everything, because with legal steroids the body produces its own testosterone, growth hormone etc. but in higher quantities than usual.
As a result, the brain can modulate the process and the endocrine system doesn’t get thrown completely out of whack. What’s more, with legal steroids, there is zero requirement for on-cycle medication, or PCT drugs to mitigate the side effects…because there are no side effects.
Where Can I Buy Legal Steroids?
A few legal steroid manufacturers have popped up over the last couple of years, but not many of them can be wholly trusted to offer quality products with customer support at fair prices.
Crazybulk is really the only company we trust at the moment. They don’t engage in any dodgy auto-billing schemes, and they have a human presence online who can chat to you and help you out with your purchase or any questions you might have.
They have contact details including physical addresses, phone numbers, live web chat and so on. The company also has a lot of social media visibility and interacts with customers and the public on twitter, facebook etc. regularly.
The point being, Crazybulk is not like most of these crappy supplement companies that have little to no product information, feedback, web presence or customer support with only empty promises and a way to pay them.
Crazybulk legal steroids are not available anywhere except the official website, which allows them to control their product and prevents the possibility of counterfeit versions being sold anywhere. If you do happen to see it being sold anywhere but the official website then you know it cannot be genuine.
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