Updated 27 August 2017
Anabolic steroids are illegal in most parts of the world, they can cause serious side effects or even death, especially when abused. Luckily there are many alternatives to steroids available on the market, some stronger than others. In this article, we will be going over a few different types of available steroid alternatives.
Although pro-hormones are “marketed” as not being steroids, they are often just as harmful and dangerous as steroids are. Prohormones are only available in oral form, and just as with anabolic steroids, most of them are chemically altered so that they are not broken down by the liver. Up until a few years ago, prohormones were available for sale in many different countries, they are however now being banned in many countries and illegal to sell.
There are many different prohormones available, below are a few popular ones:
- Halodrol (4-chloro-17a-methyl-1,4-diene-3,17 diol)
Halodrol was a popular prohormone and was widely available up until the big prohormone ban in the United States in 2014. Dosages were range from 30mg to 60mg daily for 4 to 6 weeks. Halodrol as with most prohormones and steroids, has a 17a-methyl modification, allowing it to survive its pass through the liver. Due to this modification, Halodrol is known to be quite harsh on the liver.
- Max LMG (13-ethyl-3methoxygona-2, 5(10)-dien-17-one)
Max LMG was often used for “cutting”, due to there being minimal water retention associated with this prohormone. Dosages ranged from 50mg to 100mg a day for 4 to 6 weeks.
- Dymethazine (2,17-dimethyl-5-androstan-17-ol-3,3′-azine)
Dymethazine is another prohormone popular in cutting cycles as there is zero water retention associated with it. 5 to 10kgs of lean muscle gains in 6 weeks are not uncommon with the prohormone.
- Epistane (2a,3a-epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol)
- Methylstenbolone (2,17a-dimethyl-5a-androsta-1-en-17b-ol-3-one)
- 11-Oxo (11-oxo-androstenedione)
SARMS (selective androgen receptor modulator) are still new, and many people have not heard of these products yet. Most SARMS are not yet approved by the FDA and therefore are not available for human consumption. However, this does not stop people from using them. SARMS can build muscle almost just as well as steroids can, but the difference being, SARMS do not affect your bodies natural hormones and have far fewer side effects (from what we currently know).
- An increase in lean muscle tissue
- Faster recovery from workouts
- Increased strength gains
- Increased fat loss
- Increased endurance
- Help maintain muscle from a steroid cycle by using it with a PCT
Although SARMS are widely available to buy online, they are currently only meant for research purposes and not for human consumption. They are still very new, and no one knows the long-term dangers these products may have associated with using them.
Herbal alternatives to steroids are not as effective as SARMS or prohormones, and they are however far safer to use. Herbal alternatives usually work by increasing testosterone production which in turn leads to faster muscle and strength gains.
Herbal extracts used for increasing testosterone production:
- Tribulus Terrestris
- Fenugreek extract
- D-Aspartic Acid (DAA)