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What Is Methandrostenolone?
Methandrostenolone has historically made a huge impact on bodybuilders and strength athletes alike. It is one of the oldest Methandrostenoloneic steroids still in use today with a long track record of success. Bodybuilding legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger have admitted to using it during their careers as well as many Olympic athletes.
Methandrostenolone, is primarily a synthetic form of testosterone that mimics naturally occurring testosterone in the human body. As you know, testosterone has a significant impact on many body functions and is one of the main hormones needed for muscle building and physical performance by increasing protein uptake within cells, especially in skeletal muscular cells.
Methandrostenolone is produced by treating methyltestosterone with selenium dioxide. This removes hydrogen from the molecule to form Methandrostenolone, the core constituent of Methandrostenolone.
A Little History
Methandrostenolone was originally developed in Germany. It was released in the U.S. in the 1960s by Ciba Specialty Chemicals. It is a controlled substance in the United States and Western Europe. It was developed in an injectable form as well as a pill form. Despite being a controlled substance in the U.S. it is readily available without a prescription in Mexico, Asia and Eastern Europe.
In America Dr. John Bosley Zieglar studied the steroid to treat patients with burns, those who were seriously handicapped or injured. In 1954 he started testing it on bodybuilders for a duration not to exceed six weeks. The results were disappointing. Following this Zieglar decided to pursue other research until May, 1960.
At the 1960 European Championships he became suspicious of the Russian team. He suspected the Russians were giving their athletes “something” to enhance their performance. He suggested that steroids be given to the American Olympic team. Team officials were hesitant and doubtful. Instead DiMethandrostenolone, an early form of Methandrostenolone, was given to two lower level weight lifters. The results were very positive and the steroid was administered to additional team members.
Despite its lack of effective therapeutic applications Methandrostenolone was legal in the U.S. until 2001. The United States Congress added methandrostenolone’s to the Controlled Substances Act as part of the Methandrostenoloneic Steroid Control Act of 1990. This made steroids a Schedule-3 drug with possession considered a felony.
How It Works?
Methandrostenolone works at the cellular level by attaching to androgen receptors. This promotes an increase in protein synthesis which results in increased muscle growth and strength for short periods of time. The 17-methylation of the steroid keeps it from being broken down in the liver, increasing its effectiveness when taken orally. As a result, Methandrostenolone is far more active in the body than naturally occurring testosterone. This results in:
- Rapid Muscle Growth
- vIncreased Protein Development
- Rapid Strength Increase
In addition, Methandrostenolone has been found to increase performance. It helps retain oxygen in blood cells allowing for higher oxygenation of muscle tissue. It also decreases cellular respiration. Cellular respiration is a metabolic reaction where cells convert biochemical energy from nutrients to applied energy for the body to use. Decreasing cellular respiration allows a “slow burn” of nutrients giving the body a more stable sustained energy level. This increases muscular performance over time.
For a novice bodybuilder the starting dose should be 10mg per day or less during the first cycle. This should be gradually increased during the second cycle. Novice users should be cautious because high doses can be converted into estrogen with a plethora of negative side effects.
Methandrostenolone has a short half-life. This means it does not stick around in the body for very long. Although this can be advantageous in some situations it does require a constant application. Unlike other steroids Methandrostenolone must be taken multiple times a day for any significant results to occur.
When using Methandrostenolone large quantities of calories should be consumed. This is done to fuel the protein syntheses performed in the cells. Calories should consist of clean proteins and complex carbohydrates. You can expect an increase of ten to twenty pounds over the course of four to six weeks when also consuming a protein rich diet. It should be noted that early weight gain is probably due to water and sodium retention. Sustainable weight gain will occur gradually.
It is widely understood that Methandrostenolone should not be used for more than 6 weeks at a time. This is due its hepatoxic effects. Its 17-alpha-alkylated helps it pass through the liver. This, however, can cause damage to the liver making long-term use dangerous.
When taken orally Methandrostenolone is rapidly absorbed through the stomach lining and lasts at a functional level for three to five hours. It should be taken with food and lots of water. This will help prevent stomach cramps and give your system plenty of water to process the steroid for delivery to the blood stream. Even with its short half-life Methandrostenolone can be detected in the urine for up to one to two weeks after use.
Side Effects of Using Methandrostenolone
There can be unwanted side effects when using any form of Methandrostenolone. Limiting the time Methandrostenolone is used will limit the occurrence and severity of side effects. Women who use Methandrostenolone should be aware of its virilizing effects which can hinder pregnancy. These effects can be permanent. For most users, however, when you stop using the steroid the side effects cease as well.
Side Effects include:
- Oily Skin
- Elevated Blood Pressure
- Hair Loss
- Testicular atrophy
- Deepening of the Voice
- Body Hair Growth
Summary: Methandrostenolone, used responsibly, can enhance strength and muscle development for bodybuilders and strength athletes. Although there are safer steroids Methandrostenolone has a proven track record and a long history. Because of its longevity the side effects are well known and can be mitigated. Used alongside other supplements and good nutrition it can be a very effective tool in the bodybuilders and strength athletes tool box. Again, it is known that Methandrostenolone can cause damage to the liver and kidneys when taken in large doses or for prolonged periods of time. This damage cannot be reversed. We advise against the usage of this product.