The Argument Against Taking Prohormones

What’s Wrong With Prohormones?

Prohormones are fairly common in the world of bodybuilding and hold a definite appeal for young bodybuilders in particular. Many teenagers have been drawn into using performance enhancers as a quick way to build muscle mass, put on weight, and increase strength and speed on the playing field.

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And the fact is, prohormones work. Taken in the right dosages, they can certainly boost strength and speed and add muscle. And while anabolic steroids are illegal and have a pretty bad reputation, prohormones are perfectly legal.

So why not take them? Well, in another article (whose link is just above) we looked objectively at the benefits. Now we’re going to look at the other side of the coin and discuss why prohormones should be avoided.

Publisher’s Disclaimer: The picture to the right has nothing to do with Prohormones, and no implication is intended that the man in the picture takes any supplements. It is just a picture about “Bodybuilding.”

Results are Inconsistent

It’s important to understand that there is much unethical marketing in the world of prohormones. Loads of products are on the market, yet many are consistently ineffective. Hard-selling advertising makes it very difficult to know which ones really work and which ones are scams.

Some do certainly work, but only in certain body types. Tribulus Terrestris, for example, has proven to be an effective testosterone booster and does burn fat and build muscle mass. While this works impressively for older men, younger men are already producing as much testosterone as possible, making this drug essentially ineffective.

Testosterone Production Could Be Halted

Prohormones are effective at raising testosterone levels, yet that often comes to the detriment of natural testosterone production. As time goes on, a user’s testosterone levels can permanently shut down. This is particularly detrimental in teenagers, as their bodies are still forming, which is one of the reasons that teenagers shouldn’t be taking prohormones in the first place. As hormone production is stymied, it can cause long-term consequences.

Man Boobs

A very visible side effect of prohormones is “man boobs” or “bitch tits” in the bodybuilding world. A male bodybuilder can start to grow breasts with a prominent puffiness around the nipple area. In many cases, this ugly side effect is even visible through a shirt.

Decrease in Libido

After completing a prohormone cycle, many users experience a post-cycle crash. There is a decrease in libido, and users experience bad mood swings, depression, and a general slump in energy and vitality. This is a direct result of the dramatic decrease in testosterone levels in the body.

Health Damage

Prohormones are hepatoxic, which means that there is a risk that they will damage your liver and wreak havoc on your lipid panel. They can raise your bad cholesterol levels, raise your blood pressure, and can result in dizziness, headaches, and hypertension. Cycle support can help to decrease some of these side effects, and is something we will discuss further in a separate article.

Life After Thirty

I am a grandfather in my 50’s, I still go to the gym every day and lift weights a few times a week, not for bodybuilding anymore, just to keep in shape. A young man in his twenties or thirties, knows or hopes that he’ll make it there some day to be fifty and sixty, but it isn’t an actual reality that he can see before his eyes.

Now, the fifties and sixties come with their pack of health issues, like there are health issues in the twenties and thirties, just different ones. And it’s a shame to kill your body when you’re 25 years old when you may still have double that amount of time left ahead of you. You can have a lot of fun at 50 and 60 just like you can have fun at twenty or thirty. Believe me when I say that your liver is not an organ that you want to damage, or your cardiovascular system with cholesterol. It is this author’s opinion that it’s pretty stupid to shoot yourself in the foot when you’ve still got a lot of walking to do.

In Conclusion

Will you see results from using prohormones? It’s quite likely that you will, though I can’t guarantee that you’ll like all of the results.

The simple truth is that everything comes at a price. What you put into your body will affect it. If you are forcibly changing hormone levels in your body in an unnatural way, you’ll have to deal with the consequences.

Related Resources:

Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2012

8 Responses to The Argument Against Taking Prohormones

  1. Dave on November 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’m with you man – I tried a couple of cycles a while back with Boladrol and Alpha1, and it did something for me, but I got some liver stress, and I decided that it’s just not worth it. I got some nice muscles just through lifting, and to take **** in order to be the strongest man in the world, while risking my long-term health meanwhile, I just don’t see it.

    • Ron White on November 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you, Dave, for sharing. Actually, after all of the articles that I wrote, the pros with the cons, my personal feeling is exactly like you wrote word for word.

      Best of luck to you.

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