Andro Addendum

Due to the introduction of the latest andro supplements 1-AD and 1-Test, I will now partially reverse what I said above, attempting to not add even greater confusion to the issue. 1-AD and 1-Test (1-AD converts in the body to 1-Test FYI) appear to have some real advantages over all the other andro products on the market. 1-AD and 1-Test appear to be the most effective "pro steroids" for legal sales.

Apparently they are:

  • Orally active (unlike other oral steroids which are deactivated unless chemically modified)
  • Don't Aromatize to Estrogens
  • Extremely potent (according to some research, over 7 times more androgenic than testosterone)
  • Occur naturally in the human body (e.g. DHEA, testosterone, androstenedione, etc.)
  • May work at lower doses than other "andro" products on the market

Many people are reporting steroid like effects at doses as low as 300mg per day. However, it should be noted that yet again, there is no research to date looking directly at these two andro products and their effects on muscle mass or strength in healthy athletes. With that comment kept in mind, I give these two andro products a slightly hesitant thumb's up (legal, ethical, and moral issues not withstanding).

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Rasmussen, B. B., et al. "Androstenedione does not stimulate muscle protein synthesis," Jour. of FASEB 13/4 (1999), pS46.

Brown, Gregory A. and Matthew D. Vukovich, et al. "Effects of Anabolic Precursors on Serum Testosterone Concentrations and Adaptations to Resistance

Training in Young Men," International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism 10/3 (2000).

Rasmussen, Blake B., Elena Volpi, et al. "Androstenedione Does Not Stimulate Muscle Protein Anabolism in Young Healthy Men," The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 85 (2000), p. 55-59.

Brown, G. A. and E. R. Martini, et al. "Acute hormonal response to sublingual androstenediol intake in young men," Journal of Applied Physiology 92/1 (2002), p. 142-6.

Street, C., A. Antonio and D. Cudlipp. "Androgen Use by Athletes: A Reevaluation of the Health Risks," Can. J. Appl. Phys 21/6 (1996), p. 421-440.

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