Supplements That Increase Muscle Gain

If you are a teenager, or if you are new to weight training, then do not use these products. I did not use them during my program, so they are not part of this program. I only include them here because many people are spending their money on these potentially dangerous products, and don't really know what they do.

No prohormone has actually been proven to help increase muscle mass. NONE. Now, that's not to say that they don't work, but there has yet to be a study that actually proves this. There have also never been any long term clinical studies done on the safety of using these products over a long period of time. They DO actually raise your testosterone levels in the body, that's true, but what companies don't tell you is that they do not increase your body's natural testosterone production. They actually REDUCE natural production, and in some cases, shut it down completely! As a response to consistently elevated levels of testosterone in the bloodstream, your body will gradually reduce production of testosterone to compensate. In other words, your sex drive will disappear

If you are thinking of taking mega doses of these products, be aware that prolonged periods of higher than normal levels of testosterone can cause side effects such as increased hair loss for those with a family history of male pattern baldness, enlarged prostate, impotence and acne due to increased oil gland activity. Another point you need to know about most prohormones is that a portion of the testosterone is converted to estrogen. The first prohormone on the market, Androstenedione, is notorious for this. This product can be converted it into estrogen much easier than into testosterone. Elevated estrogen levels in men will cause increased sensitivity and enlargement of the breast and nipple tissue. The medical term for this is gynecomastia, while the bodybuilder slang for this is "bitch" tits.

During your teen years, you are still growing and producing plenty of testosterone and growth hormones, why on earth would you want to start screwing around with your body's natural hormone production? This is dangerous territory. Your actions now could affect you the rest of your life. If you are new to weight training, getting the proper diet and training routine will bring you consistent gains for at least 12 months, so you don't need this product.

If you do decide to try them, here's what I suggest:

1. 4-androstenediol (also called Androdiol, or 4-AD) — most effective for the money because it produces higher testosterone levels than other products. Almost no estrogen conversion.

2. 19-norandrostenediol (also called norandrodiol) — Very difficult to convert into estrogen. Minimal side effects. Causes less skin and hair problems. Can interfere with erectile function in some men.

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