Prohormones was introduced to the world 15 years ago by a chemist named Patrick Arnold. It came into lime light when famous baseball player admitted of using androstendione (a prohormone) as a performance enhancer. Since then there is a debate of its safety in the scientific community.
What Are Prohormones?
Prohormones act as an anabolic hormone for the growth of muscles and bones. It is a predecessor to anabolic hormone. Prohormone gets converted into active anabolic hormone with the help of body enzymes when digested. The resulting anabolic hormone after the conversion is similar to a readymade anabolic steroid.
How To Use Prohormones Safely?
Prohormone is mainly used by bodybuilders and sports players. Prohormones can be ingested orally or they can be injected. In this process the bioavailability of enzymetic conversion is said to be superior and more effective. The method is also known as stacking.
The other method is taking the prohormone for 4 to 6 weeks and then stopping for a definite period, before resuming it again. This cycling method is believed to counter the side effects of prohormone. Though there is no definite statistical data to prove it.
Prohormone Side Effects
Let us know some side effects of prohormone:
- In men it can cause gynecomastia. A condition of enlargement of chest in men. It is the result of excess of estrogen hormone produced by prohormone.
- Loss of libido and infertility are also associated side effects of abuse of prohormone.
- Similar to steroids, prohormones can also cause damage to liver and kidney. Both are your vital organs.
- Hair loss and early baldness is common when you take prohormone supplement for bodybuilding. It is due to reduced production of testosterone in the body.
- Females who use prohormone may have a deep voice like that of a man. She may also suffer from irregular menses.
Considering all the above dangers and risk, a person who wants to take prohormone supplements should consult his or her physician before taking it.