Precursors and Alternatives
With all the
new testosterone precursors becoming the rage among the supplement industry,
there is a great amount of products that are being released.
How can one tell which are the best herbal testosterone boosters and alternatives?
Along with this large amount of products, there comes a greater degree
of confusion for the customer. With product names like 4-dione, 5-diol, and 19-Nor-4-diol, it is very
easy to get confused. These products might have similar names, but
they don't give similar results. I am going to attempt, with this
article to shed some light on what is currently out there, what these products
do, when to take them, the suggested dosage (in my opinion as well as what
the manufacturer claims), and what kind of
gains you can expect. Hopefully, you will leave with a better understanding
as to what these products are all about.
This was the
first of the hormone precursors to be sold and is currently
available. DHEA is a hormone that is naturally produced by the adrenal
glands. It is two steps away from testosterone in the conversion
process. It will first convert to androstendione and then from
there is converted to testosterone.
is a metabolite of DHEA that serves as a direct precursor (one step removed)
in the bio-synthesis of testosterone. A 100 mg dose of androstendione
can cause a 24% increase in normal blood testosterone levels within 90
minutes of its consumption. Other effects are often seen as
well such as increased energy, enhanced recovery and growth from exercise,
heightened sexual arousal and function, as well as a greater sense of well
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is just like androstendione except for one big difference. Instead
of converting to testosterone in the body, it will convert to nor-testosterone
instead. This is desirable for those that would like the increase
in blood testosterone levels without the added side effects that are present
with androstendione. An analogy can be drawn to steroids. Testosterone
cypionate for example has much greater side effects than deca-durabolin
does. Deca is nandrolone.
is good for helping to boost the immune system but is lousy as far as helping you
get your blood testosterone levels increased. It's ability to convert
to testosterone is weak. They have not been proven to be effective in the conversion to testosterone.
is a hormone precursor that is one step away from testosterone. 4-Androstenediol
uses a different enzyme for the conversion to testosterone than androstenedione
does. This makes it a nice choice to stack with androstenedione since
they are not competing for a limited supply of that enzyme.
This product convert to testosterone 300% more efficiently than 4-Androstenedione
does. This is good for users wanting an increase in testosterone.
This product has the greatest chance to convert to the highest amount of
free blood testosterone that is currently available. If you could
only afford to buy one product, then this would be the one to try.
The only negative about this product is that is has greater side effects
than 4-androstenedione since it has a higher conversion rate.
will convert to nortestosterone about 300% better than the regular norandrostendione
products do. This product is very similar to the Androdiol
products that are out there except it converts to nortestosterone instead
of testosterone in the body. This is the best hormone precursor that
converts to nandrolone in the body. This
would be a good product for you to try if you are interested in the higher
conversion rates to nandrolone without the harsher side effects that are
present on products that convert to testosterone.
want to take the testosterone precursors with meals? If so, why?
It is very
important to take the testosterone precursors with meals.
Taking these supplements with meals that are balanced in carbohydrates
as well as protein is beneficial since the conversion of these supplements
to testosterone is dependent upon ATP levels in the body. It takes
a large amount of energy to make the conversion to testosterone or nandrolone
in the body. With low ATP levels, which would be present if you just
took the supplement between meals, this conversion process will not happen
as well. In effect, you are wasting part of what you could gain by
taking the supplement without a meal. I would recommend taking all
the testosterone precursors with meals though just to be on the safe side.
can I expect out of these products?
With the testosterone precursors,
you can expect to put on between 3-7 lbs. Anyone that
claims 20 lbs of weight gain is full of it. You will definitely feel better while on the stuff and have more intense
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they are nice for the pumps and intensity, if you are looking to stay natural though and want
a little bit of an edge, I would say to try them.
much of these things should I take?
general rule of thumb for most people is to start out with 100 mg of whatever
you are wanting to take. Increasing the dosage and the frequency
of the dosages has a duel effect. You will get more results with
the higher and more frequent doses, but conversely, you will also get more
of the undesireable side effects from them. You just have to
find the happy medium by increasing dosage until you come to a point where
the side effects are more undesireable than what you are getting out of
You want to
take these products for a minimum of 4 weeks to see results and take them
no longer than 8 weeks at the recommended doses.
kind of side effects can I expect from these testosterone/nandrolone precursors?
You can expect
the same side effects as with taking testosterone shots albeit at a much
lower level unless you are taking big doses of these supplements.
You can get any of the following side effects:
gyno at higher
and more frequent doses
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