After the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 targeted prohormone supplement, many bodybuilders were left scrambling for alternative products to aid in the growth of the muscles and promote strength. Though many manufacturers gave up and moved on, several companies continued to keep innovating the market to meet legal issues and keep up with demand. Though many of the previous ingredients used in prohormones were targeted during the ban, DHEA managed to specifically avoid the cutting block.
DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, is one of the most abundant steroid hormones circulating in humans. Through short term supplementation, studies have shown that slight androgenic effects can be achieved for most with little to no side effects, especially with the inclusion of a PCT. Here are the DHEA derivative compounds you should be looking for in your prohormone supplement.
1-Andro (1-androstene-3b-ol, 17-one)
1-Andro is one of the most popular DHEA derivatives utilized in prohormone supplements. This highly potent compound undergoes a two-step conversion process into 1-testosterone to produce dry and solid gains with little to no liver toxicity in most individuals. This DHEA derivative is often used as a base to stack with another estrogenic pro-steroid like 4-DHEA for easier gains.
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19-NorAndro (19-norAndrost-4-ene-3b-ol, 17-one)
19-NorAndro is usually considered the most effective DHEA derivative, because of its ability to convert to Nandrolone in the body. Like a steroid, 19-NorAndro has the ability to lubricate joints while improving overall strength gains while improving muscle mass. Because it can aromatize in the body, an anti-estrogen is necessary during a post cycle therapy.
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4-Andro (4-androstene-3b-ol, 17-one)
Also known as 4-DHEA, the DHEA derivative 4-Andro will typically give the fastest visible results when utilized in a prohormone supplement. By increasing water retention and red blood cell counts, 4-Andro can provide rapid gains and improved muscle pumps. For bodybuilders looking to gain visible results faster, 4-Andro is likely included in their prohormone supplement.
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For more information on prohormones and proper post cycle therapy methods, we invite you to read through our previous blogs. As one of the top prohormone supplement providers in the industry we are dedicated to providing you the information necessary to make your cycle a success. Regardless of your end goal, we are with you each step of the way.
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