What makes anabolic steroids so popular among bodybuilding enthusiasts and athletes like us? The answer is simple - they enhance our performance, speed up muscle gains and help you maintain muscle mass while losing body fat. However, in 2023, the risks of buying and injecting illegal black-market steroids outweigh the benefits, so we always seek a safe and legal alternative to anabolic steroids. This is where prohormones come in, and one in particular, 1-androsterone (1-DHEA), has become an increasingly popular supplement ingredient in recent years. It provides many of the same benefits as illegal steroids, but it is still legal (for now). Keep reading to find out what exactly 1-androsterone is, what benefits it can offer you in your athletic development, and why 1-Androl is the best 1-androsterone supplement you can buy today.
Table of contents1-androsterone, also known as 1-andro, 1-dehydroepiandrosterone(1-DHEA), is an orally active anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS). In the nutritional supplement realm, we call it an androgen prohormone because it is the precursor of 1-testosterone(dihydroboldenone), 1-androstenedione, and some other 1-dehydrogenated androstanes with an overall anabolic androgenic effect. This popular prohormone has become a genuine legal alternative to illicit anabolic steroids, one of the few prohormones left that is still available for sale over the counter. Though 1-andro may be purchased without a prescription, it is banned by most sports leagues worldwide for competitive athletes because it does provide a clear competitive advantage.
In your body, 1-andro undergoes a two-step enzymatic process to convert to its active form, 1-testosterone. The first step involves the conversion of 1-andro to 1-AD by the enzyme 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. 1-AD is then further converted to 1-testosterone by the enzyme 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase.
1-androsterone's active form: 1-testosterone(dihydroboldenone), is a potent androgenic anabolic steroid. This hormone then binds to androgen receptors in muscle cells, increasing protein synthesis for building lean muscle mass faster and fat loss by boosting the metabolism. The effects are not just limited to aesthetics; this prohormone is a powerful performance enhancer.
The main advantages of 1-testosterone over regular testosterone are twofold. First, while testosterone binds to androgen receptors with relatively high affinity, 1-testosterone binds to these receptors with even greater affinity leading to a more significant overall anabolic effect in the body.
The second difference between 1-testosterone and testosterone is their potential side effects. Testosterone is well known to convert to estrogen leading to water retention, which can make you look bloated while putting you at a greater risk for high blood pressure, gynecomastia, acne, and mood changes. While on the other hand, 1-testosterone can't convert to estrogen due to its unique chemical structure, so you never have to worry about these side effects. In fact, 1-testosterone makes you look dry and hard while helping you make lean gains.
With 1-androsterone, delivery as directly as possible to your bloodstream is key. This is why Vintage Muscle has opted to use a liquid delivery matrix in our 1-Androl product. Some users prefer holding the liquid tincture under their tongue for several seconds before swallowing (known as sublingual absorption). This is highly effective but not completely necessary since absorption is maximized when taking prohormones in a liquid tincture. The fluid matrix administration enables direct contact of the prohormone with membranes that can pass it to the bloodstream, with most of the active ingredient bypassing stomach acids or avoiding potential blocks from capsules or pill fillers.The recommended starting dose is usually around 100mg daily, with some individuals going as high as 400mg daily.
The cycle length for 1-androsterone typically lasts 4-8 weeks, with some guys going for as long as 12 weeks. Still, 8 weeks is the most common duration. After the cycle is complete, run proper Post-Cycle Therapy using The Muscle Support Stack to solidify your gains and take a break for at least 4-8 weeks to allow your body to recover before starting another cycle.
In the video below, you can watch a full explanation of how 1-androsterone helps build lean muscle mass and burn body fat.