Steroids contain testosterone which is essential for bodybuilding and for increased strength. Young men have high levels of testosterone produced naturally and they can build muscle easily. Over the time, the natural production of testosterone slows down and that’s when they need steroids. Anabolic steroids are used for bodybuilding and performance enhancement. They are available both in oral and injectable form. Oral steroid cycle for bulking is discussed here.
Oral Vs Injectable:
Oral pills are preferable while traveling. But the downside is that oral pills are more toxic to the liver than injectable forms. Many people are inconvenienced by needles. Oral pills have to pass through liver causing great stress to the liver. The half-life of oral pills is much lesser than the injectable ones. Oral pills also cause more cardiovascular problems than injectable forms.
Oral only cycle for bulking:
For oral only cycle for bulking, the following steroids are considered.
All anabolic drugs promote protein synthesis, nitrogen retention which is the reason for the increase in muscle mass. Protein synthesis refers to the rate of building cell protein which is the primary block of muscle. The more the protein synthesis, the better muscle building ie anabolism. Nitrogen retention increases muscle mass. Muscle tissue contains approximately 16% nitrogen. The more nitrogen is retained, the more the anabolism ie muscle building. Let us review each of the above-mentioned steroids.
Trenbolone Acetate, commonly known as Tren is a veterinary grade steroid. It is used to increase muscle mass of cattle before slaughter. It is androgenic anabolic. It’s anabolic to androgen ratio is 500:500. It has a half-life of 2-3 days. It is five times more potent than testosterone.
It does not lead to water retention as testosterone is not converted to estrogen. It increases Red Blood Cells count in the blood for improved muscle endurance. It increases body metabolism. It inhibits fat gaining hormones in the body. Generally, Food eaten is absorbed only to a certain extent in the body. Tren helps the body in better utilization of food nutrients.
Dianabol, commonly known as Dbol is the first drug developed by US scientists to give a boost to their sportsmen over their Soviet rivals. It is more androgenic than anabolic. It’s anabolic to androgen ratio is 40:60. It is not prescribed for women. It is generally added to a well-planned stack for more power. It can put on 20 pounds of weight within a few weeks of usage. It leads to severe water retention. It gives a bloated look. It converts testosterone to estrogen and is highly toxic to the liver.
Anadrol is initially developed for treating anemia. It increases RBC count and hemoglobin levels in the blood, improves appetite, promotes weight gain and strength. Its anabolic to androgen ratio is 325:45. It is three times more potent than testosterone. It is considered as the most powerful oral anabolic steroid. It causes water retention, bloating. In some cases, it may also cause diarrhea, insomnia, excitation.
Side effects of anabolic steroids:
All the above-mentioned drugs have the following side effects with varying degree. Oral steroid cycle for bulking is more taxing to the body. They are:
Androgenic – Being powerful androgenic drug, they can lead to the development of male characteristics like body hair growth, the deepening of voice, hair loss, acne. They can also cause gynecomastia which is the development of mammary tissues.
Cardiovascular- They inhibit production of good cholesterol and promotes the production of bad cholesterol. They also increase blood pressure.
Testosterone- They suppresses natural production of testosterone in the body.
Hepatotoxicity- All the above-mentioned steroids are toxic to the liver. Anadrol is the most toxic followed by Dbol and then Tren. Hence constant monitoring of liver functions is very important.
Points to keep in mind:
- The diet must be surplus for all bulking cycles.
- The duration of the cycle is very important. Longer usage of oral steroids can cause permanent damage to the liver.
- Monitor liver function levels and undergo blood tests regularly. Stop the usage if blood pressure or cholesterol level is not controllable or liver function damages.
- A well-planned Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) is a must.