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What are the ‘benefits’ of anabolic steroids?
are vital chemical compounds that play an important role in our bodily
functions. Anabolic hormones are produced naturally in our bodies and are
produced in synthetic versions in labs.
The three primary hormones that are involved in the growth of muscle tissue are:
(insulin-like growth factors) – these are the primary mediators of the effects
of GH (growth hormone). Growth hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland,
enters the blood stream and stimulates the liver to produce IGF.
steroids influence the body’s metabolism.
metabolism consists of chemical processes that occur in your body in order for
you to function and live. These processes include anabolism, this is the
build-up of certain substances and catabolism, this is the breakdown of certain
substances. When people use the term ‘metabolism’ they are generally referring
to the breakdown of food and the conversion of this into the energy needed to
Some of the
benefits of steroid use include:
in recovery time – Those who use steroids are known to have their recovery time
decrease dramatically. Earlier we spoke about cortisol and the effects that it
has on the body, causing damage to the muscle tissues as well as slowing down
the time it takes for the human body and muscles to recuperate. Anabolic
steroids will often regulate the body’s production of cortisol when the body is
under stress. This aids in the recovery time for injuries sustained and muscle
trauma being sped up, thus allowing for an increase in stamina when exercising.
in muscle size – This is one of the most well-known effects of steroids as
anabolic steroids facilitate an increase in testosterone levels or when the
steroid is a synthetic version of testosterone, will allow for more
testosterone to enter the body. Testosterone is a critical factor for muscle
growth. In some cases, the muscles will continue to develop without exercise,
but exercise and training will reap drastic results.
in body fat – Steroids are able to reduce body fat which has been identified as
a result of an increased metabolic rate. Some experts also believe that
steroids are able to oxidize fat, this is known as lipid oxidation. This refers
to using fatty acids for the production of energy.
are used to treat several medical conditions – As previously mentioned,
steroids were initially used primarily for patients suffering from muscle
atrophy as a result of illness or for individuals needing extra testosterone in
order to improve their loss of libido or to facilitate puberty when the
individual is unable to do so naturally.
in red blood cell production – Steroids have shown to accelerate the production
of red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen
throughout the body in order to reach all of the tissues and organs. When more
oxygen can be transported to the muscles, this gives them the ability to work
harder and for longer periods. Because of this, a number of endurance athletes
use anabolic steroids with these effects, despite their use being illegal.
performance – Steroids are able to enhance the performance as the user experiences
more stamina and energy. They can then push themselves hard and reach new
in appetite – Due to an increased metabolic rate (the rate at which your body
turns certain compounds such as sugar, fat and other foods into energy), appetite