is an androgenic pro-hormone similar to DHEA, which is naturally
produced in the bodies of both men and women. Androstenedione is the
next metabolic step down from DHEA and only one step away from
should I use Andro?
DHEA and Tribulus Terrestris, androstenedione may help enhance the
body's natural testosterone production. Testosterone is vital because
it plays many key roles in our bodies including building muscle size
and strength. Athletes are using androstenedione to help ensure that
their levels of this natural hormone are at normal levels at all
times. This can thus ensure that testosterone levels are maintained
through a natural platform without the use of dangerous drugs like
steroids and help give athletes that natural edge they are looking
for. Contact an ISSA or Parrillo
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information on products, articles, nutrition, or training.
research has been done on Andro?
been various studies done on androstenedione and its effects on
testosterone levels. One study examined the effects of 100mg of oral
DHEA versus 100 mg of androstenedione. The study reported that test
subjects, in this case females, ingesting the androstenedione, had
significantly higher levels of testosterone than those taking DHEA.
follow-up studies seem to support this study, however, the increases
in testosterone, while seen in both male and female subjects, seems to
be higher in the female subject versus their male counterparts. To
date there have been no studies done to determine what effects this
increase in testosterone levels has on body composition and athletic
doses of Andro should be taken?
evidenced by research, androstenedione causes a temporary elevation in
testosterone levels, usually about 2-3 hours. As a result of this
data, many athletes take androstenedione an hour before training in an
effort to promote its testosterone enhancing effects. Usually doses of
50mg at a time are taken, whether twice daily, morning and night, or
three times daily, morning, noon and night, this dose seems to be safe
and effective. No scientific studies have yet been done as to when
androstenedione should be taken for optimal results. Users of
androstenedione should not exceed more than 200mg per day.
side effects are caused by Andro?
because androstenedione causes an elevation in testosterone, possible
side effects might include acne, oily skin and an increased sex drive.
In overly high doses, "aromatization" might occur. This is a
process whereby excess testosterone is converted to estrogen, which
could lead to an adverse reaction called gynocomastia. Thus, as stated
above, users should not exceed 200mg per day.
addition, androstenedione is NOT recommended for women. Also
any person suffering from any medical condition including, but not
limited to, prostate hypertrophy, hormonal abnormalities, diabetes,
heart disease, psychological disorders etc., should NOT use
androstenedione. In addition, this supplement should not be used by
pregnant or lactating women or persons under the age of 18.
I cycle Andro?
DHEA, prolonged use of androstenedione may cause the body to
down-regulate the effects of androstenedione and/or slow production of
its own androstenedione. Therefore, cycling androstenedione might be
advantageous. Androstenedione can be used 3 weeks on and 1-3 weeks
off, or 4-6 weeks on and 3-6 weeks off. As is the case with all
supplementation, better judgment is the key to success. Knowing your
body and its limits is as crucial to proper supplementation as it is
to proper training.
Note: In the US Andro is against the law and no longer legal to buy or use.