Friday, October 23, 2009
What is a prohormone?
With this blog and essay I intend to examine why prohormones and other bodybuilding supplements should or should not be legal. Almost everyone I talk to about this subject starts with the same question, what is a prohormone??? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohormone explains them in detail as well as all of their medical uses. To sum it up, though, a prohormone is a substance that is a precursor to a steroid, and the specific ones used for bodybuilding are intended to increase the body’s supply of testosterone. Because of the way these substances produce the testosterone, they are not considered steroids and were sold legally over the counter at almost any supplement store. Very recently, the FDA took action against the selling of these products and made all of them illegal. Their reasoning behind this was that they are harmful to the liver and can disrupt the body’s natural hormone levels.
Though the FDA’s claims are based on fact, when prohormones are used properly they have a very minimal adverse affect on the body or even none at all. After completing a whole 6 week cycle of a very popular prohormone, I got an examination to check for any complications it might have caused. My liver was found to be 100% flawless, and my testosterone level was actually significantly above average. My experience was very similar to everyone I know who has taken one of these testosterone stimulants, so I haven’t seen much harm in their use.