Anabolic supplements have been used by competitive athletes for some time now and there is a common debate about whether these drugs should be considered natural or not.
Considering the fact that they can greatly enhance an athlete’s performance, for example, a bodybuilder is able to attain far better results whilst taking anabolic steroids compared to if they were to stay natural, which is why some people think they should be deemed as unnatural altogether. But the people who would try and argue against this would say that some anabolic steroids, such as testosterone or HGH are already hormones that our bodies naturally produce, so why should it be banned in sports.
Well, the thing is that these specific types of anabolic supplements are derived from synthetics of the hormone, which means it allows the body to produce far more of it thus giving it a greater competitive edge when it comes to sports, in particular, bodybuilding. But there are side effects to taking anabolic drugs, why would you do it? Some of the side effects are more severe than others but we will get into that a little later on.
For now, let us think about why people think they should be banned as a whole in sports. Many people rightly believe that anabolic steroids give way too much of an advantage over other competitors which makes it unfair for example, for people to compete in shows where they are clearly out of their opponents’ league in terms of physique, muscle mass, body fat percentage etc. it just cannot be judged fairly without taking into account the fact that the person is taking anabolic supplements. But going back to the HGH and test thing, these two, in particular, have been banned in most states in America when it comes to competing in sports because the competitive edge it gives them has been deemed too much as they have to give the natural athletes a real chance, this is amplified publicly by the fact that these synthetic drugs cannot be brought in local drug or supplement stores like things such as amino acids can. The reason for this is because we can ingest amino acids through our food anyway, the supplement just helps to raise the levels a little, but when it comes to anabolic steroids such as test, there is no way we could get that amount into our systems naturally, which is why bodybuilder take them as there is no other alternative to getting the kind of results they want to see without hopping onto some anabolic drugs.
There can also be some not so nice side effects as a results of users abusing anabolic steroids, some of these side effects include acne, loss of hair, liver disease, kidney disease, mood swings, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, aggression, depression, high blood pressure, altered cholesterol levels, bacterial infections, viral infections, infertility, stunt in growth (mostly for teens), infertility and the shrinking of sexual organs. So the list, as you can see, is quite lengthy, so why on earth would anyone want to put their bodies through such a thing to the point where they are sacrificing their own health in order to try and win at something competitive.
Well, let us keep it in perspective, when you take anabolic steroids, you do not suddenly have to deal with all of the side effects mentioned above, in fact, for most people, if they stay within their recommended doses and correctly complete their cycle, they should be absolutely fine. Having said that, it depends on a few important factors such as whether or not their bodies can tolerate the particular anabolic steroid well and what drug they are supplementing with to begin with.
Can you become addicted to anabolic supplements? This is quite a common question because, after all, anabolic supplements are a drug and the answer can be yes for some people, they depend on them to gain a physical and mental edge and when it is gone for extended periods of time, they may start to show sign of withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms include a loss of appetite, cravings for steroids, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue etc. and the list could go on, but it is probably a good thing for you to be aware that you can actually become addicted to anabolic supplements and that you may start to notice that you are showing signs of withdrawal feelings.
All of these harmful things it can do to you, why bother? Take a bodybuilder who is passionate about their sport, they have been competing in a mediocre class and have been consistently winning for a long time now, at the start it may have felt great, but now they are hungry for something more, they want to compete with the bug boys. Only thing is, they will get slaughtered on stage if they went on as a natural into a competition where they do not test for drug use, so most people at this point would turn to anabolic steroids to aid them to become more competitive in their class. Both men and women bodybuilders use steroids like Dianabol, Stanozolol, Anavar for women or Deca Durabolin to enhanced their results.
At the end of the day, anabolic steroids are powerful drugs that should not thought of as natural. Even though things like testosterone and HGH derive from natural hormones in our bodies, if it gives you any sort of advantage over people who are not taking anabolic drugs, you should not be able to compete with them, simple. It is your choice to make the decision to take the path of becoming an athlete who takes anabolic drugs, which isn’t necessarily a negative thing , just as long as you know why you or others are taking it and you know the risks behind them.