If you are looking for steroids to improve your bodybuilding performance then there are number of them available. At least 5 of them are quite effective to build your muscles. You may think of many famous athletes like Barry Bonds, who was caught for using steroids. In fact, these days many of the famous athletes use steroids at some stage of their career. Some people are caught while some manage to cheat.
What are the steroids used for bodybuilding?
These commonly used steroids can be categorized under 3 different groups –
- Bulking steroids – Anadrol and Dianabol
- Strength steroids – Deca Durabolin and Trenbolone
- Cutting steroids – Winstrol and Anavar
Our adrenal gland produces 5 different kinds of hormones that can be compared with these steroids.
- Sex hormones – Due to this hormone the male and female characteristics are displayed which differentiates man with woman.
- Corticosteroids – These hormones are related to our immune system and our body responds to various stresses with this hormone.
- Mineralocorticoids – This hormone is responsible for maintaining potassium and sodium in our body.
- Bile salts and acid – this is manufactured by our liver and their role is not like hormones however they are responsible for our digestion and absorption of fatty materials.
- Sterols – Cholesterol is also a sterol. This helps our body to produce vitamin D and responsible for creating cell walls.
Different Anabolic steroids
Some of the steroids that are closer to these hormones mentioned above are as given below –
- Corticosteroids – Cartisteroids can be obtained from certain cream form of both prescription and nonprescription type of ointments that are meant for itching. Two common such creams are Lanacort (R) and Cortaid (R).
- Estrogen and Progestogens – These are female sex hormones and are responsible for producing secondary sex characteristics of female to maintain the well being of female sex organ.
- Androgen – Among the androgen you can take the name of testosterone which is responsible for secondary male characteristics. It helps maintain proper functioning of male reproductive organ.
Anabolic steroids for bodybuilding
Androgens are also called anabolic steroids. Most of the professional athletes use anabolic steroids to increase their muscle size, strength etc. They also produce certain side effects. These side effects can be mild. However, can be life threatening if their dosage is not controlled and because of its adverse side effects, various sports authorities prohibit its use in the regular competitive sports.