Desiring to push their limits even further, many followers of bodybuilding will appeal to a cure of anabolic steroids. Thanks to this anabolic cure, they will be able to develop a spectacular muscular mass, in a minimum of time.
However, taking anabolic steroids is never harmless and always involves risks to the body. Among these risks occurs the phenomenon of aromatization.
A phenomenon little known by steroid users, it is essential to understand its process and its consequences on the organism to be able to limit the risks.
Hormonal balance disturbed
Schematically, testosterone represents hormone Male par excellence and estrogen (especially estradiol) female hormones.
Testosterone brings the attributes of male virility namely: hair growth, the serious way, muscle development. True energy intake, testosterone is an excellent libido booster.
For its part, estradiol represents the active form of estrogens, allowing female fertility, development of the breasts as well as famous feminine curves.
Both hormones, testosterone and estradiol are present in all organisms, only at higher or lower rates. Women therefore have high levels of estradiol and low testosterone. As for men, this distribution is reversed. They have a high testosterone level and a low amount of estradiol.
Taking anabolic steroids will unbalance the production of natural testosterone in the body and can also unbalance therefore the estradiol level.
The transformation of testosterone into estrogen:
The presence of steroids in the body will have a direct impact on the production of natural testosterone. Indeed, following the use of anabolic, the body will be found in excess testosterone since at its natural testosterone, has come to add a synthetic testosterone.
Faced with this overdose, the body will react by blocking the production of natural testosterone, throughout the steroid cure.
In order to manage excess testosterone, the body will increase its production in DHT, derived from testosterone and risk converting some of the testosterone into estrogen. This conversion is carried out from the enzyme aromatase.
The aromatase then converts the steroid cycle into an aromatic ring through oxygenation as well as a loss of a methyl group.
Through this phenomenon, testosterone will become feminized and transform into estradiol. The transformation of testosterone is called aromatization.
The consequences of aromatization on the body :
The feminization of testosterone will have harmful consequences on the body male. Effectively, estradiol will cause an increase in fat mass as well as reduction of muscle fibers. It will limit catabolism as well as muscle overcompensation. On the other hand, the aromatization will favor the retention of water in the body. The sensitivity of growth hormone receptors to the liver will decrease and thereby reduce the production of insulin.
But the most spectacular and feared consequences on the body is unequivocal, the appearance of breasts. This increase in breast volume is also called Gynecomastia.
The aromatization will therefore bring to the male body the feminine attributes: fatness and development of breasts accompanied by a loss of libido, erection problems and a decrease in muscle strength.
Limit the risk of aromatization:
If our bodybuilders want to gain more muscle with steroids, they obviously do not want to be victims of the effects of aromatization.
To protect yourself from this phenomenon harmful to the body, it is strongly recommended to carry out a PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) is a recovery at the end of steroids to restore the hormonal balance and restimulate the production of natural testosterone.
The most frequent stimulus is to take Clomid and the Nolvadex.
The CLOMID will be used to stimulate the natural mechanism (pituitary, pituitary, testicles) in order to reset the natural production of testosterone.
For its part, NOLVADEX will realize an effective blocking of estrogens. Without proper blocking of estrogens, the recovery can not take place and thus the risk of flavoring increases.
The recovery is to be undertaken once the half-lives of the products have been completed. It is therefore important to know for each product taken, the duration of their action in the body. For example, the half-life of Dianabol Is 24 hours. For the Primobolan, It amounts to 14 days. The sustanon Still acts for 18 days.
For further :
Apart from curing anabolic steroids, our body can be victim of aromatization from endocrine disruptor, present in our daily lives.
The most common endocrine disruptors are:
- Plastic: the latter contains bisphenol A, with strong estrogenic properties. It is therefore advisable to use glass containers.
- Pesticides: the action of certain pesticides is to feminize insects to block their reproduction and thus avoid the destruction of plantations. Consuming foods derived from crops that have received these types of pesticides can have a negative impact on the human body.
- Overweight is a factor in a hormonal imbalance that favors the increase of estrogen. It is better then to monitor and regulate its weight gain.
- Estrogenic foods: Some foods contain phytoestrogens. These phytoestrogens, molecules of plant origin acting in the body a little like estrogen. We find them in hops, so in beer, in bran, soy, beans and peas.
It is therefore important to limit these daily endocrine disruptors to limit the risk of aromatization. In addition, you can promote in your diet, anti-estrogen foods such as: cruciferous, oats, onions, lettuce, spinach, garlic, chives, olive oil, mushrooms , nuts, citrus fruits, grapes.To this, add food acting on testosterone production. Consume eggs, wild salmon, tuna, oysters, cabbage, avocado, meat, asparagus, bananas, almonds, watermelon. And of course, prefer organic products to those who have received chemicals.
Finally, do not neglect your hours of sleep, useful for the recovery of your muscles.