Difference Between Anabolic and Androgenic
All anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are derivatives of testosterone. Each
has an index ratio assigned to it on how anabolic (actual building effects -->
muscle tissue, bone density, ...) versus androgenic (male-like effects -->
body hair, deepening the voice, prostate ... effects that originally helped
you to become a man from the time you were a fetus to a matured adult) the
compound is. A purely anabolic steroid would be ideal but it is not currently
an option - they all exert some androgenic effects... but how much varies
depending on the compound.
Testosterone is a natural androgen and the one used as a reference drug to the
others. On the theraputic index for anabolic steroids, testosterone rates a 1
as the standard. Anabolic steroids were orignially developed to alter the
testosterone molecule to increase anabolic functions and decrease androgenic -
the ratio being the therapeutic index. For example, compared to
testosterone... Deca scores an 11-12... significantly more anabolic than
The basic goal of stacking compounds is to increase the total AAS use with as
little unwanted androgenic side effects as possible - stuff like prostate
enlargement, effects on male pattern bladness, increase bodyhair, ...
sometimes to limit water and/or fat retention as well...
For example, using 500mg of testosterone with 500mg of nandrolone per week
versus using 1000mg of testosterone can have less of an impact on the prostate
since you basically cut the total weekly androgen use with a nortestosterone
diriative that has lower androgenic effects...
So why is testosterone even use in a cycle if it's deriatives have less
androgenic side effects? First off - nothing is better than testosterone. It
is the hormone that your body is most accustomed to... you have it running
through your veins every day your life. You shouldn't shut your system
without, at the very minimal use a replacement dose of testosterone. But from
clinical studies - you get the most anabolic effects from test using at least
300mg per week. I can not recall the pathway that many of heavy androgenic
steroids take to have such a pronounced an effect on strength and muscle
building - but I believe it has much more to do with the cross-overbinding to
glucocorticoid receptors (cortisol blocking) than increaseing protein
But in one sentance... androgenic means male-like while anabolic refers to the
tissue building effects.
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