Why would anyone ever choose Deca?

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Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) is probably the second most popular injectble anabolic steroid after Testosterone and it easy to see why: it is an effective bulking compound, it is relatively mild and it is also fairly inexpensive…however, when you look at the real side (and long lasting) side effects of Deca it is baffling to see why anyone would choose to run it as part of their cycle….

11 times more damaging to blood vessels than testosterone: Yes, you read that correctly, Deca is 11 times more damaging to blood vessels (as show by this study). I know most people seem to pay attention to side effects that can be viewed in a mirror (water retention, acne, hair loss etc…), but it is the internal side effects that are by far the most dangerous. All steroids will increase red blood cell count and blood pressure to some degree, both of which are of course dangerous, but add in the damaged blood vessels and you are further increasing the risk of serious internal harm.

Stays in your system for up to 18 months: Unless you are staying on indefinitely and don’t seem to acre about the serious side effects of steroid use (or abuse in this case), then you will be running a PCT at some point. It is sort of a given that you wait for your system to be clear of all steroids before commencing PCT (hence why you wait three to four weeks after a long-estered Testosterone cycle before starting PCT), however with Deca you will still have steroids in your system, and as we all know 19-Nor steroids are the hardest to recover from.

The dreaded Deca dick: A funny name, but not so funny when you have to deal with it. Why does it happen? Firstly, as most will known, Deca has some interaction with the progesterone receptor, which is something you definitely don’t want as a man. And secondly, Deca actually activates the estrogen receptor to some degree also – again something you really don’t want being male; combine the two and you’re in for a world of trouble. In addition, the 5-alpha reduced form of nandrolone known as DHN has high affinity for the androgen receptor, yet exhibits very little androgenic action (even less than deca!). It is thought that DHN may displace some DHT within the penis (DHT is needed for penile health), which in turn causes erection problems.

Those three reasons should be enough to deter any person from taking Deca and that doesn’t include the massive watery bloat that is inevitable either…

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Is Dianabol the King of Bulking Orals?

Is Dianabol the king of bulking orals?


Is Dianabol really the best bulking oral steroid available? Arnie certainly loved it and those from that era dubbed it ‘The Breakfast of Champions’, but is the number one (oral) choice for those looking to add mass? I’m going to go out on a limb and say yes, it is, and I’ll explain why below. I know this will cause some fierce debate as some people hate Dianabol and some just don’t rate it, but I believe it is the best for several reasons.

Firstly, it does what it says on the tin. Dianabol will put mass on you and quickly. Granted, a lot will be water weight, but the scales will shoot up and that’s the aim of a bulk, right? The strength increases it will induce will will be off the scale and we all know what more strength equals, don’t we? More muscle. Period. But I know what you’re thinking – ‘there are other orals out there that do these two things even better than Dianabol, so why not choose one of those?’. To an extent this a valid point – orals such as Anadrol, Superdrol and Methyl-1-Testosterone probably will add more mass, muscle and strength that Dianabol BUT they are all much harsher on the body than Dianabol is. All three will be harder on the liver (particularly Superdrol and M1T – these two are scarily potent) and will no doubt cause other negative side effects to a great extent (increased blood pressure for example). Of course, it will depend on the individual, and there will be some who can’t tolerate Dianabol well at all, but all things even Dianabol is less harsh on the body and provides nearly as good gains as the other three steroids mentioned, so it’s a no-brainer, right?

I will admit it is hard to compare oral steroids as most people believe that oral-only cycles are worthless and should never be done, but I am of the opposite opinion. Oral only cycles can yield great gains so long as diet, training and rest are on point. Even though I’m not a fan of Superdrol nor M1T, a three week cycle of either one of those dosed at 20mg and 15mg respectively would result in huge gains, as would four weeks of Anadrol at 100mg per day. This is where Dianabol shows it’s greatness again as four weeks is the limit for those three anabolics, whereas Dianabol could be taken for up to six weeks without any issues.

Is Anavar really that mild?

Is anavar really that mild?

It is often suggested that Anavar is an exceptionally mild steroid, so mild in fact, that it has very little or no side effects and can also be used by women. While that latter is true (although I would never advise females to take anabolic steroids, mild or not), the former isn’t and this is something we shall discuss in todays blog post.

Oxandrolone is a mild steroid in the sense of its ability to build lean muscle mass, despite its extraordinarily high anabolic rating (340-620), which is just one example of why the anabolic:androgenic ratio/rating system is pretty much obsolete when it comes to gauging a steroids potency. It has been proven to build a small amount of mass whilst reducing body fat, but nothing beyond this. Of course, those looking to decrease their body fat levels whilst maintaining or increasing lean muscle mass (slightly) it can be a useful drug, but there are far better compounds to take for this purpose – a short testosterone propionate blast would be a far better choice in my opinion.

The reason most people call Anavar mild is because of its side effects, or apparent lack of them, however the trap most people fall into is judging side effects on what they can see, rather than looking at actual health markers. The reason why I don’t deem Anavar (or any oral for that matter) mild, is because of its astoundingly negative effects on cholesterol, lipids and triglycerides.  I have seen several sets of blood results that not only show the rapid negative impact Oxandrolone has upon these markers (within only a few weeks), but also that it doesn’t take a massive dose to induce such huge changes. For example:

Pre-cycle: Cholesterol – 3. Triglycerides – 0.58. HDL – 0.92

On-cycle results: Cholesterol – 7. Triglycerides – 5. HDL – 0.34

Yes, that is right, Cholesterol more than doubled, triglycerides increased nearly ten-fold and HDL was nearly a third of its value. These results are staggering and exemplify just how unhealthy taking anavar can be – remember it is the hidden side-effects that are the worst; the ones you can’t see by looking in a mirror or judging by how you feel. Luckily, these can be reversed post-cycle and with a healthy diet (plenty of omega-3 and vegetables) they can be addressed without a problem, but Anavar users please be aware!

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